SUNY Old Westbury

No. 308: Turtles and horses, Disney and The Who, collegiate innovators and Colorforms for grown-ups

Almost there: That long weekend is so close you can taste it, dear readers – but for now it’s only Wednesday, and the midpoint of another busy week in Long Island socioeconomics. It’s May 23 out there – World Tortoise Day, as a matter of fact, an absolutely real event “shellebrating” the efforts of California-based nonprofit American Tortoise Rescue. Tortoise-shell frames would take another 200 years: But it was May 23, 1784, when founding father…


No. 301: On Morse code, award winners, second chances and a $24 million rock for the Montauk Lighthouse

Welcome back to the show: It’s been a dog’s age, dear readers, but here we are again, back where we belong, in your inbox and on top of the Long Island innovation economy. It’s Friday, April 27: And we’re still coming down from Tuesday’s high, our 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards show – a smash hit, if we don’t say so ourselves. Please remember, it’s never too early to start thinking about our 2019…


Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


Top CSTEP honors for SUNY Old Westbury trio

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several young minds from SUNY Old Westbury have earned top honors in a New York State competition designed to promote academic excellence among full-time, economically disadvantaged STEM students. During the 26th annual CSTEP Statewide Student Conference, titled “Journeys Beyond Excellence” and held earlier this month in upstate Bolton Landing, roughly 700 Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program-enrolled student researchers from 52 New York colleges and universities shared their work in the science,…


No. 300: Anniversary edition, starring Shakespeare, Dutch Reagan and Academy Award-winner Jessica Lange (and introducing Vengo)

An imperfect 300: Welcome, friends, to your latest Innovate LI newsletter, and not just any Innovate LI newsletter, but the 300th since founder John Kominicki e-blasted the first more than three years ago. That’s a lot of historical anecdotes, celebrity birthdays, regional shout-outs, hyperlinks, funding reports and Stuff We’re Reading. And we wanted to do something truly spectacular to recognize our tercentenary edition. So, we came up with… Suggested serving: These foods/serving sizes all contain…


No. 298: Jefferson lives, Foodcubate nibbles, Instacart heads east and the Long Island Index closes its books

You’ve done it again: It’s Friday, friends, and not just Friday but the 276th anniversary of composer George Frideric Handel’s masterwork “Messiah,” which debuted April 13, 1742, at Dublin’s New Music Hall (though we’d have cued this up just for the Friday part). Don’t be scared: It’s also Friday the 13th, of course, and if you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) or friggatriskaidekaphobia (fear of the day itself), you’re probably a little…


Top physicist Gates to keynote SUNY Research Day

By GREGORY ZELLER // A noted theoretical physicist and strong proponent of diversity in the laboratory will keynote SUNY-Old Westbury’s annual Student Research Day. Sylvester James Gates Jr., the Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University, is slated to deliver the opening remarks when the Old Westbury college hosts “2018 Student Research Day: Movement & Motion” on April 17. Gates retired in 2017 after teaching and conducting research for 33 years at the University…


No. 290: A gift for Adelphi, a world leader for Old Westbury, achieving Orbit and learning Klingon

Marching on: That’s another workweek in the books, dear readers, and just four days to go until the official start of spring (the 2018 Spring Equinox occurs at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in our Northern Hemisphere). Pay no attention to that talk of another nor’easter bringing snow to Long Island Tuesday night. Not going to happen. Nope. Proper introductions: It’s March 16 out there, a big date for historical launches – the U.S. Military Academy at…


Ex-American Express CEO revives Old Westbury forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The former head of American Express will help SUNY Old Westbury resuscitate its ambitious Executive Leadership Forum. The forum – SUNY-Old Westbury’s effort to bring national business icons to Long Island for informative presentations before regional business leaders – debuted in 2013 with JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon in the center seat. But it’s been dormant since then, with the school focused on “other priorities,” a spokesman said Thursday….


No. 289: Einstein raps, inventors unite, LIJ expands and why flying taxis are closer than you thought

Slice of life: Welcome to March 14, dear readers, not quite the Ides of March (that’s tomorrow) but still a significant anniversary for mathematicians. The 426th, to be precise, of Ultimate Pi Day, which at precisely 6:53 a.m. on this date in 1592 marked the longest correspondence between the date and the opening digits of the infinite mathematical constant pi (3.141592653…) since the introduction of the Julian calendar. From cotton to Led: American inventor Eli…


No. 285: A DNA anniversary, an IPS milestone and connecting Old Westbury to Cuba

Well, that was quick: Can it be? Two months of 2018 in the books already? Be it can, dear reader, as this Wednesday, Feb. 28, finishes off one-sixth of the not-so-new-year. It also marks the 10th anniversary of international Rare Disease Day, as well as National Science Day in India, Peace Memorial Day in Taiwan and Kalevala Day, the day of Finnish culture. Word search: According to the story, Feb. 28 was also the date,…


No. 284: On plutonium, gun control and the video Q&A, with a Silicon Valley vibe

Friday on my mind: Spend your bread and lose your head, dear readers – you’ve reached another glorious (if wet) weekend. Reward yourself by checking out Eater’s list of highly binge-able TV options, the perfect cure for soggy Saturdays and soaked Sundays. Jiminy Crickets: Happy birthday, “Pinocchio.” The animated Disney classic debuted this date in 1940. Exactly one year later, at Berkeley, Nobel Prize winner Glenn Seaborg produced plutonium. Other debuts: Real boys (and girls)…


No. 282: Honest Abe’s Day Off, stepped-up Suffolk septic systems and a sunny future for cloudy beer

Congratulations, dear reader: You’ve successfully completed another workweek. Your reward: two glorious days without conference rooms or deadlines – or three, if yours is among the 34 percent of U.S. offices closing for Monday’s President’s Day holiday. While students, teachers and virtually all government employees enjoy the day, President’s Day – which kind of floated into fashion in the 1970s, replacing the traditional observances of Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays – has actually fallen behind Martin…


SUNY Old Westbury to offer a forensic-accounting first

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a Long Island first – and a New York State rarity – SUNY Old Westbury will begin offering a Master of Science in Forensic Accounting program later this year. The 12-month, 30-credit trek – offered in a three-semester arc – is for graduate students seeking a career as a forensic accountant or fraud examiner. The first forensic accounting master class is scheduled to kick off with SUNY Old Westbury’s Fall…


At SUNY Old Westbury and SBU, it’s up to them

A national competition designed to educate collegians on important national economic issues has come to Long Island. Specifically, to SUNY Old Westbury and Stony Brook University, which have been selected to participate in the 2017-2018 cohort of Up to Us, a national competition that encourages students to spread the word about fiscal policy matters like federal budgets and the national debt – big-ticket items that could have a significant effect on students’ career and life…