Awards and Events

LIMHOF clips art with the galas of Christmas past

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’re not too busy New Year’s Eve, maybe you’d like to hang out with Billy Joel, LL Cool J and Joan Jett. Your seat is reserved, with the Long Island Music Hall of Fame hitting the pause button on its biannual induction ceremonies and presenting instead “The Long Island Music Hall of Fame Best of the Awards Galas,” a 90-minute highlight real of past induction ceremonies hosted by guitar master…

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Island high-schoolers take European science prize

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island high schoolers have earned a top European prize for young scientists. Half Hollow Hills High School West’s Poojan Pandya and Ward Melville Senior High School’s Leo Takemaru earned a first-place finish in the 31st European Union Contest for Young Scientists with their joint research effort, which focused on proteins that could potentially be used as a component of anti-HIV therapies. The Long Island partners – the only American…


For this data-driven Antarctic ecologist, it all adds up

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the bottom of the world comes Stony Brook University’s latest top scientist – a Big Data-driven ecologist with an unprecedented passion for penguins. Adélie penguins, to be precise, and other Antarctic penguin populations, whose migratory patterns and colony sizes have lots to say about the health of the Southern Ocean ecosystem – and the global effects of climate change. Such is the purview of Heather Lynch, an associate professor of…


Social justice shines in annual ERASE Racism awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // A civic-minded entrepreneur, a leading Long Island educator and a longtime champion of social-equality causes have been honored by the region’s most progressive civil rights group. Syosset-based ERASE Racism, which formed in 2001 to lead public-policy advocacy and regional initiatives promoting social justice, has saluted its 2019 award-winners, each responsible for promoting equity in education, housing and other critical social arenas. Jericho-based low-income housing developer Georgica Green Ventures earned the ERASE…


Employees honor Island CEOs with Glassdoor nods

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two visionary Long Island leaders made the cut Wednesday, when digital employment hub Glassdoor named its top United States CEOs of 2019. Northwell Health Chief Executive Michael Dowling ranked 44th overall among national large-company CEOs – making him the country’s top-ranking healthcare/hospital CEO and the fifth-best head honcho in New York State, according to Glassdoor’s 2019 large-company list. Wayne Grossé, chief executive of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, placed No. 21 among…


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…