Awards and Events

Stony Brook research pioneers land major NAI honors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Stony Brook University professors have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, among the highest honors bestowed upon academic innovators. Arie Kaufman, distinguished professor of computer science, and Clinton Rubin, distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, are scheduled to be inducted as NAI fellows during the academy’s 2018 national meeting, slated for April 5 in Washington. The honor is reserved for inventors who demonstrate what SBU called “prolific innovation”…

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Here’s to the winners

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hundreds of Long Island’s top business and science minds gathered Tuesday for the 2017 Innovator of the Year Awards. Including Master of Innovation Robert Catell, the former KeySpan and National Grid USA chairman, some 36 top innovators were honored by Innovate Long Island at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. “Our honorees include first-time entrepreneurs, inveterate tinkerers and some who have made invention and innovation their careers,” said master of ceremonies…


By any other name, 2017 LISA winners rock tech

The Long Island Software & Technology Network has named its 2017 LISA award-winners. The acronym changes yearly now. Known for years as the “Long Island Software Awards,” LISTnet in 2016 changed the wording behind LISA to the “Long Island Slugger Awards,” and has changed it up again for 2017: LISA now stands for “Long Island SummIT Awards,” according to a statement from the Plainview-based Software & Technology Network. Whatever you call them, the LISAs –…


HIA-LI gala shines light on hunger, LGBT rights

By GREGORY ZELLER // Community-minded Long Island business leaders will take a bow under the HIA-LI spotlight. The Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island has filled an impressive dance card for its annual Those Who Make a Difference Gala, scheduled for Dec. 14 in Smithtown. In addition to posthumous awards for two well-respected Island professionals lost in 2016, the HIA-LI will honor a wide range of volunteers and professionals covering a spectrum of critical social…


Innovate government, win $100K

The Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard is accepting nominations for its annual Innovations Award, the nation’s premier recognition for smart thinking in the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best. All units of government – federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial – from all policy areas are eligible to apply for recognition. That includes IDAs. This year, the Ash Center is also…


Auto app wins Buffalo’s $5M biz contest

Buffalo’s ACV Auctions was the grand prize winner of this year’s 43North business plan competition, which bills itself as the richest biz contest in the world. And maybe it is: ACV won $1 million, with another $4 million going to top winners, including three Canadian firms that have agreed to move to Buffalo for the minimum one-year stay stipulated by the rules. Other winners are from Israel, Virginia and Boston. ACV is a live wholesale…