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We Connect the Dots’ new STREAM of consciousness

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a “year of growth and great progress,” STEAM-powered Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots is already gearing up for a big 2018. Founder and Board Chairwoman Laurie Carey notes a 2017 filled with major advances for her five-year-old startup, a science-, mathematics-, engineering-, art- and math-focused 501(c)3 determined to level the technological playing field for underprivileged students. But as progressive as 2017 has been, according to the founder, the industries…


Westbury allies give Charlotte ‘workforce experience’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A professional alliance assembled at LaunchPad Westbury has joined with the Microsoft Corp. on an ambitious “workforce experience” program. Please do not call it an “internship.” This experience, which delivers unprecedented technological and on-the-job training to 18 disadvantaged North Carolina youth, starts in the office of Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who upon taking her oath in 2015 inherited a longstanding Mayor’s Youth Employment Program. To evolve the three-decade-old summer program, Roberts’ office…


Chembio lands $2.1M grant from Microsoft’s Allen

Medford-based Chembio Diagnostics has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to develop a speedier test for fevers, including Ebola and malaria. The one-year grant, from a $100 million Allen-funded Ebola eradication program, will cover development costs of a one-shot blood test for malaria, dengue, Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and chikungunya. Chembio chief executive John J. Sperzel said the six illnesses are characterized by a high-grade fever and can be fatal when…