Awards and Events

Galactic gala honors past, present of LI air and space

By GREGORY ZELLER // After four trips to space, a front-row seat for the breathless Apollo 13 rescue and some relatively ho-hum years as a U.S. Air Force airman and test pilot – Arctic interceptor missions, midair collisions, yawn – Thomas Stafford doesn’t surprise easily. And the retired Air Force lieutenant-general – who’s graced numerous aerospace-industry boards, once simultaneously oversaw NASA and USAF test facilities at Edwards Air Force Base and has flown just about…

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SBU commercialization shines at Incubator Showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovation is always on display at the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, but it truly shined this week, when the stars of Stony Brook University’s economic-development universe soaked up some spotlight. The university’s fourth-annual Incubator Showcase, a one-day ingenuity bazaar highlighting Stony Brook’s complex commercialization ecosystem, filled CEWIT with imagination Wednesday, as residents and clients of SBU’s myriad incubators and business-development programs shared their progress with potential investors,…


Science meets fiction at inspirational Cradle-Con 2019

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Cradle of Aviation became the Cradle of Creation this weekend, as one of Long Island’s brightest museums hosted one of the region’s hottest cultural conventions. Cradle-Con 2019 lit up Garden City’s Cradle of Aviation Museum Saturday and Sunday, splashing an interdimensional spotlight on classic comics, cult cinema and the coolest innovations in modern pop art. The museum, of course, is knee-deep in its 50th anniversary observances of the Apollo 11…


Worldly Adelphi alumna among latest ‘Fulbrighters’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A recent Adelphi University graduate will ride a prestigious Fulbright scholarship all the way to Costa Rica. Adelphi alumna Carolina Medina, who earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in December 2018, will spend 10 months in the Central American republic after winning a Fulbright Award for the 2018-2019 academic year. While in Costa Rica, Medina will serve as an English teacher’s assistant and focus on environmental work with local students,…


Island student entrepreneurs shine in NY Biz Plan finals

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island may be a state-designated biotech corridor, but its student entrepreneurs have some pretty bright ideas regarding the environment, too. That according to the 2019 edition of the New York Business Plan Competition, a privately funded venture-creation competition established in 2009 to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship throughout New York’s colleges and universities. Each of the state’s 10 economic regions, including Long Island, hosted regional competitions earlier this month, with 92…


At Old Westbury’s MAC Awards, a new media buffet

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re rolling out the red carpet, literally, for SUNY College at Old Westbury’s 12th annual Student MAC Awards. The yearly Media Arts Celebration – which salutes outstanding student work in digital arts, new media, television, radio, print and video – will fill the SUNY Old Westbury Campus Center’s Maguire Theater May 1, beginning with a traditional red-carpet procession at 6 p.m. More than 80 student nominees are competing for 30 MAC…


In Discovery Prize, a best chance to speak their minds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Effective science communication won the day Tuesday, when Stony Brook University hosted the final round of its 2019 Discovery Prize Competition. Designed specifically to teach next-level scientists how to best communicate their advanced theories and discoveries, the Discovery Prize competition naturally featured some heady science – including the winning project, which dives deep into machine learning concepts by creating computational models of the unconscious human brain. But explaining such intricate scientific…