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Wolfie Tank, Stony Brook University’s local version of the hit TV show Shark Tank, brought together local inventors to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in the Student Activities Center Tuesday night. The judges included the Vice Chairman of the Long Island Angels Network, Andrew Hazen, Stony Brook alumni and member of Anheuser-Busch InBev—a multinational beverage and brewing company which is also responsible for testing and commercializing new technologies and business models—James Keane, Intelligent Product Solutions Vice President of Business Development Derek Peterson, and founder of PTJ Consulting Paul Trapani. “We received about 35 applications for this, but we could only pick seven people,” said Samiha Shakil, one of the event’s organizers. Brian Ton was the first of these seven to present his idea, the Selen Glasses, which are glasses that come with electronic tinting. “They’re affordable, auto-adjusting glasses,” Ton explained. Although Ton received positive feedback from the…

Stony Brook University unveiled the preliminary details of its SUNY Excels Performance Improvement Plan on Friday, September 18 with highlights that included increasing enrollment, completions, graduation rates, research expenditures, fundraising and diversity. “They said at the board of trustees resolution that this is not a measurement of one institution against another, but rather an institution against itself over time,” Braden Hosch, assistant vice president for institutional research, planning and effectiveness said. Stony Brook University is looking to increase enrollment from 25,272 this fall to 26,394 by 2020. The university also wants to raise completions from slightly above 6,600 to 7,500, and the four-year, full-time, first-time student graduation rate from 51-percent, as calculated by the university, to 60-percent. “That actually derives from a commitment President Stanley made to President Obama at the White House to increase the graduation rate of our students,” Hosch said. Increasing the graduation rate is “probably the…

New York is one of the 18 states added this past July to a federal act granting in-state tuition to veterans attending college under the G.I. Bill, saving veterans headaches and money. The added states will offer in-state tuition for veterans regardless of whether they have established permanent residency in the state of the school they are attending by the passing of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. “Military personnel, veterans, and their families living on our campuses and in the state’s communities deserve the same access to affordable public higher education that all New Yorkers enjoy,” State University of New York (SUNY) System Chancellor Nancy L. ZImpher said in a press release. According to the G.I. Jobs Magazine, over 40 of the 64 college campuses directed by the SUNY system have been named “military friendly.” The Yellow Ribbon program had been previously…

Faculty and students of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences gathered in Endeavour Hall on a rainy October 2 to celebrate 25 years of the Boathouse, an experimental building made from municipal solid waste ash blocks. “Weather couldn’t be better for the occasion, since this is exactly why the Boathouse was built,” speaker Dr. Frank Roethel said.     Chemical oceanographer Roethel, has long been interested in  environmental issues associated with the combustion of garbage and finding possible ways to reuse the ash produced as the result of incinerating waste. The Long Island Landfill Law (1983) left the Long Island’s towns with two choices regarding the management of their waste: truck it off-island or incinerate it. “Today, more than 50% of Long Island’s municipal waste is sent to waste-to-energy facilities where they are combusted,” Roethel said. Every year, 475,000 tons of ash are generated from combustion and disposed in ash…