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With new sinks and showers, SBU goes low-flow

By GREGORY ZELLER // In an earth-friendly effort of Seinfeldian proportions, Stony Brook University has gone low-flow. The university, in partnership with National Grid, has installed new aerators, shower heads and spray valves in several campus buildings, all designed to curtail water usage by 50 percent or more. But unlike the classic “Seinfeld” episode in which low-flow showers create a host of hairy conundrums for Jerry and the gang, the SBU upgrades are being hailed…


National stage for SBU’s computer-science center

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s cutting-edge Institute for Advanced Computational Science will play a key role in a national effort to give Big Data power to thousands of new researchers. The IACS will lend the number-crunching might of its high-speed SeaWulf computer cluster to the Molecular Sciences Software Institute, a new national initiative supported by a five-year, $19.4 million National Science Foundation grant. All told, the NSF is pouring some $35 million over the…


LIFT chairman: It was ‘time for a change’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bill Wahlig’s resignation from the Long Island Forum for Technology didn’t catch the forum by surprise. While stopping short of saying they knew it was coming, LIFT officials appear anything but flat-footed in the wake of Wahlig’s announcement Monday that he was stepping down as executive director of the financially troubled manufacturing forum. Barry Shorten, interim chairman of the LIFT board, told Innovate LI Tuesday that the forum had already selected…


Day and nitro: The end of LI cesspools?

By GREGORY ZELLER // A simple sand-and-wood filtering system could replace cesspools on Long Island and across the state. A white paper issued this week by Stony Brook University’s Center for Clean Water Technology discusses how Nitrogen Removing Biofilters, using locally sourced natural materials, have shown the ability to remove high amounts of nitrogen from household wastewater. The NRB technology is not proprietary to SBU – tests are already underway in other regions – but…


‘Accidental’ find may be COPD breakthrough

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Didn’t See That Coming File comes Stony Brook University researcher Ute Moll and the p73 gene – potentially, a master key to unlocking new treatments for chronic lung diseases. As part of a cancer study, a team led by Moll – a professor in the SBU School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology – and research scientist Alice Nemajerova studied a family of genes including the p53, “the mother of…


Clint Rubin: Even great research needs a Rolodex

By GREGORY ZELLER // The best science can’t commercialize itself. That’s the key lesson gleaned by Clinton Rubin through years of scientific research and the creation of three successful startups, though he argues a bit about “successful.” A distinguished professor who chairs Stony Brook University’s Biomedical Engineering Department, Rubin has been thrice bitten by the entrepreneurial bug – “a deep-seated pathology,” he explains – and while none of the biotech firms evolved exactly as he’d…


Stony Brook-LIFT bid wins $5M state contract

By GREGORY ZELLER Stony Brook University and the Long Island Forum for Technology have been awarded a five-year funding deal to foster manufacturing in the region, with a focus on next-gen technologies and the life sciences. Called the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the program combines federal and state dollars to offer each of the state’s 10 economic development zones about $1 million a year. Hofstra University and ADDAPT had also submitted bids. LIFT has held the…


Debrief: Peter Donnelly, SBU technology licensing

Bridging the commercial world and SBU’s world-class faculty and student research, Peter Donnelly accepts a critical (but not impossible) mission: develop markets for science and technology commercialization. The tech-licensing director has made a career of translating research into innovative consumables, including stints as entrepreneur, corporate suit, academic and government staffer. Throw in his work at Intel and the Boston Consulting Group – and graduate degrees in biotech, business and economics from Johns Hopkins University and…


Harriman Hall, retooled for innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The startups and products of the future are assembling now in the Stony Brook University business school. Specifically, they’re coming together in Room 210 of Harriman Hall, a.k.a. the school’s Innovation Lab: 1,200 square feet filled with 3D printers, green screens, video cameras, computers, vinyl cutters, a sewing machine and “more wires than you can imagine,” according to David Ecker, the university’s director of research, technologies and innovation and the lab’s…


Eastern LI Hospital affiliates with SBU

The Eastern Long Island Hospital Board of Directors has voted unanimously to approve an affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital – an important step toward advancing collaborations between the two institutions. The affiliation is subject to a host of regulatory approvals and the completion of a definitive agreement between Eastern Long Island and Stony Brook Medicine, which includes the university’s five Health Sciences schools and dozens of satellite facilities. Eastern Long Island, a 90-bed hospital…