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With $2M gift, NYIT redesigns architectural programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // A sizeable grant from the IDC Foundation, the “legacy” organization spun out of the defunct Institute of Design and Construction, will support new architecture programs at the New York Institute of Technology – and tie them into a wide range of other academic disciplines. An award “exceeding $2 million” will help develop the “culture of making” at NYIT’s Manhattan-based School of Architecture and Design by “enabling faculty and students to explore…


Two billion if by sea, with Island’s new NYNJ-1 cable

By GREGORY ZELLER // They like to be under the sea at Cleareon Fiber Networks, a data-transmission specialist that’s happy to have its headquarters in New York City, but prefers that its transmission lines bypass the Big Apple. So it’s into the Atlantic for Cleareon, which on Monday announced NYNJ-1, a new “sub-sea system” providing fiber-rich 100 gig wavelengths – the rate at which data packets are transmitted, in this case very high – between…


How to speak cytokine: a bioelectronics breakthrough

By GREGORY ZELLER // You can bet they didn’t use secret decoder rings. In a major feat of bioengineering and neurological science, a team of doctors at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has intercepted and decoded specific signals the human nervous system uses to communicate immune and inflammation status to the brain – a potentially ginormous forward leap for bioelectronic medicine. This latest bioelectronic breakthrough at what has become the international nerve center…


Brookhaven IDA backs remake of former IRS center

A former Internal Revenue Service office will be converted into nearly 50,000 square feet of industrial spaces, with the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency’s help. The town IDA has approved an incentives-laden economic-development package for Holtsville Industrial LLC, a real estate firm owned by Lawrence Frisina, owner of Bethpage-based E&F Trucking and Warehouse, and broker Tod Buckvar. Holtsville Industrial will renovate a currently vacant building that, until 2013, served as an IRS call center. The real…


Debrief: One year in, NYIT Prez Foley sees LI’s promise

Decades of high-level experience in university-based research and strategic planning, including 10 months at the helm of the New York Institute of Technology, infuse everything Hank Foley says about higher education and its role in the larger socioeconomic scheme. Foley, who succeeded former provost and interim NYIT President Rahmat Shoureshi in June 2017 and was “officially installed” last month, came to New York from the University of Missouri system, where the longtime executive VP (and…


SBU science runs wild among 2018 NAI inductees

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovation abounds among the 15 Stony Brook University faculty members being welcomed today into the National Academy of Inventors. The national academy’s SBU chapter, which debuted in 2016 with an intellectually staggering 30-member opening class, was scheduled to induct 15 new members Tuesday evening during its annual meeting at the university’s Charles B. Wang Center. The latest inductees span a wide range of scientific disciplines, from Dennis Galanakis – an SBU…


High tech, high ambitions highlight next LICA Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Capital Alliance has set a healthy lineup for its next Capital Forum. The alliance’s next quarterly entrepreneurs-meet-investors networking event, a Healthcare Capital Forum scheduled for June 8 in Melville, will feature five early-stage “health growth” companies fighting their way up in a competitive health-tech arena, plus opening remarks by an executive leader at this region’s pinnacle healthcare enterprise. The keynote is slated to be delivered by Eric Feinstein,…


For LI brewers, Craft Beer Week is a show of strength

By JIM McCUNE // With a jumpstart on this year’s American Craft Beer Week, the seventh-annual Long Island Craft Beer Week returns with a Nassau County Cask Kickoff May 11. The event’s mission is to promote patronage at Long Island’s breweries, bars and restaurants and to raise awareness of local craft-beer culture, while doing some good through the Craft Cares food drive. But for those who are new to the scene, Long Island Craft Beer…


Top honors for women leading Adelphi, SBU innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two of the top women inside the Long Island innovation economy have earned prestigious national and international honors. Adelphi University President Christine Riordan, the first woman to fill the office and already regarded as a diversity pioneer, has been ranked among the “Top 25 Women in Higher Education” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, a fairly self-explanatory (and highly influential) online news and resource hub. And Esther Sans Takeuchi, a distinguished…


Grant backs NYU Winthrop’s out-of-the-skull thinking

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “surprise grant” from the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center will further some promising Alzheimer’s-related research underway at NYU Winthrop Hospital. The Mineola hospital’s Research Institute announced Wednesday that researcher Allison Reiss, head of the institute’s Inflammation Section, has received a $10,000 grant from ADRC – a Bay Shore-based advocacy group – to support her work with human stem cells. Reiss’ team – including NYU Winthrop researchers Aaron Pinkhasov, Irving Gomolin, Joshua…


Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


Top CSTEP honors for SUNY Old Westbury trio

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several young minds from SUNY Old Westbury have earned top honors in a New York State competition designed to promote academic excellence among full-time, economically disadvantaged STEM students. During the 26th annual CSTEP Statewide Student Conference, titled “Journeys Beyond Excellence” and held earlier this month in upstate Bolton Landing, roughly 700 Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program-enrolled student researchers from 52 New York colleges and universities shared their work in the science,…


LI hospitals, universities take part in take-back effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several Long Island institutions will take part in a nationwide effort to rid medicine cabinets across the land of unused, sometimes dangerous unused prescription medications. Five Northwell Health facilities on Long Island will take part in April 28’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a chance for people to safely remove unused and expired prescriptions from their homes. Also lending itself to Saturday’s cause will be Garden City’s Adelphi University, which will…


In the power-conversion business, it’s who you know

By GREGORY ZELLER // A six-year-old power play and its three-year-old sister startup are providing something truly unique on Long Island – a two-headed engineering enterprise with the ability to empower the powerless. That could have many interpretations, but it takes a fairly literal spin at Unique Technical Services, a 2012 launch and member of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, and Smithtown-based Unique Electric Solutions, that slightly younger sibling. With a…


Cuomo doubles down by speeding up emissions effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo is hitting the gas on his ambitious environmental agenda. The governor on Friday announced a dramatic acceleration of his energy-efficiency plans for New York State, including a comprehensive strategy to achieve significant greenhouse gas-emission reductions over the next seven years. Targeting annual efficiencies equivalent to the amount of energy required to power nearly 2 million homes, Cuomo’s revamped plan includes $36.5 million in new state investments that, according…