Awards and Events

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…


Hey, Biff … that’s DOCTOR McFly to you

At long last, teen hero Marty McFly will go degree-for-degree with his partner in time, Dr. Emmett Brown: Stony Brook University will confer an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree upon Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox during its 2017 commencement ceremony. Fox – whose award-winning, three-decade entertainment career also includes stints as a producer, author and voice performer – is a respected advocate for several important causes, and one in particular: With the exception, perhaps,…


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…