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On LI, the electric-vehicle revolution is fully charged

By JOHN BILLARD // It’s National Drive Electric Week, and drivers across the country are showing off their electric vehicles. Americans are looking towards the future when it comes to their vehicles. According to a 2018 AAA survey, 20 percent of Americans want their next vehicle to be electric. Fortunately, the future of electric vehicles is only looking better and brighter than ever – particularly right here on Long Island. Last fall, Ford partnered with…


In Merrill Lynch deal, another score for SmartCoparent

By GREGORY ZELLER // An up-and-coming app angling itself as the best friend of the separated co-parent is now offering access to top-shelf Merrill Lynch financial advisors – the first of a series of carefully selected experts familiar with the “unique and complex financial characteristics” of divorced families. So says Gregory Wagner, founder and CEO of Hauppauge-based Aeonic Ventures, producer of the SmartCoparent app, an all-in-one digital platform designed to simplify the often-chaotic lives of…


For lupus patients, a possible ACE in the hole

By GREGORY ZELLER // A common pharmaceutical treatment for hypertension could be the key to preserving brain function in lupus patients. So says data published this month in the Journal of Experimental Medicine by an international team of scientists led by the redoubtable Betty Diamond, head of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s Center for Autoimmune, Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Diseases and a professor of molecular medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine…


FuzeHub brings clean-gen Build4Scale workshops to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // A U.S. Department of Energy training program that schools burgeoning energy-hardware manufacturers on prototyping and manufacturing is coming to Long Island. FuzeHub, a nonprofit networking organization serving as the vital cog of New York State’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has scheduled its first Long Island-based Build4Scale workshops, designed to equip energy innovators with the necessary knowledge to create manufacturing-ready prototypes, avoid costly redesigns and play nicely with large-scale manufacturers. With the Trump…


At NYIT, a new doctorate in the house (and first PhD)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Doctor of Philosophy, we presume? And at the New York Institute of Technology, we presume correctly, now that NYIT has introduced its first-ever PhD program, joining the ranks of higher-learning institutions offering the highest academic degree conferred by a university. President Henry Foley on Friday announced that NYIT’s first Doctor of Philosophy degree program – realized through a combined Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Medical and…


‘Food for thought,’ redefined, at the Panther Pantry

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following Albany’s lead on food-insecurity issues among New York college students, Adelphi University has opened the doors of its first-ever food pantry. Late last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a comprehensive No Student Goes Hungry program, with the ambitious goal of providing “a food pantry or stigma-free food access for students in need” at every school in the State University and City University of New York systems by the end of…


State pumps $15M into SUNY’s clean-energy programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // The state university system’s clean-energy workforce-development efforts have received an eight-digit shot in the arm. A $15 million state investment will bolster SUNY’s clean-energy workforce and training programs, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, with $6 million heading to specific campus-based efforts – including several on Long Island – and an additional $9 million earmarked for colleges and universities planning apprenticeships and internships with industry partners. The funding is part of…


… and environmental justice for all

By ANNE LOTITO-SCHUH // New Yorkers are ready to lead the nation in the battle against climate change. Whether it is our homes being destroyed by intensifying storms, our flood insurance premiums rising, increased public spending on infrastructure intended to secure us from future storms or the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, it is little wonder that New Yorkers, and specifically Long Islanders, understand the calamitous effects of climate…


In Hennessy, the grad that keeps on gifting

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Stony Brook University’s highest-achieving graduates is paying back his alma mater in a big way. Former Stanford University President John Hennessy, who earned a master’s degree and a doctorate at SBU in the 1970s, is personally endowing a new computer-science professorship at Stony Brook, using prize money he earned as a recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2017 Turing Award. The award, given to honor major contributions to…


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…


Supermodel Alt to keynote next LICA Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // A famed supermodel will headline the next installment of the Long Island Capital Alliance’s Capital Forum series. International model, actress, entrepreneur, author, self-described “raw food enthusiast” and former Fox News personality Carol Alt is slated to deliver the keynote address at LICA’s Technology Capital Forum, scheduled for Sept. 14 at The RXR Center in Melville. As always, the forum will serve as a networking platform that places early-stage enterprises – in…


Preliminary bond deal brings new Molloy dorms closer

By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t start planning those keggers just yet, but new dormitories for Molloy College are a step closer to reality. The Town of Hempstead Local Development Corp. has issued preliminary approval for the sale of $15 million in tax-exempt bonds on behalf of the Rockville Centre college, with the money earmarked for the construction of new student residences. Final authorization for the bond sale won’t come until the Development Corp. – which…


Edge of tomorrow, but not quite there yet

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island-based transformative-tech oracle is putting the squeeze on a Taiwanese smartphone innovation. Oyster Bay-based reviewer ABI Research is actually impressed with the technology built into HTC Corp.’s newly released U12+ device – but not so much with its actual usability, which according to ABI’s Teardowns unit is somewhat lacking. The Teardowns team – which sounds like it’s out to destroy new tech, but instead endeavors to dissect it for…


In blockchain, best chance to secure scientific data

By HENRY FOLEY // At a recent speech in Virginia, Attorney General Jeff Sessions proclaimed that undocumented immigrants in Arizona were more likely to go to jail than U.S. citizens. His source was a study by the Crime Prevention Research Center. But there was a problem. That study had a fatal flaw that undermined its conclusion. In fact, the majority of literature on the subject actually shows the reverse. This isn’t the only example of…


Feinstein doc eyes telehealth for Hispanic diabetes

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not precisely the Telemundo of telemedicine, but a Long Island scientist will spend some $3 million of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s money exploring telehealth protocols for Hispanic diabetes patients. The PCORI, a government-funded (but non-government) Washington-based organization that supports and investigates various medical treatments, is backing Feinstein Institute for Medical Research professor Renee Pekmezaris’ study of home telemonitoring for Hispanic-community patients living with type 2 diabetes, the most common…