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No. 405: On Farmingdale State’s new feeder, Stony Brook’s super switch and Adelphi’s major minor upgrade

  Cold open: Beware the Ides of March, dear reader – oh, wait, it’s the Ides of May. It only feels like March. But it’s actually May 15 out there, midpoint of the month, two-thirds of the way through spring and halfway home in this latest (chilly) week of socioeconomic innovation. For the record, as of Tuesday afternoon, the Weather Channel was forecasting that high temperatures on Long Island wouldn’t exceed 70 degrees until the…


As Apollo anniversary nears, mission time at CoA

By GREGORY ZELLER // Unless you’re hiding under a moon rock, you know that humankind’s first stroll on the lunar surface was 50 years ago this July – and as the golden anniversary approaches, excitement at the Cradle of Aviation Museum is reaching escape velocity. The Garden City museum’s “Countdown to Apollo at 50” – which kicked off 16 months ago – reaches its climax July 20, the exact date when NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong…


Diverse opinions fuel C3E Women in Energy event

By ROSALIE DRAGO // In any industry, “diversity” means intentionally incorporating views and perspectives different from our own – an essential practice for both personal and professional innovation and advancement. We all know it’s easier and faster to move something forward with someone who agrees with us. It doesn’t mean you get the best outcome, though. It can be uncomfortable, to have your voice heard and to listen to that “other” voice, and difficult to…


A middle school farm team is automating agriculture

By GREGORY ZELLER // Meanwhile, back on the farm, the future was evolving. The farm, in this case, is inside West Hollow Middle School, a forward-looking jewel of the Half Hollow Hills Central School District. And the future comes in the form of FarmBot, a kid-crafted, kid-coded automaton that could help feed future generations on this increasingly crowded planet – and even astronauts exploring distant worlds. The robot, of course, tills its land on a…


No. 345: Tinkerers, taxes, the Twist and Long Island’s economic-development wish list

Half-full: It’s Wednesday, dear readers, middle ground of another busy workweek on Long Island and around the globe. A warm welcome this Oct. 3 to new newsletter subscribers Jordan, Anita, Carole, Edward, Renee and Catherine – welcome to the show – and a happy National Techies Day to all. The annual observance, designed to inspire the next generation of techno-tinkerers, marks its 20th anniversary today. Donuts are optional: It’s also National Coffee With a Cop…


Stony Brook rock star pitches in on Mars modules

By GREGORY ZELLER // With this month’s discovery of liquid-water lakes resting beneath the ruddy surface of Mars, humankind took another giant leap toward the potential colonization of the Red Planet. Mars is not Earth’s closest planetary neighbor. That distinction belongs to Venus, which – at its closest orbital point – is just 23.6 million miles away, compared to Mars’ closest pass at 35.7 million miles. But with a sulfuric-acid atmosphere and a surface temperature…


No. 313: Takeuchi triumphs, the CPC goes global, the domestic innovations of yesteryear and serenity now (also, Mars has gas)

Don’t know how you did it: But you did it, dear reader – it’s Friday, five more productive work days are in the books and the weekend is upon is. It’s June 8 all over the world (or will be, depending on what time this hits your inbox). And while it’s celebrated on different dates in different countries, it’s Engineer’s Day today in Peru. Please celebrate responsibly. A good day for domestic innovations: Engineers all…


Composite Prototyping Center lands a big one

By GREGORY ZELLER // Plainview’s Composite Prototyping Center is welcoming “the world leader in advanced composite training” into the fold. The CPC announced this week that Nevada-based Abaris Training Resources, a 35-year veteran provider of training programs focused on composites-based engineering, manufacturing and repair, will close its only East Coast training site, located in Georgia, and transfer operations to CPC’s 25,000-square-foot facility. The CPC – where manufacturing-focused workforce development, prototyping and hands-on technical training in…


No. 263: Siemens smarties, lucrative leads, hanging with Chad and singing the socioeconomic blues

Welcome to Dec. 6: A red-letter date in history known best for the ratification of the slavery-abolishing 13th Amendment (1865) and the first recording of a human voice (Thomas Edison’s rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” 1877). Happy birthday: Joyce Kilmer, Ira Gershwin, Agnes “Endora” Moorehead, Dave Brubeck, Wally “Mr. Peepers” Cox, Otto Graham, Larry Bowa, JoBeth Williams, Charles Bronson, Craig “Craigslist” Newmark, Will Shriner, Steven Wright, Judd Apatow and Zeller, yes, Innovate’s Zeller,…


Space vets all-go for Cradle of Aviation ‘Countdown’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A star-studded crew of cosmic heroes was on board Thursday, when the Cradle of Aviation Museum started the clock on its 18-month-plus “Countdown to Apollo at 50.” The long-term celebration, featuring new exhibits and educational initiatives at the Garden City museum, leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission – man’s first recorded moon landing, on July 20, 1969. Long Island, of course, played a vital role in…


In space, no one can hear your nervous breakdown

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s lonely out in space. And the mental health of astronauts embarking on long-term missions to the final frontier is a paramount concern for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which is funding a new clinical trial of an innovative e-mental health tool that could relieve astronomical anxiety, star stress and deep-space depression. The study, led by a Stony Brook University psychiatry professor in conjunction with Australian researchers, officially kicked off…


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…


To infinity, and beyond, at FSC commencements

Farmingdale State College will go global, and then some, at its annual commencement exercises. The college is planning two separate ceremonies this year – one for students graduating from the School of Business and the School of Health Sciences, one for graduates of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering Technology – and each will feature a heavy-hitting keynote speaker. The Business/Health Sciences commencement, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. May…


The SBU ecologist who came in from the cold

If you’ve ever dreamt of tracking Antarctic penguin populations – and really, who hasn’t? – Stony Brook University can now make it happen. No, the university won’t fly you to King George Island or outfit you with a state-of the-art military-surplus Marpat Level 7 ECW Hooded Jacket. However, through a collaboration with NASA, the university is recruiting citizen scientists to lend a hand with a virtual census, of sorts, of Antarctica’s iconic inhabitants. Jokes aside,…


At SBU, Rocking the Space Vibe

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is funding a five-year mission that has Stony Brook University geologists exploring strange, new worlds – and gearing up for future star treks. The university’s Department of Geosciences on Friday officially launched its new 6,500-square-foot Center for Planetary Exploration, a three-laboratory consortium using next-generation science to unearth the solar system’s oldest clues. It’s prime directives: to seek out ancient microbial lifeforms and otherwise decode eons…