Awards and Events

In Discovery Prize, a best chance to speak their minds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Effective science communication won the day Tuesday, when Stony Brook University hosted the final round of its 2019 Discovery Prize Competition. Designed specifically to teach next-level scientists how to best communicate their advanced theories and discoveries, the Discovery Prize competition naturally featured some heady science – including the winning project, which dives deep into machine learning concepts by creating computational models of the unconscious human brain. But explaining such intricate scientific…


Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


C you in November: SBU gets cracking on CEWIT2019

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Out in Front of It Department comes Stony Brook University and its 15th International Conference on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World, known colloquially the world over as CEWIT2019. Although the annual conference is still an entire Major League Baseball season away (World Series included), Stony Brook University’s New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology is obviously excited. This week, CEWIT flipped the switch on…


As PGA Championship looms, Northwell gears up

By GREGORY ZELLER // When the masses congregate on Long Island in May for one of professional golf’s crown-jewel events, they’ll be in good hands, medically speaking. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health has been named the Official Healthcare Provider of the 2019 PGA Championship, scheduled for May 13-19 at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale. More than just a marketing coup, the official-provider status makes Northwell Health – the state’s largest healthcare system by numbers of…


Community wellness wins in Hofstra’s 2019 ‘Challenge’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Roughly $60,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs in an ambitious Hofstra University competition designed to improve health, wellness and socioeconomic conditions in underserved communities throughout Greater New York. The 2019 Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge is now accepting innovative proposals for “market-based products or services” that can improve wellness in communities stretching from Long Island to New York City to the Hudson Valley, according to Hofstra. The theme for…


Ten LI scientists earn prestigious AAAS fellowships

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ten Long Island scientists have received a prestigious peer-selected distinction, selected as 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The high honor, a members-only selection by other AAAS members, recognizes “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications,” according to Stony Brook University, which led the Long Island region with six fellows placed among this year’s 416 total honorees. Two Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory…


Solid Softheon spares Long Island from Fast 500 flop

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based software developer salvaged a weak Long Island showing among the 2018 Technology Fast 500, Deloitte’s annual review of the continent’s quickest-growing tech firms. Softheon, CEO Eugene Sayan’s healthcare-focused business-information specialist, recorded a 4,904 percent growth rate to finish a very respectable 23rd on Deloitte’s yearly list. Unfortunately, the software innovator was one of only three Long Island firms in Deloitte’s rundown. Bohemia-based digital microphone pioneer Andrea Electronics Corp….


Experts engage at LI Metastatic Breast Cancer event

By GREGORY ZELLER // A gathering of top Long Island oncologists and other expert physicians will discuss the latest advances in the war against breast cancer this week at the Zucker School of Medicine. Northwell Health and the Susan G. Komen Greater New York City organization are joining with the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell to present the inaugural Long Island Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference, a daylong symposium slated for Saturday…


Supermodel Alt to keynote next LICA Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // A famed supermodel will headline the next installment of the Long Island Capital Alliance’s Capital Forum series. International model, actress, entrepreneur, author, self-described “raw food enthusiast” and former Fox News personality Carol Alt is slated to deliver the keynote address at LICA’s Technology Capital Forum, scheduled for Sept. 14 at The RXR Center in Melville. As always, the forum will serve as a networking platform that places early-stage enterprises – in…


Veteran, rookie SBU researchers earn major honors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Stony Brook University researchers – one with an extended résumé of scientific accomplishments, one just warming up – received some major recognition this week. R. Sekar, a professor in the Department of Computer Science in the university’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor for his cybersecurity work, which draws on disciplines ranging from programming techniques to networking to artificial intelligence. The SUNY…


Extra, extra: The Delphian is LI’s best collegiate read

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add some Adelphi University gold to the old gag about “black and white and read all over.” The Delphian, official student newspaper of the Garden City-based university, has been named Long Island’s best college newspaper of 2018 by the Press Club of Long Island, out-paging a host of periodicals published by larger Island schools. The PCLI dished out more than 200 first-, second- and third-place awards to professional and student journalists,…


Judgement day at Adelphi, as the robots rise again

By GREGORY ZELLER // The robot revolution is coming this weekend to Adelphi University, but don’t be alarmed. We won’t be bowing to our new mechanical overlords anytime soon – but a few ingenious students may take some well-earned bows when all is said and done with the sixth-annual Statewide Middle School and High School Robotics competition. Featuring 30 middle-school teams (from 19 statewide schools) and 13 high school-aged squads (each representing a specific college…


Size matters plenty at HIA-LI’s big annual show

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking its 30th year – and the 40th anniversary of the organization responsible for it – this year’s annual HIA-LI Business Trade Show and Conference may be the biggest yet. Already self-billed as Long Island’s largest business-to-business trade show (few can argue), the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island’s annual showcase – set for Thursday in Brentwood – is slated to feature a record number of exhibitors (375-plus at last count)…


Is there a nurse practitioner in the house? 28, actually

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three years after opening its doors, the Hofstra/Northwell nursing school is promoting its first graduating class. Twenty-eight freshly minted nurse practitioners – each specializing in either adult-gerontology acute-care nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing or family nursing – are set to receive their degrees Friday, marking the first graduates to emerge from the Hofstra/Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. The school, a joint venture of Hempstead-based Hofstra University and New…


High tech, high ambitions highlight next LICA Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Capital Alliance has set a healthy lineup for its next Capital Forum. The alliance’s next quarterly entrepreneurs-meet-investors networking event, a Healthcare Capital Forum scheduled for June 8 in Melville, will feature five early-stage “health growth” companies fighting their way up in a competitive health-tech arena, plus opening remarks by an executive leader at this region’s pinnacle healthcare enterprise. The keynote is slated to be delivered by Eric Feinstein,…