Education

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…


NYIT gets nod for cybersecurity research

Nassau County has selected NYIT to run a cybersecurity research center in which new technologies would be developed to help safeguard critical national information and data. The center, which will be housed in rent-free space in Port Washington, is expected to receive national status from the NSA and the federal Central Security Service. The launch of the center follows news that IRS, White House and other federal computers were broken into by China-based hackers, exposing…


Keen stepping down as Farmingdale prez in ’16

Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen will step down next June after nearly nine years in office. Keen, 70, led the school through a period of significant enrollment growth, the expansion of academic programs and a nearly $200 million construction and renovation project that transformed the look and feel of the college, which began as a two-year agricultural school. “Everyone has his or her time, and now it is my time,” Keen said. “I’m…


SBU officially opens $40M computer center

Stony Brook University is lifting the curtain on its new Computer Science Building. The $40.8 million center – designed to accelerate SBU’s collaborative research in bioinformatics, smart energy, cyber engineering, physical sciences and biomedicine – unofficially opened in May, but SBU will celebrate its arrival Wednesday with an open-house event featuring laboratory tours, faculty demonstrations and discussions led by SBU President Samuel Stanley and Department of Computer Science Chairman Arie Kaufman. Measuring over 70,000 square…


Buncee goes to the head of the class

By GREGORY ZELLER // Buncee is putting the “e” in education. Educators across the country are embracing the Calverton-based company’s “digital canvas,” which was originally designed as an e-greeting-type multimedia communications tool but has emerged as an award-winning educational resource. Buncee has become so popular as a teaching tool, in fact, that the company is in the process of rolling out an education-specific platform called Buncee for Edu. With some features not expected to go…


Debrief: Kimberly Cline, Long Island University

As the 10th president in LIU history, Kimberly Cline heads a 90-year-old institution with Long Island and Brooklyn campuses, 20,000 students and over 500 distinct degree programs. Like her predecessors, she must safeguard the quality and reputation a large and comprehensive private university. But the first woman ever to serve as LIU president, now completing her second year in office, must do it in an era when collaboration with the surrounding business community has become…


P-TECH quietly preps future manufacturing stars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island wasn’t on the list when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new round of Pathways in Technology funding June 5, but Island educators and businesses say they are making good progress with a grant LI snagged in 2013. Of course, they’d like more. Known as P-TECH, after its clunky, acronym-focused name, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, the program supplies funding to applicants that focus on STEM education. Long…


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Invention, with a side order of altruism

By GREGORY ZELLER While cutting-edge laboratories, university-based startups and seven-figure investments monopolize Long Island’s innovation spotlight, invention can happen anywhere. Just ask students in the Science Research Program at Commack High School, where teacher Richard Kurtz, with a little help from Suffolk County Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club founder Brian Fried, is teaching kids they’re never too young to change the world. The para-curricular program – enterprising students can select it in lieu of other science…


Hofstra lands $2M for engineering, robotics and big data programs

Hofstra University was awarded $2 million in state grants on Monday to expand its School of Engineering and Applied Science and create new laboratories and classrooms focusing on big data and robotics. The grants were part of more than $181 million in economic development funding approved for 24 projects that will create 1,500 new jobs and retain 2,000 existing positions, the state said. The funding will also leverage more than $5 billion in private assets…


The art of workforce development

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s LaunchPad ecosystem, one of several fronts in the war against the Island’s “brain drain,” is facing a recruiting crisis. Many businesses within the LaunchPad system – a co-working environment for startups and entrepreneurs that now includes facilities in Great Neck, Hicksville, Huntington, Mineola and Stony Brook – are finding their recruiting processes hampered by “a lack of available talent and a shortage of innovate thinkers,” according to Hofstra University….


It’s Memorial Day, time for a new heating plant

The heat is off at Adelphi University. But that’s OK, it’s summer. By the time the cold weather rolls around again next fall, the heat will be on again – and the university will be saving more than $1.6 million annually in energy costs, while drastically reducing its carbon footprint. After a multiyear search for the right project, at the right price, to replace its aging and inefficient boiler system, the Garden City university has…


DEBRIEF: Rajib Sanyal, incoming business dean, Adelphi University

Rajib Sanyal will take over as dean of Adelphi University’s Robert. B. Willumstad School of Business on July 1, succeeding Anthony Libertella, who’s retiring after 11 years in the dean’s office. An oft-published veteran of university administration, Sanyal has served as dean of the Walker L. Cisler College of Business at Northern Michigan University and currently heads the Miller College of Business at Indiana’s Ball State University – two schools and regions, he told Innovate…


Teq beefs up distribution partnerships

The good times roll on at educational software firm Teq, which this week announced two new reseller partnerships. In April, the Huntington-based producer of innovative classroom technology and online professional development solutions entered into an international distribution deal with Canadian firm SMART Technologies, allowing Teq to forge distribution agreements with SMART’s reseller partners throughout the United States and Canada. This week, the firm announced partnerships with two of those resellers: Piraino Consulting, which will make…