Education

Stony Brook grad students soar in NSF nominations

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University dominated the field Tuesday as 18 SUNY graduate students were named candidates for prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships. All told, five State University of New York campuses were represented in this year’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship nominees. The University at Albany, Binghamton University and the University at Buffalo each posted two nominees, and the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in upstate Oneida County added one. But SBU ruled the SUNY…


Old Westbury, Downstate Medical mark a SUNY first

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island hasn’t gained a new medical school, technically, though it has picked up a slew of new med students. Billed as a first-of-its-kind agreement, SUNY College at Old Westbury and the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn have partnered on a slate of programs allowing students to “pursue graduate and accelerated degrees,” according to the state university system – essentially, providing Old Westbury students with Downstate Medical degrees. The collaboration,…


Adelphi taps Asian affairs expert as liberal arts leader

By GREGORY ZELLER // Adelphi University has recruited an Ithaca College innovator to lead its ambitious liberal arts programs. Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, currently dean of Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences, will come to Adelphi as dean of the Garden City-based university’s College of Arts and Sciences. The veteran professor and administrator – whose multinational education includes a PhD from the University of Chicago (political science), a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University (international…


How to build a better med-tech entrepreneur

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of this generation’s commercialization aces says Long Island’s next crop of healthcare visionaries has got the goods. They’re not ready for prime time. Only some have advanced as far as prototyping. But the medical technology (and the creativity) are off the charts, according to Gregory Montalbano, a principal executive at Smithtown-based MIDI Medical Product Development who, for the third straight year, was invited to consult students under the tutelage of…


Adelphi nursing students, expect the unexpected

By GREGORY ZELLER // Oh, baby – it’s the birth of a new era at Adelphi University, which has delivered a breakthrough simulator to meet the expectations of nursing students. And for the record, make that oh, babies – Victoria, a maternal/fetal simulator created by Florida-based Gaumard Scientific, arrives today at Adelphi’s College of Nursing and Public Health with not one but two tots in tow, all part of a slate of hyper-realistic childbirth simulations….


Hofstra debuts Engineering Management MS program

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new master of science degree program has hit the ground running inside Hofstra University’s Department of Engineering. Offered for the first time this Spring 2019 semester, Hofstra’s new Master of Science in Engineering Management degree program combines the best of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science in a multidisciplined effort to “bridge the gap between the technical side of…


A middle school farm team is automating agriculture

By GREGORY ZELLER // Meanwhile, back on the farm, the future was evolving. The farm, in this case, is inside West Hollow Middle School, a forward-looking jewel of the Half Hollow Hills Central School District. And the future comes in the form of FarmBot, a kid-crafted, kid-coded automaton that could help feed future generations on this increasingly crowded planet – and even astronauts exploring distant worlds. The robot, of course, tills its land on a…


Lawmakers, labor to Albany: Invest $53M in FSC plan

BY GREGORY ZELLER // The right stuff has put Farmingdale State College into a tight spot. A number of them, actually, as the school with Long Island’s second-largest undergraduate enrollment (trailing only Stony Brook University among four-year colleges and universities) begins to burst at the seams, victim of its own “remarkable affordability, unique program mix and exceptional employment outcomes,” according to Farmingdale State. The results of that winning formula speak for themselves. The college, founded…


Adelphi honored for ‘personal’ enrollment effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // Riding a 9.7 percent spike in annual applications – pushing its total number of applicants past 13,000 for the first time – Adelphi University and its innovative enrollment protocols have once again attracted the attention of academic observers. The Garden City-based university has earned a prestigious 2019 American Association of University Administrators Exemplary Models Award for its Personalizing the Enrollment Process campaign, which in 2018, its first year, collected 13,006 applications…


SUNY Old Westbury sets new grad-degree programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three new graduate-degree programs – including the college’s first fully online degree program – will debut later this calendar year at SUNY College at Old Westbury. The State University of New York system is introducing a new online MS in Accounting degree program for students of the Old Westbury college, along with new MS in Data Analytics and MS in Students With Disabilities programs. The new degree programs, each slated to…


New name, new mission for Adelphi ed/health college

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ruth S. Ammon, we hardly knew ye. Actually, no – Ammon, a gifted teacher, 1942 graduate of Adelphi University and longtime namesake of the Garden City university’s School of Education, is well-known to many in the Adelphi community and beyond. But the education school that carried her name has outgrown its original mission, leading to a reorganization with ripple effects across the Adelphi University system. The former education school steams into…


Dual-degree effort gets scientists into business, faster

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a region where biotechnology and other lab work is cemented as a socioeconomic cornerstone, a new dual-degree program will attempt to teach students the business of science. Quickly. Adelphi University has launched a new “accelerated dual-degree program” looking to leverage the “scientific discovery and technological innovation driving the economy,” according to Adelphi. The five-year Business of Science program is designed to give students a “marketable career path in science-related businesses,”…


Growing nationally, Jericho ed-tech ace refocuses on LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative edu-tech platform designed to digitally instruct New York State students still has a few things to learn itself. So, Jericho-based iTutor is recruiting a polished Advisory Board of current and former teachers, school administrators and superintendents, a move meant to enhance both student achievement – specifically, Long Island student achievement – and the company’s bottom line. iTutor’s digital platform supports public school districts by connecting New York State-certified teachers…


Adelphi centers creativity around new innovation hub

By GREGORY ZELLER // With several university-based incubators and centers of excellence already bolstering the Long Island innovation economy, Adelphi University is working up its own innovation hub. Coming soon: The Adelphi Innovation Center, a 2,000-square-foot research laboratory planned for the Garden City school’s Swirbul Library. Scheduled for a September 2019 opening, the AIC will take its place among a number of advanced “innovation centers” on Long Island, including the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship,…


NCC to take long look at China, U.S. ‘iEconomy’ plans

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day-long event at Nassau Community College will dive deep into the different ways the United States and China approach the data-driven “iEconomy.” The Garden City-based school’s Confucius Institute of Business has scheduled Digital Leadership in the Data-Driven iEconomy: America’s FANG vs. China’s BAT, to run for 12 hours on Nov. 6, with in-person registration opening at 11 a.m. and a marathon program slated to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30…