Awards and Events

Top honors for women leading Adelphi, SBU innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two of the top women inside the Long Island innovation economy have earned prestigious national and international honors. Adelphi University President Christine Riordan, the first woman to fill the office and already regarded as a diversity pioneer, has been ranked among the “Top 25 Women in Higher Education” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, a fairly self-explanatory (and highly influential) online news and resource hub. And Esther Sans Takeuchi, a distinguished…


Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


Top physicist Gates to keynote SUNY Research Day

By GREGORY ZELLER // A noted theoretical physicist and strong proponent of diversity in the laboratory will keynote SUNY-Old Westbury’s annual Student Research Day. Sylvester James Gates Jr., the Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University, is slated to deliver the opening remarks when the Old Westbury college hosts “2018 Student Research Day: Movement & Motion” on April 17. Gates retired in 2017 after teaching and conducting research for 33 years at the University…


Stanford legend earns ‘Fame’ from alma mater SBU

By GREGORY ZELLER // A global computer-science legend has received top honors from the Long Island college where he earned his highest academic degrees. Stanford University President Emeritus John Hennessy was inducted Thursday into the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Hall of Fame. Hennessy, a longtime professor of electrical engineering and computer science, earned his master of science degree (computer science, 1975) and his PhD (1977) from the SBU engineering college….


Canon USA earns EPA Energy Star recognition

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s largest private employers has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s nod as a public-health leader. Melville manufacturer Canon USA is one of 163 organizations – including Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, retailers, builders, commercial building owners and others – who will be honored as 2018 Energy Star Partners of the Year. The partners are recognized for outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. One of only…


Ten finalists to shoot for Hofstra-Digital Remedy gold

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ten finalists – including eight solo acts and two team efforts – will square off for three top slots (and more than $70,000 in prizes and working capital) when the 2018 Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge hosts its final showdown April 20. The finalists were selected by a panel of esteemed judges during the semifinal round of the annual business plan pitch-a-thon, held this week at the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship’s…


Ex-American Express CEO revives Old Westbury forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The former head of American Express will help SUNY Old Westbury resuscitate its ambitious Executive Leadership Forum. The forum – SUNY-Old Westbury’s effort to bring national business icons to Long Island for informative presentations before regional business leaders – debuted in 2013 with JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon in the center seat. But it’s been dormant since then, with the school focused on “other priorities,” a spokesman said Thursday….


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”…


Space vets all-go for Cradle of Aviation ‘Countdown’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A star-studded crew of cosmic heroes was on board Thursday, when the Cradle of Aviation Museum started the clock on its 18-month-plus “Countdown to Apollo at 50.” The long-term celebration, featuring new exhibits and educational initiatives at the Garden City museum, leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission – man’s first recorded moon landing, on July 20, 1969. Long Island, of course, played a vital role in…


LICA leader among judges at CEWIT2017 pitch-a-thon

As part of CEWIT2017, Stony Brook University is hosting the International Skyscraper Pitch Challenge, a mini pitch-a-thon that gives participants a chance to hone their presentation skills with the help of top professionals. The open challenge, scheduled for the morning of Nov. 7, gives presenters two-and-a-half minutes to state their “elevator speech.” That’s “a long elevator ride indeed,” according to the program website, hence the “skyscraper” – but it’s a tough window in which to…


Fresh off first Nobel, top physicist coming to SBU

By GREGORY ZELLER // A freshly minted Nobel Prize winner will grace Stony Brook University this spring with a special guest lecture. California Institute of Technology Professor Kip Thorne, who this week was named a winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, is scheduled to visit in April to participate in the Della Pietra Lecture Series. The series, hosted by SBU’s Simons Center for Geometry and Physics,…


Top Glassdoor honors for Northwell CEO Dowling

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling is Long Island’s best chief executive and one of the planet’s top healthcare execs. So says Glassdoor, the circa-2007 job-listings and aggregate-review site where employees (and former employees) can anonymously rate companies and their managers, to better inform job-seekers about the corporate environment. Dowling was named one of the Highest Rated CEOs of 2017 by the job site, which compiled employee feedback from thousands…


Where the girls are: At Feinstein, kicking butt

By GREGORY ZELLER // Reinforcing science’s gender-neutral nature, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research honored several of its top female scientists Monday during its yearly Advancing Women in Science and Medicine awards. The sixth-annual AWSM luncheon – yes, it’s pronounced “awesome” – dished out more than $225,000 in awards to both support and celebrate the achievements of women engaged in scientific pursuits. Jennifer Ashton, the chief women’s health correspondent for ABC News and the “Good…


To infinity, and beyond, at FSC commencements

Farmingdale State College will go global, and then some, at its annual commencement exercises. The college is planning two separate ceremonies this year – one for students graduating from the School of Business and the School of Health Sciences, one for graduates of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering Technology – and each will feature a heavy-hitting keynote speaker. The Business/Health Sciences commencement, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. May…


Northeast clean-tech accelerator primes for 2017

From the It Takes a Nation file comes the Cleantech Open Northeast, an annual Boston-based business-accelerator program with a major-league reputation for assisting “clean technology” startups – including clean-tech startups from Long Island. “Clean technology” largely refers to manufacturing processes, but technically references any process, product or service that promotes energy efficiency and otherwise reduces environmental footprints. Cleantech Open’s unique innovation ecosystem, built over a dozen years of programming, spans key cleantech innovation hubs around…