No. 442: Snoopy and Gandhi in ‘The Twilight Zone’ – and puppy love at the SBDC

Be the change: Established in 2007, The International Day of Non-Violence marks the Oct. 2 birthdate of Mohandas K. Gandhi.

 

Fall for it: Don’t let the thermometer fool you – it’s actually autumn, dear readers, and we’ll be bundled up soon enough!

Whatever the hell Mother Nature is smoking, welcome to Wednesday, Oct. 2, as we hurdle the hump of this latest, very busy week of socioeconomic innovation.

To dye for: Indonesian batik — whole cloth decorated with wax-resistant dye — is a cultural treasure.

A stitch in time: To our many readers in Indonesia, a festive Batik Day, celebrating the Asian nation’s traditional cloth – officially recognized in 2009 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a cultural heritage.

And to our friends around the world, a peaceful International Day of Non-Violence, marking the birthdate of the Mahatma (more below).

Zoom in: The telescope has many origin stories – the most trusted is that German-born corrective-eyewear maker Hans Lippershey got there first, demonstrating his breakthrough refracting telescope for the Netherlands parliament on Oct. 2, 1608.

You bet he can: New York City inventor J. Osterhoudt patented his “improved method of opening tin cans,” featuring a projecting lip and key, on this date in 1866.

Other U.S. patents issued on Oct. 2 include an 1888 trifecta for all-world innovator Nikola Tesla, who locked up his “system of electrical distribution,” “dynamo electric machine” and “dynamo motor” on the same day.

Stargazer: Funded by philanthropist Charles Hayden, the original Hayden Planetarium opened in New York City on this date in 1935.

The original closed in 1997, but the Rose Center for Earth and Space – part of NYC’s American Museum of Natural History – includes a new Hayden Planetarium (a.k.a. The Hayden Sphere).

Doomed to repeat it: History was made on Oct. 2, 1950.

Going ’nuts: Known first as “Li’l Folks,” Charles Schulz’s classic comic strip “Peanuts” debuted in nine U.S. newspapers on this date in 1950.

Right on time: The Atomicron, the first U.S. atomic clock, was unveiled on Oct. 2, 1956, at the Overseas Press Club in Manhattan.

There’s a signpost ahead: And it was this date in 1959 when Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” first entered another dimension on the CBS television network.

Independent thinker: Indian lawyer, political ethicist and spiritual leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), arguably history’s most notable pacifist, would be 150 years old today.

Also born on Oct. 2 were gender barrier-smashing American physician, inventor, author and educator Eliza Mosher (1846-1928), early champion of physical fitness; Scottish chemist Sir William Ramsay (1852-1916), discoverer of neon, krypton and xenon and co-discoverer of argon, radon, calcium and barium; Scottish sociologist Sir Patrick Geddes (1854-1932), pioneer of town and regional planning; and Ruth Bryan Owen (1885-1954), the first woman to serve as a U.S. ambassador (to Denmark, 1933-1936).

Portrait of a portraitist: Leibovitz, in front of the lens.

Click: And say cheese, Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz – the world-renowned photographer and defining celebrity portraitist of her time turns 70 today.

Wish the shutterbug, the mahatma and all the other Oct. 2 innovators well at editor@innovateli.com – story tips, calendar items and information on newly discovered chemical elements always welcome.

 

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BUT FIRST, THIS

Emission mission: Albany has earmarked $3 million to help local municipalities across the state purchase zero-emission vehicles and install related infrastructure.

The rebates and grants, covered by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, will be administered by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. They include $500,000 to help municipalities with the purchase (or lease for a minimum of 36 months) of eligible vehicles from state-licensed dealerships, and $2.5 million to offset the installation of hydrogen-filling stations or the purchase of “electric vehicle supply equipment,” according to the governor’s office.

“Electric vehicles are critical to achieving New York State’s clean energy goals,” Gil Quinones, New York Power Authority president and CEO, said Tuesday. “This investment gives local governments the opportunity to play a key role in accelerating EV adoption and showing New Yorkers how they can drive cleaner.”

Give her a hand: Behind this great snowman is a great woman.

Overture, curtain, lights: This is it, they’ll hit the heights … and oh, what heights they’ll hit, when students from 17 Long Island high schools take the stage Oct. 11 at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, scene of the university’s annual Day With the Arts.

Hailing primarily from Nassau County, some 230 students will hone their stagecraft and performance skills in hands-on workshops led by Adelphi faculty, covering topics such as improvisation, stage combat, acting with accents, digital media in music, set design and more.

The annual event also includes a modern dance workshop with the Taylor 2 Dance Company and an appearance by Broadway star Ryann Redmond, currently appearing as Olaf in “Frozen: The Musical” at the St. James Theatre. Redmond, a Great White Way veteran who received her formal training at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts CAP21 Conservatory, is slated to perform and participate in a Q&A with Adelphi Professor Nicholas Petron, chairman of the university’s Department of Theatre.

 

TOP OF THE SITE

Mood enhancer: The National Institutes of Health is supporting a Stony Brook University professor’s quest for more effective teen-depression treatments.

Record pace: Northwell Health is teaming up with a Chicago-based IT expert to create the electronic health records platform of the future.

Dog days: Its newest Entrepreneur-in-Residence brings bark, and lots of bite, to the SBU Small Business Development Center.

 

VOICES

Alternate route: Too much energy is wasted on “college vs. work,” warns workforce-development expert Rosalie Drago, who lays out other paths forward for high school graduates.

 

Forever 1990s: Not-so-Forever 21 failed to keep up with the times.

STUFF WE’RE READING

Finite “21:” From Snopes, Forever 21’s failure says loads about retail’s future.

Shadow play: From Newsday, Broadridge’s latest foray is heavy into cryptocurrency.

This is a test: From Forbes, a surefire method for measuring your innovation IQ.

 

RECENT FUNDINGS

+ Ribometrix, a North Carolina-based biotechnology company developing small-molecule therapeutics that directly target RNA, raised $7.8 million in funding. Backers included existing investors The Dementia Discovery Fund and Illumina Ventures.

+ Terminal, a California-based company that builds and manages remote teams to address the tech talent shortage, raised $17 million in Series B funding led by 8VC, with participation from Atomic, Cathay Innovation, Cherubic Ventures, Craft Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed Venture Partners and others.

+ Mightier, a Massachusetts-based videogame maker helping children cope with ADHD, raised $250,000 in funding. Modern Times Group MTG AB made the investment.

+ ZielBio, a Virginia-based early-stage biotechnology company that identifies novel, high-value disease targets and develops therapeutic interventions, closed a $25.1 million Series A financing round led by Morningside Venture Investments and Partners Innovation Fund.

+ Amava, a California-based creator of a unified platform that connects retirees and empty-nesters with work options, social experiences and life stage-focused services, completed a $6.2 million funding round led by RPM Ventures.

+ Kenzie Academy, an Indiana-based college alternative providing job-focused technology training, raised $7.8 million in Series A funding led by ReThink Education, with participation from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Strada, LearnStart, Peak State Ventures, Flat World Partners and the Kelly Innovation Fund.

 

BELOW THE FOLD

Stick to the plan: Only hurts for a second.

Best defense: How to perfectly time that flu shot.

Best offense: Why an “innovation offense” is corporate America’s best hope.

Best practices: How an Australian university’s “practice-based learning” model changed its STEM programming.

Simply the best: Please continue supporting the amazing firms that support Innovate LI, including accounting expert EisnerAmper, which hosts its 2019 Healthcare Innovation Summit this month (check it out).