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In TD grant, big win for CSHL, Tuveson and society

By GREGORY ZELLER // A cutting-edge Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory cancer-detection science will get cutting-edgier, thanks to a stocking stuffer from TD Bank. New Jersey-based TD announced Tuesday more than $3 million in fresh grants, comprising the second funding round of its TD Ready Challenge, an application-based national competition designed to balance social scales while innovating early disease detection and intervention. Among them: a $750,000 award for CSHL aimed at advancing organoid-based clinical tests –…


No snow is low, but banning balloons would really blow

By GREGORY ZELLER // Humbug! Chances are low that Long Island will experience a white Christmas in 2019, according to expert forecasters, while another elemental disappointment may scrub a big part of the national Thanksgiving tradition. With about one month to go before Santa’s snow-equipped sleigh comes screeching to a halt on regional rooftops, national forecast modeler AccuWeather is predicting no late-December snow for the Eastern Seaboard. Technically, a “white Christmas” requires at least one…


Mud in their eye at i-hamptons’ “Riptide III”

By GREGORY ZELLER // A sunscreen with an ecological nature and an unmistakable Long Island ID took top honors at the third-annual “Riptide: $ink or $wim” business competition. The Montauk Mud Co., a 2019 LLC founded by Islanders Collin Kavanaugh and Elias Van Sickle, won the i-hamptons-hosted pitch-a-thon, collecting $20,000 in business-development grants and goodies, including radio ads with Long Island Broadcasting and gratis membership in The Spur, the part co-working space/part members-only “entrepreneur’s club”…


Galactic gala honors past, present of LI air and space

By GREGORY ZELLER // After four trips to space, a front-row seat for the breathless Apollo 13 rescue and some relatively ho-hum years as a U.S. Air Force airman and test pilot – Arctic interceptor missions, midair collisions, yawn – Thomas Stafford doesn’t surprise easily. And the retired Air Force lieutenant-general – who’s graced numerous aerospace-industry boards, once simultaneously oversaw NASA and USAF test facilities at Edwards Air Force Base and has flown just about…


In Israel, high honors for Feinstein’s diabetes warrior

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research professor who’s dedicated his life to battling diabetes has earned a rare honor. Endocrinologist Jesse Roth, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and head of the Laboratory for Diabetes and Diabetes-Related Research at the Feinstein Institutes’ Center for Biomedical Science, was honored Nov. 14 for his lifelong achievements in diabetes research at the ninth D-Cure Symposium in Israel. D-Cure is focused on advancing…


SBU School of Health Tech finds ideal dean (at LIU)

By GREGORY ZELLER // A veteran of health-professions education has taken the reins at Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management. Stacy Jaffee Gropack, who became dean of the school Oct. 1, boasts more than three decades of instruction in the professional healthcare fields. She served most recently as associate dean of the School of Health Professions at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and dean of the School of Health Professions and Nursing…


Same old story for SUNY Empire, in new Suffolk digs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s newest college is really nothing new. Empire State College, stepchild of the State University of New York system, is all grown up, thank you: The school has been helping students, particularly working professionals, earn accredited degrees since 1971, both in-person – at 30 statewide locations and seven international sites – and, increasingly, through distance-learning opportunities. But its 6.6-acre, $14 million Empire State College at Selden – that’s new, even…


At WOS, rewriting the code on workforce development

By GREGORY ZELLER // In-demand coding skills may prove to be just the ticket for three dozen under-employed college graduates, thanks to a socially minded nonprofit and a leading regional utility. New York City-based Workforce Opportunity Services – a registered 501(c)3 aiming to diversify and bolster regional workforces by preparing underserved communities to fill specific industrial gaps – has created a 15-week coding course in collaboration with PSEG, a sort of “last mile” effort designed…


Thirsty, tick-ed off and ready for battle in Riptide III

By GREGORY ZELLER // The people have spoken, and Rip Tide III is about to raise someone’s boat, big-time. The annual “Shark Tank” for East End entrepreneurs, a function of Southampton-based professional networking community i-Hamptons, has whittled down a field of 46 entries – with the help of an in-house selection committee and online public vote – and will put five finalists through their paces in a big final round, scheduled for Saturday at the…


Productivity is the name of the game for APICS NYC/LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ll manage just fine, thank you, at the New York City/Long Island chapter of the Association for Supply Chain Management – even if that’s not its name. By any name, the chapter is among Greater New York’s most innovative and active experts on supply-chain management and certification – networking, specially tailored instruction, all manners of workplace-optimization resources and more. But while it operates under the ASCM banner, the New York City/Long…


Whole body, whole world in CSHL’s new Demerec lab

By GREGORY ZELLER // A world-class scientific institution has gotten worldlier, and classier, with a $75 million upgrade focused squarely on cancer research. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory this week cut the ribbon on its Center for Therapeutics Research, located inside a significantly renovated Demerec Laboratory Building, which is ready to rock following a two-year retuning. The transformation of the Demerec building, opened in 1953 and named for Croatian-American geneticist Milislav Demerec, into a state-of-the-art therapeutics-research…


Mirabella bows, generations change at the LIBDC

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “council of elders” works great in the movies, but for 21st century business development, only fresh thinking will do. This is Edward Mirabella’s mindset, at least, as he trumpets “young, new blood” and steps down as co-chairman of the Long Island Business Development Council Executive Board, effective Oct. 31. Mirabella, a 43-year commercial banking veteran who launched Wantagh-based corporate consultancy Mirabella Associates in 2006, will continue as treasurer of the…


Because there’s tech, and there’s New York Tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York Institute of Technology’s unique history and bold future will both play large in a new marketing campaign. The 65-year-old university has unveiled a new “brand identity” that reinforces its roots, touts its technological chops and carefully cultivates its central role as a mainstay of regional higher education – specifically, a tech mecca churning out tomorrow’s most important socioeconomic contributors. The “bold new identity” – which includes new school…


Quality, quantity mark 2nd Manufacturers’ Symposium

By GREGORY ZELLER // Most business conferences hang their hats on attendance – the bigger, the better. But as any good manufacturer will tell you, when you want to build something right, it’s not about using the most pieces – it’s about using the right ones. So, when the second-annual Long Island Manufacturers’ Symposium graces the Melville Marriott on Nov. 13, organizers won’t be much interested in a head count. At a minimum, they’re expecting…


LI interests unite for new community-health survey

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cancer and substance abuse are foremost on Long Islanders’ minds, at least when it comes to the health of their communities. So says the latest breakdown of the Community Health Assessment Survey, an ongoing analysis by the Long Island Health Collaborative designed to collect and digest Islanders’ health concerns, about both themselves and the communities they live in. The most recent study, which compares data gathered between January and June of…