No. 354: Journalists’ lives matter, the wisdom of Confucius and all kinds of LI-based heart-valve news

In space, no one can hear your rent check bounce: The largest human-made body in low-Earth orbit, the International Space Station has been continuously occupied since the arrival of Expedition 1 on November 2, 2000.

November? Really? Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and the end of a kinda spooky, strangely warm workweek here on Long Island.

It’s Nov. 2 out there, Day 3 of the 2018 holiday season and no, WALK 97.5 hasn’t switched to its all-Christmas music format just yet. (But if you need a fix, Sirius XM has no fewer than 16 channels already Bing-ing away.)

Like clockwork: Before we wrap up your week in socioeconomic innovation, a quick reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, so be sure to turn back those clocks an hour before you doze off Saturday night. (Yes, technically, this is a “long weekend.”)

No enemies here: Speaking of timely events, today is the fourth anniversary of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the United Nations’ global effort to head off violence against the free press. This seems more important than ever, considering some of the asinine rhetoric in this country – and the fact that the U.N. counts more than 1,000 murdered journalists over the last dozen years, attempted MAGAbomber assassination attempts notwithstanding.

Dakota day: Happy anniversary this Nov. 2 to both North and South Dakota, which were admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states, respectively, on this date in 1889.

That’s Bazaar: Happy anniversary also to Harper’s Bazaar – the women’s fashion magazine was first published on Nov. 2, 1867.

Gimme a C: Cheerleading first became a thing on this date in 1898. And in a gender-bending twist, the first cheerleader was a man (football fan Johnny Campbell of the University of Minnesota) and cheerleading remained an exclusively male pursuit for nearly a quarter-century.

Sprucing things up: The Spruce Goose, Howard Hughes’ huge wooden winger, made its first and only flight on Nov. 2, 1947.

Residential space: Soaring slightly higher, two American astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut became the first permanent residents of the International Space State on this date in 2000, settling in for a four-month stay.

Shining example: In other cosmic news, Harlow Shapley (1885-1972) – the American astronomer known as “the modern Copernicus,” credited with figuring out the sun’s position in the Milky Way galaxy – was born on Nov. 2.

So were American frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820), cake-sharing Queen of France Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), 11th U.S. President James Polk (1795-1849), 29th U.S. President Warren Harding (1865-1923) and Canadian pop/country singer k.d. lang (born 1961, and yes, she likes the lowercase).

All Hart: And take a bow, Stefanie Powers – the “Hart to Hart” and “Girl From UNCLE” alumna turns 76 today.

Wish them all well at, and drop of a story tip or calendar suggestion while you’re there. It really brightens our weekend.


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State of the heart: Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital has become the first hospital on Long Island to treat heart-valve issues with minimally invasive devices through a procedure known as paravalvular leak closure.

Unlike full-on surgeries, the procedures are performed in Southside Hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratories – the Bay Shore hospital boasts three of them – using X-rays and three-dimensional echocardiography technology. Prior to the advent of the “revolutionary” procedure, valvular heart disease patients required open-heart surgery or medical-management protocols that offered a “poorer prognosis” than the PVL closure tech, which also requires much shorter recovery time, according to Northwell Health.

To date, four patients have had their paravalvular leaks closed at Southside Hospital via the new procedure, which is the latest example of Southside’s search for “the most innovative and state-of-the-art treatments to provide the residents of Suffolk County with the best heart care around,” according to Cardiology Department Vice Chairman Puneet Gandotra. “We are excited to bring this opportunity to our patients.”

Her appeal is infectious: The chief of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases is spreading her talents around.

Bettina Fries – a nationally recognized microbiologist and professor of medicine, molecular genetics and microbiology at Stony Brook Medicine – has been named president of the Infectious Diseases Society of New York. In her new side job, the doctor will work with other IDSNY leaders and infectious-disease specialists across the Empire State to inform public officials and respond to infection-related public health crises.

“As president of the IDSNY, I hope to improve the visibility and impact of the society throughout the state,” Fries told Innovate LI, adding her moonlighting gig would also be a chance to “enhance opportunities for Stony Brook’s Division of Infectious Diseases to collaborate and network with other [infectious-disease] divisions and affect policymaking in New York State.”



Value-added valve: A $3.8 million federal grant will help a Stony Brook University bioengineering professor improve an already cutting-edge aortic-valve surgical option.

Confucius says: Nassau Community College, home of North America’s only Confucius Institute of Business, has set a marathon seminar on digital leadership in a data-driven world.

Industrial strength: Melville-based MSC Industrial Supply Co. rocked on in its fourth quarter and in its FY2018, posting high-water marks in net sales, net income and earnings per share.



Applied DNA Sciences goes to bed, Northwell Health goes to California and the Suffolk IDA goes home.



Strike up the brand: Our friends at StartupNation explain how to build a brand like you really mean it.

Apple fatigue? The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School wonders if enthusiasm for new iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches may be waning a bit.

Shifting sands: Newsday checks in on the production of a Netflix movie about the Gilgo Beach murders, which is filming on a completely different Long Island beach.



+ Ernie Canadeo has joined the Council of Overseers at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. He’s the founder and CEO of Melville-based The EGC Group.

+ The Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island has announced its new executive board. David Leviton has been elected president; he’s a managing director in the Melville office of JLL. Daniel Weiner has been elected vice president; he’s a senior director in the Melville office of Avison Young. Michael Rosenfeld has been elected treasurer; he’s an associate broker at Melville-based The Rochlin Organization. And Amanda Gorozdi has been elected secretary; she’s a senior associate in the Melville office of Avison Young.

+ Samuel Ferrara has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Hempstead-based EAC Network. He’s an executive partner at Lake Success-based Abrams Fensterman.

+ The Long Island Children’s Museum has elected Steven Dubb, principal of the Jericho-based Beechwood Organization, and Alison Brennan, executive vice president of Hauppauge-based First Development Corp., as new board trustees.

+ The Old Westbury College Foundation has elected Alton Byrd, vice president of business operations for the Uniondale-based Long Island Nets, and Viviana Russel, Town of North Hempstead councilwoman, as new board trustees.


Be quiet: Larger-than-life personalities usually grab the glory, but it’s often the quiet geniuses who pave innovation’s path. Inc. explains.

Put a cork in it: From capping your vino to tenderizing your octopus to giving whistles their pitch, the bark of the cork oak tree keeps busy. Quartz explores.

‘Shut Up’ already: A new documentary from Executive Producer LeBron James considers how black stars changed the NBA forever. The Wall Street Journal elucidates.

Make some noise: Please support the great institutions that support Innovate LI, including Hofstra University, where new Executive Dean Stacey Sikes is cranking the volume at the hard-rocking Center for Entrepreneurship.