Education

More LI funding through $2B Smart Schools effort

Three more Long Island school districts will receive funding for technology upgrades through Albany’s Smart Schools program. A total of roughly $2 million will be funneled to the East Moriches, Island Trees and Manhasset school districts in the latest round of funding through Smart Schools, a $2 billion effort to close the so-called technology and broadband-access “digital divide” between school districts that are less and more affluent. All told, approximately $38.6 million is being doled…


Ex-Briarcliffe College prez gets technical at TCI

The Manhattan-based TCI College of Technology has tapped a longtime Long Island college administrator to be its new president. Bethpage resident George Santiago Jr. is TCI’s new president and CEO, according to an announcement Thursday by the college’s Board of Directors. Santiago, who also fills a seat on the board, assumed the office in late May. The new president joins TCI after a decade as president and CEO of Briarcliffe College, a business- and healthcare-focused…


Giving high school inventors the business

By GREGORY ZELLER // A sensor-filled table to assist the autistic, an innovative method to save subway stations from storm-surge flooding … no doubt about it, these students were thinking big. Creative teams from Commack High School’s groundbreaking Science Research Program brought their brains, and their hearts, to this week’s meeting of the Suffolk County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club. The annual visit gave the young thinkers a chance to showcase their next-level ideas and inventions,…


State Senate OKs workforce package

The New York State Senate has approved a comprehensive workforce-development package designed to train workers for in-demand, new-economy skills. Stemming from the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development, the legislation – six bills in all – would close the skills gap by improving connections between prospective employees and employers seeking skilled workers. Among the Senate legislation approved this week is a bill that would require the New York Department of Labor to collect forward-facing job…


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NYIT cybersecurity center gets fed cred

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York Institute of Technology, which boasts campuses in New York City and Old Westbury and is developing a new Cyber Defense Research Facility in Bethpage, has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The designation, which extends through the 2021 academic year, “will contribute to Long Island’s innovation landscape and further strengthen Long…


Connect the Dots launches $1M crowdfunding effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // There are lots of connections these days at We Connect the Dots, the Cold Spring Harbor nonprofit focused on educating the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. In the four years since founder Laurie Carey thought it up, and just over a year since it officially launched, the not-for-profit has completed its first international outreach – a January code-a-thon that involved young programmers at three different locations, including a team…


The Debrief: Seeds planted, now on to cultivation

When last we Debriefed Mark Lesko, the former assistant U.S. attorney and Brookhaven Town supervisor had just left his post as executive director of Accelerate Long Island (sorta) and taken the reins of Hofstra’s entrepreneurship efforts. He never really left Accelerate, however, and with the program morphing into the Accelerate NY Seed Fund and expanding its mandate to support startups in other downstate regions – and with eight months at Hofstra under his belt –…


SBU joins inventor’s academy, adds 30 to HoF

The National Academy of Inventors is coming to Stony Brook University. The NAI will officially introduce an SBU chapter Monday in a campus installation ceremony that also inaugurates 30 university faculty members into the chapter’s Hall of Fame. Work by all 30 researchers has led directly to inventions in chemistry, computer science, biomedicine and other fields, all patented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Stony Brook University is among several global institutions earning new…


NYIT tops regionals in state biz plan contest

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ten teams of innovative Long Island collegians are a little bit richer and a little bit closer to their dreams of commercial success. Entrepreneurial squads from Farmingdale State College, Hofstra University, NYIT-Old Westbury and Stony Brook University competed Thursday in the Long Island regional round of the New York State Business Plan Competition, a day-long pitch-a-thon held inside Farmingdale State’s Campus Center. NYIT took top collective honors, with four teams qualifying…


Nader named new Farmingdale president

John S. Nader, provost at SUNY Delhi and the former mayor of Oneonta, has been appointed president of Farmingdale State College, succeeding W. Hubert Keen, who retires in July. Nader, the provost since 2009, previosuly served as dean of Delhi’s liberal arts and sciences program, overseeing the introduction of new degree programs in Environmental Studies and Criminal Justice. As both provost and dean, he focused on promoting student success through improving advisement, expanding scholarship support and…


SBU’s Jing Chen wins NSF award, $500K grant

Jing Chen, an assistant professor of computer science at Stony Brook University, has landed a prestigious award – and $500,000 grant – from the National Science Foundation to pursue her work in game theory, economics and social sciences. The foundation’s CAREER Award is given to promising young university faculty nationwide who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through research, excellent education and the integration of both education and research. Chen, who also teaches economics and is the adviser for Women in Computer…


SBU lands funds for online-only innovation MBA

Stony Brook University has been awarded $280,000 to create an exclusively online MBA program with a “concentration in innovation.” The money is part of $4 million included in the latest round of Investment and Performance Fund Awards announced this week by the State University of New York. That includes $2 million dedicated to helping students complete degree programs through online courses offered by the Open SUNY program, a system-wide collaboration granting “access to the courses,…


Adelphi sets its first TEDx

A heady selection of Adelphi University faculty and graduates will share “ideas worth spreading” April 5 when the university hosts its first-ever TEDx event. Christine Riordan, who this month was officially installed as Adelphi’s first woman president, headlines a selection of speakers scheduled to take the stage beginning at 9 a.m. at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall in Garden City. Riordan, an award-winning educator and recognized leadership and diversity expert, will discuss…


Hofstra names 6 residents in entrepreneurship

Six accomplished businesspeople with dozens of startups under their combined belts, and a wealth of experience nurturing other early-stage enterprises, will bring their wisdom to the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship this spring. The center’s first-ever entrepreneurs-in-residence – Aaron Foss, Kevin Hesselbirg, Peter Kestenbaum, Jeff Leventhal, Mike Quilty and Barbara Roberts – will mentor students through interactive workshops designed to help the next generation of entrepreneurs turn ideas into successful business ventures. Mark Lesko, former…


BNL, SUNY Old Westbury team on science push

Brookhaven National Lab and SUNY Old Westbury joined forces to host 160 students from Long Island and NYC high schools for a day of mentorship and science that included tours of the lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source II, its Center for Functional Nanomaterials and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider control room. The students, most from economically challenged, diverse community high schools, were also treated to hands-on activities highlighting the lab’s research initiatives, as well as discussions aimed at promoting careers in the…