Spencer Saraf, a SUNY Oswego senior majoring in chemistry who graduates this month, has received a travel award from the National Science Foundation to present the surprising results of her summer research on eyesight to an international audience of scientists.
She will make her presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in January in Austin, Texas.
During an 11-week research training program in the biological sciences last summer at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine, Saraf applied state-of-the-art molecular biological and imaging techniques to study the light-sensing proteins expressed in photoreceptors, the cells in the eyes that detect light.
Study: Six-million-year-old “Millenium Man” was bipedal—but lived in trees
Stony Brook University — An analysis of the femur of one of the oldest human ancestors reveals the six-million-year-old “Millenium Man” was bipedal but lived in the trees. The research, led by Stony Brook University researchers and their team of international paleoanthropologists, could provide additional insight to the origins of human bipedalism and is published in Nature Communications.
▶ Read about the study at the Stony Brook Newsroom
How to ship a 17-ton magnet from Long Island to Illinois
Popular Science — Physicists at a lab in Illinois needed a superconducting magnet to study muons, fleeting subatomic particles. The answer lay with a used magnet at Stony Brook University partner Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. If Fermi scientists could move it, they could have it. The magnet, however, couldn’t be dismantled. And it had to be shipped with the utmost care because a twist of even a couple of millimeters could irreparably damage its internal wiring.
▶ Read “How To Ship A 17-Ton Magnet” in Popular Science
Award-winning architect Tod Williams lectures before a packed auditorium at Alfred State.
World-renowned architect Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City visited the Department of Architecture and Design at Alfred State this October to deliver the lecture titled “Architecture is a noun.” Attracted by the new Bachelor of Architecture program’s unusual emphasis on the ‘Poetics of Construction,’ which is also the theme of the Department’s lecture series this year, Williams took the time to give invaluable feedback to students and discuss their ongoing projects before beginning his lecture. Department Chair Dr. Heinrich Hermann hopes this sort of interaction becomes commonplace in the program as the BArch degree ramps up. Now in its first year, the degree is one of only eight such programs in the entire State of New York and the only one of its kind in the SUNY system, Hermann says.
As the weather gets colder, we get closer and closer to flu season. Symptoms like coughing and chills will constantly surround us. But how can you avoid or rapidly battle influenza (“the flu”) altogether? After all, some influenza strain symptoms can be sneaky, making it harder to diagnose and start medication. Well, good news is here; new technology can now speed up diagnosis and provide the proper treatment quicker!
Traditionally, patients who experience symptoms of the flu (or, just don’t feel well) schedule a doctor’s appointment and make the drive across town to be diagnosed. The doctor sees the patient, and then reacts to the situation — and that usually involves giving them medicine. Then, the doctor moves on to the next patient while hoping that her previous will fully heal. This happens every single day, every single year, across the globe.