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$3M NSF Grant Will Fund PhD Student Training in Data Analytics, Visualization and Science Communication

The Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) has been awarded a five-year $3M National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to support graduate students from the departments of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolution, and the schools of Journalism and Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. This unique and interdisciplinary grant is for Science Training & Research to Inform DEcisions (STRIDE). The award will prepare the next generation of scientists working with big data to support complex decision-making. Read more ...

Seth Polsley (Texas A&M) Wins IACS Challenge at Tapia Conference

IACS Recruiter Rosalia Davi and IACS Student Diversity Ambassador Adrián Soto attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing conference held in Austin, TX last week. Their goals were to meet and greet undergraduate students from around the country in hopes of finding those who could join the elite group of students here at IACS. One such possible student is Seth Polsely from Texas A&M who won the challenge posed to the students who stopped by the IACS booth. Read more ...

Research Team Led by SBU’s Alexander Orlov Strikes Gold

It sounds like alchemy, but in reality it’s hard science aimed at addressing energy and environmental issues. Researchers from Stony Brook University led by Alexander Orlov have developed a method to produce gold nanoparticles of unprecedented purity and stability. Their discovery highlights the groundbreaking nature of SBU’s collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) as well as scientists at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). Orlov’s team has produced catalytically active gold nanoparticles in an ultra-high vacuum chamber with temperatures approaching absolute zero. A paper describing the first catalyst ever produced using their new method, called Helium Nanodroplet Deposition (HND), was recently published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Read more ...

AMS boasts 3 New IACS Award Winners

Three new award winners, all from AMS, join returning Jr. Researchers Phil McDowall (Ecology and Evolution) and Adrian Soto-Cambres (Physics) in the elite group of IACS PhD students whose research and potential successes have earned them a stipend topper -- bringing their salary to $34,000 -- plus $4,000 in travel and equipment funds. Eric Raut is our 2016 IACS New Recruit, and Aditi Ghai and Zeyang Ye are our two new 2016 IACS Jr. Researcher award winners. Read more ...

IACS’ Robert Harrison is Leader in NSF-Funded Institute to Improve Scientific Software

High-performance computing expert Robert Harrison, director of the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS)at Stony Brook University, is one of the leaders of a new institute that is supported by a five-year $19.4 million award from the National Science Foundation. Read more ...

IACS Faculty and Affiliates Make Headlines

Three IACS faculty highlighted in the News - IACS Faculty Barbara Chapman, IACS Affiliate Fotis Sotiropoulos, IACS Affiliate Heather Lynch Read more ...

High-Speed Protein Modeling Could Accelerate Drug Development

A team of international scientists led by Stony Brook University researchers have created an ultra-fast, computerized way to model protein interactions, potentially helping to speed needed drugs to market. Read more ...

IACS Student Lands Tenure-track Line at Liberal Arts College

There will soon be two doctors in Rebecca Conley’s house. Her husband is a chemistry professor at Pace University, and she has just completed the defense of her dissertation and will be starting as an Assistant Professor teaching math at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ in the fall. “I love explaining math to people and seeing them understand the concepts, especially if it’s teaching students who have previously had bad math experiences. It’s really rewarding to help them realize that they can be good at math.” Read more ...

Two IACS faculty honored with SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

IACS affiliate faculty members Alexander Orlov and Yuefan Deng both recently became recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence: Deng for Excellence in Teaching and Orlov for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Both faculty members, plus 16 other SBU winners, will be honored at the University Awards Dinner to be held on October 13. Read more ...

IACS Affiliate Professor Explains a Growing Phenomenon – Sonification

When Margaret Schedel turned 14, her father bought her an unusual birthday present – Finale, a music notation software. Hoping to master this new system, Schedel enrolled in a summer program in electronic music at Oberlin. “They didn’t do Finale at all,” Schedel recalled, “but they did sampling, digital performer, recording, manipulating sound…and I just fell in love with it right there.” It was the beginning of a 21st century romance: a blend between music and science, or computer music. Read more ...

IACS Professor Wins Internal Support to Develop Online Tools for Calculus Course

Brook Online Learning Development (S-BOLD) was established last year by SBU’s President and Provost to “support the continuing evolution of educational excellence” by funding innovative ideas for creating online courses and educational tools. This year 13 letters of intent were received with seven being invited to submit full proposals. Of the five winners, IACS/AMS Assistant Professor Matthew Reuter and AMS Associate Professor David Green won for their novel approach to developing online tools to aid students enrolled in AMS 261: Applied Calculus III. Read more ...

NIH Pumps $3.6M into Cardiovascular Research at Stony Brook University

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded a team of scientists led by Danny Bluestein (Principal Investigator), Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, funding to conduct multi-scale simulations of cardiovascular processes. Work on the project will be carried out concurrently by Yuefan Deng (Co-Investigator), of Stony Brook’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, as well as Marvin Slepian (Co-Investigator), of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona. Read more ...

IACS New Recruit Wins $102,000 in NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

At five in the morning, Alex Borowicz woke up to find a hard-earned and welcomed message in his inbox. He discovered that he was one of the 2,000 awardees of this year’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Out of 17,000 applicants, he was one of the lucky 12%. “Still being mostly asleep, it was exciting, but muted excitement,” he said with a chuckle.” Yet as the week continued, the reality of his achievement finally settled in. Read more ...