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For Island manufacturers, a rapid-prototyping boost

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany will offer rapid prototyping services to Long Island manufacturers through the state’s regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership center. Stocked with 3D printers, laser-etchers and other frontline maker tech, the new User Facility Center – part of Stony Brook University’s Manufacturing and Technology Research Consortium,  tucked inside SBU’s Center of Excellence for Wireless and Information Technology – aims to carry early-stage innovations “from idea to [computer-assisted design] to printing,” according to MTRC…


Adelphi nursing students, expect the unexpected

By GREGORY ZELLER // Oh, baby – it’s the birth of a new era at Adelphi University, which has delivered a breakthrough simulator to meet the expectations of nursing students. And for the record, make that oh, babies – Victoria, a maternal/fetal simulator created by Florida-based Gaumard Scientific, arrives today at Adelphi’s College of Nursing and Public Health with not one but two tots in tow, all part of a slate of hyper-realistic childbirth simulations….


Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


Island’s first large-scale digester to feed energy needs

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’ve had a bellyful of landfill waste, hang on – Long Island’s first stand-alone large-scale anaerobic digester is finally on its way. The Long Island Power Authority’s Board of Trustees has approved an energy contract with a new food waste-recycling facility in Yaphank, claiming to be capable of reducing Island-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 85,000 metric tons annually – the equivalent of removing 18,000 cars from regional roads, according to…


C you in November: SBU gets cracking on CEWIT2019

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Out in Front of It Department comes Stony Brook University and its 15th International Conference on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World, known colloquially the world over as CEWIT2019. Although the annual conference is still an entire Major League Baseball season away (World Series included), Stony Brook University’s New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology is obviously excited. This week, CEWIT flipped the switch on…


Hofstra debuts Engineering Management MS program

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new master of science degree program has hit the ground running inside Hofstra University’s Department of Engineering. Offered for the first time this Spring 2019 semester, Hofstra’s new Master of Science in Engineering Management degree program combines the best of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science in a multidisciplined effort to “bridge the gap between the technical side of…


Spur East: Pass the hors d’oeuvres, let’s get to work

By GREGORY ZELLER // Well, that happened fast: Not long after announcing a second location was on the way, The Spur – the Hamptons’ first members-only co-working space and innovation hub – has spun off its first satellite facility. Welcome to Spur East, a private entrepreneurial workspace/lounge/ping pong club – go ahead and process – that celebrated its grand opening in East Hampton this weekend. Spur East is the first sequel of The Spur, the…


A middle school farm team is automating agriculture

By GREGORY ZELLER // Meanwhile, back on the farm, the future was evolving. The farm, in this case, is inside West Hollow Middle School, a forward-looking jewel of the Half Hollow Hills Central School District. And the future comes in the form of FarmBot, a kid-crafted, kid-coded automaton that could help feed future generations on this increasingly crowded planet – and even astronauts exploring distant worlds. The robot, of course, tills its land on a…


At LIU Post, improving at-risk odds through mentoring

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional mentoring initiative with a long history of supporting at-risk middle and high school students will mark its 15th anniversary this week in Brookville. Designed specifically for youngsters who might not necessarily be on the path to higher education, the annual Mentor New York conference lands Thursday on the LIU Post campus. The idea is to expose at-risk kids to college life and, hopefully, spark an interest in both collegiate…


Lawmakers, labor to Albany: Invest $53M in FSC plan

BY GREGORY ZELLER // The right stuff has put Farmingdale State College into a tight spot. A number of them, actually, as the school with Long Island’s second-largest undergraduate enrollment (trailing only Stony Brook University among four-year colleges and universities) begins to burst at the seams, victim of its own “remarkable affordability, unique program mix and exceptional employment outcomes,” according to Farmingdale State. The results of that winning formula speak for themselves. The college, founded…


Schools, hospital unite on teen mental-health issues

By GREGORY ZELLER // In an era of unprecedented social pressures, one Long Island school district is teaming up with a local hospital to provide critical mental-health services for students. Amityville-based South Oaks Hospital, part of the Northwell Health system, has partnered with the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District to offer mental-health services to more than 5,000 students in grades seven through 12. Through the program, South Oaks Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Sharon…


ThermoLift lands on (Google for Startups) cloud nine

By GREGORY ZELLER // A rising star of Stony Brook University’s science-commercialization ecosystem is getting a major boost from Google. ThermoLift, headquartered at SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, has been accepted into Google Cloud for Startups and has received “cloud computing credits” valued at $20,000. Google Cloud for Startups is designed to help early-stage tech enterprises scale up their businesses by offering…


Among 9/11 responders, SBU sees PTSD-dementia link

By GREGORY ZELLER // The heroes of 9/11 continue to confront danger, according to a new study by Stony Brook University researchers that sees a potential connection between PTSD and dementia. With cases of post-traumatic stress disorder frequent among the first responders who dealt with the devastating terrorist attacks 18 years ago, a pilot study by Stony Brook Medicine’s World Trade Center Health and Wellness Program “suggests that there may be a link between chronic…


Minority-owned businesses benefit as Hofstra ‘Ascends’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new university/government/industry outreach program focused on minority entrepreneurs received an executive-grade kickoff Tuesday at Hofstra University. Funded by a $350,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase, the Ascend Long Island program – what Hofstra called “the first suburban outpost” of Chase’s larger Ascend 2020 effort – launched with a half-day symposium and an impressive 24 regional businesses already in the fold. Ascend 2020 is a joint effort of JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business…


BioPosture: Septuagenarian entrepreneurs bounce back

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Going in Style File comes Sleep BioLogics Inc., a startup from two 70-something entrepreneurs who wouldn’t take retirement lying down. Actually, Sleep BioLogics is a 2018 reinvention of a 2016 startup, RV Winkle LLC, which itself was a “bed in a box” enterprise several years in the making. It all started because Irwin Pearl and Tom Williams, who’d both enjoyed long and successful business careers, weren’t ready to call…