No. 199: Top chefs, wicked fast Internet and Allan Cohen is staying put

Nancy Englehardt is on a road trip.

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody and enjoy the weekend. After celebrating Pi, the Ides and St. Patrick in the same week, you deserve a break.

Pop quiz: Which U.S. city has the highest percentage of residents with Irish ancestry? (Answer below. No skipping ahead.)

Last chance: The Innovator of the Year awards, Tuesday, March 21, Crest Hollow Country Club, 250 smart people, 40 or so cool companies, awesome sponsors and Mike Faltischek leads a tribute to Bob Catell. Oh, and sticky buns. Mmm.

Alternate face: Allan Cohen, who heads Nixon Peabody’s Long Island office, finally made the cover of the New York Law Journal. His picture, anyway. The story, unfortunately, was about NYC Nixon Peabody partner Alan Cohen leaving for Holland & Knight.

Really? They gave me Jello: The winning menu at the annual Northwell Health hospital chef cookoff was coffee-encrusted ostrich steak with sweet potato rosti and mango puree, shaved asparagus and fennel salad with lemon vinaigrette and a dessert of avocado chocolate mousse.

Remember dial up? Stony Brook has ramped up its connection to the Internet2 network to 100 gigabits-per-second, the fastest in New York. Internet2 operates the nation’s largest coast-to-coast research and education network, with more than 300 universities, 70 government agencies and 40+ regional and state education networks.

Scientists set the speed record last year with a 1,125 terabits-per-second connection that could download all episodes of “Game of Thrones” – in high def – in under a second.

That’s at least 90,000 times faster than your home connection.

Congrats: Feinstein Institute staffer Anil Malhotra has been awarded $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to study brain biomarkers that could identify candidates for treatments for psychosis and schizophrenia.

Parted: Nancy Engelhardt, founding director of Molloy’s Energeia Partnership leadership program, is pursuing new things. (Including, at the moment, a road trip with her sisters.)


In control: Mike Canders knows how to pilot a drone. Safely.

Be there: Hofstra’s mega Startup Weekend Long Island kicks off April 21 and offers 54 hours of nonstop pitching, promoting and partnering, plus meeting, mingling and mentoring under the Techstars banner. (And save 10 bucks when you register through Innovate.)

Finally made whole: Moiety creator Gregory Wagner promised the world an Android version of his insanely popular life-scheduling app, and he has finally come through. (Wagner, BTW, is an Innovator of the Year winner. See above. Last chance. Good seats still available.)

420 on head injuries: Great Neck entrepreneur Jonathan Gilbert has inked a stock deal to fund a major study into whether cannabis is an effective cure for concussions. (Gilbert, BTW, is a previous Innovator of the Year winner. See above. Last chance. Good seats still available.)

Come fly with them: FlightPartner Technologies has a widget that will allow just about anyone to get into the fancy-private-jet-booking business. (We’re considering.)

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At Bar Louie: A Long Island Solopreneurs meetup is still forming in Commack.


+ LISTnet’s Tech Showcase, including presentations from Maxburst and Tech Software plus a keynote on cybersecurity from NST’s Matt Brown, March 28, 6 to 8 p.m., Digital Ballpark in Plainview, free but register.

+ Farmingdale State College’s seventh annual STEM Diversity Summit, today, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., details here.

+ NYIT and the LI Capital Alliance, entrepreneur education series, next up April 3, 5:30 to 8 p.m., registration here.

+ Attention foodtech entrepreneurs: Inside the coming storm in product labeling, April 19, 8 to 10 a.m., Kominicki, Russ Statman and more, register please.

+ The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.


The spin: Thanks to larger and more efficient turbines, wind power can now compete with coal and gas, and 23 U.S. offshore projects, the equivalent of 16 nuclear plants, are on the drawing board. For investors, the gold rush is on.

I’m a breast man, thank you: Lab-grown chicken strips are the next big thing.

And congrats, Michael Dowling: He’ll Grand Marshal this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in NYC. (They make you walk 35 blocks in the cold and call it an honor.)

And the answer is: Pittsburgh has America’s highest percentage of the Irish diaspora, with 16.7% of residents claiming Eire ancestry, followed by Boston (15.8%) and Philadelphia (14.2). New York’s most Irish city is Buffalo, at 11.2%.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.