Education

SBU rounds out the curriculum for some bio majors

Stony Brook University now offers a biology degree for students not necessarily enamored with gross anatomy. The university this week announced a new Bachelor of Arts in Biology program that delivers a more basic bio degree – that is, a bachelor’s degree with a wider selection of College of Arts and Sciences minors, but less focus on actual biology. Calling its traditional Bachelor of Science in Biology program – which it still offers – more…


Adelphi alum endows $1M to ‘Faculty Leadership’ effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $1 million endowment from a former student will help Adelphi University faculty members become the academic leaders of tomorrow. The Garden City-based university announced this week that 1995 graduate Lionel Viret, president of French bioscience company Stago, has “pledged $1 million to transform the lives of future leaders at Adelphi.” More specifically, Viret has gifted a cool mil to the university’s Faculty Leadership Fellows initiative, which has been rechristened the…


SBU races ahead of the curve with three-year MD

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new medical-training curriculum will allow Stony Brook Medicine students to complete their MDs a year faster. The SBU School of Medicine has introduced a peppier alternative course load that lets students earn their medical degrees in three years instead of the traditional four – the first sped-up MD program on Long Island and just the second in New York State, according to the SUNY medical school. Stony Brook Medicine’s three-year…


Adelphi orchestrates new provost, baton included

By GREGORY ZELLER // Adelphi University has plucked its next provost from the orchestra pit. The Garden City university has named Steve Everett, currently dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Architecture, Design and the Arts, as executive vice president and chief academic officer. His appointment as Adelphi provost is slated to begin before July 1. An accomplished composer, conductor and professor of music, Everett succeeds Sam Grogg, a former dean of…


Fellow in the fold, Hofstra entrepreneurs look west

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Bring the Mountain to Mohammed File comes the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship, which is bringing a little Silicon Valley to Hempstead. And vice-versa, with a class of Frank G. Zarb School of Business students slated to jet west later this semester for a pilgrimage to the famed California tech mecca. But first, the center is generating a little Silicon Valley vibe at home with the naming of its…


For adult learners, all’s fair at Farmingdale State

Billed as a “how-to boot camp” for students of a certain age, the Adult-Learner College Fair is coming to Farmingdale State College. Noting that “nearly half of those enrolled in undergraduate higher education today” are non-traditional adult learners – including adults returning to complete or advance prior studies and those attending college for the first time – Farmingdale State has planned a full slate of workshops specifically for grown-ups. Among the scheduled topics: admissions, financial…


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…


Stony Brook lands climate-change ace for SoMAS

By GREGORY ZELLER // An internationally renowned expert in climate-change science has been tapped to run Stony Brook University’s marine and atmospheric science programs. Paul Shepson, currently a distinguished professor of chemistry and of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences at Purdue University, has been named dean of SBU’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Shepson, who also serves as the division director for atmospheric and geospace sciences at the National Science Foundation, was selected after…


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…


Catholic Health Services, NYIT form osteopathic pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh collaboration between a groundbreaking Long Island medical school and a leading provider of community-based healthcare will improve medical services for patients throughout the region. Catholic Health Services of Long Island, the largest faith-based healthcare system serving Nassau and Suffolk counties, has entered into a new agreement with New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine aimed at “advanc(ing) patient-centered, community-based healthcare on Long Island,” according to Rockville Centre-based…


LIA: Farmingdale State revs a strong economic engine

By GREGORY ZELLER // Higher education on Long Island may be dominated by Hofstra and Stony Brook Universities, but a relatively small SUNY school is proving to be the region’s little economic engine that could. A new and very detailed report compiled by Long Island Association Chief Economist John Rizzo pegs Farmingdale State College’s “economic impact” over the last nine years at $2.51 billion. That’s the final tally reached in “Solving the Brain Drain: The…


Sensing something big in Adelphi’s ASD-friendly space

By GREGORY ZELLER // Noting “a first of its kind [at] a college or university,” Adelphi University this week heralded the opening of a new “sensory room” for students on the autism spectrum. Part of the Garden City-based university’s Bridges to Adelphi program, the new space was funded by a private, undisclosed donation from Alabama-based KultureCity, a nonprofit focused on improving resources for – and societal acceptance of – people with autism spectrum disorders. It’s…


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…


We Connect the Dots’ new STREAM of consciousness

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a “year of growth and great progress,” STEAM-powered Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots is already gearing up for a big 2018. Founder and Board Chairwoman Laurie Carey notes a 2017 filled with major advances for her five-year-old startup, a science-, mathematics-, engineering-, art- and math-focused 501(c)3 determined to level the technological playing field for underprivileged students. But as progressive as 2017 has been, according to the founder, the industries…


Jericho’s ‘Future Authors’ dish it out, with Canon’s help

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “valued nexus” between a Long Island School District and a global imaging supergiant has been energized in a surprisingly tasty way. Canon Solutions America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Melville-based Canon USA Inc., has brought its lauded Future Authors Project – a digital-learning experience that’s thrived for a decade in Florida’s Palm Beach County School District – to Nassau County’s Jericho School District. The arrival – marked by the publication…