Education

P-TECH quietly preps future manufacturing stars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island wasn’t on the list when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new round of Pathways in Technology funding June 5, but Island educators and businesses say they are making good progress with a grant LI snagged in 2013. Of course, they’d like more. Known as P-TECH, after its clunky, acronym-focused name, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, the program supplies funding to applicants that focus on STEM education. Long…


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Invention, with a side order of altruism

By GREGORY ZELLER While cutting-edge laboratories, university-based startups and seven-figure investments monopolize Long Island’s innovation spotlight, invention can happen anywhere. Just ask students in the Science Research Program at Commack High School, where teacher Richard Kurtz, with a little help from Suffolk County Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club founder Brian Fried, is teaching kids they’re never too young to change the world. The para-curricular program – enterprising students can select it in lieu of other science…


Hofstra lands $2M for engineering, robotics and big data programs

Hofstra University was awarded $2 million in state grants on Monday to expand its School of Engineering and Applied Science and create new laboratories and classrooms focusing on big data and robotics. The grants were part of more than $181 million in economic development funding approved for 24 projects that will create 1,500 new jobs and retain 2,000 existing positions, the state said. The funding will also leverage more than $5 billion in private assets…


The art of workforce development

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s LaunchPad ecosystem, one of several fronts in the war against the Island’s “brain drain,” is facing a recruiting crisis. Many businesses within the LaunchPad system – a co-working environment for startups and entrepreneurs that now includes facilities in Great Neck, Hicksville, Huntington, Mineola and Stony Brook – are finding their recruiting processes hampered by “a lack of available talent and a shortage of innovate thinkers,” according to Hofstra University….


It’s Memorial Day, time for a new heating plant

The heat is off at Adelphi University. But that’s OK, it’s summer. By the time the cold weather rolls around again next fall, the heat will be on again – and the university will be saving more than $1.6 million annually in energy costs, while drastically reducing its carbon footprint. After a multiyear search for the right project, at the right price, to replace its aging and inefficient boiler system, the Garden City university has…


DEBRIEF: Rajib Sanyal, incoming business dean, Adelphi University

Rajib Sanyal will take over as dean of Adelphi University’s Robert. B. Willumstad School of Business on July 1, succeeding Anthony Libertella, who’s retiring after 11 years in the dean’s office. An oft-published veteran of university administration, Sanyal has served as dean of the Walker L. Cisler College of Business at Northern Michigan University and currently heads the Miller College of Business at Indiana’s Ball State University – two schools and regions, he told Innovate…


Teq beefs up distribution partnerships

The good times roll on at educational software firm Teq, which this week announced two new reseller partnerships. In April, the Huntington-based producer of innovative classroom technology and online professional development solutions entered into an international distribution deal with Canadian firm SMART Technologies, allowing Teq to forge distribution agreements with SMART’s reseller partners throughout the United States and Canada. This week, the firm announced partnerships with two of those resellers: Piraino Consulting, which will make…


Hofstra University's Debbi Honorof

DEBRIEF: Debbi Honorof, Hofstra University

As she assembles a summer course for Hofstra’s Precollegiate Career Discovery Institute — “21st Century Skills for Teens: Thriving in a Rapidly Changing, Hyper-Connected Global Economy” — Continuing Education chief Debbi Honorof lets Innovate LI in on a little secret: Even experienced professionals must sharpen the skills required by the innovation economy. In her own words: CONNECTIVITY: The whole premise is that the workplace is very different than it used to be. People used to…


Hofstra-North Shore LIJ Medical School

Hofstra-NSLIJ med school graduates first class

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine graduated its first class on Monday, sending 30 pioneering students off to post-graduate residencies at North Shore, Duke University Medical Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the University of Southern California and Memorial Sloan-Kettering. They will work in a variety of specialty areas, ranging from internal medicine and pediatrics to emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery and psychiatry. Established in 2008, the School of Medicine is the first allopathic medical school to open…


Serious brain drain: When CSHL considered leaving

Cold Spring Harbor Lab officials considered moving the facility off Long Island in 1948 due to transportation concerns and the fact that local life was not very “rich.” At the time, the LIRR train from Penn Station to Syosset took 50 minutes and required a $4 taxi ride from station to lab, a “sizeable expense for a laboratory assistant to bear frequently.” Penn to Syosset today? An average 59 minutes. The transportation section of the…


FFarmingdale business school

Farmingdale opens biz school expansion

Farmingdale State College officially opened its three-story, $19.3 million business school expansion on Thursday, adding new classrooms — eight of them with tiered “collaborative” seating — and offices for 40 professors. More than 2,200 students are enrolled in the business program, with total enrollment at the college now at 8,400. The business school addition is the largest component of a $185 million modernization and renovation of the campus, which includes a new Information Commons in…


cpxi challenge winners

Lift Stick wins $50K in Hofstra biz plan contest

Hofstra students Nick Calderon and Kevin McCroary won the $50,000 top prize in the annual CPXi VentureTech student business plan contest on Wednesday for The Lift Stick, a device that alerts the wearer to improper posture that could lead to lower back injury. The pair have already begun sales of the Stick, but will get a significant leg up in production and marketing with their first-place winnings. Two teams tied for second place in the…


Farmingdale summer program

Farmingdale sets summer academics program

Farmingdale State College’s academic summer camps program kicks off May 23 with a series of weekend sessions on 3-D printing that runs through June 20. A variety of other classes will be offered through August, usually from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Included are: Architectural Modeling, a week-long course on the basics of bridge and building design, July 13-17; Health Science Careers; July 14-16; Introduction to Computer Gaming Design and Animation, Aug. 10-14; and Forensics/Criminalistics,…


LI Stem Hub at three

At age 3, STEM Hub looks back to the future

It’s been three years since the Empire State STEM Learning Network launched the Long Island STEM Hub, an amalgam of industry and academia on a mission to educate LI’s next-generation workforce. To support the region’s economic growth and high-tech vitality, the STEM Hub (for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provides a focal point for businesses, students, teachers, higher education and worker-retraining operations. A “Back to the Future”-themed celebration will mark the Hub’s third anniversary, scheduled…


Teq's Chris Hickey

New distribution deal in hand, Teq looks to bulk up

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Teq, the Huntington-based educational software firm, is about to go on a hiring spree after announcing a new international distribution deal. A producer of innovative classroom technology and software solutions focused on 21st century instruction, Teq announced Tuesday it had entered into a distribution agreement with SMART Technologies, an Alberta, Canada-based supplier of innovative business and education technologies. The deal will allow Teq to distribute its professional development and educational technology…