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No. 359: Happy Thanksgiving! And Hanukkah! And E=mc² Day! (Plus, digging in with SBU and NYIT)

  Gobble it up: Welcome to Wednesday, dear reader, and not just any Wednesday but the eve of the only four-day weekend sanctioned annually by U.S. business, commercial and government interests. That makes tomorrow Thanksgiving, of course, and an early one at that (the 22nd, in fact, is the earliest date the fourth Thursday of the month can happen). Words to the wise: As the big day looms, two pieces of unsolicited advice – tonight…


For agriculture’s sake, NYIT is getting its sensors dirty

By GREGORY ZELLER // New methods for analyzing soil – a big potential boost for agricultural efficiency – may be coming soon from the New York Institute of Technology. Researchers at NYIT’s College of Engineering and Computing Sciences have snagged a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant supporting their development of new technologies comprising an in-ground, real-time soil-nutrient sensing system (with accompanying flying robots). Their goal: to sample soil and dig deep into its chemical composition,…


Startup eyes quantum leap in ‘unhackable’ networking

By GREGORY ZELLER // Quantum-memory applications that can prevent hackers from accessing digital-communications networks? At room temperature? Pshaw, you say! Actually, you probably don’t say “pshaw” or make any other dismissive comment, because unless you’re a quantum-information expert with a PhD in nanotechnology – or you’re otherwise familiar with quantum-repeater nodes, single-photon wave packets and other niceties of quantum IT – this likely sounds like so much recycled “Star Trek” gobbledygook. But it’s hardly that….


SUNY Old Westbury dean earns ACS fellowship

By GREGORY ZELLER // A SUNY Old Westbury dean has joined the ranks of a select group of national scientists. Barbara Hillery, dean of the college’s School of Arts and Sciences, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2018 American Chemical Society Fellows Program. Now in its 10th year, the ACS Fellows Program recognizes existing ACS members for “outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the ACS,” according to a statement issued…


Anid: Time for a cyberskills ‘GI Bill’ at the college level

By NADA MARIE ANID // Colleges and universities are in crisis mode. The digital age continues to transform disciplines – dissolving some, merging and reconfiguring others. A highly trained and college-educated workforce, one grounded in the ethics of how to best harness new technologies to benefit humanity, is needed more than ever to tackle issues such as cyberwarfare and artificial intelligence. However, higher education is an expense close to, or greater than, the cost of…


NSF grant, micro-CT tech has NYIT thinking regionally

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re cutting to the chase at the New York Institute of Technology, without cutting, thanks to a chunky federal grant. The Old Westbury-based NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine announced Tuesday that it will acquire a micro-computed tomography machine with the help of a $426,621 National Science Foundation grant. The advanced tech – which reveals internal details of objects on the microscopic level, without dissecting the objects being studied – marks a…


No. 333: On science fiction, science facts, Dowling’s determined demeanor and a ‘smarter’ Long Island

Middle ground: Happy Wednesday, dear readers, and especially you, new newsletter subscribers Marguerite, Mike, Alena, David and Carrie. Welcome to the show. It’s Aug. 22 and the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic progress. And it’s Flag Day in Russia. Do with that what you will. Take a Bao: It’s also the second-annual National Bao Day (true story), which is not a salute to the villain in the sci-fi novel “Quantum Acres” but is…


NSF backs NYIT team’s critical climate-change mission

By GREGORY ZELLER // With irrefutable scientific data confirming the global climate change crisis, a New York Institute of Technology research team is supporting a multinational effort to digitally forecast “extreme environmental conditions.” Backed by a National Science Foundation grant and in cahoots with scientists across Germany and Austria, researchers at NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and School of Architecture and Design are creating a 3D data-modeling tool known as IN-SOURCE. The three-year…


They, robot: A summer of STEM at hi-tech camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional robotics effort will maintain momentum this summer for Long Island STEM students, with deep experiential learning opportunities in physical design, practical electronics and more. Coming this July to the Composite Prototyping Center in Plainview is the SnappyXO Design Innovation and Robotics Camp, a joint effort of the CPC, Dix Hills-based Mechanismic Inc. and the Stony Brook University-based Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium, one of 10 statewide Empire State Development…


Stony Brook lands climate-change ace for SoMAS

By GREGORY ZELLER // An internationally renowned expert in climate-change science has been tapped to run Stony Brook University’s marine and atmospheric science programs. Paul Shepson, currently a distinguished professor of chemistry and of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences at Purdue University, has been named dean of SBU’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Shepson, who also serves as the division director for atmospheric and geospace sciences at the National Science Foundation, was selected after…


Stony Brook research pioneers land major NAI honors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Stony Brook University professors have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, among the highest honors bestowed upon academic innovators. Arie Kaufman, distinguished professor of computer science, and Clinton Rubin, distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, are scheduled to be inducted as NAI fellows during the academy’s 2018 national meeting, slated for April 5 in Washington. The honor is reserved for inventors who demonstrate what SBU called “prolific innovation”…


At BNL and SBU’s nuclear center, the force awakens

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new force is rising in the exploration of the physical universe. Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University on Tuesday announced the launch of the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science, a research hub built to explore “the least understood and strongest force behind visible matter,” according to the university. Supported by a new $5 million grant from the Simons Foundation and some $3 million in research grants awarded to…


Debrief: Learning as we go with Imin Kao

On-the-job learning has never been a problem for Stony Brook University engineering professor Imin Kao, who directs the university’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and in January succeeded Jeffrey Saelens as executive director of the SBU-anchored Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium. Kao, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1991 and has been part of Stony Brook’s Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since 1994, is still learning to juggle his myriad…


Report: New York trails in national R&D

A little more than half of all research and development in the country is occurring in five states – none of which is New York. That according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, a division of the National Science Foundation that analyzes and disseminates objective data on U.S. scientific enterprises. According to the report, five states – California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas and Washington – accounted for better than…


SBU hitting its STRIDE, with NSF’s help

With Big Data piling up at an almost incalculable rate, a seven-figure National Science Foundation grant will help prepare Stony Brook University’s next generation of scientists for complex decision-making scenarios. A $3 million NSF Research Traineeship grant, awarded to SBU’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, will benefit students across a wide range of departments and disciplines, SBU said this week, including those studying mathematics, biomedical informatics, computer science and ecology, among other subjects, as well…