Calling all Long Island 9th-11th grade students! The Stony Brook Young Investigators Review is excited to launch its second annual scientific writing competition! If you would like an outlet to engage your interests in science and writing from home, this is an opportunity for you! To enter, you will compose a 750-1000 word article that analyzes a controversy in one of the following categories: biology, … Continue reading Announcing the 2021 Young Investigators Writing Competition!
Panayiota Siskos ’23 A shortage of STEM workers in the US exists due to unmet demand for increasing numbers of STEM graduates. Such shortage is even more apparent in typically underrepresented groups, despite diversity in STEM companies typically having greater company earnings, productivity, and inclusive work culture. A major factor of this is difficulty in retaining students in STEM majors, who have higher attrition rates, … Continue reading College Mentorship May Be the Key to Helping the STEM Worker Shortage
Panayiota Siskos ’23 The Baltic Sea has a history of having anthropogenic river nutrients from agriculture and wastewater discharges as well as phytoplankton biomass. A combination of physical, chemical, and biological factors forms the marine ecosystem, making it difficult to identify which impacts are climate change and human caused concentration of nutrients, and studies identifying them are necessary for a healthy marine ecosystem. Seasonal ice … Continue reading How Ice and Wind Can Affect Baltic Sea Phytoplankton
Ayesha Azeem ‘23 Music-induced analgesia (MIA) is defined as the ability of music to influence pain perception. The analgesic properties of music have been extensively studied in laboratory experiments and been found to alleviate pain and reduce anxiety. However, it is unclear what type of music is best for music-induced analgesia. The music used to study the phenomenon of MIA in previous studies was chosen … Continue reading The Music We Enjoy Can Ease Our Pain… Literally
Ayesha Azeem ‘23 Anxiety is one of the most prevalent diagnosed mental illnesses in the world as well as one of the leading causes of poor health and increased mortality across all mental disorders. Thus, researching and learning about the contributing factors and etiology of anxiety is very important for many clinical psychologists like Dr. Kristen Bernard at Stony Brook University, who seeks to study … Continue reading Our Attachment Styles Can Be an Indicator for Anxiety
Wendy Wu ’22 From podcasts to documentaries, the world has an odd fascination with violent crime. Even decades after they occur, grisly murders are picked apart by the media and public. Another group with particular interest in murders are forensic psychologists. Their research has delved into the psyche of murderers and the factors that lead up to them committing crime. This has helped in developing … Continue reading To Hide A Body
Wendy Wu ’22 In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 crisis a global health pandemic. Days later, COVID-19 was declared a national emergency in the U.S. Cases rose alarmingly and multiple states went into shut-down. Schools and workplaces closed, moving to online platforms as an effort to socially distance and slow the spread of the virus. What was thought to be a … Continue reading The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Physical and Mental Crisis
Vignesh Subramanian ’24 Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder and form of dementia that causes progressive loss of memory, critical thinking skills, and behavioral capabilities. The disease is characterized by the extracellular aggregation of beta (β)-amyloid plaques. These buildups gradually interfere with proteostasis, the regulation of protein synthesis and degradation, and decrease levels of neurotransmitter signaling between neurons. However, the failure of microglia – … Continue reading Microglial Activation Promotes AD-Affiliated Plaque Formation
Vignesh Subramanian ’24 Neural stem cells (NSCs) are multipotent cells capable of differentiating into the major types of mature cells in the central nervous system (CNS) – neurons and glia – and giving rise to unlimited generations of those cells. Alongside progenitor cells, which are descended from NSCs and differentiate into specific target cells, NSCs are critical in advancing neurogenesis, the development of neurons from … Continue reading NSC-Derived Antibody Proves a Selective NSC Marker
Thumyat Noe ’23 The COVID-19 pandemic has led to major mental health consequences such as anxiety and non-compliance with health guidelines within the general population, especially among young adults. To effectively treat anxiety and encourage compliance with public health guidelines among young adults, it is important to understand factors that contribute to COVID-19 related anxiety as well as decision-making mechanisms that contribute to compliance with … Continue reading Online Survey of the Impact of COVID-19 Risk and Cost Estimates on Worry and Health Behavior Compliance in Young Adult
Joyce Chen ’23 Bullying is when one individual exerts control over another through physical or verbal aggression. It is a widespread problem in the school, work, and online settings in the United States. A plethora of research has been done on the negative effects of bullying on the victims’ physical, emotional, and psychological well being; however, not much is known on how bullying affects an … Continue reading Can bullying lead to a greater risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?