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In Hennessy, the grad that keeps on gifting

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Stony Brook University’s highest-achieving graduates is paying back his alma mater in a big way. Former Stanford University President John Hennessy, who earned a master’s degree and a doctorate at SBU in the 1970s, is personally endowing a new computer-science professorship at Stony Brook, using prize money he earned as a recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2017 Turing Award. The award, given to honor major contributions to…


Long Ireland keeps those Irish eyes (and lips) smiling

By JIM McCUNE // For years, best friends Greg Martin and Dan Burke worked together as mechanical technicians for a local home-heating oil company, often getting through their grueling days by imagining their dream jobs. Rock star, ice-cream taster and even firefighter didn’t seem realistic. But they also talked a lot about brewing beer. In 2004, Greg and Dan brewed their first beer on Dan’s kitchen stove in Shoreham – an IPA, Burke recalls. “It…


Supermodel Alt to keynote next LICA Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // A famed supermodel will headline the next installment of the Long Island Capital Alliance’s Capital Forum series. International model, actress, entrepreneur, author, self-described “raw food enthusiast” and former Fox News personality Carol Alt is slated to deliver the keynote address at LICA’s Technology Capital Forum, scheduled for Sept. 14 at The RXR Center in Melville. As always, the forum will serve as a networking platform that places early-stage enterprises – in…


Preliminary bond deal brings new Molloy dorms closer

By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t start planning those keggers just yet, but new dormitories for Molloy College are a step closer to reality. The Town of Hempstead Local Development Corp. has issued preliminary approval for the sale of $15 million in tax-exempt bonds on behalf of the Rockville Centre college, with the money earmarked for the construction of new student residences. Final authorization for the bond sale won’t come until the Development Corp. – which…


Edge of tomorrow, but not quite there yet

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island-based transformative-tech oracle is putting the squeeze on a Taiwanese smartphone innovation. Oyster Bay-based reviewer ABI Research is actually impressed with the technology built into HTC Corp.’s newly released U12+ device – but not so much with its actual usability, which according to ABI’s Teardowns unit is somewhat lacking. The Teardowns team – which sounds like it’s out to destroy new tech, but instead endeavors to dissect it for…


Feinstein doc eyes telehealth for Hispanic diabetes

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not precisely the Telemundo of telemedicine, but a Long Island scientist will spend some $3 million of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s money exploring telehealth protocols for Hispanic diabetes patients. The PCORI, a government-funded (but non-government) Washington-based organization that supports and investigates various medical treatments, is backing Feinstein Institute for Medical Research professor Renee Pekmezaris’ study of home telemonitoring for Hispanic-community patients living with type 2 diabetes, the most common…


Healthier pet treats: All Talk, with lots of bite

By GREGORY ZELLER // It doesn’t exactly figure that a retired caterer and a longtime electrician specializing in concert stage lighting would craft a small-business success story focused on pet treats. But Margaret and Bruce McDonough loved their dog. And when the poor pup passed away too soon, and the culprit was determined to be what Margaret McDonough described as “chicken products from China,” the mission basically presented itself. It was actually Margaret who founded…


NSF backs NYIT team’s critical climate-change mission

By GREGORY ZELLER // With irrefutable scientific data confirming the global climate change crisis, a New York Institute of Technology research team is supporting a multinational effort to digitally forecast “extreme environmental conditions.” Backed by a National Science Foundation grant and in cahoots with scientists across Germany and Austria, researchers at NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and School of Architecture and Design are creating a 3D data-modeling tool known as IN-SOURCE. The three-year…


In unique recycling effort, all decks on hand

By GREGORY ZELLER // The last of the concrete deck panels from the “retired” Tappan Zee Bridge have been delivered to their new homes. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, a total of 135 deck panels – each measuring 3 feet wide by 50 feet long by 8.25 inches thick, and weighing in the neighborhood of 50 tons – have been delivered to nine specific municipalities and the NYS Department of Transportation. The recycled panels,…


Northwell team beats hypofractionation’s drum

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the You Don’t Have to Cut to Cure file comes new research suggesting that a specific form of radiation therapy, previously thought to be ineffective against breast cancer, might in fact be a winning strategy against the dreaded disease. Researchers from Northwell Health’s Department of Radiation Medicine, part of the New Hyde Park-based health system’s multifaceted Cancer Center, and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell’s R&D mothership, are adding…


SBU snags $25M grant for new engineering facility

By GREGORY ZELLER // Engineers, start your education. New York State on Thursday announced a major funding initiative that will help bring a cutting-edge engineering facility to the Stony Brook University campus. Albany will funnel $25 million to SBU, allowing the university to dive headlong into the initial planning and development phases of what Stony Brook is trumpeting as a $100 million, 100,000-square-foot mecca of engineering education. The university’s engineering programs already have a strong…


Forces unite to kickstart Maryhaven greeting card biz

By GREGORY ZELLER // A program dedicated to assisting Long Island manufacturers has partnered with a regional nonprofit that provides resources for people with disabilities on a project that has created a new greeting-card business. FuzeHub, a statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership center, has long partnered with the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation to provide assistance at manufacturing facilities that employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On Long Island, the Stony…


With $500K bump, Northwell Playbacks it forward

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Westchester County startup focused on patient-engagement solutions has earned a chunky Northwell Health seed investment. Northwell Ventures, the investment arm of the New Hyde Park-based health system, has boosted Mount Kisco-based technology startup Playback Health Inc. to the tune of $500,000, part of what the health system termed “a targeted $1.25 million seed-round financing in software designed to improve communications between physicians and patients.” The investment will help the early-stage…


South Nassau, Mount Sinai eye internal-med residencies

By GREGORY ZELLER // Thirty physicians will receive specialty training in a new Internal Medicine Residency Program at South Nassau Communities Hospital. South Nassau has received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the new residency program, which kicked off last month and is being run in conjunction with the Mount Sinai Health System. The New York City-based health system “provided the 30 graduate medical education slots for use at South Nassau,”…


Programming note: Second ‘CoderSchool’ set for Roslyn

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the hottest franchises in the world of computer coding will soon open its second Long Island location. TheCoderSchool, a Silicon Valley-based program focused on teaching students ages 7 to 18 both coding lingo and the critical-thinking mindset required of coders, will cut the ribbon on a new Roslyn facility Sept. 15. The second Nassau County-based school joins the company’s Syosset school, which opened its doors in 2017. Like that…