May 2017

Three Senior Administrators Appointed to New Roles at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, New York, May 22, 2017 – Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, announced today that he is appointing Richard J. Reeder as Vice President for Research and Operations Manager for the Research Foundation at Stony Brook University, and promoting both Judith B. Greiman and Melissa Z.Y. Woo to the role of Senior Vice President.

In his role as Vice President for Research and Operations Manager for the Research Foundation at Stony Brook University, Reeder will oversee the Stony Brook research enterprise. Dr. Reeder served as the interim Vice President for Research since July 2016. At Stony Brook for nearly four decades, Reeder joined the Geosciences Department as a faculty member in 1980, where he served as Deputy Chair before being appointed Chair in 2008. From 2002-2012 he served as Director of the National Science Foundation-supported Center for Environmental Molecular Science. He also served as Chair of the national user group, EnviroSync, which promotes application of synchrotron X-ray methods to environmental sciences.

As a researcher, Reeder made extensive use of experimental beamlines at synchrotron facilities throughout the United States and participated in development of beamlines at NSLS and NSLS II at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a founding member of Stony Brook’s Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research (CIDER). In 2014, Reeder led the team that, in partnership with Battelle, worked on the application which resulted in the successful renewal of the management contract of Brookhaven National Lab. In 2015 he was appointed Associate Vice President for Brookhaven Affairs.

Reeder received his BS in Geology from the University of Illinois, and his MA and PhD in Geology and Geophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was associate editor, and later editor of the peer-reviewed journal American Mineralogist, as well as editor of several review books. He has authored more than 120 articles and book chapters.

Judith Greiman’s promotion to Senior Vice President for Government and Community Relations and Chief Deputy to the President follows several successful years as Vice President for Government and Community Relations/Chief Deputy to the President. While at Stony Brook, Greiman took on the oversight and implementation responsibility of several key areas and presidential initiatives including the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the recent appointment of Stony Brook’s first Chief Diversity Officer, Lee Bitsoi; Stony Brook’s Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity ; Stony Brook engaging as a 10X10X10 University Impact Champion in the UN Women’s HeForShe Movement; and, Stony Brook’s initiative to become a tobacco free campus. In this role she will continue to work closely with the SUNY legislative affairs office and with elected representatives to address higher education issues and opportunities locally, in Albany and in Washington D.C., related to both the main academic programs and the annual budget process. She will also continue to engage with the University's surrounding communities, enhancing existing programs and creating new ones, that help reinforce Stony Brook’s ongoing relationship as a trusted community partner.

As Senior Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Melissa Woo will continue to lead one of the University’s rapidly changing departments. Woo’s credentials and her recent success leading the way to Stony Brook University becoming the first higher education institution in New York State to offer a 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) connection to the NYSERNet and Internet 2 network, speak to her outstanding ability to implement complex IT projects for the University. In her new role, Woo will take on responsibility for aiding in research computing and Teaching and Learning Technology (TLT) for Stony Brook University as a whole, including Stony Brook Medicine.

“ As Stony Brook continues to gain momentum as one of America’s most dynamic public universities, a center of academic excellence and an internationally recognized research institution, there comes a time to reflect upon and recognize those who work diligently behind the administrative scenes,” said President Stanley. “Rich, Judy and Melissa have demonstrated to be true leaders, making a real difference at the University. I look forward to continuing our work together in pursuit of the big ideas that will impact the University.”

Fotis Sotiropoulos Recognized Nationally for Advancing Hydraulic Engineering

Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been selected to receive the 2017 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resource Institute (EWRI). The annual award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to hydraulics and waterways. Sotiropoulos will accept the award in May at the EWRI World Congress in Sacramento, CA.

The award acknowledges Sotiropoulos’ leadership in waterways research and application, and for generating a quantum leap forward in the development and application of computational fluid dynamics for waterways.

“Dr. Sotiropoulos’ groundbreaking research in hydraulics has set the standard for how people will treat modeling of riverine flows for decades to come,” said ASCE-EWRI Director Brian Parsons. “He dramatically raised the bar for what pioneering research in hydraulic engineering should look like, and his insights can help solve real-world problems.”

At Stony Brook University, Dr. Sotiropoulos, together with faculty and students, research offshore wind and tidal energy resources. Working with Verdant Power Inc., which develops marine and hydrokinetic technologies, they aim to create the first grid-connected, tidal-energy research project in New York City’s East River. Turbines will be installed at the river-bottom to harvest the tidal energy and produce electricity to power Manhattan. The plan is to have a commercial-scale turbine array deployed in the river by 2020.

“Fotis Sotiropoulos exemplifies what it means to be a leader in academia,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “His insight into hydraulics and its real-world impact on our environment and economy, combined with his role as dean and educator, will help train the next generation of innovative engineers investigating this crucial issue.”

Sotiropoulos’ research focuses on simulation-based engineering science for fluid mechanics problems in renewable energy, river hydraulics, geophysical, and biological applications. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, National laboratories, private industry, and other state and federal agencies, Sotiropoulos has raised more than $34M for research and research facility development and renovation during the past 10 years.

“We are immensely proud of Fotis Sotiropoulos for receiving the Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award, a much-deserved recognition for his extraordinary accomplishments in his field,” said Stony Brook University Provost Michael A. Bernstein. “Fotis’ cutting-edge work sets a high standard for research at Stony Brook University. Congratulations to Fotis on this tremendous national honor.”

More Women With Heart Disease Becoming Mothers

The number of women with heart disease delivering babies increased by 24 percent over a 10-year period, a Stony Brook-led study shows. Reported in the American Journal of Cardiology, the research could prompt new guidelines for screening and care during pregnancy.

Kathleen Stergiopoulos, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and a specialist in heart disease in women at the Stony Brook Heart Institute, led the study of more than 80,000 women with heart disease.

From 2003 to 2012, researchers found, the prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies increased by 24 percent. This jump may prompt greater awareness of heart disease in women of childbearing age, heighten individual screening of heart disease in pregnant patients, and institute a multidisciplinary approach to labor and delivery.

Heart disease is the most common cause of death among pregnant women in the United States and other developed countries. There remain significant gaps in understanding of the prevalence, trends and outcomes of heart disease in pregnancy in the U.S. population. Investigation of trends and outcomes in heart disease and pregnancy has been limited.

In this study, researchers used the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s National Impatient Sample to better determine the trends and relationship between women with heart disease and delivering babies. To do this, they studied existing heart conditions and outcomes using a large sample of women with heart disease (81,295) and without heart disease (39,894,032).

“We learned that in addition to the high and growing prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies, the reasons are mainly related to increases in women delivering babies with diseases such as cardiomyopathy, adult congenital heart disease, and pulmonary hypertension,” said Dr. Stergiopoulos.

The study also showed that major adverse cardiac events in pregnant women with heart disease increased by nearly 19 percent, and there is a significant and gradual increase in these events for women who have delivered babies and have heart disease. The most common events for women with heart disease were heart failure and arrhythmia.

According to Dr. Stergiopoulos, while a maternal death is a rare event, the findings should impact clinical practices when caring for women with heart disease who are pregnant.

She emphasized that future strategies to mitigate risk in these women include individualized preconception counseling and heart disease risk stratification, meticulous pregnancy follow-up, and a multi-disciplinary approach to labor and delivery that includes a coordinated approach to labor and delivery for those with heart disease that includes specialists from Cardiology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Obstetrical Anesthesiology and Neonatology.

The study co-authors include Stony Brook faculty from multiple University Departments. Co-authors are Fabio V. Lima, MD, MPH, of the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology; Jie Yang, PhD, in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine; and Jianjin Xu, MS, of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

The research was supported in part by the American Heart Association and an American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grant.

Stony Brook Grads and Undergrads Earn Major Research Fellowships from National Science Foundation

Seven Stony Brook student researchers earned prestigious fellowships from the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Click here to meet the awardees.

The fellowships provide each winner a $34,000 annual stipend for three years plus a $12,000 yearly cost-of-education allowance. The NSF chose 2,000 winners out of more than 13,000 applicants from 449 institutions nationwide.

“Stony Brook students, both graduate and undergraduate, have again demonstrated their outstanding potential for cutting-edge research. This year’s seven NSF GRF recipients span a remarkable range of science disciplines, showing the strengths of research activities across the University,” Interim Vice President for Research Rich Reeder said. “The funding provided by these fellowships permits students to pursue graduate education and research in areas of their choosing. These GRF awards also provide a nice addition to Stony Brook’s research funding.”

The NSF GRFP was established in 1952 to help develop and boost diversity of the United States’ science and engineering research workforce by supporting graduate students who pursue research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported STEM disciplines.

Anne McElroy, professor and graduate program director in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, lead a writing seminar with support from the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate School. More than 100 Stony Brook students attended the seminar to learn about the GRFP and get help with preparing their applications.

“Once again, it was a real pleasure to work with so many talented and hardworking students across campus. I’m really proud of not only those recognized by winning the award or receiving honorable mentions, but everyone who put so much work into their applications,” McElroy said. “I’m sure they will all go on to very successful careers.”

NSF Funds SBU Big Data Collaboration with Government, Industry

Department of Computer Science (CS) chair Arie Kaufman and fellow researchers have been awarded new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), paving the way for Stony Brook to become a university partner in the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI).

Stony Brook’s Reality Deck
Established in 2012, the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/URC) that works in partnership with government, industry, and academia to develop the next-generation visual and decision support tools harnessing Big Data.

More than five years ago, the National Science Foundation funded the creation of the Center for Dynamic Data Analytics (CDDA), an I/UCRC at Stony Brook University. As a result of the first phase of this I/UCRC and with Kaufman serving as CDDA’s co-director, Stony Brook University is a leader in developing industry research partnerships.

CVDI will be the country’s largest I/UCRC in the field of Big Data. The CVDI collaboration aims to develop cutting-edge tools and techniques necessary to handle the demands of large data volume endeavors, such as visual analytics and machine learning.

University partners of CVDI include Stony Brook University, Drexel University, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Virginia, and Tampere University of Technology in Finland. Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte are expected to join in 2017. Each member university will receive funding from the NSF for a minimum of five more years to encourage industry outreach and educational opportunities for students.

Companies that worked with CDDA during the first I/UCRC phase included Northrop Grumman Aerospace Corporation, Softheon, CA Technologies, Samsung, BioClinica, and Mobileware. The Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, which is part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is a good fit for an endeavor such as CVDI. Its facilities boast over 20 research laboratories and include the Reality Deck, a unique visualization facility designed and built specifically for mass data.

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Professor Long Lu Earns NSF Career Award To Develop Solutions In Mobile Security

Long Lu, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research in rethinking mobile security in today’s app-as-a-platform environment. This is Dr. Lu’s fourth NSF award and eighth research grant, securing him more than $3 million dollars in research grants. Dr. Lu is the college’s second NSF CAREER award recipient for 2017.

“The NSF CAREER award is one of the highest honors an 'early career’ faculty member can achieve nationally, and directly impacts the advancement of promising research in the STEM fields at work here at Stony Brook,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “Long Lu’s work in mobile security is not only highly relevant, it’s critical to a bold new future. Professor Lu deserves our congratulations as he joins a long list of NSF CAREER award recipients at Stony Brook, comprised of outstanding faculty and researchers, passionately engaged in the important issues of our time.”

"Long Lu's excellent work epitomizes the cutting-edge research taking place across Stony Brook University,” said Michael A. Bernstein, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University. “Congratulations to Long on receiving the esteemed NSF CAREER award, a true milestone achievement."

Lu says the timing of this research is significant because we are currently in an ecosystem that treats users as the products. Because users don’t pay for many of the services they use, they unknowingly share their data to support those services.

“There have been reports where companies very stealthily collect users’ private user data, such as their contacts and locations, without notification,” he said. “That’s a very aggressive privacy intrusion and, as security researchers we need to make that transparent and manageable to the users so that they can make more informed decisions about how to proceed.”

“Professor Lu’s research is essential to ensuring security in our increasingly mobile world,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. “His ambitious research brings to life the College’s commitment to innovative technology solutions that address the challenges and opportunities today’s technologies create.”

“For Lu, teaching at Stony Brook includes several advanced courses in computer and network security,” said Arie Kaufman, chair of the Department of Computer Science. “With the prestigious CAREER award, Lu’s efforts in and out of the classroom are strengthened and increase the hands-on experience for him and his students in offense and defensive techniques in security.”

Over the next five years, Lu aims to achieve three different research goals organized into what he calls “dimensions.” The first dimension will identify current mobile security problems in operating systems. The second will evaluate extending security coverage into the cloud, and the third dimension of the research will look at building the necessary security mechanisms to support the ongoing emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT).

“It’s basically a fundamental redesign of the underlying system that we have for today’s mobile devices and services,” Lu said. “We are trying to think ahead and identify the security issues facing mobile users and device manufacturers alike, to introduce new designs and technologies to the operating system.”

Lu is also affiliated with the National Security Institute at Stony Brook University. When he is not teaching computer science courses in advanced computer security, he is conducting research in his Research in Software and Systems Security (RiS3 Lab). In addition to the NSF CAREER funding, he works with graduate and PhD students on projects for the Office of Naval Research and Air Force Office of Scientific Research aimed at securing software and systems against critical threats.

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