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Island high-schoolers take European science prize

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island high schoolers have earned a top European prize for young scientists. Half Hollow Hills High School West’s Poojan Pandya and Ward Melville Senior High School’s Leo Takemaru earned a first-place finish in the 31st European Union Contest for Young Scientists with their joint research effort, which focused on proteins that could potentially be used as a component of anti-HIV therapies. The Long Island partners – the only American…


Million-dollar grant opens FSC to less-privileged minds

By GREGORY ZELLER // A million-dollar gift from the National Science Foundation will help a classroom’s worth of science- and math-focused Long Island high schoolers enroll at Farmingdale State College. All told, 32 students from six regional high schools will enjoy four-year, $20,000 scholarships, thanks to a $1 million S-STEM grant, the largest ever issued to Farmingdale State by the NSF. Targeting academically talented, low-income students, the S-STEM awards – for Scholarships in Science, Technology,…


Hofstra computer-degree programs earn ABET approval

By GREGORY ZELLER // The prevailing authority over international engineering and technology collegiate education has green-stamped two Hofstra University computer-degree programs. The university’s Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science has been notified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology that the school’s Computer Science and Computer Engineering bachelor’s degree programs have been accredited, respectively, by ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission and Engineering Accreditation Commission. The Baltimore-based non-governmental organization – which accredits post-secondary education…


The ‘underserved’ aim high, via Ascend Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // The rubber meets the roads Thursday at Hofstra University, when the innovative Ascend Long Island program holds its first-ever “procurement conference.” Combining small Nassau County businesses and buyers from bigger regional corporations and government agencies, the conference is built to bolster Ascend Long Island’s primary mission: to provide essential business resources, primarily capital, to early stage enterprises in underserved Nassau communities. Specifically, what Hofstra calls “The Corridor:” the villages of Hempstead…


IDA eyes better (maybe not bigger) StartUp Connect

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the hottest nights of the year at The Paramount is coming Oct. 3, with nobody whatsoever set to take the stage. But don’t let the lack of smoke machines, classic heavy metal bands or Jim Breuer fool you. It’ll be standing-room-only in the Founder’s Room when the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency stages its annual StartUp Connect event, an always-engaging moshpit of innovators and investors rocking with potential. Now…


Competition runs deep as annual ‘RipTide’ returns

By GREGORY ZELLER // A business plan pitch-a-thon with real pull is returning to the Hamptons. i-Hamptons – the professional networking community that brought you The Spur and Spur East, members-only “entrepreneur’s clubs” aimed at East End impresarios – is diving back into business-building waters with its annual “Shark Tank”-like business plan competition, “RipTide: Sink or Swim.” This year’s Riptide III (unofficially updated as “$ink or $wim”) is set to distribute some $50,000 in grant…


Down is up at Applied DNA, with the good stuff

By GREGORY ZELLER // An aggressive Long Island biotech is getting down, literally, with another global textiles supplier. Stony Brook-based supply-chain security specialist Applied DNA Sciences announced Thursday a new sales and marketing partnership with Navarpluma, a premier supplier of down and feathers to worldwide textiles manufacturers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this latest collaboration with an international partner will see Applied DNA’s SigNature DNA molecular-tracking system applied to Navarpluma’s products, which…


For student success, NYIT is simply THE’s best

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional institution known for supporting its students is partnering with a global higher-education publication on a forum designed to improve universal student success. The New York Institute of Technology is the “host sponsor” for the 2019 Times Higher Education U.S. Student Success Forum, a two-day conference of education experts and university leaders focused on new ideas and initiatives for improving student outcomes. Such matters are par for the course at…


NYU Winthrop’s pet project is all heart (and fur)

By GREGORY ZELLER // The newest therapists at NYU Winthrop Hospital don’t have advanced degrees. Or any degrees. You’re lucky if they have pedigrees. But they are, indisputably, love doctors – poodles and doodles and other furry friends gifted with big hearts and healing hands (or at least therapeutic paws). The Mineola-based affiliate of the NYU Langone Health system is barking loudly about WAGS, for Winthrop’s Animals Give Support, a new pet-therapy program designed to…


Ominous winds blow, but offshore efforts hold steady

By GREGORY ZELLER // President Trump is tapping the breaks on offshore-wind development, but the burgeoning billion-dollar industry is still poised to reset environmental and economic barometers. That’s the word from world-class energy guru Robert Catell, chairman of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, who’s staying calm in response to the announcement that the Trump Administration is delaying permits for the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, until such time that the administration…


New admissions effort ‘pharms’ out Adelphi grads

By GREGORY ZELLER // The joint-admissions wave continues to roll over Long Island, with Adelphi University announcing another high-profile two-fer. This time, the Garden City school has forged a collaboration with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences that will give future pharmacists a shot at earning their bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in seven years – or less. Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, students will have two options: complete both degrees in seven…


Mapping scattered pictures, in the corners of our mind

By GREGORY ZELLER // Straight from the hippocampus (and the horse’s mouth) comes a new research paper in the journal Science, highlighting landmark innovations in human brain mapping. Published Aug. 16 by the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “Hippocampal Sharp-Wave Ripples Linked to Visual Episodic Recollection in Humans” carries a heavy title but a simple synopsis: real-time mapping of specific brain neurons that fire when humans form visual…


Island holds its own among the 2019 Inc. 5000

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the most exhaustive annual studies of American business growth is lousy with Long Island companies. That is to say, Long Island is well-represented in the 2019 Inc. 5000, the magazine’s annual analysis of the 5,000 “most successful companies in America” – at least, the fastest-growing private firms in all the land. Released this week, the prestigious yearly list analyzes three-year growth rates (in this case, spanning 2015-2018) of U.S.-based,…


STEM scholarships help out Northwell dependents

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Two Birds One Stone File comes Northwell Health, which is helping out its employees – and bolstering its own future – with a new scholarship program. The New Hyde Park-based health system has awarded the first educational stipends through its STEM Scholarships program, designed to assist college-bound dependents of Northwell Health employees – primarily, future collegians pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. The $7,500 individual scholarships…


Baldwin scores $10M in Albany’s 2019 DRI competition

By GREGORY ZELLER // Downtown Baldwin has taken the regional crown, and the $10 million jackpot, in Albany’s annual downtown-revitalization competition. Following wins by Westbury in 2016, Hicksville in 2017 and Central Islip in 2018, Baldwin – a census-designated hamlet in Nassau County’s Town of Hempstead – will enjoy a $10 million state stipend aimed at sprucing up its downtrodden downtown. On Tuesday, Baldwin became the first winner announced in the fourth-annual Downtown Revitalization Initiative…