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At ICE laboratory, diversity fuels the fire within

By GREGORY ZELLER // Diversity is behind the wheel at Stony Brook University, where an unexpected team of mechanical engineers is fueling a new future for an old technology. Electric vehicles are an enormous part of an energy-efficient future – and they’re increasingly prevalent in the present, with hybrids quickly filling our HOV lanes. But that doesn’t mean internal combustion engines are dead. Instead, the drive for energy efficiency has researchers like SBU Department of…

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Old Westbury, Downstate Medical mark a SUNY first

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island hasn’t gained a new medical school, technically, though it has picked up a slew of new med students. Billed as a first-of-its-kind agreement, SUNY College at Old Westbury and the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn have partnered on a slate of programs allowing students to “pursue graduate and accelerated degrees,” according to the state university system – essentially, providing Old Westbury students with Downstate Medical degrees. The collaboration,…


ThermoLift runs with the elite at CERAWeek 2019

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook startup in hot pursuit of game-changing heat-pump technology sizzled last month at one of the nation’s biggest annual energy conferences. ThermoLift, headquartered at Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, was one of only 11 companies invited to present during Climate Investments’ Venture Day, part of the 37th annual CERAWeek conference, held in March in Texas. Named for Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a circa-1983 Massachusetts-based energy…


Memorial Sloan Kettering debuts new MSK Nassau

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new chapter in Long Island’s fight against cancer is beginning, even as the book closes on a longtime regional treatment facility. New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Thursday cut the ribbon of MSK Nassau, an ultramodern, $180 million outpatient cancer-treatment facility located on Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. Slated to officially open for business Monday, the 2-story, 114,000-square-foot center replaces MSK’s 22-year-old Rockville Centre facility, which is shutting…


Adelphi taps Asian affairs expert as liberal arts leader

By GREGORY ZELLER // Adelphi University has recruited an Ithaca College innovator to lead its ambitious liberal arts programs. Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, currently dean of Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences, will come to Adelphi as dean of the Garden City-based university’s College of Arts and Sciences. The veteran professor and administrator – whose multinational education includes a PhD from the University of Chicago (political science), a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University (international…


At offshore consortium, $7M is blowing in the wind

By GREGORY ZELLER // A syndicate of offshore-wind leaders from around the region, the nation and the world is looking to energize the path to sustainability with a hefty funding drive. The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium this week announced the availability of up to $7 million in research-and-development funding, part of its “first comprehensive solicitation for offshore wind-technology projects.” The seven-figure stipend marks “an important step in advancing the long-term strategy for…


How to build a better med-tech entrepreneur

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of this generation’s commercialization aces says Long Island’s next crop of healthcare visionaries has got the goods. They’re not ready for prime time. Only some have advanced as far as prototyping. But the medical technology (and the creativity) are off the charts, according to Gregory Montalbano, a principal executive at Smithtown-based MIDI Medical Product Development who, for the third straight year, was invited to consult students under the tutelage of…