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SBU leads latest college ranking

Long Island certainly didn’t flunk out of U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings, though collectively, you’d have to give the Island a B grade at best. Those more intimately familiar with the world-class science, impressive graduation rates and regional economic benefits of the Island’s college and university system might question a database in which Long Island’s most notable achievement was Stony Brook University’s ranking as the nation’s 37th best public university. But U.S….


Brookhaven completes first phase of cardiac unit

Phase 1 of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital’s $60 million, 60,000-square-foot cardiac-unit expansion is complete, and a gathering of politicos, patrons and patients joined hospital officials this week to mark the milestone. According to hospital board chair Lisa Rose, exterior and interior projects are on schedule and the remodeled, state-of-the-art Knapp Center is on target for its planned May 2016 completion and summer 2016 debut. Keeping the name of the Knapp family, renowned benefactors of the hospital…


Cablevision in deal for WGN America, last 2.8% of Newsday

Cablevision has inked a multi-year deal that will bring Tribune Media’s general entertainment cable network, WGN America, to its New York, New Jersey and Connecticut customers beginning in January. As part of the deal, Cablevision will continue to air Trib’s New York (WPIX-TV), Hartford (WTIC-TV and WCCT-TV) and Philadelphia (WPHL-TV) stations and extend access to TV listings and movie data provided by Gracenote, Tribune Media’s digital data and entertainment company. Gracenote data is used to provide programming information on the Optimum interactive…


Gillibrand signs on to build-it-here bill

New federal legislation aims to keep high-pay, high-skill manufacturing jobs in the United States by brushing up a 50-year-old small-business law. Introduced by New Jersey Democrat Corey Booker and cosponsored by a quartet of U.S. senators including Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the Scale-Up Manufacturing Investment Company Act of 2015 would help fund entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to commercialize or otherwise advance their manufacturing operations. The idea, according to Gillibrand, who discussed the proposed legislation during…


In school security, a fly on the digital wall

By GREGORY ZELLER // If it’s going to happen, it very well might happen on the Internet first. That’s the thinking behind Digital Fly, a real-time social media monitoring and alert service spun out of Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions. Named for the proverbial fly on the wall, Digital Fly looks to improve school safety by tracking threats on sites like Instagram and Twitter and alerting officials as necessary. Leading the way is Derek Peterson, Digital…


BNL’s Cleary headlines inventors’ event

Long Island inventors and entrepreneurs have a golden chance to learn how to partner with Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Suffolk County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club’s Sept. 15 meeting is scheduled to feature Connie Cleary, commercialization manager at the Department of Energy’s Upton facility. Cleary is expected to discuss the BNL’s tech-transfer and commercialization processes, as well as the lab’s protocols for collaborating with startup enterprises. Cleary, a former manager of industry partnership development at Argonne…


Lessons from life on the bottom rung

By GREGORY ZELLER // What I did with my summer vacation: If you’re an American teenager, there’s a good chance it wasn’t “earn a paycheck.” The percentage of U.S. teens with summer jobs has been in steady decline for years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which says six of 10 U.S. high school and college students had summer jobs this season – down from eight of 10 in 1989. Overall, there were…


The Debrief: Alexander Gann, Watson School of Biological Sciences

In terms of size, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s graduate school is a bit short of Ivy League. With seven new Fall 2015 admissions bumping the student body to 41, the Watson School of Biological Sciences has a ways to go to catch the likes of MIT’s 11,000 students or Harvard’s 6,700. But when your namesake is credited with cracking DNA, your work had better be A-grade, and the Watson School’s focus on biological sciences is…


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DARPA, Homeland Security to headline NYIT cybersecurity conference

Distinguished speakers and critical intelligence issues will set the tone at the New York Institute of Technology’s sixth-annual cybersecurity conference. Intended to stimulate dialogue, share ideas and promote networking among leading cybercrime-defense thinkers, the conference is scheduled for Sept. 24 at NYIT’s Manhattan auditorium. Listed keynote speakers include Andy Ozment, a Department of Homeland Security expert in cybersecurity, and Angelos Keromytis of DARPA, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Nada-Marie Anid, dean of NYT’s…


Women driving the surge in U.S. innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Almost 15 percent of Americans are launching or running a startup, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor reports, the highest rate ever recorded in GEM’s 16 years of research. And the numbers get bigger from there: Twenty-four-million Americans are engaged in startup activities, with another 14 million running established small businesses. Optimism is also at a 16-year high – 51 percent of all Americans see good startup opportunities – and pessimism is inching down, with…


Cold Spring, SUNY Old Westbury land prostate cancer funding

Two awards for Long Island-based research organizations are part of a new prostate cancer research funding initiative announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. All told, 20 research institutions will share a total of $3 million in funding to explore innovative concepts in prostate cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. Among them are Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which is slated to receive $300,000 over the next two years, and the Research Foundation for SUNY Old Westbury, set to…


Capping off 30 great years

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s a few things you should know about EGC 1985 IPA, the newest concoction of Riverhead’s Crooked Ladder Brewing Co. Leaning towards orange in color, the India Pale Ale is made with four varieties of West Coast hops, giving it a powerful aroma and taste. It has a stronger alcohol content than 70 West, the microbrewery’s flagship brew, and significantly more hops. Only about 20 cases of the IPA have been…


SBU names Sotiropoulos engineering dean

Stony Brook University has named a new dean of its innovative College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Fotis Sotiropoulos, director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota and an engineering professor at UMN, will take over SBU’s engineering college effective Oct. 15, the university announced Thursday. He succeeds Yacov Shamash, who remains SBU’s vice president for economic development. Sotiropoulos was chosen following a competitive national search and brings extensive knowledge and…


Murray heading new RMF development group

Innovation is in integration at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, which has combined its zoning, land use and environmental law practice groups into a single unit. The group, chaired by partner E. Christopher Murray, maximizes RMF’s decades of development and zoning experience as an “integrated cross-disciplinary unit,” according to the Uniondale-based firm. Managing Partner Adam Silvers noted development and zoning applications are often “intertwined” with environmental litigation and regulatory challenges, requiring a team effort on most real…


A giant step on the road to precision medicine

By GREGORY ZELLER // This is your brain. This is your brain on antipsychotic medications. Any questions? Investigators at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the R&D wing of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, have plenty. Among them: Can doctors use brain scans to predict how patients will respond to antipsychotic medications – even before medications are prescribed? Such predictability would allow providers to fine-tune prescribed meds and doses, a potentially enormous innovation in the…