No. 195: Tilapia burn cure, jackfruit chocolate and 18 defining moments in craft beer history

Didn't make 75.

TG it’s F: A happy Friday, everybody. In honor of National Employee Appreciation Day, here are 101 Ways to Reward Workers Without Giving Them Cash.

Because Cash Doesn’t Always Work.

(We like No. 51.)

Jersey resident Grover Schaible received a patent for the plastic injection-molded toy ray gun – sold as the Pyrotomic Disintegrator – on this day in 1953. (An original copper-toned model sold for $660 recently on eBay.)

Happy birthday: Flo Federman.

Yesterday: Lou Reed would have been 75. Although the Velvet Underground’s debut album only sold 30,000 copies, “everyone who bought one started a band,” Brian Eno suggests.

But we digress: The Innovator of the Year awards are March 21 at 8 a.m. Astoundingly cheap seats available here. Bob Catell is our inaugural Master of Innovation honoree.

Much less of a reason for coming, but still: There are sticky buns.

But first, this: The Long Island Association released its 17 priorities for 2017 this week, including such wide-ranging objectives as a constitutional convention on New York government and an effort to bring the Islanders back to the Coliseum.

Actually, those were the first two. Once warmed up, the group went on to address the federal mortgage deduction, special district voting, the LIRR’s third track project, Medicaid costs and international flights at MacArthur Airport. (Support, support, support, curb, support.)

It got around to innovation at No. 8 – rallying for a research corridor connecting Long Island and Manhattan – and again with No. 11, with promises to advance its own LI-Bio committee, founded a year ago to help expand the biotech, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical sectors.

Trivia question: Which one of those is not recognized by the FDA?

Free plug, Kevin: The organization’s spring luncheon, featuring the Manning boys, is next Friday.

Speaking of nutraceuticals: Nature’s Bounty has agreed to remain on Long Island, possibly for the rest of all time, in exchange for state tax credits and other goodies.

Home. Home again: Space may not be the final frontier for defense contractor East/West Industries, but it’s consumed a lot of head space lately.

Small thinkers: The Tiny House Movement is building momentum thanks to an innovative school-industry partnership.

Congrats: Fotis Sotiropoulos, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SBU, will be honored with ASCE’s Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award. (He’s pumped.)

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Making rounds: Thomas Graham has been named Northwell Health’s senior vice president of strategic alliances and partnerships. He’ll split clinical time at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital.

Also big news: John Resek has joined Carter DeLuca Farrell & Schmidt’s life sciences team, as partner. Besides his JD, Resek has a doctorate in pharmacology and worked as a bench scientist for several years on diabetes and signal transduction research.

Fair share: The state is missing out on millions of dollars in federal Medicare payments for patients with end-stage kidney disease, state comptroller Tom DiNapoli reports.

The state of real estate moguldom: Scott Rechler on “Real Estate in the Age of Trump,” March 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Ritz-Carlton Residences, limited seating, info here.

Speaking of Trump: Hofstra profs Jeff Morosoff and Peter Goodman team up for a primer on fake news, March 15, 6 to 8 p.m., LaunchPad Westbury, free but register.

Not especially related: President Trump’s immigration enforcement effort could have a profound effect on NYC’s restaurant scene, where 54% of dishwashers are undocumented, along with a full third of line cooks, according to Pew Center data.

Scaling up: Brazilian doctors are testing the use of sterilized tilapia skin to bandage burn patients.

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Links: Hofstra is teaming up with the fine folks at APICS for a supply chain management primer, featuring big names from Telephonics, Henry Schein and UPS. March 7, 6 to 8 p.m., info here.

And next week: St. John’s is hosting a summit on training the next generation of cybersecurity experts, including speakers from industry, law enforcement and academia, March 6, registration at 8:30 a.m., Manhattan campus, free but please register. More info here.

Other stuff we’re going to: More of the Innovate calendar is here.


Thank you, Jimmy Carter: 18 defining moments in the history of craft beer.

No danger, Will Robinson: Virginia became the first state to allow robotic home delivery. The law, which goes into effect in July, limits speeds to 10 mph and packages to 50 pounds. (That’s still a whole lotta pizza.)

Attention Willy Wonka: Cocoa consumption is expected to reach 4.5 million tons annually by 2020, outstripping the planet’s ability to meet demand. So where’s a chocoholic to turn? Jackfruit, baby.

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