SBU College of Arts and Sciences

‘Early’ $2M grant cheers ambitious depression study

By GREGORY ZELLER // A seven-digit federal grant will help a Stony Brook University researcher develop new treatment protocols for adolescents suffering from depression. More than just “feeling sad” because it’s raining or the Mets were finally eliminated, clinical depression – a.k.a. major depressive disorder – is a common but serious condition with sometimes severe symptoms that affect how the afflicted feel, think, eat, sleep, work and otherwise function day-to-day. And more than a healthcare…


No. 428: On supergravity, winning wines and power plays – plus, market smarts for innovators

  Friday on your mind: The five-day plight ends once more, dear readers, as we wrap up another week of socioeconomic innovation and welcome another warm, well-earned weekend. On that note, put your hands together for … the Easybeats! Here first: It’s Aug. 9 on Long Island and around the world, marking the UN’s annual International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which sticks up for the estimated 370 million natives who account for 5…


For this data-driven Antarctic ecologist, it all adds up

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the bottom of the world comes Stony Brook University’s latest top scientist – a Big Data-driven ecologist with an unprecedented passion for penguins. Adélie penguins, to be precise, and other Antarctic penguin populations, whose migratory patterns and colony sizes have lots to say about the health of the Southern Ocean ecosystem – and the global effects of climate change. Such is the purview of Heather Lynch, an associate professor of…


Honey, I shrunk the shrew (and maybe your kidney)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cutting-edge evolutionary science meets a Rick Moranis movie in an innovative international study of a surprisingly shrinkable furball. Freshly supported by a three-year grant from the international Human Frontier Science Program, Liliana Dávalos, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution in Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will dive even deeper into the world of the shrew – a remarkable, mole-like mammal known to shrink its mass, including…


SBU rounds out the curriculum for some bio majors

Stony Brook University now offers a biology degree for students not necessarily enamored with gross anatomy. The university this week announced a new Bachelor of Arts in Biology program that delivers a more basic bio degree – that is, a bachelor’s degree with a wider selection of College of Arts and Sciences minors, but less focus on actual biology. Calling its traditional Bachelor of Science in Biology program – which it still offers – more…