Education

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…


Teaching to the truth: Nowadays, we’re all in sales

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a big world getting smaller – one of several critical lessons in the modern marketing classroom. As social media and other online avenues regularly smudge international borders, the way humans market their products and services is being constantly redefined – regardless of what’s being marketed or where. And make no mistake, noted Rajib Sanyal, dean of the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Garden City’s Adelphi University, “everyone out…


Farmingdale lands $2.9M grant for at-risk students

Farmingdale State College has been awarded $2.9 million in federal funding to increase mentoring research programs for at-risk students at at its local caampus and schools in three other states. Farmingdale is the only school in the state and one of only 17 nationally to win the grant, which comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s First in the World program. The school hopes the money, which will be used to provide what Farmingdale President W. Hubert Keen called “innovative mentored…


Teq beefs up its teacher dev platform

A major upgrade to Teq’s online professional-development platform will put teachers face-to-face with tech experts via video conferencing, according to the Huntington Station education-technology producer. The firm’s new “Instructional Support Now” feature allows K-12 educators to instantly connect with a member of Teq’s professional-development team, one of several additions to the company’s proprietary Teq Online PD line. The company is also introducing several new online administrative features, including an option that lets school-district clients combine…


The Debrief: Kevin Craig, Hofstra’s innovation man

Few people can legitimately claim to be innovating innovation itself. But when Kevin Craig agreed to lead Hofstra University’s new Center for Innovation, he insisted that private companies working with the center be allowed to keep their intellectual property, unique among university-based innovation programs. Six months in, the mechanical engineering professor – who also runs the school’s Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – believes the distinction will prove a major difference-maker, not only for the…


SBU lands $20M for energy, biotech centers

Two Empire State Development awards totaling $20 million will propel Stony Brook University into the future of biotech and energy efficiency. The first award, totaling $10 million over 10 years, will be used to create a new Center for Advanced Technology in Integrated Electric Energy Systems. The second, also for $10 million over 10 years, will support SBU’s existing Center for Biotechnology. Both awards come through NYSTAR, the state economic development agency’s science, technology and…