Education

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…


Teq lands Audio Enhancement deal

Huntington classroom-technology producer Teq has landed another lucrative distribution deal, this time as the exclusive New York provider for Audio Enhancement’s award-winning line school-audio products. It’s the latest classroom coup for Teq, which in August became the exclusive New York provider of software and hardware for Canadian tech firm SMART Education Solutions. As with the SMART deal, Teq will be the exclusive distributor of Audio Enhancement products to all public K-12 districts in New York…


SBU leads latest college ranking

Long Island certainly didn’t flunk out of U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings, though collectively, you’d have to give the Island a B grade at best. Those more intimately familiar with the world-class science, impressive graduation rates and regional economic benefits of the Island’s college and university system might question a database in which Long Island’s most notable achievement was Stony Brook University’s ranking as the nation’s 37th best public university. But U.S….


The Debrief: Alexander Gann, Watson School of Biological Sciences

In terms of size, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s graduate school is a bit short of Ivy League. With seven new Fall 2015 admissions bumping the student body to 41, the Watson School of Biological Sciences has a ways to go to catch the likes of MIT’s 11,000 students or Harvard’s 6,700. But when your namesake is credited with cracking DNA, your work had better be A-grade, and the Watson School’s focus on biological sciences is…


SBU names Sotiropoulos engineering dean

Stony Brook University has named a new dean of its innovative College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Fotis Sotiropoulos, director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota and an engineering professor at UMN, will take over SBU’s engineering college effective Oct. 15, the university announced Thursday. He succeeds Yacov Shamash, who remains SBU’s vice president for economic development. Sotiropoulos was chosen following a competitive national search and brings extensive knowledge and…


Stony Brook Medicine welcomes largest-ever class

One-hundred-thirty-two first-year students received their first white coats this week – and, for the first time ever, complimentary stethoscopes – as the Stony Brook University School of Medicine welcomed its largest-ever incoming class. The Class of 2019 received physician-in-training coats and stethoscopes, courtesy of the school’s alumni association, during Stony Brook Medicine’s annual White Coat Ceremony, held this week. The incoming class also took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time. The highly competitive class…


Teq inks NY distribution deal

Huntington classroom-technology producer Teq has announced a new distribution deal covering its home turf. Teq has been named the exclusive provider of SMART Education Solutions software and hardware for all New York State K-12 school districts. The company will provide the latest SMART interactive displays and software to public school districts across the state, in addition to professional development products and SMART-qualified tech support. Among the products to be distributed through the exclusivity deal is…


Debrief: Peter Donnelly, SBU technology licensing

Bridging the commercial world and SBU’s world-class faculty and student research, Peter Donnelly accepts a critical (but not impossible) mission: develop markets for science and technology commercialization. The tech-licensing director has made a career of translating research into innovative consumables, including stints as entrepreneur, corporate suit, academic and government staffer. Throw in his work at Intel and the Boston Consulting Group – and graduate degrees in biotech, business and economics from Johns Hopkins University and…


Nassau program offers job opportunities for vets

More than 300 jobs will be made available Thursday to Long Island-based U.S. armed forces veterans and their families. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the New York National Guard are teaming up for a Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, slated to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Farmingdale. Veterans, active National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses are invited to participate, according to a release from…


Harriman Hall, retooled for innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The startups and products of the future are assembling now in the Stony Brook University business school. Specifically, they’re coming together in Room 210 of Harriman Hall, a.k.a. the school’s Innovation Lab: 1,200 square feet filled with 3D printers, green screens, video cameras, computers, vinyl cutters, a sewing machine and “more wires than you can imagine,” according to David Ecker, the university’s director of research, technologies and innovation and the lab’s…


Debrief: Carrie Cottingham, LIU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and special counsel to the office of the university president, Long Island University’s Carrie Cottingham enjoys multiple perspectives on LI’s innovation economy. A lawyer by trade, she’s an innovator at heart: After obtaining her JD from Charleston School of Law, she earned a master’s in entrepreneurial law at Duke, completing a unique program for lawyers who want to advise startups or become entrepreneurs themselves. Cottingham, who signed…


Teq pushes into school security

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Huntington-based tech firm that makes its bones in the education arena is doing some extracurricular work on school security. Teq, a manufacturer and distributor of high-tech professional-development and educational tools, this week announced the launch of Spot, an “all-in-one mass emergency communication platform” that utilizes a mobile app to facilitate crisis-situation connections. Spot gives teachers and other staffers the ability to report emergency situations with the touch of a single…


Cooling team lands $2.5M in DOE help

Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab researchers have landed a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop ways to radically reduce the amount of water used to cool heating plants. While the ultimate goal is zero net water dissipation into the atmosphere, getting there will also enable next-generation power plants to operate in deserts or other arid conditions. Such technology would also appease environmentalists who have long…


Berliner takes over Hofstra biz school

It’s a busy summer at Hofstra University, where a history-making provost is settling in and a longtime administrator is going full circle, with a business bent. Gail Simmons, the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Manhattanville College in Purchase, this week accepted the mantle from Herman Berliner, who retired from the Hofstra provost position after 24 years. Simmons, who earned a PhD from the Department of Genetics at UC Davis, was selected…


Protect NY sets move to Farmingdale

By GREGORY ZELLER // The academic and professional think tank Protect New York is moving to Farmingdale State College, relocating from its birthplace inside the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. The organization – which launched in 2006 and represents disciplines including criminal justice, psychiatry, sociology, public health, media studies and engineering – will now be hosted by the Department of Criminal Justice in Farmingdale’s School of Arts & Sciences. Protect New York…