Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

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,…


No. 436: On Patriots, procurements and busy college presidents (and aliens and cyborgs) 

  New day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of this late-summer week of socioeconomic innovation. New world: It’s Sept. 11 out there, a date that truly needs no further exposition. Those who lived through it will never forget. Schools and media inform younger generations. And its fallout both strengthens and weakens our nation to this very day. Eighteen years already, unbelievable. New meaning: While Sept. 11 is forever entwined with the 2001…


No. 431: Inventing Google, superior supercomputing and just the fax, ma’am

  Equatorial shift: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as we slide into the second half of this summertime workweek on Long Island and around the world (except in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s winter). Senior circuit: Whatever your season, it’s Aug. 21 out there – and to the 47 million-plus U.S. citizens ages 65 and older (according to the 2017 census), enjoy your National Senior Citizens Day. Readers of all ages can get…


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…


No. 429: Classic cartoons, downtown dreams and the nitrogen nuisance – plus, it curves!

  Middle ground: It’s Wednesday, dear readers, and you’re halfway through this latest summery week of socioeconomic innovation. Keep it up. Today is Aug. 14, and if you had the real-life, rebellious Macbeth killing his cousin, King Duncan I (in battle, not in bed), and assuming the Scottish throne on this date in 1040, glè mhath! Here’s a voucher for 100 silver sceats, redeemable in the casino. Best laid plans: To our many readers in…


No. 427: Mean streets, herbal treats and fiscal feats – plus, supermarkets for robots

  Warmest greetings: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we slog through a sticky summertime stretch of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Aug. 7 out there, and we’re at the steamy center of Summer 2019 – the mathematical midpoint between the June 21 summer solstice and the Sept. 23 autumnal equinox. Party on, Côte d’Ivoire: To our readers along the Ivory Coast, a joyous Independence Day. Here in the States, Aug. 7 is National Lighthouse Day, celebrating…


Writing the book, literally, on bioelectronic medicine

By GREGORY ZELLER // The pioneering work of several key researchers has made Long Island a focal point in the emerging science of bioelectronic medicine – their combined knowledge and achievements could fill a book. And it has. Fresh off the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press comes “Bioelectronic Medicine: A Subject Collection From Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine,” which belies that awkward academic title with a sharp and exciting focus: groundbreaking progress in bioelectronics,…


With pilot run ending, top marks for LI Bioscience Hub

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Bioscience Hub is making the grade, according to a report card prepared by independent evaluators. Since launching in 2015, the LIBH – a National Institutes of Health effort uniting Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research – has trained hundreds of innovators, helped fund dozens of technology-development projects and assisted the formation of numerous startup companies and…


No. 420: Wheels up in Suffolk, Alda’s new Discovery, a vagus wedding and the survey says…?

  You win: The Friday finish line approaches and you’ve done it again, dear reader – another steamy workweek in the books, another well-earned weekend on tap. It’s July 12 out there, and if you had the Ottoman Empire capturing Euboea in Central Greece on this date in 1470, finally ending the month-long Siege of Negroponte, aferin sana! Here’s your receipt for 50 silver akçe, redeemable anywhere on the third-floor promenade. Freshly squeezed: To our…


No. 415: On Cheerios, Stooges, smarter schools and ignored internships – plus, action in Innovation Park 

  Sunny disposition: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the final Innovate LI newsletter of Spring 2019. That’s correct – whatever soggy gloom the Weather Channel predicts, summer officially begins Friday. And of course, the innovation forecast is always warm and bright in here. Pista Y ang Kagueban: It’s June 19 out there, and before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Frank, James, Leslie, Robert, Philip, Naraj, Thomas, Peter, Rachel, Glenn, Nina, Sarah, Louis…


No. 411: In which Voder speaks, the Apple II arrives, iTunes departs – and the Avengers assemble!

  Half full: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we reach the midpoint of another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation. Before we dive in, a warm welcome to new newsletter subscribers Michael, Kathleen, Josh, Frank, Tim, Wayne, Elizabeth, Warren, Eddie, Cliff, Noel, Micaela, Paige and Gary. Let us be the first to wish you a healthy and safe World Day Against Speciesism. Ecologically logical: That must mean it’s June 5 out there, and most of…


No. 407: Lincoln tinkers, Doyle detects, Alessi hustles and Northwell pays out – plus, the USPTO cometh

  Variety show: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting week of inventing, incorporating and investing. It’s May 22 out there, and we’re shouting out first to new newsletter subscribers August, Maribel, Louis, Gretta, Tom, Imran, Daniel, Art, Doug, Clint, Ross and Nina. You sound like a fine multicultural group, which is fitting, since you join us on this 26th anniversary of the UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity. Break out…


No. 398: The shadows of Mercy, the lessons of JLABS and an arthritis shocker (plus: garlic breath!)

  Holy cow, what a week: Good Friday morning, dear reader, and a good Good Friday morning to those of the Christian persuasion, and a peaceful Passover, too. Whatever your holiday of choice, the blessed end of another busy workweek is upon us. It’s April 19 out there, and on the subject of special observances, a safe and happy Landing of the 33 Patriots Day to our many readers in Uruguay. Double Dutch: Today is…


Feinstein stimulates talk of an arthritis breakthrough

By GREGORY ZELLER // An encouraging new study out of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research says noninvasive bioelectronic stimulation – administered through the outer ear – can effectively reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The potentially quantum leap for the treatment of RA and other inflammatory diseases was reported Tuesday in Bioelectronic Medicine, an open-access journal aggregating articles and data from across a dozen-plus basic and clinical disciplines, including biochemistry, neuroscience, bioengineering, artificial intelligence and…


No. 396: Inventing spam, honoring McCall and challenging Hofstra’s entrepreneurs (plus Modern Monetary Theory, in color)

  It’s Friday the 12th: And there’s nothing to fear, dear readers, as we reach the end of this latest springtime workweek and welcome another well-earned weekend. Rocket man: Today is Cosmonautics Day in Russia, the International Day of Human Space Flight and, in many countries, Yuri’s Night – all commemorating Vostok 1, the first manned spaceflight in human history, which blasted off April 12, 1961. The short spaceshot carried Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin through…