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No. 262: Mission is a go, Topspin buys some spin … and climate change in New Jersey?

TGI December: Let’s not mince words – this week was a slog, after the stuffed-belly, four-day respite of the Thanksgiving holiday. But Friday is upon us again, as is December, which in addition to the holidays you know boasts National Pie Day (today), World Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and, believe it or not, Monkey Day (Dec. 14), which as of 2000 is actually a thing. Please use this information responsibly. And tell us about…


Feds back NYIT professors on RNA-sequencing quest

By GREGORY ZELLER // Diverse disciplines are coming together at NYIT, where a multi-year National Institutes of Health grant is fueling next-level RNA research – and, possibly, opening a new front in the war against cancer. Two New York Institute of Technology faculty members, assistant professors of life sciences and computer sciences, will combine their skills under a three-year, $568,000 Cutting Edge Basic Research award from the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute. Their mission:…


Salary workshops open students to negotiation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Heads up, campus-to-corporate recruiters: An innovative workshop will prepare NYIT students to better negotiate their starting salaries and benefits. The New York Institute of Technology has partnered with the American Association of University Women to bring a series of “Start Smart” sessions to NYIT’s Old Westbury Campus. The practicum is designed to provide students – women and men – with the knowledge they’ll need to go toe-to-toe in a compensation package…


NASA taps NYIT for critical rocket-propulsion sensors

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New York Institute of Technology engineering professor is contributing to the creation of specialized sensors that could help test the next generation of space propulsion systems – and one day blast into the void themselves. Fang Li, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences in Old Westbury, is partnering with X-Wave Innovations Inc., a Maryland-based R&D firm, on the development of an embedded…


Donald Trump, Long Island and the war on science

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s worry, if not panic, among the scientists at the heart of the Long Island innovation economy. Certainly, none are surprised that President Donald Trump, in his first proposed budget, took square aim at the federal funding that is the lifeblood of the nation’s scientific research programs. This is, after all, a president who calls climate change a hoax, champions coal and selected a former ExxonMobil CEO as his secretary of…


The end is nigh for sputtering Start-Up NY

By GREGORY ZELLER // While several components of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed FY2018 budget will probably meet resistance in Albany’s corridors of power, at least one is likely to sail straight to legislative approval: the end of the Start-Up NY program. While not officially terminating Empire State Development’s underachieving economic-development effort, the governor’s spending plan purposefully rebrands it: Say hello to the Excelsior Business Program (but make it quick, because phonetic similarities to the existing…


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NYIT cybersecurity center gets fed cred

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York Institute of Technology, which boasts campuses in New York City and Old Westbury and is developing a new Cyber Defense Research Facility in Bethpage, has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The designation, which extends through the 2021 academic year, “will contribute to Long Island’s innovation landscape and further strengthen Long…


Visualizing where food, water and energy meet

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nada, meet NASA. That’s Dr. Nada Anid, thank you, dean of the New York Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, and her plans for NASA could take Long Island innovation to the final frontier. Anid was in Washington on Wednesday for the National Council for Science and the Environment’s 16th annual conference on Science, Policy and the Environment. Dubbed the “Food-Energy-Water Nexus,” the Mensa-level networker united 1,200 leaders…


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DARPA, Homeland Security to headline NYIT cybersecurity conference

Distinguished speakers and critical intelligence issues will set the tone at the New York Institute of Technology’s sixth-annual cybersecurity conference. Intended to stimulate dialogue, share ideas and promote networking among leading cybercrime-defense thinkers, the conference is scheduled for Sept. 24 at NYIT’s Manhattan auditorium. Listed keynote speakers include Andy Ozment, a Department of Homeland Security expert in cybersecurity, and Angelos Keromytis of DARPA, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Nada-Marie Anid, dean of NYT’s…


No strikeouts at LaunchPad NYIT pitch night

By GREGORY ZELLER // LaunchPad NYIT’s first pitch night was a hit. With an audience of about 100 packing the auditorium inside NYIT’s student innovation center, an entrepreneurial quintet – four from Long Island, one from New Jersey – pitched five very different ideas to a panel of judges, vying for a potentially lucrative appearance before the Long Island Angel Network. “It shows that the entrepreneurial spirit and ecosystem is alive and well on Long…


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DEBRIEF: Nada Anid, NYIT

Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and an expert in commercial-academic partnerships, emerging technologies, sustainability and STEM education on the K-12 level, Dr. Nada Anid is a key shepherd of Long Island’s innovation economy. As the first female dean in the history of NYIT’s engineering and computing sciences program, Anid has strong viewpoints on the importance of introducing female students to traditionally male-dominated fields. And as a true believer in the economic power…