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No. 454: Making Whoopi, seating Parks and (kinda) quoting Franklin – plus, the winds of cyberwar blow

  Half full: You’ve made it this far, dear reader – it’s Wednesday, Nov. 13, and you’re already halfway through this busy workweek. Well done! Tell everyone how you did it – it’s National Start a Rumor Day. You don’t Sadie: Empowering to some, infuriating to others, life imitates art this and every Nov. 13 – Sadie Hawkins Day, as first celebrated in the satirical “Li’l Abner” comic strips of the 1930s. Here’s one we…


Ominous winds blow, but offshore efforts hold steady

By GREGORY ZELLER // President Trump is tapping the breaks on offshore-wind development, but the burgeoning billion-dollar industry is still poised to reset environmental and economic barometers. That’s the word from world-class energy guru Robert Catell, chairman of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, who’s staying calm in response to the announcement that the Trump Administration is delaying permits for the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, until such time that the administration…


No. 430: Growing up fast, helping Northwell’s ‘dependents’ and plugging Innovation Park

  In country: You’ve done it again, intrepid innovator – another workweek in the books, another weekend on tap. It’s Aug. 16 on Long Island and around the world – and soon to be Friday Night in Dixie, as noted by Rhett Atkins. The hills are alive: To our readers in Kyoto, a blessed Gozan no Okuribi, the traditional Aug. 16 “send-off fire” concluding Japan’s annual Obon festival and ushering visiting spirits back to the…


Giving the LI innovation economy plenty of STEAM

By ROSALIE DRAGO // Employers in technical trades lament the loss of “shop” class and its hands-on maker skills. Business owners complain that candidates possess minimal work experience. But there is tremendous work-readiness power in STEAM – enough to fuel a 21st century workforce. Beginning in elementary school, education institutions are using STEAM (for science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to contextualize core classroom subjects in a way that aligns with skills required by the…


Ambitious agenda, new partnership gas up the IGIT

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new cross-continental collaboration is just one of the innovative energy efforts revving things up inside the Institute for Gas Innovation and Technology. Stony Brook University’s 15-month-old IGIT is firing on all cylinders on its mission to address current and future power needs through increasingly low-carbon means – including a new memorandum of understanding inked this month with the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy, seen as a major play toward…


Debrief: Catell, consortium set to blow the doors off

  Robert Catell isn’t so much “busy” as “hyperactive.” Decades after serving as chairman of KeySpan and National Grid’s U.S. operations, the iconic innovator (last Debriefed by Innovate LI in 2016) remains integrally involved in multiple energy-efficiency efforts. As chairman of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Catell is all in on sustainability, a focus reinforced by his leadership of the National Offshore Wind…


Coalition challenges Albany’s pipe ban, lauds NESE

By GREGORY ZELLER // Citing a “looming threat” to the Long Island economy – including potential delays for the vaunted Nassau Hub, Ronkonkoma Hub and Belmont Park reconstruction projects – regional power players are demanding action from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. An impressive coalition – representing the Association for a Better Long Island, the Long Island Builders Institute, the New York State Laborers’ Union and SEIU 1199 (United Healthcare Workers East),…


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…


At offshore consortium, $7M is blowing in the wind

By GREGORY ZELLER // A syndicate of offshore-wind leaders from around the region, the nation and the world is looking to energize the path to sustainability with a hefty funding drive. The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium this week announced the availability of up to $7 million in research-and-development funding, part of its “first comprehensive solicitation for offshore wind-technology projects.” The seven-figure stipend marks “an important step in advancing the long-term strategy for…


No. 375: Co-working, crowdfunding and a ton of patents … plus the origin of the pink lawn flamingo!

  End run: Welcome to the finish line of another bust workweek, dear reader – it’s Friday, the weekend is upon us and you’ve seen the job through, once again. Well done. It’s Jan. 25 out there, and if you had the Abbasid rebels overthrowing the Umayyad Caliphate in the Battle of the Zab 1,269 years ago today, good for you. Collect 200 silver dirhams at the window. That Burns: Tonight marks Burns Night in…


Size matters plenty at HIA-LI’s big annual show

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking its 30th year – and the 40th anniversary of the organization responsible for it – this year’s annual HIA-LI Business Trade Show and Conference may be the biggest yet. Already self-billed as Long Island’s largest business-to-business trade show (few can argue), the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island’s annual showcase – set for Thursday in Brentwood – is slated to feature a record number of exhibitors (375-plus at last count)…


AEC focuses global attention on next-gen generation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The future is imminent for AEC 2018, the Advanced Energy Conference that will unite global energy leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs in New York City on a quest for cleaner and smarter energy solutions. Presented by Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a critical mass of major-league sponsors – leading corporations, regional utilities, top research institutions and more – the 10th annual AEC has adopted “The Future of…


No. 283: C-3P0 ages, “Muni Coops” thrive, Flygirl soars, and why B2B salespeople should fear the machines

Over the hump we go: Welcome to Wednesday, dear reader, midpoint of your workweek and your kids’ winter break. It can be tough, keeping the little ones occupied this week, but any date that brought us humorist Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), jazz/R&B/gospel great (and civil rights icon) Nina Simone (1933-2003), beloved “Star Wars” robo-actor Anthony Daniels (1946) and legendary Long Island shutterbug Bob Giglione (born 1946, still clicking) is OK in our book. Previously on Feb….


SBU, National Grid throwing gas at the AERTC

By GREGORY ZELLER // Clean, affordable energy solutions are on tap at the “country’s most comprehensive” natural gas-focused research institute. That’s Stony Brook University’s assessment of the Institute of Gas Innovation and Technology, which the university and National Grid officially introduced with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. The consortium of academic and industry leaders comprising the I-GIT will rise to meet the nation’s diverse and growing energy challenges, according to SBU, which hosted SUNY Chancellor…


No. 280: A TCJA counterattack, an interstate healthcare alliance and baby, it’s cold outside (but it could be colder)

Weekend forecast: Welcome to the blessed end of another busy work week, dear readers – and speaking of endings and beginnings, happy anniversary to the National Weather Service, launched on this date (by the U.S. Army, believe it or not) 148 years ago today. The NWS likely had a field day on its 64th anniversary – Feb. 9, 1934 – when New York City, amidst a legendary arctic blast that deep-froze much of the nation,…