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President’s Message The story of Stony Brook’s success can be attributed to the many esteemed faculty members conducting cutting edge research within our walls. The fruits of their labor are exhibited in the vital discoveries made at Stony Brook. Examples include Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and the discovery of the cause for Lyme disease. Stony Brook researchers have been honored with many prestigious awards including the Nobel Prize, the Fields Medal in Mathematics, the NIH Pioneer Award, and the M.W. Beijerinck Virology Prize . Stony Brook undergraduates are some of the brightest minds in academia, and spending only a few hours at the Stony Brook labs will allow you to see the dedication undergraduate students have for their research. Whether it be running a QPCR or running a Western Blot, Stony Brook undergraduates take pride in their research However, a common problem for undergraduates conducting research is the lack of opportunities to showcase their work to fellow peers and faculty. Oftentimes, the only eyes to ever see a student’s research are supervising faculty members and those deemed in charge to review the student’s research. Consequently and unfortunately, students’ research endeavors often go unnoticed by their fellow peers and other faculty. It is from this impetus that the Stony Brook Young Investigators Review was established and continues to grow. The principal ambition of our journal is to ensure that the research conducted by undergraduates does not go unnoticed by faculty and, most importantly, by fellow peers. We strive to foster an environment in which students may present their research in a forum that encourages constructive feedback. Accordingly, we publish a journal once a year that encompasses all disciplines of scientific research conducted at Stony Brook. Through print and online publication, as well as holding symposiums featuring speakers who have revolutionized their respective fields, such as Dr. Robert Weinberg and Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Chalfie, we hope to attract students from various academic backgrounds as well as those who may have no yet been exposed to laboratory work. We extend an invitation to undergraduate researchers from all fields of science with the end goal of publishing in a journal that is disseminated to the student body. As president, it has been an honor to continue the hard work of my predecessors in “spreading the scientific word” and having the privilege to help exhibit the exceptional research being done by my fellow peers in their respective fields. I would like to thank our writers and editors who make the issue a success. I would also like to thank the Departments of Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Behavior, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Ecology and Evolution for all their contributions

to our journal. Additionally I would like to thank Dr. Lorna Role and Dr. Robert Haltiwanger for offering guidance and support. Respectfully yours, Noel S. Joseph B.S. in Pharmacology (2012) President

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Fall 2011  

Fall 2011