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Infrastructure, Big Data: It’s all in a day for busy Bill

By GREGORY ZELLER // These are busy days for William Biamonte, a forward-thinking entrepreneur with multiple oars in promising waters. Bustling Bill heads not one but two startups with breakout potential, each looking to capitalize on an industry that figures prominently on national levels. First there’s Green SulfCrete LLC, which is leveraging decades of Brookhaven National Laboratory research and multiple small-scale grants in its quest to remake the construction trades with sulfur polymer, a next-level…


An SBU sweep in Bioscience Hub’s latest round

By GREGORY ZELLER // Five research projects targeting advanced medical-imaging applications, computer-based drug discoveries and a range of new pharmaceutical treatments will be backed by the Long Island Bioscience Hub. The Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University, on behalf of the LIBH, announced Tuesday the fourth funding round of the Hub’s technology-commercialization initiative. This time around, a total of $400,000 has been earmarked for two “feasibility” and three “proof of concept” awards, each backing biomedical…


Debrief: Accelerating with Peter Donnelly

Not to be confused with the Accelerate Long Island Seed Fund is the Accelerate New York Seed Fund, an all-new endowment operating under the auspices of nonprofit regional-commercialization booster Accelerate Long Island. Boasting a $6 million war chest ($3 million from Albany and $3 million from private investors, primarily Topspin Partners of Syosset), the new fund takes a wider view, injecting capital into early-stage innovators across Downstate New York. Leading the way is new Accelerate…


Donald Trump, Long Island and the war on science

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s worry, if not panic, among the scientists at the heart of the Long Island innovation economy. Certainly, none are surprised that President Donald Trump, in his first proposed budget, took square aim at the federal funding that is the lifeblood of the nation’s scientific research programs. This is, after all, a president who calls climate change a hoax, champions coal and selected a former ExxonMobil CEO as his secretary of…


Best laid plans: Seven head to Albany for $100K shot

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University showed off its innovation chops in this week’s regional round of the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition. Four of the seven teams selected to represent Long Island in the state finals, scheduled for April 28 in Albany, hail from Hofstra University, two from Farmingdale State College and one from Stony Brook University. The regional semifinal round was held April 4 at Farmingdale State in conjunction with Dare…


In protein interactions, it’s the little things that count

Fair warning to the protein complexes behind some of planet Earth’s most nefarious diseases, which have hid from mainstream researchers through decades of molecular science: Stony Brook University is coming for you. An SBU-led research team has created an automated computer server that calculates complex computations for modeling protein interactions. If that sounds like thick science, it is: Aside from water, proteins are the most abundant substance in living cells, and modeling their interactions with cellular…


Hey, Biff … that’s DOCTOR McFly to you

At long last, teen hero Marty McFly will go degree-for-degree with his partner in time, Dr. Emmett Brown: Stony Brook University will confer an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree upon Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox during its 2017 commencement ceremony. Fox – whose award-winning, three-decade entertainment career also includes stints as a producer, author and voice performer – is a respected advocate for several important causes, and one in particular: With the exception, perhaps,…


Amazon enrolls at SBU with trendy ‘pickup point’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Riding a high-tech trend toward convenience and cost-savings, Stony Brook University now has its very own Amazon “pickup location.” Located on the lower level of SBU’s Frank Melville Jr. Library, Amazon@StonyBrook provides a safe and secure place for students to receive packages from Amazon.com and return items to the e-commerce stalwart. Stony Brook is the first college or university in New York State to host an Amazon pickup point and one…


The SBU ecologist who came in from the cold

If you’ve ever dreamt of tracking Antarctic penguin populations – and really, who hasn’t? – Stony Brook University can now make it happen. No, the university won’t fly you to King George Island or outfit you with a state-of the-art military-surplus Marpat Level 7 ECW Hooded Jacket. However, through a collaboration with NASA, the university is recruiting citizen scientists to lend a hand with a virtual census, of sorts, of Antarctica’s iconic inhabitants. Jokes aside,…


DOE taps SBU guru, for a billion-billion reasons

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious nationwide computational-chemistry effort – which could enhance critical biomass-based energy production, among other next-level sciences – will be led by one of Stony Brook University’s biggest brains. The U.S. Department of Energy has named Robert Harrison, director of SBU’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, chief architect of a DOE effort to improve the functionality of high-performance computational chemistry, which combines theoretical chemistry methods and super-efficient software to calculate structures,…


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…


At SBU, Rocking the Space Vibe

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is funding a five-year mission that has Stony Brook University geologists exploring strange, new worlds – and gearing up for future star treks. The university’s Department of Geosciences on Friday officially launched its new 6,500-square-foot Center for Planetary Exploration, a three-laboratory consortium using next-generation science to unearth the solar system’s oldest clues. It’s prime directives: to seek out ancient microbial lifeforms and otherwise decode eons…


Commercialization grant backs brain-scan study

The National Science Foundation is backing a Long Island academic-private partnership looking to turn functional magnetic-resonance imaging technologies into new weapons against brain disease. Farmingdale-based ALA Scientific Instruments and Dr. Lilianne Mujica-Perodi of Stony Brook University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering have been jointly awarded a $225,000 Small Business Technology Transfer grant by the NSF. The Phase I grant, which took effect July 1, will facilitate research and development of an fMRI-centered “Dynamic Phantom,” a potentially…


A summer of endless incubation at CEBIP

By GREGORY ZELLER // Summer slowdown? Not at the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, where a full slate of new clients and educational networking programs is giving a traditionally sagging season some sizzle. While closed schools and holiday vacations historically decelerate summertime business activity across many sectors, CEBIP Executive Director David Hamilton hasn’t had a chance to put up his feet. Fresh off of coordinating two professional networkers for the edification of program participants, Hamilton…


SBU nanotech fuels upstate collaboration

By GREGORY ZELLER // A collaboration between a Long Island tech spinoff and an upstate manufacturer could speed a Stony Brook University-born nanotechnology to market – and set the fuel-cell industry on its ear. MEAn Technologies, a soon-to-officially-launch spinoff of Selden business-development services provider Dynamic Supplier Alignment, is teaming up with Rochester-based American Fuel Cell on an application for funds through a newly issued New York State Energy Research and Development Authority PON – a…