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Stony Brook Faculty Members Awarded Grants from National Science Foundation

Awards totaling more than $1.7 million will support projects in math and science.

Stony Brook University announced Thursday the National Science Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $1.7 million to several faculty members engaged in math and science projects with the potential to impact the community.

Close to $750,000 was awarded to Dr. Keith Sheppard, director of science education and associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and Dr. Lisa Berger, assistant professor of mathematics, to support a program which provides stipends to future math and science teachers who have commited to teach in high-need school districts on Long Island and in New York City.

A grant of $500,000 was given to C.R. Ramakrishnan, I.V. Ramakrishnan, Scott A. Smolka, and David S. Warren of the university's computer science department for a project that will bring together researchers in different areas of computer science with the goal of integrating statistical and logical reasoning.

Dr. Petar M. Djuric of the university's department of electrical and computer engineering was awarded more than $470,000 for a project titled "Learning and Herding in Complex Systems," which studies the mechanisms by which people ignore their reasoning and behave like their neighbors.

"These awards from the National Science Foundation illustrate the depth and diversity of research being done at Stony Brook," said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. "This is but a sample of our commitment to furthering science education and scientific knowledge."

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