Issued 9/14/98

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While it may look like an exotic hair curler, this is actually an early device used to pinpoint brain tumors, built by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1961. It will be among the 250 artifacts on display at The Museums of Stony Brook show, "Treasures of Long Island." Open from September 19 through January 24, the exhibition will explore the importance and distinctiveness of Long Island and its people in American history and culture. Brookhaven Lab's pioneering research led to today's Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners, which are used in hospitals worldwide to diagnose brain tumors and heart disease. PET research at Brookhaven today encompasses a wide range of disorders involving the brain, from Alzheimer's disease to drug addiction. Recently, researchers using Brookhaven's PET scanner reported that they found a promising drug to treat cocaine addiction. Also on display at the museums will be sheet music - "Yip, Yip Yaphank," and "Oh!How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" - written by Sergeant Irving Berlin while he was stationed at Camp Upton, an Army base during World Wars I and II that became the site of Brookhaven Lab in 1947.