Education

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…


Farmingdale adds aeronautics minor

Farmingdale State College has landed a New York first: Starting this spring, it will be the only college or university in the state offering Air Force-designed aerospace classes. Designed to prepare military-minded students for active-duty service and educate all comers on U.S. military operations and history, the minor degree requires courses such as Foundations of the U.S. Air Force, Evolution of U.S. Air Force and Space Power, Air Force Leadership and Management, and National Security…


At Adelphi, game jams and dunking robots

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s innovation future took the stage at Adelphi University this weekend, with multiple events attracting some of the region’s most technological minds. Adelphi was not only a host site for the annual Global Game Jam – a three-day hackathon spread around the world – but also hosted the regional round of the VEX Robotics Competition. The tech-heavy events gave the next generation of programmers, engineers and digital artists ample opportunity…


Farmingdale in line for security center

Strengthening security across regional infrastructure and transportation systems is the focus of a new center coming to Farmingdale State College. Lieutenant Gov. Kathleen Hochul visited the FSC campus Thursday to announce that $6.6 million in NYSUNY 2020 funding was being awarded to establish the Infrastructure, Transportation and Security Center, which will put an academic focus on security issues and help train students to work in related fields. “The Infrastructure, Transportation and Security Center establishes New…


Adelphi adds neuroscience, supply-chain degrees

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two new Adelphi University degree programs will offer very specific, increasingly important foundations for future professionals. The Garden City school has launched a bachelor’s degree program in neuroscience and a master’s degree program in supply-chain management. Both programs are open for immediate enrollment and will begin offering classes when the spring semester commences this month. The neuroscience degree is designed to prepare students for medical school and other graduate-level studies, opening…


Hofstra revamps its student pitch program

The CPXi Challenge has returned to Hofstra University – slightly tweaked, in hopes of involving and inspiring a greater number of innovative thinkers. Hofstra graduate and trustee Mike Seiman, founder and CEO of New York City-based digital media company CPXi, has once again ponied up $100,000 in prize money for the annual challenge. But this year, instead of one contest with a $50,000 grand prize and chunky five-digit runner-up awards, the challenge will be broken…


Hofstra University's Debbi Honorof

New life for lifelong learning

Keeping up with evolving work environments takes some doing, and Hofstra University wants to give regional professionals a hand – whether or not they sign up for the school’s continuing-education courses. To that end, Debbi Honorof, senior director of continuing education at the Hempstead university, has established a series of monthly events focused on “Thriving in the 21st Century Workplace.” Her mission: To help established professionals understand the new skillsets required by modern workplaces. It’s a…


The Debrief: Robert Harrison’s 2,000X laptop

As a chemist and a mathematician, Robert Harrison appreciates the vital role computers play in all modern sciences. As director of Stony Brook University’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science and chief scientist of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Computational Science Initiative, he’s determined to make sure regional scientific and commercial interests appreciate it also. With SBU announcing the arrival of its new high-speed, $2 million SeaWulf computer cluster, the Cambridge University PhD and professor of applied mathematics…


Squeezing an A into STEM

Education and workforce development come together Nov. 17 to explore the future world in which science and creativity happily co-exist. Popularly called STEAM, the movement aims to build well-rounded workers of tomorrow who embrace the hard skills of science, technology, engineering and math but haven’t lost sight of the undisputed value of the arts. “I believe this is the first Long Island conference that brings educators, technology companies and businesspeople together to discuss the significance…


Pathways to technological success

Two Long Island businesses, an Island college and one of LI’s largest school districts are among the organizations winning “partnership awards” through the third round of the New York State Pathways in Technology program. All told, seven regional winners – each including businesses, institutions of higher learning and public schools – were named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who designed the P-TECH partnerships to provide over 10,000 students with a high school diploma, college degree and…


Teq lands Labdisc distribution deal

Teq, the Huntington-based ed-tech juggernaut, has been named exclusive K-12 distributor in New York and New Jersey of Labdisc, a hand-sized “data logger” produced by Georgia’s Boxlight Corp. Packed with 15 sensors, the wireless Labdisc acts as a handheld laboratory, integrating many of the technology tools common in today’s classrooms, including tablets and interactive flat panels. The single device replaces more than 20 sensors, communication cables and other pieces of equipment, facilitating hands-on science in…


SBU team lands $1M for clean engine ignition

A Stony Brook University-led research team has received a $1 million Department of Energy grant to advance research on what’s called Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition, an emerging combustion technology that uses compression instead of spark ignition to simultaneously reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Research will focus on eliminating the need for two different fuels — currently gas and diesel — to enable RCCI. The DOE grant to Stony Brook is one of eight awarded to research teams around…


State launches mentor program for at-risk kids

The state is seeking mentors to help provide career and life guidance to children who are at risk of failing in school or in foster care across the state. The mentoring program would identify, train, and match hundreds of business-based mentors with students in some of New York’s most challenging elementary and middle schools. Support for businesses and schools participating in the initiative will come from the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils, where a trained coordinator…


The Debrief: Lawrence Weber, innovation psychotherapist

First and foremost a scientist, Lawrence Weber – who studied physical chemistry at Michigan State University and nucleic acids during a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT – takes an analytical approach to his dual roles as the business development manager of both Stony Brook University’s Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and the university’s Sensor CAT, a NYSTAR-supported Center for Advanced Technology focused on material and logistical resources. But for SBU’s first-ever entrepreneur-in-residence, who…