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


  • 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
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