Tension between national security and science -- by its nature open and international -- is nothing new. But over the past year and a half, national security agencies, federal granting agencies, the White House and members of Congress have all signaled their increasing concern about international students or scholars who might seek to exploit the openness of the U.S. academic environment for their own -- or their nations' -- gain.
It seems that the only thing Americans can agree on is that we are living in an era of extreme political polarization. As we head into the 2020 presidential campaign, a striking 91 percent of people said in a recent PRRI survey that the country is divided over politics.
Freshly supported by a three-year grant from the international Human Frontier Science Program, Prof. Liliana Dávalos will dive even deeper into the world of the shrew – a remarkable, mole-like mammal known to shrink its mass, including its brain, up to 20 percent during the winter months, without hibernating.
The fight against cancer and other deadly diseases is constantly becoming more and more advanced. To make these advances possible, new tools based on computer science and engineering are opening up new possibilities. Stony Brook University recognized one of the leading pioneers in bringing those disciplines together – and the private philanthropy supporting his work: Dr. Joel Saltz.
Advocates from various sectors in the Stony Brook community are working hard to help promote a safe environment for these critical agricultural workers, primarily by declining to use neonicotinoids — nicotine-based insecticides that can be harmful or fatal to bees and other insects that pollinate plants.
Today the authority of science is under attack. Politicians may still consult doctors, engineers, even weather.com, but in key areas of national and global consequence, government leaders confidently reject scientific claims, substituting myths and cherry-picked facts. How is this possible? What can we do about it?
Marina Azzimonti is an expert in measuring the effects of the increasing partisan conflict in on the U.S. economy. Research she conducted shows this increased partisan conflict discourages investments by households and firms. Based on this research, she developed the “Partisan Conflict Index,” which tracks the degree of political disagreement among U.S. politicians, and is now issued monthly by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve