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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…


No. 392: Birthing bots, baseball reborn and a second look at our 2019 innovation love-in

  Did you miss us? We missed you, dear reader, but here we are, back on the beat just in time to wrap up another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Friday, March 29, out there, and we’ve still got the warm fuzzies from Tuesday’s 2019 Innovator of the Year Awards, which filled the Crest Hollow Country Club with copious carbs, big brains and lots of love. Let’s go to the videotape: In case you…


Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


No. 390: On relativity, finger-licking and extra Voices – and happy birthday, almost-2,000-year-old man

  Spring in your step: Welcome to Wednesday, dear reader, and not just any Wednesday but the first day of spring in our lovely Northern Hemisphere – the vernal equinox occurs today at 5:58 p.m. Eastern Time. We really had an easy winter. But the 15-or-so inches of snow measured by the National Weather Service’s Islip monitoring station won’t be a record low, according to historical accumulations recorded by Brookhaven National Laboratory. Veggie tales: This…


Hofstra debuts Engineering Management MS program

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new master of science degree program has hit the ground running inside Hofstra University’s Department of Engineering. Offered for the first time this Spring 2019 semester, Hofstra’s new Master of Science in Engineering Management degree program combines the best of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science in a multidisciplined effort to “bridge the gap between the technical side of…


No. 386: Hofstra in the minority, septuagenarians in bed and Gilbert in the weeds, again (plus: The Dude abides)

  Wednesday welcome: You’ve reached the midpoint of another exciting week of inventions, investments and bold business development. Well done, intrepid reader! It’s March 6 out there, and before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Lily, Brian, Samantha, Caleb, Brandon, Frank, Alyssa, Ellen, Javier, Melissa, Martez and Joshua. Please make sure your snacks are peanut-free, and enjoy the show. Sometimes there’s a man: Our new friends join us on a special day for the…


Minority-owned businesses benefit as Hofstra ‘Ascends’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new university/government/industry outreach program focused on minority entrepreneurs received an executive-grade kickoff Tuesday at Hofstra University. Funded by a $350,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase, the Ascend Long Island program – what Hofstra called “the first suburban outpost” of Chase’s larger Ascend 2020 effort – launched with a half-day symposium and an impressive 24 regional businesses already in the fold. Ascend 2020 is a joint effort of JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business…


No. 384: Inventing aspirin, Novocain and heroin – and fighting opioid addiction with feeling

  All downhill from here: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as we slide into the second half of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation here on Long Island and around the world. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 27, and the second day of Ayyám-i-Há for followers of the Bahá’í faith. (Of course, this observance only falls on this date on the Gregorian calendar if Bahá’í Naw-Rúz takes place on March 21, which doesn’t always happen,…


No. 382: Daring photographers, prestigious fellows, international space adventures – and LICA’s tastiest Capital Forum yet

  Middle ground: It’s Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another busy winter week of socioeconomic innovation. Welcome to Feb. 20, and welcome especially to new newsletter subscribers Wendy, Charles, Sam, Dee, Lyn, Clive, J. Taylor, Rama, John, David and Rosemary. We’ve turned off the “Fasten Seatbelts” sign, so please feel free to move around the cabin. Those are all good things: Our new friends join us on The World Day of Social Justice,…


Community wellness wins in Hofstra’s 2019 ‘Challenge’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Roughly $60,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs in an ambitious Hofstra University competition designed to improve health, wellness and socioeconomic conditions in underserved communities throughout Greater New York. The 2019 Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge is now accepting innovative proposals for “market-based products or services” that can improve wellness in communities stretching from Long Island to New York City to the Hudson Valley, according to Hofstra. The theme for…


No 379: Tuning in at Hofstra, soaring high at JFK and music by John Williams (plus: a new origin story for the universe)

  Finishing touch: And down the stretch we come, dear readers, with the end of another busy workweek and the promised land of another well-earned weekend coming up fast. It’s Friday out there, Feb. 8 to be precise, and good luck to all our readers in India preparing to pop the question on this romantic Propose Day 2019. The pickings are slim (Scout’s honor): Here in the States, it’s National Opera Day (just two years…


Newfangled ‘radio’ show brings Zucker School home

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new radio show – take a moment to process, podcasters – is bringing the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell to the airwaves. Premiering Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. on WRHU (Radio Hofstra University, 88.7 on your FM dial and first in Hofstra’s hearts since 1959), “Well Said With Dr. Ira Nash” will feature a half-hour of weekly insights into health and wellness, with Nash – a…


Island finally finds its footing on the co-working path

By PHIL RUGILE // Helping new companies get started has become a big part of the “Startup Economy.” Investopedia defines a startup as “a company that is in the first stage of its operations,” often bankrolled by their entrepreneurial founders, who are attempting to capitalize on a new product or service. It’s no easy task. Until you’ve experienced the terror of being an entrepreneur – of struggling to convince your target market of your product…


No. 374: On Sully, ‘MacGyver,’ Pluto and Nomorobo … and the Oscars go to New York!

  Over the hump we go: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting week of innovative entrepreneurism. It’s Jan. 23 out there, and to our readers on Pitcairn Island, a safe and joyous Bounty Day to you (celebrated every Jan. 23 to commemorate the burning of the HMS Bounty by her infamous mutineers in 1790). Write up: To everyone else, please enjoy National Handwriting Day, an actual event that encourages us…