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SBU snags $25M grant for new engineering facility

By GREGORY ZELLER // Engineers, start your education. New York State on Thursday announced a major funding initiative that will help bring a cutting-edge engineering facility to the Stony Brook University campus. Albany will funnel $25 million to SBU, allowing the university to dive headlong into the initial planning and development phases of what Stony Brook is trumpeting as a $100 million, 100,000-square-foot mecca of engineering education. The university’s engineering programs already have a strong…

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FSC scores engineering-tech ‘leader’ as new dean

By GREGORY ZELLER // Farmingdale State College has selected an accomplished new dean for its School of Engineering Technology. Barbara Christe, who served most recently as an associate professor and chairwoman of the Healthcare Engineering Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will assume her new duties Aug. 20, according to a statement issued Monday by FSC. Her appointment was first reported July 23 by The Campus Times, a publication of the college’s Office for Institutional…


Perpetual flight, endless optimism at Luminati

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Bodies in Motion Tend to Stay in Motion file comes Luminati Aerospace, which has achieved what it’s calling “perpetual stratospheric flight.” According to the Calverton-based company, a “groundbreaking in-flight experiment” and two years of subsequent data-crunching prove “perpetual stratospheric flight by means of fully automated vortex-seeking formation flight” is possible. In English: The startup aerospace company’s solar-powered planes can stay aloft virtually forever – a potentially ginormous breakthrough that…


Evolving SmartCoparent app adds a vital piece

By GREGORY ZELLER // A simple app launched to help separated co-parents manage shifting childcare schedules has ignited its second-stage boosters – and a new partnership with a leading online portfolio company could blast it into the divorced-parents stratosphere. Hauppauge-based Aeonic Ventures – producer of the SmartCoparent app, an all-in-one digital platform designed to simplify the often-chaotic lives of separated co-parents – has announced a new collaboration with California-based Internet Brands Inc., a portfolio company…


For Northwell employees, the drugs are in the mail

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for Northwell Health employees, who can now receive their prescription medications through the mail. Vivo Health Pharmacy, a specialty drug dispensary operated by the New Hyde Park-based health system, on Tuesday announced the launch of an innovative prescription-med mail-order program. While certain Northwell Health patients have enjoyed that benefit for some time, the new program makes mail-order prescriptions available to all Northwell Health employees. That’s a fairly substantial undertaking:…


Stony Brook rock star pitches in on Mars modules

By GREGORY ZELLER // With this month’s discovery of liquid-water lakes resting beneath the ruddy surface of Mars, humankind took another giant leap toward the potential colonization of the Red Planet. Mars is not Earth’s closest planetary neighbor. That distinction belongs to Venus, which – at its closest orbital point – is just 23.6 million miles away, compared to Mars’ closest pass at 35.7 million miles. But with a sulfuric-acid atmosphere and a surface temperature…


Hempstead IDA’s busy (and slightly familiar) summer

By GREGORY ZELLER // We may be entering the dog days of summer, but the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency is hardly lying down on the job. The local IDA recently greenlighted two incentives deals designed to spur economic development, one in the Village of Valley Stream and one in the Village of Hempstead, both of which are part of Hempstead Town. The deals involve a residential complex and a retail site – less-common…