Education

Data, diversity drive new Hofstra University president

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious and effective academic leader with a major-league résumé and a long history of diversity-centered initiatives will take Hofstra University’s reins this summer. The university’s Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that Susan Poser, currently the University of Illinois at Chicago’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will become Hofstra’s ninth president, succeeding current University President Stuart Rabinowitz. Rabinowitz has served as president for 20 years, capping a half-century run…

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LI institutions on call as nursing shortage spirals

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a national nursing shortage in their sights, Hofstra University and Northwell Health are launching a new undergraduate nursing program on Long Island – and planning a $60 million learning center to house it. The people who brought you the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra/Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies on Monday announced a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, with…


At New York Tech, eSports are way more than a game

By GREGORY ZELLER // A long time ago, on a campus far, far away, “Spacewar!” changed everything. In October 1972, Stanford University hosted an “intergalactic Olympics” featuring the groundbreaking space-combat videogame (take a Java-fueled trip down memory lane), developed a decade earlier by American computer scientist Stephen Russell. The contest, with a year’s subscription to Rolling Stone magazine up for grabs, stands as the first known videogame competition. Smash that hyperspace button and flash forward…


In new Eastern Suffolk BOCES tech, the eyes have it

By GREGORY ZELLER // First Anne Sullivan, now this. Fans of historical education will recall Sullivan as the gifted 19th century teacher who helped blind and deaf student (and future renowned humanitarian) Helen Keller learn to communicate – not unlike the decidedly 21st century efforts happening right now at Eastern Suffolk BOCES, where educator Stephanie Hannigan keeps a keen eye on the cutting edge. Hannigan, a speech and language disabilities teacher with the educational cooperative…


Today, tomorrow meet in ULC, Science Center alliance

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative alliance will unite one of Long Island’s top robotics companies with a Riverhead nonprofit on a mission to prepare young learners for the 21st century workforce. Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics will share its industry expertise – including on-site classes, field trips to its bustling production facility and hands-on mentoring – with the Long Island Science Center, a registered 501(c)3 organization determined to bring science and technology opportunities to young Islanders….


Island ‘hub’ scores as New York Tech adds second PhD

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s another doctorate in the house at the New York Institute of Technology, which has announced its first-ever computer science PhD program. Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, the NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences will offer a Doctor of Philosophy program featuring “advanced, research-oriented education” in cybersecurity, data science, cloud computing and other critical computational fields. The new coursework is the second PhD offering for the Old Westbury- and…


SBU School of Health Tech finds ideal dean (at LIU)

By GREGORY ZELLER // A veteran of health-professions education has taken the reins at Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management. Stacy Jaffee Gropack, who became dean of the school Oct. 1, boasts more than three decades of instruction in the professional healthcare fields. She served most recently as associate dean of the School of Health Professions at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and dean of the School of Health Professions and Nursing…