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No. 513: On research funding in a crisis, Christmas in June and baseball (in August, maybe)

  June swoon: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up a sultry workweek in Phase 3 of Long Island’s pandemic recovery and anticipate the first full weekend of Summer 2020. Independent thought: It’s June 26 out there, which is of course Independence Day in both Madagascar and Somalia. Here in the States, Independence Day is one week from tomorrow – and with that in mind, Innovate LI will be taking next week to…


No. 500: Voices from the past, eyes on the future

That’s, like, half-a-thousand: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and a special edition of your Innovate Long Island newsletter. It’s May 13 out there, midpoint of another busy workweek, and this is our official 500th newsletter. Reaching this milestone years after losing Publisher John Kominicki – entrepreneurial founder, tireless promotor, driving engine – was highly unlikely. Doing it without you would have been literally impossible. So thank you, newsletter subscribers and website visitors, inventors and investors,…


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Innovate Long Island

Innovate Long Island is a digital media company covering and promoting the Long Island innovation economy. We take the broadest editorial viewpoint of “innovation” – new thinking from student inventors and entrepreneurial startups and the Island’s biggest companies, and the amazing science coming from the region’s world-class research laboratories and universities, and the business-incubation system looking to commercialize it all. Innovate LI also supports public and private efforts to promote a single regional economy –…


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ABOUT

Innovate Long Island is a digital media company covering and promoting the Long Island innovation economy. We take the broadest editorial viewpoint of “innovation” – new thinking from student inventors and entrepreneurial startups and the Island’s biggest companies, and the amazing science coming from the region’s world-class research laboratories and universities, and the business-incubation system looking to commercialize it all. Innovate LI also supports public and private efforts to promote a single regional economy –…


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The Team

Marlene McDonnell President Serving as president of Innovate Long Island since 2017, Marlene McDonnell concentrates on the business side of the digital news service and its brand recognition. She contributes researched material and curated content for Innovate LI’s newsletters and is the company’s ambassador-at-large at networking events. She also works directly with sponsors on their Innovate LI marketing programs. Marlene worked at Long Island Business News from 1998 to 2015, creating the newspaper’s distinctive event…


No. 489: Prehistoric monsters fly, Adelphi’s communications jam and the great 2020 pandemic hits the Hamptons

  A quiet weekend at home for a change: Just a little pandemic humor right there, dear readers, as we wrap up another WFH workweek in the Age of Coronavirus. Welcome to Friday, April 3 to be precise – National Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day (shouldn’t be too hard this year) and World Party Day (maybe not the best time). Sweet Burns: It’s also National Find a Rainbow Day, which is actually…


No. 483: In which life as we’ve known it is over, at least for a little while

  Scary as hell: They don’t call it Friday the 13th for nothing, dear readers, as your worst nightmares about plagues, recessions and sports-less weekends crash together in one horrifying global pandemic. Yes, it’s Friday, March 13, and no, it’s not that bad – we’re certainly navigating unprecedented waters as COVID-19 quite literally takes over the world, but it’s not really the end of all things. For example: Plenty of NASCAR and professional golf on…


No. 481: In which aspirin arrives, coronavirus hits home and microbes pig out

  Week strain: It’s been a stressful five days, dear readers, with the crashing stock markets and global pandemics, but you’ve persevered again – another Friday reached, another weekend on tap. Well done. It’s March 6 out there, and a fairly busy day on Planet Earth: Independence Day in Ghana, Foundation Day across the Norfolk Islands and Europe’s Day of the Righteous, honoring those who choose a moral path. Culture clash: Here in the States,…


No. 479: On souffles, nylons and Pauling – and LI doctors in Alaska, kinda

  Two down: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up both a busy week and a long(ish) month of socioeconomic innovation. Even with its extra day, February folds this weekend – meaning one-sixth of 2020 is already in the books. Well played! Rare, treat: It’s Feb. 28 out there, which of course makes this international Rare Disease Day and, on a brighter note, National Chocolate Souffle Day. Something fishy: Making a meatless Friday…


Your product isn’t the product, and other PR truths

By DAVID CHAUVIN // Early in über-successful streetwear designer Bobby Hundreds’ (real name Bobby Kim) book “This Is Not a T-Shirt,” there’s a striking passage that sent me thinking about my industry, public relations: We’ll sell you a T-shirt, Bobby writes, but not before we tell you about the artist behind it or his or her message. Our stores are less about sales and profit and more about providing a venue to experience our culture….


No. 473: Featuring Laura Ingalls, Flash Gordon, well-seasoned scallops and our first Innovators of the Year

  Never ceases to amaze: Don’t know how you do it, dear reader, but here you are again – another workweek winding down and another hard-earned weekend coming up. Well done! Numerical order: It’s Friday, Feb. 7 – notable to mathematicians, who of course know the date best as E Day, which celebrates the mathematical constant e (a.k.a. Euler’s number), which needless to say has a value of 2.7182818… (it goes on for quite a…


No. 463: A family-friendly finale for 2019, featuring George Bailey, sangria and the sole ‘Survivor’

  Tied with a bow: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up the last full workweek of the decade and unwrap a full slate of holiday celebrations. (With that, a gentle reminder: Watch for your regular calendar newsletter on Monday, Dec. 23, then keep an eye on the homepage for updates through New Year’s Day. Thrice-weekly newsletters return Jan. 6!) Holiday China: It’s Dec. 20 out there, and to our many readers in…


No. 462: Silver bells, silver medals and the ‘Silver Tsunami’ – plus, STEM education for grown-ups

  Are those bells we hear? Santa’s sleigh is warming up, dear readers, as we hurdle another Wednesday and trigger the one-week countdown to Christmas Day. That makes it Dec. 18 out there, and around the world we go: Republic Day in Niger, National Day in Qatar, International Migrants Day and the U.N.’s Arabic Language Day, recognizing a true pillar of human history. This little piggy: Pork will likely be scarce at Arabic Language Day…


No. 444: In which supernovas explode, Northwell’s blood flows and Nikola Tesla goes Hollywood

  It all adds up: It’s addition by subtraction, dear readers, as we count off the days of this latest busy workweek and multiply our chances for socioeconomic success. Welcome to your Wednesday newsletter, which according to Innovate LI’s mystifying numbering system (Kominicki didn’t count the first half-dozen or so, and we kinda forgot to number the Monday calendar newsletters) is No. 444 – a blessing, according to numerologists. On your Marc: It’s Oct. 9…


No. 436: On Patriots, procurements and busy college presidents (and aliens and cyborgs) 

  New day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of this late-summer week of socioeconomic innovation. New world: It’s Sept. 11 out there, a date that truly needs no further exposition. Those who lived through it will never forget. Schools and media inform younger generations. And its fallout both strengthens and weakens our nation to this very day. Eighteen years already, unbelievable. New meaning: While Sept. 11 is forever entwined with the 2001…