No. 307: Big Brother beached, commencements classed-up and a big first for Hofstra/Northwell nurses

Bar none: Sweet-swinging straw-that-stirs-the-drink Reggie Jackson turns 72 today.

Nicely done: Kudos, dear reader, on once again rising above the mayhem and reaching the end of another busy work week.

It’s May 18 out there – International Museum Day, for those keeping score.

War, and remembrance: The then-Kingdom of Great Britain declared war on France on this date in 1756, kicking off the Seven Years War; on the same date in 1803, the United Kingdom declared war on France again, this time ticked off by Napoleon.

Clean cut: Inventor Edwin Beard Budding signed an agreement on May 18, 1830, allowing entrepreneur John Ferrabee to patent, manufacture, sell and license Budding’s most famous creation – the lawn mower.

Dow, not out: A cornerstone American brand came to life on this date in 1897, when Michigan industrialist Herbert Henry Dow founded the famous Dow Chemical Co.

Go with the flow: And in a coincidence of ultramafic proportions, with Hawaii’s Big Island dealing with Thursday’s dramatic eruption of the Kilauea volcano, it was 38 years ago today – May 18, 1980 – when Washington State’s Mount St. Helens blew its lid.

Wonderful lives: Film director Frank Capra (1897-1991), U.S. Senator and convention center namesake Jacob Javits (1904-1986), butter-smooth crooner Perry Como (1912-2001), Pope John Paul II (born Karol Wojtyla, 1920-2005), prolific sci-fi author Diane Duane (born 1952) and actress/comedian Tina Fey (born 1970) share birthdays today.

And swing for the fences, Reggie Jackson – “Mr. October” turns 72 today.

Our words, their Bonds: Speaking of birthdays, Wednesday’s newsletter – which wished one-time 007 Pierce Brosnan a happy birthday and casually called for a ranking of the many Bond actors – struck a nerve among readers with strong opinions about their favorite British superspy.

Among them: Austin Williams veep Jody Fisher, who wrote in to note, “Connery was the original, but Roger Moore was the Bond of my growing-up years and perfected the swagger,” and Communication Strategy Group principal Arthur Germain, who feels “Daniel Craig appears to be the closest to the original book version,” but “if we’re being a purest, then Sean Connery is the man.”

Not a single vote, by the way, for Timothy Dalton.

Dave the rave: Meanwhile, reader Tom Mariner – COO at imaging specialist SynchroPET and affable man-about-town – was flabbergasted by the state’s search for a worthy operator for its new $10 million cleantech business-accelerator program, suggesting Albany look no further than Stony Brook University. “Dave Hamilton is not doing a great job at the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program?” Mariner demands.

We’re hard-pressed to disagree, Tom. But what say you, dear reader? Should SBU, or some other Long Island-based entity, be given the keys to Albany’s new cleantech program? Weigh in at

By air, by sea: Before we dive into your weekly summary of socioeconomic innovation, let’s dive into the Atlantic Ocean, where the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and contractor Normandeau Associates this week reached the halfway point of a massive aerial survey of oceanic wildlife in coastal NY waters.

More than 2 million ultra-high-resolution images of birds, sharks, sea turtles, fish and marine mammals have already been captured by the ambitious study, a critical step in determining the environmental responsibility of the Empire State’s plans to develop 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind energy.


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First class: They really do graduation right at Adelphi University, which is pulling out all the stops to honor its Class of 2018.

Earlier this week, Innovate LI reported on “Lives Transformed,” a video series produced by the Garden City-based university highlighting standout graduates with something other than the typical collegiate backstory. On Wednesday, Adelphi added two more entries to the series, sharing the stories of Charlotte Champigny – who has earned a bachelor’s degree in biology despite suffering two debilitating strokes – and star athlete Matteo Cannavera, an Italian immigrant and varsity men’s tennis standout about to take his bachelor’s degree in finance to Manhattan-based Morgenstern Capital.

Adelphi is slated to confer degrees upon 1,700-plus graduates during its 122nd commencement exercises today at the Nassau Coliseum (livestreamed here). On Thursday night, the university held its annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony, honoring graduates of its College of Nursing and Public Health; among the pinned were Samantha Herskowitz, outgoing president of the Adelphi Student Government Association, and Diane Hill, who graduated 40 years ago from the then-Adelphi School of Nursing – but missed her pinning ceremony due to illness.

Getting hip in the HIP: One of the Hauppauge Industrial Park’s most noticeable addresses will be remade, in the first development project to leverage new height and mixed-use allowances permitted by the Town of Smithtown.

The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency on Thursday issued preliminary approval of a tax-incentives package that will help Marlmar Associates LLC build a 35,000-square-foot, four-story, mixed-use office/service building at 410 Motor Parkway, which the IDA deemed “one of the most prominent sites” in the sprawling industrial park. The $7 million project, which also includes demolition of an obsolete 40,000-square-foot structure on the site, leverages a recent zoning amendment that permits buildings as tall as 65 feet along Motor Parkway.

The new building will be “constructed to reflect the characteristics of the most sought-after office spaces desired by today’s industries, such as technology, media and marketing,” according to the IDA, where Executive Director Tony Catapano feels “it’s encouraging to see the market at a point where companies are able to take advantage of the overlay zone, and the Suffolk IDA is pleased to play its part.”



Practitioners make perfect: Three years after opening, the Hofstra/Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies is promoting its first-ever class of nurse-practitioner graduates.

Summer school (the good kind): It’s the Class of 2018’s moment to shine, but with the return of its tech-heavy summer academy for high-schoolers, NYIT is already thinking about the Class of 2023 (and beyond).

They’ve waited this long: Snowed out in March, Farmingdale State College’s one-of-a-kind Adult Learner College Fair – inviting grown-ups to start or complete their degrees – is back on the books.

Roaring revenues: Sales abound at both Oyster Bay equipment-solutions manufacturer Veeco Instruments and Farmingdale med-tech maker Misonix, but their bottom lines tell different stories.



The Spur would like to have a drink this summer with East End entrepreneurs, while Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions is helping to make sure they have plenty to drink in the world’s most rural places.

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Room with a view: Creating a physical space for innovation is just the beginning – the real trick is cultivating strategic, mental and financial innovation spaces (among others).

Big Brother at the beach: With Memorial Day preparing to (unofficially) kick off the summer season, the Town of Babylon has installed $80,000 worth of high-def surveillance cameras at its Cedar Beach Pavilion.

A tree glows in Brooklyn: And everywhere else, if scientists at a Danish startup can figure out how to combine bioluminescent algae with trees – potentially replacing streetlights forever.

That sucks, eh? Once a hotbed of creativity, Canada’s international standing as an  innovation leader has suffered of late – and that’s according to its own federal rating system.



+ Alessandro Di Rocco has been named director of Northwell Health’s Movement Disorders Program at the Neuroscience Institute in Great Neck and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, and neurology professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead. Di Rocco was founding director of NYU Langone’s Fresco Institute in Manhattan.

+ Dominick Miserandino has been hired as chief executive of news/media website Previously, he was chief marketing officer of

+ Plainview-based commercial energy-solutions firm Edgewise Energy has announced two new hires: Timothy O’Melia, hired as project manager, was a customer service specialist at Powersmith Home Energy Solutions; Alexander Burgess, now a project finance associate, is a recent grad of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

+ Anze Urh has been hired as a gynecologic oncologist at Huntington Hospital. He recently completed a fellowship at Brown University Medical School in Providence.

+ Marjorie Berg Pugatch, legal nurse consultant at Islandia-based Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, has been elected director-at-large for the board of directors of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants in Chicago.



We’ll see you after the movie: How the local TV news really defines “innovation” in the 21st century.

Speaking of which: Chase this March-like chill from the air with Town & Country’s rundown of The 25 Best Summer Movies of All Time.

Well, wattle you know: With a flavor profile ranging from chocolate to hazelnut to coffee to “nutty wheat biscuit,” it’s no wonder Australian superfood wattleseed has been a local favorite for 40,000 years.

That’s a wrap: Have a great weekend, dear readers, and please remember to keep supporting the amazing institutions that support Innovate LI – including Northwell Health, whose head honcho, Michael Dowling, is one of Glassdoor’s favorite healthcare CEOs.