No. 324: Vikings on Mars, FSC on the job, Sanguistat on the move, and why Freeport is happy to be on the outs

One giant leap: American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their lunar module at the Sea of Tranquility and stepped onto the lunar surface 49 years ago today.

Well done: Very impressive, intrepid reader – you’ve made it to the end of another productive workweek, and earned yourself another glorious weekend.

It’s July 20 out there, and if you said “knight to king 4,” good move, since today is of course International Chess Day, commemorating the launch of the World Chess Federation on this date in 1924.

The Eagle has landed: Today also marks the 49th anniversary of one of mankind’s greatest scientific achievements – American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing their lunar module at the Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969, and stepping onto the lunar surface.

While Armstrong and Aldrin were the first humans on the moon, of course, any self-respecting UFOlogist will tell you they weren’t alone up there.

The Viking 1 has also landed: Seven years later to the day, on July 20, 1976, NASA’s unmanned Viking 1 probe became the first human spacecraft to successfully land on the surface of Mars.

And speaking of intergalactic intrigue, the Viking 1 orbiter, which carried the pioneering lander to the Red Planet, was the ship that first photographed the infamous “face on Mars.”

Insert rectal joke here (see what we did there?): Thomas Allbutt (1836-1925), the English physiologist who invented the short clinical thermometer, was born on July 20.

So were Brazilian “Father of Aviation” Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932), New Zealand-born Mount Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) and American businessman Mike Ilitch (1929-2017), the founder of Little Caesars Pizza and former owner of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and MLB’s Detroit Tigers.

Old man, some country: And take a bow, Cormac McCarthy – the American author and master of the Western, Southern Gothic and Postapocalyptic genres turns 85 today.

Wish the prolific penman and all the other July 20ers well at – and wish us well, too, by dropping off a story tip or calendar suggestion. Please and thank you, dear reader.

Start your engines: Before we wrap up the week in socioeconomic innovation, a quick reminder about Sunday’s Kick Stands Up Motorcycle Poker Run and Car Show, Suffolk County United Veterans’ sixth-annual family-friendly bash featuring bikes, vintage autos, live music, raffles, food and drinks and more, all to benefit homeless and at-risk veterans. This is a fun one, folks, and pretty darned important, too. More info on the Amphitheater at Bald Hill event right here.


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In case of emergency: Representatives of the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery were in the Village of Freeport Thursday for a demonstration of the village’s new Outage Management System.

Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy welcomed Emily Thompson, the GOSR’s deputy general counsel, and representatives of project partner mPower Innovations, a Michigan-based geographic-information specialist, for the dry run of the village’s $300,000 Outage Management System. Partially funded through the state’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program, the OMS is designed to help first responders and village officials rapidly assess outages and other emergency scenarios and better coordinate their responses. It also allows eyewitnesses to log in and report anything that might hinder an emergency response, such as downed trees.

Trumpeting “near-instant communication abilities in times of crisis,” Kennedy thanked Albany – on behalf of “the 45,000 residents benefited by this program” – for the Rising Community Reconstruction grant. “Recognizing that Long Island must continue to prepare itself for any emergency is paramount to our safety,” the mayor said Thursday.

On guard: City & State New York, a nonpartisan e-media company covering the Empire State’s local and state politics and policies, has named NYIT Vice President Nada Anid one of the region’s top “protectors.”

More specifically, C&SNY has dubbed Anid (who was promoted to VP last month after serving nine years as dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences) an important thought leader and innovator in the fields of cybersecurity and public safety. She received her “Protecting NY” award Tuesday during the Protecting New York summit at NYC’s Baruch College – a convention of corporate execs, public-sector leaders and academicians discussing homeland security, emergency management and related topics – and said she was honored to accept it “on behalf of all the work that NYIT is doing to advance cybersecurity education, research and innovation.”

“To make a dent, we have to work together,” Anid told Innovate LI. “Pop culture needs to give back in our society, and we need to inspire youth to become ethical hackers and cyberwarriors for the good of our communities and the nation. It’s our combined strengths that will protect New York.”



The nerve of some people: With new corporate and advisory teams in place, electric-nerve-stimulation startup Sanguistat is gearing up for clinical trials and a major commercial push.

Bladder control: A Feinstein Institute professor has landed a major NIH grant to fund his forward-thinking efforts for patients dealing with stage II bladder cancer and its surgical aftereffects.

Brains over drains: Good professional-prep work – including internships, job fairs and how-to-handle-job-interviews lessons – is helping Farmingdale State grads overcome the regional “brain drain.”



Energystics has a new focus, Long Island high schoolers have impressive STEM skills and New York State has a limited window of opportunity to establish its offshore-wind dominance.



Talking it through: In a disrupt-or-die innovation economy, communication within “partner ecosystems” is more important than ever.

Where the hackers are: Ninety percent of login attempts at online retailers are by data thieves – and retailers are just one of the dark web’s favorite targets.

Reef madness: The creation of a new marine habitat at Smithtown Reef is part of the largest artificial-reef expansion in NYS history, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.



+ Anthony Baronci has been promoted to partner at Uniondale-based Ruskin Moscou Faltischek. A member of the firm’s Real Estate Department, Baronci concentrates his practice on commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing and development. Prior to joining RMF, he was special counsel with Great Neck-based Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, and was a partner in a boutique firm specializing in commercial real estate.

+ Theresa Elkowitz has been appointed to the board of directors of the YMCA of Long Island in Glen Cove. She is the Northeast manager at Hauppauge-based VHB.

+ Amit Shelat, a neurologist and assistant professor at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been elected vice chairman of the Albany-based New York State Medical Board and has been elected to the board of directors of the Manhattan-based New York State Neurological Society.

+ Richard Nader has been hired as chief research and international officer at LIU Post in Brookville. Prior to joining LIU Post, he was associate vice president for international programs and executive director of the International Institute at Mississippi State University.



Da-dum, da-dum…: This week’s Long Island shark attacks were rare – but not as rare as you might think (or hope).

The sweet side of innovation: How a World War I sugar shortage led to the invention of a very cherry soda; how an 11-year-old boy accidentally invented the popsicle; and how a carpenter-turned-cough syrup manufacturer spiced up tasteless gelatin to invent Jell-o.

The search continues: Still no sign of “free” news. We’ll keep looking. Meanwhile, you keep supporting the great firms that support Innovate LI – including Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, home of 27 amazing practice groups and our 2018 Master of Innovation, the one and only Michael Faltischek.