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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…


No. 278: NASA in Melville, economic impact in Farmingdale, bottom-line battles and 25 years of ‘Groundhog Day’

TGIF: Welcome, friends old and new, to the end of a cold and snowy workweek. It’s Feb. 2, and it was 78 years ago today when a famous bandleader invited an unknown singer from Hoboken, NJ, to perform on stage at a bobbysoxer gig in Indianapolis. It would not be the last time Frank Sinatra would perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Déjà vu: It’s also Groundhog Day, again, and in case you were wondering,…


FSC tops Island schools in annual ‘Best Value’ rankings

By GREGORY ZELLER // A national hub for college applicants has ranked Farmingdale State College among the nation’s best schools for its price. Online aggregator Best Value Schools places FSC No. 29 on its new top-100 list of 2018’s Most Affordable Universities/Colleges in America. Among other qualities, Best Value Schools notes Farmingdale State’s “manicured” 380-acre campus, proximity to New York City, moderate enrollment and roughly 40 distinct academic programs – a “not overwhelming” selection reflecting…


Old Westbury, CSHL snag chunky NSF grants

High-profile plant-genetics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and new-fangled teaching methods at SUNY-Old Westbury have earned National Science Foundation backing. The NSF announced this week that professors at SUNY-Old Westbury have been awarded $296,189 to explore new inquiry-based methods of chemistry instruction, while CSHL researchers have received a $4.6 million stipend to continue work on plant genomes, with new edible crops and increased yields as their ultimate goal. Specifically, the $4,616,755 grant will help fund…


SUNY Old Westbury gets Start-Up NY site

SUNY Old Westbury has been green-lighted for the Island’s sixth Start-Up NY incubator, to be built in LIFT’s Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage. The center will start out at about 4,000 feet but could grow to fill the top floor of the three-story, 90,000-square-foot building — space abandoned by Northrop Grumman in its local downsizing. Old Westbury’s program will be the first to operate off campus. The school, located about five miles away,…


BNL, SUNY Old Westbury team on science push

Brookhaven National Lab and SUNY Old Westbury joined forces to host 160 students from Long Island and NYC high schools for a day of mentorship and science that included tours of the lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source II, its Center for Functional Nanomaterials and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider control room. The students, most from economically challenged, diverse community high schools, were also treated to hands-on activities highlighting the lab’s research initiatives, as well as discussions aimed at promoting careers in the…


Bees find a way to lick climate change

By JOHN L. KOMINICKI // Nicole Miller-Struttman, a researcher and professor at SUNY Old Westbury, has been creating a bit of a buzz lately with a study suggesting that the effects of climate change are causing the tongues of some bumble bees to shrink. Honey lovers need not read on: Bumble bees gather just enough nectar for day-to-day survival and die off in the winter, leaving behind a a few fresh queens to jump-start new colonies in the spring….


Cold Spring, SUNY Old Westbury land prostate cancer funding

Two awards for Long Island-based research organizations are part of a new prostate cancer research funding initiative announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. All told, 20 research institutions will share a total of $3 million in funding to explore innovative concepts in prostate cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. Among them are Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which is slated to receive $300,000 over the next two years, and the Research Foundation for SUNY Old Westbury, set to…