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A Queens machine rules them all at VEX’s LI robo-thon

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s brightest STEM students proved no match Saturday for unstoppable robots from Queens – though the invading automatons did have a distinct advantage. Adelphi University was the site of Long Island’s eighth-annual VEX Robotics Competition, which invited students from a dozen regional middle and high schools – and teams fielded by several professional and nonprofit partner organizations – to pit their remote-controlled creations in an uber-violent, oil-oozing, gear-strewn deathmatch. Actually,…


No. 468: Adelphi’s Truth, ULC’s deep thoughts, and why there’s cake in NSUH’s Don Monti Unit

  Onward and upward: Welcome to Wednesday, eager entrepreneurs and intrepid innovators, and the midpoint of this latest wintry workweek. Pet peeves: It’s Jan. 22 out there – National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, which is real but requires a catastrophic loneliness we (thankfully) cannot fathom. Unfortunately, the best alternative we could find is National Blonde Brownie Day, which is, you know, meh … kinda like blonde brownies. Agree to disagree: It’s also the 47th…


No. 467: In which law firms and the universe expand, and offshore wind goes to school

  Well played: You’ve done it again, dear reader – the workweek is winding down and a well-earned (if wintry) weekend awaits. Butter believe it: It’s Jan. 17 out there, and here’s a toast to your efforts – celebrating one of the oldest blended beverages in mixological history, today is National Hot Buttered Rum Day. Not to mention National Bootlegger’s Day. Shirley Temples for you: They’re too young for booze, but raise a glass anyway…


A simple code for collegians: programming for all

By MATTHEW WRIGHT // Has higher education gone soft on coding? Isolated in our computer science departments, it’s not reaching the wider student audience I believe it should. At Adelphi University, where I chair the Physics Department, teaching coding to all students – STEM majors, humanities majors and health-profession majors – is an experiment I have tried and have personally seen succeed. Computer programming is in high demand in the workplace, and it’s a 21st…


No. 462: Silver bells, silver medals and the ‘Silver Tsunami’ – plus, STEM education for grown-ups

  Are those bells we hear? Santa’s sleigh is warming up, dear readers, as we hurdle another Wednesday and trigger the one-week countdown to Christmas Day. That makes it Dec. 18 out there, and around the world we go: Republic Day in Niger, National Day in Qatar, International Migrants Day and the U.N.’s Arabic Language Day, recognizing a true pillar of human history. This little piggy: Pork will likely be scarce at Arabic Language Day…


With red flags, Green Light Law not as easy as 1, 2, 3

By MARGARET GRAY and OLIVIA HEFFERNAN // Do you know about the Green Light Law? If you drive anywhere in New York, you probably should. As of Dec. 16, New York residents are eligible to obtain driver’s license regardless of their immigration status. New Yorkers should see public health and economic benefits as a result of Green Light, which passed the New York State Legislature in June. Efforts to derail the legislation, however, have left…


This chief diversity officer has cleared many hurdles

By GREGORY ZELLER // Diversity continues to drive destinies at Long Island’s top universities, with another major appointment focused on inclusion. This time, it’s Stony Brook University again, announcing this week the appointment of Judith Brown Clarke – a longtime educator, respected researcher and world-class athlete – as its new chief diversity officer, effective Feb. 17. Clarke, currently diversity director at Michigan State University’s Bio-Computational Evolution in Action Consortium Science and Technology Center, will take…


No. 460: On diversity, robotics and Hoosiers – plus, how to warm your whiskey

  Moving right along: It’s Wednesday already, dear readers, as we speed through this latest busy workweek and plow straight toward the big year-end holidays. The hills are alive: It’s Dec. 11 out there, a.k.a. International Mountain Day, when the U.N. would like you to consider the overexploitation of mountainous regions, home to 15 percent of the human population and one-quarter of Earth’s non-marine lifeforms. Level headed: There aren’t many mountains in Indiana, where Hoosier…


Adelphi, SBU mix it up in Island-wide diversity drive

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the It Takes a Village file come multiple attempts to promote inclusion at some of Long Island’s top universities, and beyond. Just weeks after Stony Brook University announced it would steer nearly $1 million of SUNY money toward a new faculty-diversity initiative, Garden City’s Adelphi University has announced the appointment of a new vice president and new executive director of diversity and inclusion. Adelphi’s equality effort, announced Friday, involves two…


No. 453: In which the tide rips, the puns fly and Adelphi students phone out

  Cap it off: You’ve done it again, dear reader – another five-day gauntlet completed, another well-earned weekend in sight. It’s Friday, Nov. 8, out there, and we’re ending the workweek in style – National Cappuccino Day, as if you need an excuse to enjoy a creamy cuppa. About town: It’s also World Urbanism Day, a.k.a. World Town Planning Day, when eyes turn to the orderly spread of humanity in livable communities. Brain matters: And…


At Adelphi, unplugged students party like it’s 1993

By GREGORY ZELLER // For some Adelphi University students, this may be the hardest week of their entire collegiate careers. Freshmen in a first-year seminar taught by visiting Associate Professor of English Donna Freitas are facing a Herculean and uniquely 21st century challenge: a full week without their smartphones. Students attending Freitas’ “Life Unplugged (Fight the Feed)” course turned in their iPhones, Samsung Galaxy devices and other smartphones Thursday, placing them in the trusty hands…


No. 452: Filled with nachos, supernovae, supply chains and a popular movie riff

The innovator who came in from the cold: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we bundle up and brave a blustery week of autumnal socioeconomic innovation. It’s Nov. 6 out there, and around the world we go: Constitution Day in Tajikistan, Gustavus Adolphus Day in Sweden, Arbor Day in the Republic of Congo  (where you’d think they already have enough trees, but there you go) and the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the…


Productivity is the name of the game for APICS NYC/LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ll manage just fine, thank you, at the New York City/Long Island chapter of the Association for Supply Chain Management – even if that’s not its name. By any name, the chapter is among Greater New York’s most innovative and active experts on supply-chain management and certification – networking, specially tailored instruction, all manners of workplace-optimization resources and more. But while it operates under the ASCM banner, the New York City/Long…


No. 451: On clusters, blockbusters and Hustlers (plus meatless meals and clean campuses)

  That happened fast: Remember, like, last week, when it was January and we were all, “Wow, 2019!” and you were still writing “2018” on your checks? Well, it’s November. Penultimonth: November 1, to be exact, and a Friday to boot, as we wrap up this busy week of socioeconomic innovation and kick off the second-to-last month of the year. This date is the earliest on which South African Children’s Day, Turkmenistan National Health Day…


No. 450: Worlds war, bombs blast and Delta delivers – plus, an all-time LI great calls it a career (kinda)

  Wicked Wednesday: Boo! Didn’t mean to scare you, dear reader, though today is the day before Halloween – and, of course, the midpoint of this ghoulish week of socioeconomic innovation. Slim pickings: Perhaps in anticipation of tomorrow’s candied costumery, there are very few “holidays” to highlight this (and every) Oct. 30. Today is National Checklist Day, which is as exciting as it sounds (though it started with a bang), and National Text Your Ex…