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No. 487: A new academic president, an old telephonic precedent, and innovation saves the world, once again

  Breathe easy: Another workweek under COVID-19’s cruel lash comes to an indistinct end, dear readers, as Friday arrives and another homebound weekend begins. Yes, the kids are going cave-happy and the only thing that seems to change day-to-day is the primetime TV lineup, but consider this silver lining: With fewer planes, trains and automobiles buzzing about, air quality is rapidly improving around the world. Front-row seat: It’s March 27 out there, which is of…


In Discovery Prize, a best chance to speak their minds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Effective science communication won the day Tuesday, when Stony Brook University hosted the final round of its 2019 Discovery Prize Competition. Designed specifically to teach next-level scientists how to best communicate their advanced theories and discoveries, the Discovery Prize competition naturally featured some heady science – including the winning project, which dives deep into machine learning concepts by creating computational models of the unconscious human brain. But explaining such intricate scientific…


At SBU, snow slows – but can’t stop – the future

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Shark Tank” would have met “TED Talk” Thursday at Stony Brook University, if not for Niko. Instead, the blizzard busted up the final round of the 2017 Discovery Prize competition, wherein four finalists – all “early-career researchers at SBU,” according to the university – were to throw down at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre with 10-minute pitches explaining the science and societal significance of their work, and distinguished judges were…