Full speed ahead: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we speed into the second half of our busy workweek and straight toward the final month of 2018.
It’s Nov. 28 out there, Sagittarians rule and if you had Portuguese explorer Ferdinand “Round Trip” Magellan reaching the Pacific Ocean 498 years ago today, well done – 100 gold escudos for you.
A toast: To our readers in Japan, happy Hōonkō, an important holiday in traditional Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. To those in Sri Lanka, a safe and pleasant Heroes’ Day.
Here in the States, it’s National French Toast Day, because … why not?
Days gone by: November 28 used to be Independence Day in Hawaii, marking Great Britain and France’s official diplomatic recognition of the independence and sovereignty of the former Kingdom of Hawaii. Not so much anymore.
But it’s still the anniversary of The Royal Society, which formed on this date in London in 1660 and reigns today as the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
Instant gratification: Polaroid’s Land Camera, the first commercially successful self-developing camera system, went on sale on Nov. 28, 1948, in Boston.
Red eye: Carrying a satellite that would orbit Mars and capture the first closeup photos of our second-nearest planetary neighbor, NASA’s Mariner 4 probe blasted off from Cape Kennedy on this date in 1964.
And speaking of new orbits, a warm welcome to the latest Innovate LI sponsor – Garden City’s Adelphi University, where a new Innovation Center is just the tip of the creative iceberg.
That’s Doctor Magill White, thank you: Helen Magill White, the first woman in the United States to earn a PhD, would be 165 years old today.
Also born on Nov. 28 were Lincoln Memorial architect Henry Bacon (1866-1924), Motown record label founder Berry Gordy (born 1929) and psychologist Carol Gilligan (born 1936), Harvard University’s first-ever Gender Studies professor.
Hello, Newman: And take a bow, Randy Newman – the popular vocalist with “Short People” issues turns 75 today.
Wish them all a happy birthday at firstname.lastname@example.org, but please save the presents for us – we love story tips and calendar items, one size fits all.
A few words from our sponsor: Adelphi University, New York, now offers innovative bachelor’s degrees in both computer science and information systems, master’s in applied math/statistics and computer science, with specializations in cybersecurity and software engineering – as well as a B.S./M.B.A. in the business of science. The university was just named a 2018-2019 Career Development College of Distinction and, with more than 8,100 students and the largest and one of the most diverse first-year classes in our history, Adelphi’s unique approach to personalized learning by world-class faculty created an extraordinary jump in rankings.
BUT FIRST, THIS
They’ve got the BEAT: Islip-based nonprofit Gavin’s Got Heart is once again pumping some life into Southside Hospital’s heart-screening program for teenagers.
For the third consecutive year, the nonprofit – which provides financial and emotional support for families of children affected by congenital heart defects – has donated $10,000 to the Bay Shore hospital’s BEAT program, which provides blood screenings, electrocardiograms, body mass index analyses and other healthy-heart services free to local teenagers.
The program, run by Southside Hospital Pediatric Cardiology Director Barry Goldberg, also offers CPR and automated external defibrillator instruction – and will continue doing so into 2019, thanks to Gavin’s Got Heart. “Being able to help these teens take care of their hearts well now will make a great impact on their future cardiac health,” Goldberg said this week.
SoMAS, so good: Congratulations to our friends at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, who are swimming a victory lap after a prestigious ranking by College Magazine.
The SoMAS was named the fourth-best College for Marine Biology in the magazine’s latest rankings, recognized for the cutting-edge science at SBU’s Marine Science Center in Southampton and the school’s hands-on fieldwork in and around the Shinnecock Bay, the Peconic River and the Atlantic Ocean.
Led by Dean Paul Shepson, the SoMAS – which offers degree programs in marine sciences, coastal environmental studies, atmospheric sciences and other disciplines – also coordinates with educators in Cuba, Jamaica, Tanzania and the Bahama on study-abroad efforts. It was the only New York-based marine-biology school on College Magazine’s 2018 list.
TOP OF THE SITE
5G whiz: Why the future of Long Island connectivity is on the line right now, according to attorney/consultant/entrepreneur Marc Alessi.
Hard call: A hefty federal grant will help NYIT scientists break down calcification linking kidney disease and heart disease.
Full sales: Quarterly net earnings dipped, but it’s still full steam ahead for all-world Melville distributor Henry Schein.
STUFF WE’RE READING
Out-of-the-industry thinking: To spur innovation, many business leaders are looking beyond their particular field. Forbes explains.
One door closes? Is the latest wave of American innovation coming to an end? The Washington Post considers.
Wheel man: A new Netflix documentary follows wheelchair-bound Gabriel Cordell on his 100-day, 3,100-mile roll from California to West Hempstead. Newsday previews.
+ Wild Friends Foods, an Oregon-based clean-label food brand, closed a $3.5 million Series A funding round led by Cambridge Companies SPG, with participation from Katjesgreenfood, Echo Capital, CircleUp Growth Fund, Portland Seed Fund and angel investors Tony Robbins, Steve Hughes and Jamie Schmidt.
+ PharmaCCX, a Massachusetts-based Technology-exchange platform that enables pharmaceutical companies and payers to agree on therapy pricing, raised $3 million in a seed round led by Accel, with participation from Atlantic Labs, Green D Ventures and others.
+ Living Security, a Texas-based cybersecurity training company, closed a $1.25 million seed round led by Active Capital, with participation from Cathexis Ventures and Capital Factory.
+ Wonolo, a California-based on-demand staffing platform, closed a $32 million Series C funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures, with participation from DAG Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Base10, AMN Healthcare and Cendana.
+ MapAnything, a North Carolina-based provider of Location-of-Things software, closed a $42.5 million Series C funding round backed by GM Ventures and Andrew Leto, Salesforce Ventures, Greycroft, Harbert Growth Partners and David Stern.
+ quip, a New York City-based oral-health company that provides designed products and professional dental services, raised $40 million in equity funding led by existing investor Sherpa Capital, alongside debt financing from Triplepoint Capital.
BELOW THE FOLD
Eat, drink and be wary: How to safely navigate the minefield that is the office holiday party.
O Tannenbaum: The fir is flying as debate rages about real and artificial Christmas trees – specifically, which is the greener choice.
Wrap star: Any monkey can slap on paper and tape – but only these gift-wrapping innovations will put a bow on your holiday efforts.
The gift that keeps on giving: Remember, ’tis the season to support the great institutions that support Innovate LI – including freshly unwrapped sponsor Adelphi University, which fits nicely under our innovation tree.