No. 363: The Master of Innovation prognosticates, Dowling writes it down and DG Sotheby’s techs up (once again)

Into the wild blue yonder: International Civil Aviation Day is a UN celebration of the peace and prosperity historically brought by aviation interests.


Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, intrepid innovators – the sun sets on another busy workweek and rises on another well-earned weekend. Nicely played.

Changeable skies: It’s Dec. 7 out there, a date that will live in infamy, as FDR famously said, and that obviously includes some terrible things done with airplanes.

But this date also brings us International Civil Aviation Day, an annual celebration of aviation’s uniquely cooperative history and big-time contributions to world peace.

Sticky situation: It’s also National Cotton Candy Day, so have at it.

The one that started it all: Happy anniversary to Delaware, which became the first modern U.S. state when all 30 of its delegates to the Delaware Constitutional Convention ratified the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1787.

I have one word for you: Essentially creating the plastics industry, Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland patented Bakelite, the first thermo-setting plastic, on Dec. 7, 1909.

Also patented on this date, in 1926, was the gasoline-powered household refrigerator, by the Electrolux Servel Corp.

Bilt to last: Still a working Broadway landmark, the Biltmore Theatre (known today as the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre) raised its first curtain on Dec. 7, 1925.

For the record, the revised-for-Broadway version of the classic, controversial rock musical “Hair” premiered at the Biltmore in 1968 – and despite the infamous nude scene (or because of it) still stands today as the theater’s longest-running show (1,525 performances).

Are we there yet? And it was Dec. 7, 1995, when NASA’s Galileo spacecraft entered orbit of Jupiter, after a six-year flight that included flybys of Venus and the asteroids Gaspra and Ida.

Star bright: Speaking of big names around the Solar System, Dutch-born American astronomer Gerard Kuiper (1905-1973) – who discovered moons around Neptune and Uranus and lent his name to a circumstellar disc of small objects twirling around our sun – was born on this date.

So were American psychologist Eleanor Gibson (1910-2002), a pioneer in understanding children’s learning processes; American singer, songwriter and bandleader Louis Prima (1910-1978), a titan of the trumpet; and “Exorcist” survivor Ellen Burstyn (born 1932), a 1974 Academy Award-winner.

A man of many words: And take a bow, Noam Chomsky – the American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, political activist and social critic, sometimes dubbed “the father of modern linguistics,” turns 90 today.

Wish all of the Dec. 7 birthday boys and girls well at And make our weekend complete with a story tip or calendar suggestion, please and thank you.


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Page-turner: Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling wields a sharp pencil in “Health Care Reboot: Megatrends Energizing American Medicine,” a new book co-authored by Dowling and Charles Kenney, executive editor of the Northwell Series on Health Care Innovation.

The new tome, published by ForbesBooks and available online and at brick-and-mortar booksellers, gives Dowling a platform to defend against critics of the U.S. health system, including those who find fault with standard of care, costs and other critical issues. The authors offer an optimistic perspective, sharing nine trends they say position the healthcare system for gains in quality, safety, affordability and other key areas.

“We still have a long way to go,” Dowling said Thursday. “(But) we’ve made enormous strides in finding new cures and treatments for cancer, heart disease, stroke and other potentially deadly conditions, while also expanding access to care, restoring patients’ trust in the system and delivering value.”



Sotheby’s strikes again: The tech-friendly Cold Spring Harbor-based international realtor has created a new data hub for employees migrating to Amazon’s HQ2 facilities.

Taking a Flyer: Patchogue-based travel-data aggregator ExpertFlyer has been scooped up by a South Carolina analytics expert.

Long, winding, all that: Long Island’s technology-based industries are on the right road – but don’t expect immediate results, warns Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman.



New life in combustion engines, big payoffs from microscopic efforts and tax breaks for school buses.



Innovate LI’s inbox overrunneth with inspirational ideas from all North American corners. This week’s brightest out-of-town innovations:

From Ontario: Canada’s Ottawa-based National Flight Research Laboratory and Project PoSSUM, a nonprofit citizen-science astronautics organization with members from 37 countries, complete their fourth “microgravity flight campaign.”

From Washington: Artemis Consulting presents the Citizen Historian Center, a crowdsource-funded effort to make thousands of Library of Congress transcripts available via keyword search.

From Illinois: Addison-based wireless-accessories innovator Xentris Wireless announces a new multimillion-dollar R&D laboratory.



+ Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell has been elected to the board of the Old Westbury College Foundation.

+ Latha Chandran has been elected president of the Academic Pediatric Association. She currently serves as vice dean of academic and faculty Affairs, the Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor and a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.

+ Rockville Centre-based Mercy Medical Center has announced two appointments: Mark Macchia has been named pharmacy director; he most recently served as associate director of pharmacy. Anne-Marie Kesicier has been named assistant director of pharmacy; she formerly served as the manager of clinical pharmacy services.

+ The Long Island Children’s Museum has named two new members of its Board of Trustees: Steven Dubb, principal of Jericho-based Beechwood Organization, and Alison Brennan, an executive vice president of Hauppauge-based First Development Corp.

+ John Caliguiri joined IKEA Long Island as a customer experience manager. The 21-year IKEA veteran was most recently commercial manager for IKEA Brooklyn.



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