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No. 380: On Coach K, ‘foodpreneurs’ and Donna Drake’s new digs – plus, introducing our 2019 Innovators of the Year!

  Middle march: Onwards and upwards, dear readers, as this latest week of socioeconomic progress plows ahead. It’s Feb. 13 out there, and if you had boozing brawler Guo Wei leading a military coup and declaring himself emperor of China’s short-lived Later Zhou dynasty on this date in 951 A.D., nice work – here’s a voucher for 100 copper Ban Liang coins. Dial it up: Before we dive in, a peaceful World Radio Day –…


No 379: Tuning in at Hofstra, soaring high at JFK and music by John Williams (plus: a new origin story for the universe)

  Finishing touch: And down the stretch we come, dear readers, with the end of another busy workweek and the promised land of another well-earned weekend coming up fast. It’s Friday out there, Feb. 8 to be precise, and good luck to all our readers in India preparing to pop the question on this romantic Propose Day 2019. The pickings are slim (Scout’s honor): Here in the States, it’s National Opera Day (just two years…


No. 377: Loosing fateful lightning, reshaping SBU’s innovation ecosystem and (sadly) remembering the Islanders fisherman

  That happened fast: Welcome to Friday, dear reader, and welcome to February – one month down already! It’s Feb. 1 out there, which means a) Tom Brady is gearing up somewhere for another ill-gained Super Bowl, and b) It’s National Freedom Day in the United States, honoring Abraham Lincoln’s signing of a resolution that later became the slavery-busting 13th Amendment. Not coincidentally: It’s also the start of U.S. Black History Month, so designated by…


Shamash departs, SBU economic development realigns

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is bidding farewell to its longtime economic-development guru – and saying hello to a new innovation-and-commercialization protocol, starting with a union of its mighty research and economic-development offices. University President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced Thursday that effective April 1, SBU’s Office of Economic Development will be consolidated within the university’s Office of Research – creating the new Office of Industry-Research Partnerships & Business Services and the new Office of…


Staller Center receives 10-year gift from LI law leader

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University alumnus is pumping a decade of support into the Staller Center for the Arts. Ronkonkoma law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP will donate $450,000 to support scholarships and arts programs at the Staller Center through a 10-year “gift commitment,” according to the firm. The gift continues CMM’s run as “an annual major corporate supporter of the Staller Center for the Arts live season and Stony Brook…


Island finally finds its footing on the co-working path

By PHIL RUGILE // Helping new companies get started has become a big part of the “Startup Economy.” Investopedia defines a startup as “a company that is in the first stage of its operations,” often bankrolled by their entrepreneurial founders, who are attempting to capitalize on a new product or service. It’s no easy task. Until you’ve experienced the terror of being an entrepreneur – of struggling to convince your target market of your product…


Kapen: As feds get act together, crowdfunding climbs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Seven years after a new federal law attempted to kickstart the startup market, investors and entrepreneurs are still finding their way – but a few key legislative tweaks could open the equity-crowdfunding floodgates. That’s the from-the-trenches assessment of Alon Kapen, a partner at Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz and head of the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice group, who recalls the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 – a blessedly…


LI water districts drink up anti-contamination funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Role Reversal Department comes Stony Brook University, which is handing out the grants for a change. More specifically, the Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University is spreading the joy, awarding a total of $753,535 to Long Island water districts knee-deep in the fight against drinking-water contamination. The state-funded Center for Clean Water Technology was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2015 to marshal public and private…


Digital glory there for the taking on talent-rich LI

By DEAN DeCARLO // As a 25-year-old millennial, I can distinctly remember a world without omnipresent electronic devices. Then my father brought home a white Compaq PC, preloaded with Windows 95. I was awed by its capabilities – and little did I know a dramatic digital revolution had begun. By intermediate school, most of my Commack classrooms had smartboards. My fourth-grade website “The Weekly Video” used a “drag and drop” builder. It’s safe to say…


Northwell bolsters nursing pipeline at Golden showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Think of it as a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”-type situation, only replace Charlie, Veruca Salt and Augustus Goop with about 500 nursing students, and substitute a Northwell Health job fair at a Long Island country club for the Wonka factory. And no chocolate. But you still needed a “golden ticket” to get in, and those 500-plus soon-to-graduate nursing students – representing multiple Long Island colleges and universities, and others –…


No. 367: Cashing out the thruway, powering up Yaphank and putting the heart in your winter solstice

It’s a wonderful weekend: You’ve done it, dear reader – you’ve completed the week and, for all intents and purposes, the year. Welcome to the Friday of the last full work week of 2018, the start (for many) of a long and festive holiday weekend and the end of a blistering year of socioeconomic innovation. Yule thank us later: Also known as Yule, The Longest Night and Midwinter (which seems odd to us, considering it’s…


With clock ticking, SBU’s Mobile Stroke Unit gears up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Fueled by a flood of dire statistics, powered by cutting-edge science and a ready team of medical professionals, the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Mobile Stroke Units are set to roll. Stony Brook University’s freshly reminted medical school will deploy its first MSU in March – the specially equipped ambulance will carry state-of-the-art CT scanners, telemedicine hookups with expert neurologists and a full complement of medics and nurses – with a second…


Lower-tier LI consoled by $68M in 2018 REDC awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // If $68.3 million for workforce development and affordable housing programs is losing, Long Island will take it. That’s the Island’s haul in the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council competition, announced Tuesday by Empire State Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Howard Zemsky. Zemsky, also commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, presented all 10 winners of the annual statewide development competition, each representing one of 10 economic-development zones….


No. 362: Sound investments, manufacturing machinations and lots to ThINC about for LI scientists

  Welcome to Wednesday: You’re halfway home, dear reader, as we plow through another busy week of socioeconomic innovation on Long Island and around the world. It’s Dec. 5 out there, 20 days until Santa does his thing and 252 years since the very first Christie’s auction (auction house founder James Christie held his first sale in London on this date in 1766). He was Santa before Santa was cool: Speaking of Jolly Old St….


Microscopic imaging for any science? You better ThINC

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is living large at one of the smallest ideas it ever had. If you’re a multinational fragrance company based on Long Island, or a marine scientist studying trace elements in North Shore shellfish populations, or a civil engineer trying to mitigate South Shore coastal erosion in an era of climate change-charged superstorms, you’re likely familiar with SBU’s Thermonuclear & Imaging Nanoscale Characterization Laboratory. Others probably don’t give ThINC…