The Debrief

Debrief: Ken White eyes tomorrow’s workforce, today

When last we chatted up Ken White, the manager of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Office of Educational Programs was jazzed about the progress the then-three-year-old Long Island STEM Hub was making on its mission to educate a high-tech next-gen workforce. Launched in 2012 as part of the community-driven Empire State STEM Learning Network, the science/technology/engineering/mathematics program – managed by BNL and the Northwell Health system – has hit its stride in the last two years, according…

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Debrief: Steve Israel, the next generation

Following eight U.S. House of Representative terms and a narrow escape from what could be the most contentious Congress in a generation (“I got out while the getting was good”), Steve Israel is hardly slowing down. As chairman of Long Island University’s Institute for Global Issues and the university’s latest Distinguished Writer in Residence, the former (as of Jan. 3) Third District rep will leverage his capitol résumé in pursuit of two key goals: developing…


Debrief: Edward Guiliano’s NYIT victory lap

Since the circa-1910 New York Technical Institute was rechristened the New York Institute of Technology in 1955, it’s had three presidents: Alexander Schure, his son Matthew Schure and Edward Guiliano, who took the helm in 2000. The Dix Hills native, who earned a doctorate in literature at Stony Brook University, was still an SBU graduate student when he joined NYIT in 1974 as an English instructor. When he retires as president – he’s announced his…


Debrief: Scientifically, Kevin Tracey is all business

Fresh off keynoting an international symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences, bioelectronic medicine pioneer Kevin Tracey is (as usual) busily overseeing operations at the groundbreaking Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. That includes bioelectronics R&D, though Tracey is adamant that science – not sales – is Feinstein’s focus (example: he claims no involvement with a spinoff company based on his nerve-stimulating expertise). For the Feinstein president, collaboration and discovery set the tone, and the…


The Debrief: Bob Catell’s newest application

Robert Catell has taken a board seat at Stony Brook-based anti-counterfeiting biotech Applied DNA Sciences, the latest addition to a résumé overflowing with executive accolades. A former chairman of KeySpan and National Grid’s U.S. operations, the current chair of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center boasts decades of energy-related experience on all levels – knowledge that could prove key as Applied DNA eyes a lucrative new vertical….


Bob Quarté wants 10 minutes of your time

Accounting firm AVZ launched its annual economic survey and opinion poll in 1994 as a way to take the pulse of local business and, hey, if it happened to generate a little buzz for the practice, so much the better. Since then, the survey has become required reading for business people trying to gauge the local economic climate and a favored source for local pols, economic development agencies, the media and others. More from AVZ managing partner Bob…


The Debrief: On LI Innovation, Alessi is more

Still trying to cram 27 hours into every day, former New York State Assemblyman Marc Alessi has added another hat to his collection, heading efforts to support and grow the state’s network of economic-foundation-laying business incubators. Already hard at it chairing the economic development practice group at Ronkonkoma law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick and ushering Stony Brook-based SynchroPET’s breakthrough MRI/PET scanning technology to market, Alessi – who also squeezes in a few hours as…