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In the iced tea business, some like it hot

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the When You’re Hot, You’re Hot file comes the PeKANT Tea Co., a sort of Nestea plunge for the hot-pepper set. Cofounders Michael Circosta and Michael Romano, both longtime regional sales reps for Massachusetts-based medical-device titan Boston Scientific, are now about three years into their spicy entrepreneurial adventure, which crosses its teas with molten-hot habaneros – adding a tongue-numbing, surprisingly refreshing kick to the traditional sweet tea. It sounds counterintuitive…


National board tabs LI hospital for rare stroke honor

By GREGORY ZELLER // The nation’s oldest and largest healthcare accrediting body has bestowed a rare designation upon Stony Brook University Hospital. The hospital announced this week that it has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission, making it the first Suffolk County hospital and one of only 200 national hospitals – out of more than 5,800 eligible institutions – to earn the distinction. The elite Comprehensive Stroke Center designation indicates the hospital’s…


Veteran, rookie SBU researchers earn major honors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Stony Brook University researchers – one with an extended résumé of scientific accomplishments, one just warming up – received some major recognition this week. R. Sekar, a professor in the Department of Computer Science in the university’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor for his cybersecurity work, which draws on disciplines ranging from programming techniques to networking to artificial intelligence. The SUNY…


DoD taps Hauppauge maritime-combat specialist

By GREGORY ZELLER // The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a lucrative software-engineering contract to an innovative Long Island company focused on maritime combat. Hauppauge-based Advanced Acoustic Concepts, a self-described “leading provider of undersea warfare solutions,” will provide software for mission modules on the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships – fast, powerful boats built specifically to fight in shallow waters, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command contract…


Anid’s big promotion marks huge forward step for NYIT

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nearly a decade of successful leadership at one of NYIT’s most innovative schools has earned Nada Anid a major promotion. New York Institute of Technology President Hank Foley announced Thursday that Anid, dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences since 2009, has been promoted to vice president and will head up NYIT’s new Office of Strategic Communications and External Affairs. The promotion is effective immediately, with Anid continuing to…


At FSC, skin-deep startup joins Start-Up NY’s ranks

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Empire State Development Corp. has opened its books and welcomed another Long Island company into the Start-Up NY family. Farmingdale State College announced this week that startup biotech BF Innovation, which moved into FSC’s Broad Hollow Bioscience Park earlier this year, has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, which boosts new and expanding businesses with tax breaks and innovative academic partnerships. BF Innovation plans to invest $1 million and…


Beer here: As craft beverages multiply, Island innovates

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drink up, Long Island – it’s beer season. The craft-brewing subculture will be the first to note that every season is beer season, and an autumn-tinged pumpkin ale or a winter stout satisfies just as well as an icy cold IPA at the beach. But with warm weather, barbecues and other summer trappings comes a particular high point in the annual cycle of suds – and on Long Island and elsewhere,…


Debrief: He’s Keith Hernandez

Though a particular fandom knows him best for a brief but bright cameo on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” (26 years ago!), millions still revere Keith Hernandez as a field general and the steadiest bat of the world champion 1986 New York Mets. Millions more know him now as part of the Metropolitans’ highly regarded broadcasting team, and Hernandez – who collected 11 Gold Glove Awards, five All-Star Selections, two World Series titles and a National…


SBU’s artificial intelligence director is the real deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Fulbright Scholar and distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science will head up Stony Brook University’s new Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation. Steven Skiena, a computational biologist (among other talents) in his 30th year as a member of the SBU faculty, will direct the artificial intelligence-focused program, part of the university’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. The institute will be the center point for myriad Stony Brook-based…


Panel walks the fine line of sports-tech innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Properly handled, technological innovation makes for good sports – and properly presented, good sports innovators make for an engaging panel discussion. So an audience of 30-plus members and guests were both educated and entertained Wednesday evening, when The Spur @ The Station – temporary summer home of The Spur, a private “co-working and entrepreneur’s club” – hosted an interactive conversation featuring four experts of tech innovation, as related to the wide…


Pinning down patient comfort with Gamma Knife Icon

By GREGORY ZELLER // The latest precision instrument for targeting brain tumors – and only brain tumors – has come to Long Island. But the precision delivery of radiological treatments directly to malignant tissue is not the big breakthrough here – or perhaps even the most appealing upgrade for patients. Northwell Health’s Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Radiation Medicine have both installed cutting-edge stereotactic radiosurgery systems known as Gamma Knife Icon – another cutting-edge…


Extra, extra: The Delphian is LI’s best collegiate read

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add some Adelphi University gold to the old gag about “black and white and read all over.” The Delphian, official student newspaper of the Garden City-based university, has been named Long Island’s best college newspaper of 2018 by the Press Club of Long Island, out-paging a host of periodicals published by larger Island schools. The PCLI dished out more than 200 first-, second- and third-place awards to professional and student journalists,…


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…


With the Long Island Gems, networking lightens up

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Long and Winding Road File come the Long Island Gems, a story of power women, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a born-again marketing veteran and a Long Island networking group like no other. It’s been a rough stretch for Valentina Janek, following a decade-plus of steady professional and extracurricular progress. Janek logged 13 successful years at Manhasset-based CMP Media (now CMP Technology, a piece of London-based UBM Ltd.), where she focused on…


Clean-gen investment firm shines in megawatt deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // Alternative-generation startup CleanCapital has announced its second major solar acquisition in one month – another impressive forward step for the innovative New York City-based online marketplace for clean-energy investing. CleanCapital’s second solar acquisition of the season comes from G&S Solar, a New York-based developer that builds, develops and operates solar systems in numerous Northeast states. The additional portfolio of 10.2 megawatts comes less than a month after CleanCapital announced the acquisition…