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Anid: Time for a cyberskills ‘GI Bill’ at the college level

By NADA MARIE ANID // Colleges and universities are in crisis mode. The digital age continues to transform disciplines – dissolving some, merging and reconfiguring others. A highly trained and college-educated workforce, one grounded in the ethics of how to best harness new technologies to benefit humanity, is needed more than ever to tackle issues such as cyberwarfare and artificial intelligence. However, higher education is an expense close to, or greater than, the cost of…


In Hennessy, the grad that keeps on gifting

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Stony Brook University’s highest-achieving graduates is paying back his alma mater in a big way. Former Stanford University President John Hennessy, who earned a master’s degree and a doctorate at SBU in the 1970s, is personally endowing a new computer-science professorship at Stony Brook, using prize money he earned as a recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2017 Turing Award. The award, given to honor major contributions to…


No. 319: Attack of the ladybugs, rise of the Northport Hotel and how to enjoy a (really) long weekend, courtesy of Smirnoff

Yeah, baby: Marinate those sirloin tips and grab yourself a frosty one, dear readers – you’ve made it to the precipice of another glorious weekend, this leading into a blessed holiday week (and for a fortunate few, a rare and precious five-day weekend). To wit: British beverage baron Smirnoff, suggesting it’s “un-American” for the Fourth of July to fall on a Wednesday, is paying people to take off July 2 and 3 and make it…


No. 268: The New Year (kinda) dawns, Darwin sails again, John Kanas won’t stop and the Islanders are riding the ponies (or vice versa)

Welcome to … wait, what day is it? It’s that haziest week of the year when long weekends, vacations and holiday parties have our bellies full and our minds slightly befuddled. The Innovate Long Island team is taking a few more days to clean up this wrapping paper and prepare for the New Year, so watch for your next regularly scheduled newsletter on Jan. 3. While we’re getting ready, tell us all about it at…


No. 265: Santa snickers, the Manufacturing Task Force Awakens and the Golden Globes go to…

Gut Yontiff: “Good holiday,” for our non-Yiddish speaking readers, and a Happy Hanukkah to all. Adam Sandler’s “eight crazy nights” – the Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the circa-160 B.C. Maccabean Revolt – commenced Tuesday evening. A big date for breakthroughs: The dry dock (1816), the ice cream cone (1903), the first fully automated photographic film developer (1928) and the fathometer (also 1928), which measures underwater…


No. 258: Northwell’s big week, Winthrop’s ambitious diabetes study and the Center on Rural Innovation

Welcome, dear readers: To another Wednesday edition of your exclusive Innovate LI newsletter, coming to you on this Ides of November. Before we highlight another busy week in Long Island socioeconomics, a gentle reminder to send your congratulations, corrections and questions to editor@innovateli.com. We love hearing from you. It’s Nov. 15 out there: On which we remember late greats including German-British Astronomer William Herschel (born 1738, discovered Uranus and a bunch of moons), American artist…


Google touts $165B biz impact

Google helped drive $165 billion in economic activity last year, the search giant reported, helping 1.4 million businesses. The New York numbers: $26.4 billion in economic activity for 129,000 firms and more than 5,000 jobs at Google’s New York operations. The company said it provided another $45.3 million in free advertising to New York nonprofits through its Google Ad Grants program. Full disclosure: Innovate LI received $307 of the $26.4 billion via Google Ad Sense…


Meet the Luminati Aerospace R&D team

Luminati Aerospace shed light on its top management this week, trotting out the startup’s top design and science officers before the Riverhead town board and local residents. The firm, which has proposed building communication drones for a major – but so far unnamed – technology client, is negotiating an agreement to manage the largest runway at the former Grumman test facility at Calverton. The company said it plans to invest an initial $50 million at…