With the upcoming movie release of the second installment of JRR Tolkien’s critically acclaimed “The Hobbit” just upon the horizon – Stony Brook University scientists couldn’t have picked a better time to reveal Hobbits might be more than a literary creation. The classic work of fantasy featuring Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and magic might be more true to life than we thought.
The intrigue that Stony Brook researchers have found themselves was prompted by an interesting set of remains that were discovered in Indonesia in 2003. The 18,000 year old remains were initially believed to be Homo sapiens affected with microcephaly, a neurodevelopmental condition marked by a small skull and minuscule brain. But as more and more research is done and measurements are taken, more researchers are believing that the species they nicknamed “Hobbits” must be closer to true than initially believed.
Two weeks ago, this fantastic display of SUNY pride was tweeted and gained a lot of attention. We at SUNY love to see the “family tree” of SUNY schools that begins to develop in families across New York State, so we reached out to the family to learn more about the photo. As Katie Weber (SUNY Ulster, Stony Brook) explains, it was a bittersweet occasion:
Today’s modern culture provides convenience, comfort, and efficiency. In one day, an American can buy a cart of any type of groceries they desire, order an item on the Web to be delivered that afternoon, and can video chat with a friend who’s stationed in Afghanistan.
The cost of this heavy activity, according to a Stony Brook University researcher, is your health. Packing in all of these activities in a day could mean less sleep for you.
Obesity in the United States is reaching epidemic proportions and the problem is growing, especially among teens. Here’s a shocking statistic: the rate of obesity in adolescents has tripled in the past three decades.
Throughout its 65-year history, SUNY has awarded tens of thousands of degrees and certificates across New York State and in conjunction with partners across the global landscape. SUNY has grown from a collection of colleges separated and scattered through villages, towns, and cities to a diverse system of institutions that impact New Yorkers (and Americans) at an immeasurable level. Because of this massive presence, the colleges and universities that make up SUNY have acquired world-leading expert faculty and some of the brightest students to collaborate and create with the aim to positively change the lives of everybody.
In the essence of Independence Day, we highlight ten interesting and substantial ways that SUNY impacts America. Check them out after the jump — and let us know what you think in the comments!
This week, the Fourth of July holiday lands on a Thursday. For some of us it means a four day weekend; a chance to fire up the BBQ grill and watch fireworks. For others, it’s the chance to reflect on the founding missions of the United States. We here at SUNY would like to recognize some alumni who have made major contributions to our country through the years, giving back to the people and communities that supported them. Read on to learn about just a few of our notable SUNY Alumni in American Service.