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2015 Press

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Feb 19, 2015 STONY BROOK, NY, February 20, 2015 – Science on Tap, a live event and web … the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and marine biologist Debra …
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Feb 8, 2015 … the last 100 years dramatically changed the atmospheric asymmetry … University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences(SoMAS), …
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Jan 13, 2015 … David O. Conover, Interim Vice President for Research and Professor of Marine Science in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences …

2014 Press

Oct 20, 2014 Dr. Heidi Hutner, Director of Environmental Humanities and Associate Professor of Sustainability and English at Stony Brook University, has been appointed Director of the Sustainability Studies Program announced Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Hutner’s announcement comes after serving as the Interim Director of the Sustainability Studies Program.
Oct 9, 2014 Stony Brook University will host its second TEDxSBU event on Nov. 14, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. The theme of this year’s event is “Connect the Dots,” and will feature 16 speakers and performers from Stony Brook’s student, faculty, staff, and alumni populations.
Sep 23, 2014  Providence, R.I. – September 24, 2014 – Deepwater Wind announced a collaborative study of Long Island’s offshore wind resources with Stony Brook University (SBU), New York’s top-ranked public university, and AWS Truepower (AWS), an Albany, NY-based wind energy consultant.  Already underway, this collaboration will provide SBU with tools and resources that will strengthen their atmospheric research in the growing renewable energy industry and support the development of the Deepwater ONE project – a 210 MW offshore wind farm to be located approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, proposed by Deepwater Wind in response to a Long Island Power Authority request for proposals for renewable energy.
Aug 28, 2014 – Stony Brook University has been named in Princeton Review’s 2015 Green Honor Roll, an annual list that offers a measure of how environmentally friendly universities are on a scoring scale of 60 to 99. Stony Brook, one of 24 universities to receive a score of 99 (the highest possible score), is among 861 colleges reviewed this year. Selection is based on data collected in its 2013-14 surveys of schools concerning their sustainability-related practices, policies, and academic offerings.
Apr 28, 2014 Stony Brook University was recognized twice during a week of Earth Day celebrations for environmental stewardship programs that place it as a leader in sustainability among all U.S. university and college campuses. The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) named Stony Brook as one of the nation’s most environmentally friendly or “green” colleges for the fifth year in a row, and, in the RecycleMania 2014 tournament, Stony Brook finished strongly in multiple categories, and recycled the most e-waste of all colleges and universities for the second straight year.

Press Releases

Archive of Featured Press Releases

Team of Researchers Find Evidence of Fire in Antarctic Ice
Concentrations of CO isotopes reveal surprising pattern of biomass burning in the Southern Hemisphere over the past 650 years.

Scientists Trace Shark Fins Back to their Geographic Origin for the First Time using DNA Detective Work
These breakthrough findings provide strong evidence for enacting international trade protection for hammerhead sharks at the March 2010 CITES meeting in Qatar

Ocean Acidification May Contribute To Global Shellfish Decline
Stony Brook University researchers find elevated carbon dioxide concentrations impede growth and survival of bivalve larvae

Rip Currents Pose Greater Risk To Swimmers Than To Shoreline
Long term monitoring by Stony Brook University researchers finds rip currents are frequent but short-lived at East Hampton Village Beach

International Fisheries Task Force to Meet in Portland, ME, to Develop Smart Management Plans for Forage Fish, a Growing Target of Commercial Fishing Operations
“Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force” working to ensure that forage fish populations continue to flourish; excessive removal can imperil marine food web

Stony Brook University Announces Formal Partnerships With Atlantis Marine World And The Riverhead Foundation
SBU’s SoMAS joins ranks of major universities collaborating with regional aquariums and preservation foundations to advance marine research and education

Scientists Shed New Light On Behavior Of Shark “Tweens” And “Teenagers”
Study May Prove Useful in Conservation Efforts for Over-Fished Sharks

Researchers At Stony Brook University Show Warmer Environment Means Shorter Lives For Cold-Blooded Animals
Temperature explains much of the geographic variation in lifespan within species

Little-Known Marine Decomposers Attract The Attention Of Genome Sequencers
The Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) announced today that they will sequence the genomes of four species of labyrinthulomycetes

Connecting Delta Cities: International Workshop Focuses on Strategies for Adapting and Mitigating Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Cities at Stony Brook Manhattan
Policy makers and environmental, planning, and engineering experts from around the world convene to compare and assess the mitigation and adaptation policies of three major world coastal cities, each with a Dutch heritage: Rotterdam, Jakarta, and New York City

Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force Launched
Expert team of international scientists is devising solutions for sustainably managing these small prey fish; overexploitation and inadequate management is threatening the marine food web

Jack Macrae and Paula Cooper Donate Forge River Property in Support of SoMAS
The gift will be used to further understanding of the Forge River and other systems like it in the region and around the world

“Undesirable” Evolution Can be Reversed in Fish, Stony Brook University Scientists Show
In an intriguing 21st century example of Darwinism, researchers demonstrate that fish will again grow to larger sizes and produce more young when size-selective fishing is eased

Study: Foraging Behavior Of Key Antarctic Predators Unchanged After Storms That Alter Prey Distribution
Eating Habits Hard to Break for Penguins and Fur Seals

Scientists Confirm Second-Ever Case Of Virgin Birth By Shark
“Tidbit,” the blacktip shark, lived for eight years in a Virginia Aquarium tank where there had been no male blacktips

The New York Marine Sciences Consortium Founded At Event Hosted By Stony Brook University
New York colleges, universities, and degree-granting institutions with interests in marine and coastal science research and education created a new platform for collaboration and advocacy

New Institute For Ocean Conservation Science At SBU To Tackle Pressing Threats To Marine Ecosystem
Institute to investigate and pursue solutions to some of the most complex issues facing waters in New York State, the nation, and the world

Timing is everything: How vulnerable to flooding is New York City?
SBU researchers show how advances in high-resolution modeling will help improve storm surge forecasts.

2013 Press

2011-2012 Press

2012

Dec 28, 2012 –STONY BROOK, NY, December 28, 2012The Village Times Herald has named Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, “Man of the Year” for 2012 and four faculty members as “People of the Year,” including Josephine Connolly Schoonen in Health; Dr. Henry Woo in Medicine; Dr. Lawrence Hurst and Maria Badalamente in Science; and the Stony Brook Seawolves baseball team as “People of the Year in Sports.” Stony Brook University employee Charlie McAteer was also recognized as “Man of the Year in Civics.” Stories on their impact on the University and community are featured in the December 27, 2012 edition of The Village Times Herald.

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Apr 18, 2012 – SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher honored 14 Stony Brook University students with the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at an awards reception held earlier this month at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is the highest honor that SUNY bestows upon its students and is given to those who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement or career achievement. Stony Brook had the second most honorees recognized among 257 students from all 64 SUNY campuses.
  • Stony Brook Southampton Welcomed Holiday Season with Annual Windmill Lighting (SBU)
    More than 150 people attended Stony Brook Southampton’s annual Windmill Lighting on Friday, December 7, to usher in the holiday season.
    Dec 13, 2012 – 12:00:00 PM
  • SoMAS to Participate in Natural Disaster Preparedness Review Ordered by Gov. Cuomo (Stony Brook Happenings)
  • Superstorm Sandy Various, 2012-2013
    Members of the SoMAS Community are featured in numerous features, clips and articles from a variety of news sources.
  • Two SBU Researchers Reveal Independent Findings Associated with Climate Change (SBU)
    Out of Stony Brook University, two independent studies published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals show the effects of climate change on differing aspects of the earth’s ecosystem. Both researchers, Gordon Taylor, Professor of Oceanography, and John Wiens, Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, had their findings published in two prestigious peer-reviewed journals.
    Oct 16, 2012 – 7:00:00 PM
  • Long-Term Observations in the Tropics Linked to Global Climate Change (SBU)
    Reports of declining ice coverage and drowning polar bears in the Arctic illustrate dramatic ecosystem responses to global climate change in Earth’s polar regions. But in this first-ever account of a long-term project in the southern Caribbean, a Stony Brook professor and his colleagues report in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. that tropical ecosystems are also affected by global climatic trends – and with accompanying economic impacts.
    Oct 16, 2012 – 5:00:00 PM
  • Stony Brook University Hospital Rooftop Farm Helps Supplement Nutrition for Patients (SBU)
    The official opening and benefit for the Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm served up a tantalizing mix of fresh vegetable plates and other delights for attendees at the September 10 event. A collaborative effort of the Nutrition Division, Department of Family Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook University Hospital Food Service, and Stony Brook University’s Sustainability Studies Program, the farm supplements the nutrition and food offerings to hospital patients. This year’s crop has produced more than 400 pounds with 33 varieties of vegetables and herbs harvested.
    Sep 19, 2012 – 10:18:24 AM
  • Study Provides First-Time Analysis of Three Distinct Contributions of Forage Fish Worldwide (SBU)
    A just-published study provides a first-time analysis of the value of forage fish, which are small, schooling species such as sardines, herring, and anchovies. Three kinds of contributions of forage fish were estimated: as direct catch, as food for other commercially important fish, and as an important link in the food web in marine ecosystems. The analysis showed these small fish contribute a total of $16.9 billion, as both direct catch and food for larger fish, to global fisheries annually, representing 20 percent of the global catch values of all marine fisheries combined.
    Sep 10, 2012 – 11:13:24 AM
  • Stony Brook University Featured in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 (SBU)
    Stony Brook University has been included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 based on a broad range of subjects including academics, affordability, financial aid, quality of student life on campus, extracurricular activities, food, housing and more. The Fiske Guide to Colleges provides a selective, subjective and systematic look at more than 300 of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
    Aug 28, 2012 – 2:09:47 PM
  • Stony Brook University Receives $3 Million For Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (SBU)
    The once rich shellfish beds of Shinnecock Bay may thrive again thanks to an ambitious environmental restoration project funded in part by a philanthropic gift from the Laurie Landeau Foundation matched by a gift from the Simons Foundation for a total impact of $3 million. These targeted funds will be used by Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) over five years to restock shellfish, expand existing eelgrass beds, harvest seaweeds to absorb nutrients and inhibit harmful algal blooms, monitor restoration efforts and share the project’s goals and results with stakeholders and the public.
    Aug 27, 2012 – 11:00:00 AM
  • Researchers Find Substantial Water Pollution Risks From “Fracking” To Recover Natural Gas (SBU)
    Stony Brook University scientists have found that the disposal of contaminated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as “fracking” – wells producing natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region poses substantial potential risks of river and other water pollution that suggests additional regulation to reduce the potential of drinking water contamination.
    Aug 6, 2012 – 9:04:39 AM
  • Stony Brook Southampton Campus To Get State-Of-The-Art Marine Science Center (SBU)
    The Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University is set to begin construction on a new state-of-the-art Marine Sciences Center for the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), which will replace and expand the current waterfront marine sciences research and teaching facilities.
    Jun 8, 2012 – 5:00:00 PM
  • Pacific Bluefin Tuna Carry Radioactivity from Japanese Power Plants Accident to California Coast (SBU)
    Bluefin tuna exposed to radioactivity that leaked into the Pacific Ocean after Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi power plants were damaged by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 201l, carried that radioactivity to the waters off California, a new study by scientists from Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) and Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station has revealed.
    May 28, 2012 – 7:00:00 AM
  • Carl Safina Wins 2012 Orion Book Award (SBU)
    Professor Carl Safina, founding President of the Blue Ocean Institute who teaches in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, and is a visiting professor in the Center for Communicating Science there, has been named the winner of the 2012 Orion Book Award for “The View From Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World.”
    May 16, 2012 – 12:00:00 PM
  • Is Eating Seafood Good or Bad? (SBU)
    Is eating seafood a good or bad thing? The answer could be both from the information that will be presented at a public lectured sponsored by Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). “Public Health Implications of Seafood Consumption,” presented by Dr. Jaymie R. Meliker, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in Public Health, Department of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, on May 4. The lecture is open to all and a reception follows. It will be held at 7:30 PM on SBU’s Southampton Campus in the Duke Lecture Hall-Chancellors Hall.
    May 3, 2012 – 2:15:58 PM
  • Stony Brook Gets Good News On Earth Day (SBU)
    Stony Brook University has been selected by The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as one of the nation’s most environmentally friendly or “green” colleges for the third year in a row in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.” Additionally, Stony Brook put forth a strong showing in the 12th annual RecycleMania Tournament, recycling more than three million pounds of material in the eight-week competition against more than 600 colleges and universities in the nation. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Stony Brook is also celebrating the Earthstock Festival on Friday, April 20 in honor of Earth Day on April 22.
    Apr 20, 2012 – 10:17:57 AM
  • Stony Brook University to Receive Share of $2.4 Million New York Sea Grant (SBU)
    Stony Brook University researchers in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) and the Department of Ecology and Evolution are receiving a share of the $2.4 million awarded by the New York Sea Grant (NYSG) program for fiscal years 2012-2013 to fund research and education about issues important to coastal New Yorkers such as seafood safety, flooding due to storm surges, water quality and habitat restoration.
    Apr 5, 2012 – 11:15:00 AM
  • Counting Sharks with Cameras: “Chum Cam” Underwater Video Survey Shows that Reef Sharks Thrive in Marine Reserves(SBU)
    A team of scientists, led by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, used video cameras to count Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi) inside and outside marine reserves on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea.
    Mar 8, 2012 – 5:00:00 PM
  • New SBU Study Finds Fish Offspring Grow Best at Same Temperature as Parents (SBU)
    Fish parents can pre-condition their offspring to grow fastest at the temperature they experienced, according to research published in the February 2012 edition of Ecology Letters.
    Jan 10, 2012 – 5:30:15 PM

2011

  • Stony Brook Faculty Named “People of the Year” (SBU)
    The Village Times Herald has named four Stony Brook University faculty members as People of the Year for 2011. These include Margaret M. McGovern, M.D., Ph.D., as Woman of the Year; Eckard Wimmer, Ph.D., as Man of the Year in Medicine; Carl Safina, Ph.D., as Man of the Year in Science; and Charlie Backfish, as Man of the Year in the Arts. Stories on their respective impact in their fields and in the community are featured in the newspaper’s December 29, 2011, edition. Also selected as People of the Year in Education is The School of Professional Development’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
    Dec 30, 2011 – 2:22:36 PM
  • SBU Marine Science Researchers Release Study Suggesting Ocean Acidification May Directly Harm Fish (SBU)
    In a new article published in the December 11, 2011, online edition of the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers from Stony Brook University demonstrate that “the fish are okay” belief ignores an important knowledge gap – the possible effects of CO2 during the early development of fish eggs and larvae.
    Dec 12, 2011 – 9:52:00 AM
  • Three SBU Faculty Members Nominated for the 2012 Indianapolis Prize (SBU)
    Poachers, disease, civil wars, heat, cold, rain, drought, pollution, ignorance, indifference. Those are just some of the challenges faced by the 29 conservationists, three of whom are Stony Brook University faculty members, who have devoted their lives to saving the Earth’s endangered species and have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.
    Dec 5, 2011 – 11:42:00 PM
  • Minghua Zhang Named Dean of Stony Brook University SoMAS (SBU)
    Stony Brook University has named Dr. Minghua Zhang to the position of Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), announced Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University and Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

    Oct 11, 2011 – 12:50:41 PM
  • Stony Brook Scientists Study Ocean Impacts Of Radioactive Contamination From Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant(SBU)
    Scientists from Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) are joining colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, several other U.S. academic institutions and laboratories in Japan and Spain on the first international, multidisciplinary assessment of the levels and dispersion of radioactive substances in the Pacific Ocean off the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.
    Jun 8, 2011 – 10:01:23 AM
  • Stony Brook University Receives National Recognition For Community Service (SBU)
    As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Stony Brook University as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
    May 27, 2011 – 4:35:16 PM
  • Researchers At Stony Brook University Find That Recycling On Long Island Has Decreased From 29% To 24% From 1998 To 2009 (SBU)
    Recycling on Long Island has seen a marked decrease of some 20 percent over the past decade, according to a study conducted by Stony Brook University’s Department of Technology and Society and the Waste Reduction and Management Institute in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook (SoMAS).
    Apr 19, 2011 – 10:32:49 AM
  • Stony Brook University to Expand Existing Programs Currently Offered on the Southampton Campus (SBU)
    Stony Brook University today announced that plans are underway to introduce expanded programs in graduate creative arts and undergraduate marine sciences at the Stony Brook University Southampton campus in the fall of 2011. This expansion, which follows several productive Advisory Committee meetings and continuing discussions among University administration and faculty, also includes plans to offer an undergraduate residency program in creative arts to begin in the Fall of 2012.
    Feb 28, 2011 – 4:35:59 PM
  • Stony Brook University Professor Leads Team that Publishes On First Genome of a Harmful Algal Blooms Species (SBU)
    Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are caused by single-celled plants, or phytoplankton, in coastal waters and have a negative impact on coastal ecosystems worldwide, costing the U.S. economy alone hundreds of millions of dollars annually. The impact of harmful algal blooms have intensified in recent decades and most research has focused on chemical nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus as causative agents of these blooms.
    Feb 22, 2011 – 9:00:00 AM
  • Stony Brook Faculty Mentor 32 Semifinalists in National Intel Science Talent Search Competition (SBU)
    Thirty-two (32) high school students who worked with Stony Brook University faculty were named among the 300 semifinalists in the national 2011 Intel Science Talent Search competition. Mentors come from a range of departments and disciplines throughout Stony Brook, including: Anatomical Sciences, Anesthesiology, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Ecology & Evolution, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacological Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, and the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences.
    Jan 13, 2011 – 11:01:40 PM
  • Stony Brook University Receives Highly Selective ‘Community Engagement Classification’ From Carnegie Foundation (SBU)
    The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has granted Stony Brook University the highly selective 2010 Community Engagement Classification for Curricular Engagement and Community Outreach. This voluntary classification, a designation shared by only 311 institutions of higher education, provides national acknowledgement for Stony Brook’s institutional commitment to, and support of its surrounding community.
    Jan 12, 2011 – 9:17:50 AM

2010 Press

Jul 23, 2010 – Stony Brook University has established an Advisory Committee to help guide best practice academic and functional utilization opportunities for the 82-acre property and facilities at Stony Brook Southampton. The Committee consists of Stony Brook University leadership; business, planning and local delegates from Southampton and Long Island at-large; and representatives from State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration and other SUNY campuses on Long Island including Farmingdale State College and Suffolk County Community College.

2009 Press

Nov 23, 2009  – Using its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean as a living laboratory resource, Stony Brook Southampton has established a Coastal Environmental Studies major – the only program of its kind in the country. The Coastal Environmental Studies major, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, recently earned approval from the New York State Department of Education.

2008 Press

 

  • Depleted Oceans New York Times, December 16, 2008
    In “The Oceans’ Shifting Balance” (editorial, Dec. 11), you rightly point out the serious consequence of excess carbon dioxide on shelled animals and hard corals. But dissolving shells and coral skeletons are only the outward face of ocean acidification.
  • Emerging shark conservation efforts
    Newsday, December 14, 2008

    Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to solve a real biological mystery: How do female sharks kept in captivity without males become pregnant?
  • Scenes From Friday, Dec. 5: Low-Carbon Symposium, Windmill Lighting, Marine-Science Talk and Video Game Tourney(SBU)
    It was a busy Friday, Dec. 5, at Stony Brook Southampton.
    Dec 8, 2008 – 12:01:48 PM
  • Regulators Are Pushing Bluefin Tuna to the Brink Environment360, December 8, 2008
    The international commission charged with protecting the giant bluefin tuna is once again failing to do its job. Its recent decision to ignore scientists’ recommendations for reducing catch limits may spell doom for this magnificent – and endangered – fish.
  • Scientist warns about effects of storm surges Southampton Press, November 25, 2008
    It’s no secret that the East End is prone to dangerous flooding during hurricanes and nor’easters, but determining just how much flooding can be expected during storms remains an imprecise science.
  • A Seafood Snob Ponders the Future of Fish New York Times, November 15, 2008
    I suppose you might call me a wild-fish snob. I don’t want to go into a fish market on Cape Cod and find farm-raised salmon from Chile and mussels from Prince Edward Island instead of cod, monkfish or haddock.
  • Snowstorms get bigger
    Newsday, November 13, 2008

    Sledders, take heart. While average New York winter temperatures have risen and seasonal snowfall has fallen over the past century, researcher Paul Kocin has identified a potential silver lining for snow-loving Long Islanders.
  • Stony Brook Southampton Adds Three New Professors, Four New Minors (SBU)

    Nov 10, 2008 – 4:32:45 PM

  • One-third of world fish catch used for animal feed Reuters, October 29, 2008
    One-third of the world’s ocean fish catch is ground up for animal feed, a potential problem for marine ecosystems and a waste of a resource that could directly nourish humans, scientists said on Wednesday.
  • “Changing Climates, Changing Minds: Storms, Trust and Public Perception” on Tap for Upcoming Conference at Stony Brook University (SBU)
    Three Stony Brook departments are presenting a conference titled “Changing Climates, Changing Minds: Storms, Trust and Public Perception” on November 12-14, 2008. This interdisciplinary event is predicated upon the belief that changing societal attitudes and practices is key to responding to the urgent issue of climate change, and to other challenges that lie at the interface of science and society.
    Oct 28, 2008 – 12:47:51 PM
  • New Director, New Directions for New York Sea Grant (SBU)
    New York Sea Grant (NYSG) welcomed the arrival of Dr. James W. Ammerman as its new director on October 15, 2008. Dr. Ammerman, an aquatic microbial ecologist and biogeochemist, will now lead the New York Sea Grant program which has brought millions of federal research dollars to Stony Brook University to address such vital environmental issues as brown tide, accurate storm and flooding prediction, and the dwindling of Long Island’s lobster and hard clam resources.

    Oct 21, 2008 – 3:11:35 PM
  • Scientists: Va. shark’s pup a ‘virgin birth’
    USA Today, October 10, 2008

    In a study reported Friday in the Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNA testing proved that a pup carried by a female blacktip shark in a Virginia aquarium contained no genetic material from a male.
  • Shark “Virgin Birth” Confirmed National Geographic News, October 10, 2008
    A female blacktip shark in Virginia fertilized her own egg without mating with a male shark, new DNA evidence shows.
  • Ocean “Crisis” Discussed At Stony Brook Dan’s Papers, October 10, 2008
    It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the adage “there are plenty of fish in the sea,” is up for a challenge.
  • Scientists Confirm Second-Ever Case Of Virgin Birth By Shark (SBU)
    Scientists have confirmed the second-ever case of a “virgin birth” in a shark, indicating once again that female sharks can reproduce without mating and raising the possibility that many female sharks have this incredible capacity.
    Oct 7, 2008 – 4:48:19 PM
  • Algae And Temperature Drop Suspects In Mill Pond Fish KillHamptons.com, October 6, 2008
    The mystery of the Mill Pond fish kill remains unsolved as Southampton Town Trustees continue their investigation this week into one of the largest environmental mishaps ever to have occurred at the 92-acre pond in recent history.
  • Going Green Long Island LIW21 New York Public Television, September 24, 2008
    Television’s latest local documentary, makes the case through interviews with environmental advocates, business and community leaders, and residents who are actively engaged locally to make a difference globally.
  • The New York Marine Sciences Consortium Founded At Event Hosted By Stony Brook University (SBU)
    Today representatives from 26 New York colleges, universities, and degree-granting institutions with expertise and interest in marine and/or coastal science convened at Stony Brook University to found the New York Marine Sciences Consortium, a collective association that will be the voice for the marine science community and contribute through research and education to reshaping the state’s policies for stewardship of aquatic environments.
    Sep 19, 2008 – 10:04:30 AM
  • SoMAS Hosts Founding Meeting of the New York Marine Sciences Consortium (SBU)
  • Don’t Worry About the Teeth, Sharks Still Need a Hug New York Times, September 14, 2008
    In the nick of time, just when it seemed to make sad sense to change the name of the Great South Bay to the Great Brown Bay, it seemed a stretch to find a healthy clam or scallop harvest in the North Shore fishing fields or an iffy proposition to take a post-storm swim at the beach, Ellen Pikitch has brought her world-class Institute for Ocean Conservation Science to Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Go Fish: Global Warming, Tuna Fishing, Local Fishing Dan’s Papers, September 12, 2008
    Stony Brook University began its fall marine and atmospheric sciences public lecture series last Friday evening with a talk on global warming at the Southampton campus. Professor J. Kirk Cochran, an Arctic specialist, discussed the shrinking Arctic Ocean ice cap and what it means for us.
  • Toxic red tide appears in bays Southampton Press, September 10, 2008
    Scientists say that a toxic species of algae known as red tide, for the color it stains the water when it blooms, has appeared on the East End in recent weeks throughout the Peconic Bay system as far east as Orient and in eastern Shinnecock Bay.
  • New Institute for Ocean Conservation Science Established at SoMAS (SBU)
  • New Institute For Ocean Conservation Science At SBU To Tackle Pressing Threats To Marine Ecosystem (SBU)
    Stony Brook University announced the establishment of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science within its School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) on Long Island, New York. This world-class Institute will conduct scientific research that will provide the foundation for smarter ocean policy by increasing knowledge about critical threats to oceans and their inhabitants.
    Aug 21, 2008 – 12:47:17 PM
  • Designer bottled water: It’s not altruism Times Beacon Record, September 03, 2008
    Upon entering several nationally franchised, upscale coffee houses, one is struck by an appealing advertisement behind a bin of bottled water stating, “As a matter of fact, the water you drink does make a difference.”
  • Brown Tide affects Long Island’s Marine Ecosystem I Fish NY, Fall 2008
    Brown tide is the name given to describe the discoloration of New York bay waters which occurs due to the over growth of the microalgae, Aureococcus anophagefferens.
  • Score two for Stony Brook
    Newsday, September 2, 2008

    Every time Stony Brook University takes another step into the big leagues, it’s a good day for Long Island. So it’s hard to overstate the importance of two events that will help its Southampton campus and the whole university.
  • Oceans of Change: Stony Brook SH Gets $4 Million to Save Sharks, Sturgeon Dan’s Papers, August 29, 2008
    With its unique location on the shores of Shinnecock Bay, the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University has long been a leader in marine science research. Now, with the addition of $4 million from private and public grants, and $6.9 million in state funding, Stony Brook will be launching a new Institute For Ocean Conservation Science to tackle pressing threats against the marine system, and building a new Marine Science Center on the Southampton campus.
  • Conserving Sea is Goal for College’s New Center The Sag Harbor Express, August 28, 2008
    The already strong School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University became even stronger on Friday when the university announced plans to establish the new Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at the Southampton campus.
  • A Big Step for Marine Science Research East Hampton Star, August 27, 2008
    The marine science program at Stony Brook Southampton received another mega-boost on Friday, when officials announced the establishment of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, an adjunct to the university’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, which it hopes will become a world-renowned research center in the near future.
  • Stony Brook Southampton Broadens Scope With Ocean Conservation Institute Hamptons.com, August 25, 2008
    SUNY Stony Brook Southampton has repositioned itself on the educational map by establishing the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science within its School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), a multi-million dollar endeavor to create smarter ocean policy and increased knowledge on the major threats to oceans worldwide.
  • Stony Brook launches marine science initiatives Newsday, August 23, 2008
    Ellen Pikitch seems at home aboard the R/V Peconic, a Stony Brook University research vessel. As the pontoon makes its way across Shinnecock Bay, the marine biologist picks up a stubborn hermit crab housed in the ship’s on-deck tank and carefully tries to coax it out of hiding.
  • Stony Brook Southampton to host world-class oceanographic institute Southampton Press, August 22, 2008
    Stony Brook University, including its Southampton campus, is the new home of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • New storm model better predicts flooding Science News, August 6, 2008
    U.S. scientists say a newly developed storm surge model should provide more accurate predictions of flooding in the New York metropolitan area.
  • New Institute For Ocean Conservation Science At SBU To Tackle Pressing Threats To Marine Ecosystem (SBU)
    Stony Brook University announced the establishment of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science within its School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) on Long Island, New York. This world-class Institute will conduct scientific research that will provide the foundation for smarter ocean policy by increasing knowledge about critical threats to oceans and their inhabitants.
    Aug 21, 2008 – 10:26:00 AM
  • An urban marsh’s unfinished saga The Christian Science Monitor, August 5, 2008
    New York’s Jamaica Bay serves as a microcosm for the world’s wetland woes.
  • Timing Is Everything: How Vulnerable To Flooding Is New York City? ScienceDaily, August 3, 2008
    A report just released in the most recent issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society offers hope that a new high-resolution storm surge modeling system developed by scientists at Stony Brook University will better be able to predict flood levels and when flooding will occur in the New York metropolitan area, information crucial to emergency managers when planning for impending storms.
  • SBU Researchers Show How Advances In High-Resolution Modeling Will Help Improve Storm Surge Forecasts (SBU)
    A report just released in the most recent issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society offers hope that a new high-resolution storm surge modeling system developed by scientists at Stony Brook University will better be able to predict flood levels and when flooding will occur in the New York metropolitan area.
    Jul 31, 2008 – 4:10:24 PM
  • Swimmers wonder if jellyfish in Hudson were to blame in triathlon death New York Daily News, July 20, 2008
    A 32-year-old man died in the Hudson River Sunday while competing in the New York City Triathlon – and some of his fellow swimmers wondered if jellyfish stings were to blame.
  • Brown tide, South Shore scourge Newsday, July 6, 2008
    As health officials track the algae’s progression, a research team led by Stony Brook University professor Christopher Gobler is conducting experiments to better understand how brown tide thrives and behaves.
  • Brown tide’s bad news is back
    Newsday, June 29, 2008

    A massive, month’s-long bloom of algae, known as brown tide, may be disrupting the ecology of Long Island’s South Shore bays, stunting the growth of young clams and blocking light from aquatic plants that serve as crucial nurseries for marine life.
  • Brown tide algae reappear in Great South Bay
    Newsday, May 18, 2008

    Brown tide, the algae that triggered the collapse of Long Island’s scallop fishery, has reappeared in the Great South Bay for the first time since 2001 and spread farther west than ever before.
  • Bush shifts stance on global warming
    Newsday, April 16, 2008

    Shifting his long-held stance on global warming, President George W. Bush Wednesday laid down a new goal—the year 2025—for halting growth in greenhouse gases, but a local climate expert who last year shared a Nobel Prize said the proposal is far too vague.
  • US$15.9 Million State Funding for SoMAS Stony Brook Thefishsite.com, April 15, 2008
    SOUTHAMPTON – The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) Marine Science Research Center and the student center at Stony Brook Southampton’s campus will undergo significant facility upgrades thanks to a $15.9 million appropriation in New York State’s 2008-2009 budget.
  • Earthstock 2008, A Week-Long Celebration Of Earthday With The Feel Of Woodstock, Will Culminate With A Day-Long Extravaganza Featuring Live Music, Entertainment, Food, Educational Booths And Vendor Displays (SBU)
    EarthStock 2008, Stony Brook University’s fifth annual celebration of Earth Day, will culminate with a free, day-long festival complete with a great lineup of musical acts and entertainment as well as food, refreshments and educational booths and displays, on Friday April 18th starting at 10 a.m. on the Stony Brook University Academic Mall.
    Apr 2, 2008 – 2:06:30 PM
  • A Fourth Stony Brook Professor Named Co-Winner of Nobel Prize Shared with Al Gore (SBU)
    – Professor Marv Geller, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), became the fourth Stony Brook Professor sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for his participation in the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
    Feb 19, 2008 – 12:52:58 PM
  • Stony Brook Faculty Mentor 28 Of The 300 Semifinalists In National Intel Science Research Competition (SBU)
    Twenty-eight high school students who worked with Stony Brook University faculty were named Semifinalists in the 67th Intel Science Talent Search, the prestigious nationwide research competition.
    Jan 17, 2008 – 4:42:10 PM
  • SBU School Of Marine And Atmospheric Sciences Partners With Blue Ocean Institute For Ocean Protection (SBU)
    Two of Long Island’s premier ocean conservation and science institutions announced a partnership today to jointly conduct marine research, education, and public campaigns for ocean protection.
    Jan 16, 2008 – 4:37:48 PM
  • Stony Brook Southampton to Host Transfer Day; Adds Two New Majors (SBU)
    Prospective students will have two more majors to choose from at Stony Brook Southampton’s Transfer Day.
    On Wednesday, January 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Chancellors Hall, Stony Brook Southampton admissions staff will be on hand to review college transcripts and in most cases give instant decisions as to whether students qualify to attend the new, sustainability-focused campus this spring or fall. Registration is also available on the spot that day. For further information, visit stonybrook.edu/southampton or call 631-632-5035.

    Along with the B.A. in Environmental Studies major, students may now also pursue two new B.S. majors in Marine Sciences and Marine Vertebrate Biology.
    Jan 14, 2008 – 3:34:52 PM

2004-2007 Press

2007

    • Stony Brook President Shirley Strum Kenny Details Plans to Make Southampton a Revolutionary, Green Campus (SBU)
      Stony Brook University President Shirley Strum Kenny has been a frequent visitor to the new Stony Brook Southampton Campus this semester, its first semester in full operation. On December 5, she met with students, faculty and staff in a town hall-style meeting, discussing how Stony Brook Southampton will become a model of environmental sustainability nationwide. On December 7, at the traditional Windmill Lighting ceremony, she signed the Talloires Declaration, a 10-point pledge signed by university presidents worldwide focused on assuring a greener future for all countries.
      Dec 11, 2007 – 3:03:21 PM
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2006

2005

  • Stony Brook Acquires Flowerfield Property and Confirms General Agreement on Southampton (SBU)
    Stony Brook University announced today two major expansion developments that will result in new jobs, serve as an important economic engine of growth for the entire region, spawn pioneering research in various areas of science and engineering, lead to the creation of new technologies and commercial products, and have a significant impact on protecting the environment and sustainability on Long Island and beyond.
    Nov 3, 2005 – 3:08:00 PM
  • Stony Brook Researchers Receive $200,000 For Studies Related To Hudson River (SBU)
    Researchers from Stony Brook University have been awarded three grants totaling $200,000 by the Hudson River Foundation. The awards come from the Hudson River Fund, the largest single source of funding dedicated to scientific research on the Hudson River. The Fund is administered by the Foundation, which was created in 1981 in recognition of the need for independent scientific research that would contribute to the development of sound public policy concerning the River’s ecological system.
    May 9, 2005 – 12:05:00 PM
  • Stony Brook Researchers Receive $200,000 For Studies Related To Hudson River (SBU)
    Researchers from Stony Brook University have been awarded three grants totaling $200,000 by the Hudson River Foundation. The awards come from the Hudson River Fund, the largest single source of funding dedicated to scientific research on the Hudson River. The Fund is administered by the Foundation, which was created in 1981 in recognition of the need for independent scientific research that would contribute to the development of sound public policy concerning the River’s ecological system.
    May 9, 2005 – 12:05:00 PM
  • Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Announces 2005 Fellows, Appoints New Executive Director (SBU)
    The Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, now based at the Stanford Institute for the Environment, has announced its 2005 Leopold Leadership Fellows and appointed a new executive director. David Conover, Dean of the Marine Sciences Research Center at Stony Brook University, was among only 20 Fellows selected nationwide.
    Mar 28, 2005 – 2:39:00 PM
  • Stony Brook Hosts 4th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl (SBU)
    When a 10-year-old British schoolgirl’s knowledge of oceanography helped her save 100 people from an approaching tsunami in Phuket, Thailand, it becomes clear that science education can literally make the difference between life and death. Her heroic effort will likely be on the minds of hundreds of high school students from 17 high schools across the region as they compete in the 4th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl on Saturday, February 26 at the Student Activities Center at Stony Brook University. The event’s opening remarks will be made at 8:30 AM by Stony Brook University Provost Robert McGrath and Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC) Dean and Director David Conover. The competition runs all day and the winning team announced after the late afternoon rounds.
    Feb 9, 2005 – 4:37:00 PM
  • Stony Brook Gets Approval To Take Over Southampton College’s Marine Sciences Program (SBU)
    Stony Brook University announced today that it has received approval from the State University of New York and the State Education Department to transfer Southampton College’s undergraduate marine sciences program to the University’s Marine Sciences Research Center.
    Feb 1, 2005 – 12:37:00 PM
  • Examination Of Tsunamis To Focus On Possibility For East Coast Disaster (SBU)
    An examination of the causes and effects of the recent tsunami disaster in Southeast and South Asia and an exploration of the possibility for such a catastrophe on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. will feature two leading Stony Brook University professors. Teng-fong Wong, Chair of the Department of Geosciences, and Malcolm J. Bowman, a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Marine Sciences Research Center, will present “The Day Before the Day After Tomorrow: Threats and Responses to Natural Disasters,” which will probe topics including whether New York could be in danger of a destructive tsunami following a major earthquake.
    Feb 1, 2005 – 1:23:00 PM
  • Stony Brook Faculty Mentor 36 of 300 Finalists in Nationwide Intel Science Research Competition (SBU)
    Thirty-three high school students who worked with Stony Brook University faculty and in Stony Brook laboratories were selected as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the prestigious nationwide research competition.
    Jan 18, 2005 – 8:51:00 AM

2004

2000-2003 Press

2003

  • National Park Service And Stony Brook University Sign Cooperative Agreement To Study Coastal Issues (SBU)
    Stony Brook and the National Park Service have entered into a long-term partnership to expand the University’s role in conducting and applying research to natural and cultural resource management issues at U.S. National Parks. To enable this alliance, SBU recently joined the North Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (NAC-CESU), a collaboration of federal agencies and universities that provides research, technical assistance, and education to resource and environmental managers.
    Nov 5, 2003 – 11:56:00 AM
  • Stony Brook Awarded $4.1 Million Grant By U.S. Government To Help Build University Programs in Iraq (SBU)
    Stony Brook University has been awarded a U.S. government grant of $4,131,274 to develop academic programs in environmental health and archaeology to strengthen the capacity of Iraqi universities.
    Oct 21, 2003 – 12:29:00 PM
  • Stony Brook Names Faculty Director For New College Of Science And Society (SBU)
    Jeffrey Levinton, Ph.D., a distinguished scientist and teacher with broad interests in the sciences and the intersection of science, has been named the founding faculty director of the College of Science and Society.
    Oct 7, 2003 – 2:43:00 PM
  • Board the Barnum for Sound Science (SBU)
    Starting with the September 29th inaugural demonstration of a first-of-its kind observation system known as the SoundScience project, ferry passengers, the general public as well as scientists anywhere in the world can receive both instant and continuous information about the health of Long Island Sound, one of the region’s most important estuaries.
    Sep 24, 2003 – 4:19:00 PM
  • Eight Stony Brook Faculty Members Appointed To Rank of Distinguished Professor By SUNY (SBU)
    The State University of New York Board of Trustees have appointed 10 members of the SUNY faculty to the rank of Distinguished Professor and one member of the SUNY faculty to the rank of Distinguished Librarian. Eight of the faculty members who were honored are from Stony Brook University.
    Mar 27, 2003 – 2:50:00 PM
  • Stony Brook University Names David Conover Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Dean (SBU)
    Dr. David Conover has been named to the position of Dean and Director of its Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC). Dr. Conover has been at Stony Brook since 1981 and is widely recognized for his research in the ecology and evolutionary biology of fishes and fisheries science.
    Feb 27, 2003 – 2:21:00 PM

2002

2001

  • NASA Announces That Observations Of 1998 El Nino Provide Powerful Climate Test (SBU)
    NASA satellitte observations of the 1998 El Nino-the strongest ever recorded-show never before seen changes in cloud structures that provide a challenging test for even the world’s best climate models.
    Dec 17, 2001 – 12:00:00 PM
  • Research Projects And Performances Highlight Celebration Of Undergraduate Achievements (SBU)
    STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 25, 2001-A student-designed-and-built hybrid -utility vehicle, a solar-powered boat, and a performance of a Mozart Piano Concerto are just three of the highlights of Stony Brook University’s ‘Celebration of Undergraduate Achievements,” to be held on Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3 at the Student Activities Center.”
    Apr 25, 2001 – 12:00:00 PM
  • Cindy Lee Van Dover, Acclaimed Sea Biologist, Kicks Off Public Lecture Series (SBU)
    STONY BROOK, N.Y., January 29, 2001-Cindy Lee Van Dover, the nationally -known deep-sea biologist, submarine pilot, and author will be the featured speaker when the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University kicks off its Marine Biology Explorations Lecture Series next month.
    Jan 29, 2001 – 12:00:00 PM

2000

  • $1 Million In Funding Announced For Lobster Pathology Lab At Stony Brook (SBU)
    STONY BROOK, N.Y. October 3, 2000-State legislators announced today the funding of $1 million for the creation and staffing of a pathology laboratory at the Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC) at the University at Stony Brook to study the cause of the lobster die-off in Long Island Sound, as well as other diseases plaguing local shellfish and finfish.
    Oct 3, 2000 – 12:00:00 PM
  • Brown Tide Threatens South Shore Says Marine Science Researcher (SBU)
    STONY BROOK, N.Y., June 29, 2000-Brown Tide, the common phrase for a nuisance algal bloom, is menacing South Shore beaches on Long Island, creating the worst problem of its kind in years, according to leading researchers at the University at Stony Brook.
    Jun 29, 2000 – 12:00:00 PM
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