No. 230: Jeff Meyer, Kathy Ross and Snooty, plus Hicksville’s Alyssa Iryami and Audrey Shine shine

World's richest self-made woman.

TG it’s W: A happy midweek everybody, and welcome new readers Howard, Sophia, Josh, James, Genevieve, Johanna, Bob, Rorrie, Nancy, Ellen, John, Dan and Kevin.

Passed: Satoshi Ozaki, who cemented key international collaborations in high-energy and nuclear physics and helped design and build accelerators for scientific research on two continents – including two at Brookhaven National Laboratory – died Saturday. He was 88.

Somewhat less accomplished, but still loved: Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee, died Sunday, days after his 69th birthday, in a tragic aquarium accident in South Florida.

Two ends of the same birthday: Carl Jung and Matt Silver.

Wanna get your startup funded? Best to start with a “fluent” name, according to a study led by Stony Brook U biz prof Richard Chan.

Jobs: The Island’s unemployment rate ticked up by 0.2 percentage points in June, but the overall rate of 4.2 percent is still better than state and national numbers.

But, but: Isn’t 4.2 percent below what’s considered “full employment” and won’t that create inflationary wage gains that will force the Fed to do risky tightening-type things? Read this, Grasshopper.

Welcome: Labor law expert Jeffrey Meyer has joined the Long Island office of Nixon Peabody. Meyer is a regular at hearings before the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. and N.Y. labor departments. He’s St. John’s and Bucknell, previously at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck.

Also: Ascension Health IT exec Kathy Ross has been hired as Stony Brook Medicine’s new CIO.

Belated congrats: Plainview high school juniors Alyssa Iryami and Audrey Shine won the $10,000 grand prize in the finals of the Spellman High Voltage Electronic CleanTech Competition with a water purification system they designed that uses silkworm cocoons.

And: Southside Hospital is the first LI health care facility to nab the American Heart Association’s Lifeline Gold Award for extraordinary care of people who have suffered severe heart attacks.

ICYMI: The region’s tech talent and millennial headcount are rising; Northwell is partnering with the Israel Innovation Authority; KKR buys a $3 billion chunkof NBTY; A team of crack Adelphi University computer-science students placed second in a NYC hackathon; and “Madam Secretary” moved into Spectronics Corp. for a day of location shooting.

Tune in: Rednote, the Port Washington music app startup, is looking for fall interns, some paid. Try this.

For the children: Research funded by the Rauch Foundation on government funding of early childhood, early education and related programs in New York, the nation and abroad is now available to peruse.

When can we board? Internet speeds at major NYC-area airports showed improvement in free Wi-Fi service – LaGuardia up triple digits! – but cellular service ranks near the bottom of the heap among major North American airports. Newark, actually, sucks at both.

About our sponsor: The Long Island Business Development Council has helped build the regional economy for more than 45 years by bringing together government economic development officials, developers, financial experts and others for education, debate and networking.


End game: Boston’s Vertex Pharmaceuticals released pretty awesome mid-stage data for three cystic fibrosis studies, each testing a different triple combination of Vertex pharma. The results suggest 90 percent of CF patients could end up with a treatment for their variant of the disease, news that not only thrilled investors, who boosted shares 25 percent, but also NIH director Francis Collins.

Not STEM: High school dropout Zhou Qunfei, CEO of Lens Technology, which makes glass screens for iPhones, is the wealthiest self-made woman on the planet. $9 billion or so.

Not related, obviously: Thanks to a new Advanced Placement launch this year, more women and minorities are taking college-level computer science courses in high school.

Two answers, one obvious: How to handle Elon Musk’s favorite job interview question. (In journalism, the question is usually “Would you work for less than that?”)

The Goldwater Rule falls: A leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures. Including the president.

A real pane: More than just a view, these windows double as solar panels.


+ BioAffinity Technologies, the maker of a diagnostic test for lung cancer, announced it has raised $4 million in a Series A funding.

Amphora Medical, a Minneapolis-based maker of medical devices that treat overactive bladders, raised $35.5 million in a round led by Longitude Capital and Boston Scientific.

+ NYC’s Betterment, the financial robo-advisor platform, raised $70 million in a series E that values the company at $800 million. Profits and an IPO coming soon.

+ Also local, Fintech Studios, an AI-based financial information aggregator, landed $1 million in a seed funding led by KEC Ventures.


Art imitating life: 10 Sci-Fi movies that bent the human mind and body.

Cheap vacation: A refuge from ambient and human noise pollution, One Square Inch of Silence in Olympic National Park in Washington is believed to be the quietest place in the country. (Well, until the military flyovers started.)

In the key of gee: The Santa Fe Opera opens “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” on Saturday.

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Compiled by John Kominicki and Marlene McDonnell. Thanks for reading.