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After 300 years of window opening, a way to finally tame steam heat

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a dose of modern engineering, a 300-year-old heating mechanism may prove to be one of the most energy-efficient of the 21st century. Stony Brook-based Bonded Energy Solutions is going back to the future with a high-tech method of controlling steam-heat distribution through single-family homes, apartment buildings and industrial spaces – a potential environmental and economic “game-changer,” according to CEO Jerritt Gluck. While modern structures are built with more efficient, more…


Live from Long Island: A cloud-based cure for Obamacare

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island hedge fund manager and a team of doctors are tackling the modern health-care provider’s big-data dilemma. Electronic record-keeping, compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, voluminous Medicare-reimbursement reporting … there are mountains of virtual paperwork to handle. Throw in one of the most disputed components of the controversial Affordable Care Act – “patient satisfaction” provisions that tie physicians’ Medicare reimbursements to patient surveys – and it’s…


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Long Island looks into the eyes of the sun

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State is lapping the nation in solar-power growth – but Long Island may be hitting its head on solar’s technological ceiling. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that solar power usage in New York increased by more than 300 percent between 2011 and 2014 – twice the U.S. growth rate, according to a press release from the governor’s office. That makes the Empire State “a leader in clean-energy technology,” noted…


A fresh take on getting energy from the sea

By GREGORY ZELLER // On its way to providing cheap, clean electricity for all mankind, Stony Brook startup Brimes Energy is making a quick detour to address another human inconvenience: Earth’s limited freshwater supply. Under the guiding hand of international industrialist Ramuel Maramara, Brimes Energy is working to reinvent the way oceanic energy is harvested, using gyroscopes inside an “artificial jellyfish” to capture the power inherent in undulating waves and crank out electricity. Turns out…


The inventors: Sharone Piontkowski knows every woman’s arch enemy

By GREGORY ZELLER // If the shoe fits, Sharone and Shlomo Piontkowski may soon deliver a medical breakthrough of fashionable proportions. Sharone, a Port Jefferson native and New York City-based architectural designer, and Shlomo, a retired surgeon who helped pioneer arthroscopy at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, are developing a special insert that could prevent chronic injuries caused by the most unnatural of human footwear: the high-heeled shoe. A final product is a year away at best,…


Berliner takes over Hofstra biz school

It’s a busy summer at Hofstra University, where a history-making provost is settling in and a longtime administrator is going full circle, with a business bent. Gail Simmons, the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Manhattanville College in Purchase, this week accepted the mantle from Herman Berliner, who retired from the Hofstra provost position after 24 years. Simmons, who earned a PhD from the Department of Genetics at UC Davis, was selected…


Protect NY sets move to Farmingdale

By GREGORY ZELLER // The academic and professional think tank Protect New York is moving to Farmingdale State College, relocating from its birthplace inside the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. The organization – which launched in 2006 and represents disciplines including criminal justice, psychiatry, sociology, public health, media studies and engineering – will now be hosted by the Department of Criminal Justice in Farmingdale’s School of Arts & Sciences. Protect New York…


NYIT gets nod for cybersecurity research

Nassau County has selected NYIT to run a cybersecurity research center in which new technologies would be developed to help safeguard critical national information and data. The center, which will be housed in rent-free space in Port Washington, is expected to receive national status from the NSA and the federal Central Security Service. The launch of the center follows news that IRS, White House and other federal computers were broken into by China-based hackers, exposing…


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Another step back for Long Beach

Renovation of the Long Beach Urgent Care Center – resulting in Long Island’s first off-campus, 24-hour emergency services department – was completed in “record time.” Unfortunately, state and federal regulators don’t move as quickly. Until regulators offer final approvals, the rebuilt South Nassau Communities Hospital facility – which includes a three-bed “observation unit” and treatment areas for infectious diseases and behavioral-health cases – will not be open 24 hours per day and cannot receive ambulances…


AVZ promotes 5 to partner team

Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Co. may need to change the type size on the letterhead. The Hauppauge-based certified public accounting and business-advisory firm has promoted five longtime principals – Jill Gunzel, Kenneth Laks, Lawrence Lucarelli, James O’Connor and Thomas Ruggiero – to its partner team. The quintet grows the partner team ranks to 17 professionals offering a range of services to businesses and industries throughout Long Island and the Metro New York region. The promotions…


Utah firm acquires MedNet Technologies

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Melville website developer with an international portfolio of healthcare clients has been acquired by a Utah-based digital marketing specialist. MedNet Technologies, a 17-year-old firm founded by brothers Jack and Christian Pellman, was acquired by Advice Media, which bills itself as “the industry leader in digital marketing for healthcare professionals.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Besides the Pellman brothers – who are “pursuing new endeavors,” according to an Advice…


Applied DNA added to Russell Microcap Index

A new index listing has Applied DNA Sciences anticipating new growth – and increased exposure to potential financiers. The Stony Brook-based biotech firm, which provides botanical-DNA-based security and authentication, has joined the Russell Microcap Index, one of several indexes operated by global investor-index publisher FTSE Russell. Applied DNA was named to the Microcap Index June 26 as part of FTSE Russell’s annual index reconstitution. The Russell Microcap Index measures the performance of the microcap segment…


Keen stepping down as Farmingdale prez in ’16

Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen will step down next June after nearly nine years in office. Keen, 70, led the school through a period of significant enrollment growth, the expansion of academic programs and a nearly $200 million construction and renovation project that transformed the look and feel of the college, which began as a two-year agricultural school. “Everyone has his or her time, and now it is my time,” Keen said. “I’m…


SBU officially opens $40M computer center

Stony Brook University is lifting the curtain on its new Computer Science Building. The $40.8 million center – designed to accelerate SBU’s collaborative research in bioinformatics, smart energy, cyber engineering, physical sciences and biomedicine – unofficially opened in May, but SBU will celebrate its arrival Wednesday with an open-house event featuring laboratory tours, faculty demonstrations and discussions led by SBU President Samuel Stanley and Department of Computer Science Chairman Arie Kaufman. Measuring over 70,000 square…


Buncee goes to the head of the class

By GREGORY ZELLER // Buncee is putting the “e” in education. Educators across the country are embracing the Calverton-based company’s “digital canvas,” which was originally designed as an e-greeting-type multimedia communications tool but has emerged as an award-winning educational resource. Buncee has become so popular as a teaching tool, in fact, that the company is in the process of rolling out an education-specific platform called Buncee for Edu. With some features not expected to go…