No. 387: Old English, new mental-health thinking and please, Albany, Farmingdale State would like some more

Seize the daylight: Don’t think of it as losing an hour of sleep …. consider Daylight Savings Time (which begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, which becomes 3 a.m. Sunday) as the price we pay for eight months of well-lit evenings.


Get your Frīġedæġ on: However you say it, even in Old English, it’s Friday, dear readers – the end of a busy workweek and the precipice of another well-earned weekend. Gōd hælo!

Near misses: It’s March 8 on Planet Earth, the earliest day on which Canberra Day (Australia), Decoration Day (Liberia), Passion Sunday (Christianity) and Commonwealth Day (in 53 member states, all former British territories) can fall.

Today is none of those days.

Dear misses: It is, however, International Women’s Day, an anti-bias, pro-equality global celebration of women’s achievements, held every March 8 since 1945.

Not entirely unrelated, it’s also International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. Please celebrate responsibly.

Crossing over: Marking a major engineering milestone, a train crossed the first U.S. suspension bridge – an 825-foot double-decker spanning the Niagara Falls gorge in Upstate New York – on March 8, 1855.

Probably a Cuomo: In other upstate action, Albany enacted the nation’s first dog-licensing law – requiring owners to pay a $2-per-year fee – on this date in 1894.

Galaxies far, far away: On March 8, 1934, legendary astronomer Edwin Hubble presented photographic proof that there were more galaxies in the observable universe than there were stars (about 100 billion) in our Milky Way galaxy.

For the record, the farthest object from Earth detected (so far) is the galaxy MAC0647-JD, a hefty 13.3 billion light-years away. (Yes, 13.3 billion years to get there, traveling at the speed of light. That’s far.)

Meanwhile, over near Jupiter: In other deep-space photography news, the unmanned Voyager 1 space probe spotted the first-known extraterrestrial volcano – blowing its top on Jupiter’s moon Io – on March 8, 1979.

Who? Ku, that’s who – as in prolific inventor Don Ku, who was issued a U.S. patent on March 8, 1994, for his “wheeled suitcase of luggage support with collapsible towing handle.”

Other patents issued on this date include one in 1887 for Connecticut creator Everett Horton’s telescoping-steel-tube fishing rod.

Water sign: Speaking of inventors (and Pisces), Americans Josephine Garis Cochran (1839-1913) – who built the first commercially viable, water-jet-packing automatic dishwasher – and Tom Blake (1902-1994), who invented the hollow-core surfboard, were both born on March 8.

So were innovative astronomer Alvan Clark (1804-1887), influential U.S. Supreme Court Associate (and Acting Chief) Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935), groundbreaking computer pioneer Howard Aiken (1900-1973) and autobiographical cartoonist Ellen Forney (born 1968).

Hey, hey: And take a bow, Micky Dolenz – the Monkees vocalist turns 74 today.

Don’t monkey around … wish them all a happy birthday at, and make us a believer with a story tip or calendar suggestion, please and thank you.

Coming soon: Before we wrap up the week, a gentle reminder that our fourth-annual Innovator of the Year Awards are coming March 26 to the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Join us as we honor 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and most progressive thinkers. The complete, amazing list of honorees is here, sponsorships and registration are here. See you there!


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An Oliver twist: Suffering from “remarkable affordability, a unique program mix and exceptional employment outcomes,” Farmingdale State College is experiencing an enrollment boom (up nearly 48 percent between 2006 and 2016) and a space crunch. Now, hungry for expansion, the college is making like a Dickensian orphan and asking Albany for some more – funding, that is.

An impressive collection of lawmakers, educators and labor leaders is expected to gather at noon today at the Farmingdale State Conference Center to discuss the crowded college’s plans for a new Applied Sciences building – with space enough for an additional 1,000 students, focused on physics, biosciences and other high-level programs – and to make a case for Albany to buy in.

Joined by Farmingdale State President John Nader and Long Island Federation of Labor President John Durso, State Sen. John Brooks (D-Massapequa) is hosting a press conference to propose a spending plan. Scheduled to meet Brooks at the podium are Sen. Kevin Thomas (D-Garden City), Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Babylon) and Assemblyman Steve Stern (D-Huntington), among other regional policymakers.

Marsh-ing forces: A Long Island high schooler focused on restoring damaged marshlands has survived a crucial cut in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Brentwood High School student Ahmad Perez, a protégé of Stony Brook University assistant professor Sherif Abdelaziz, has been named a top 40 finalist in this year’s Talent Search and is scheduled to present his research Monday at the National Geographic Society in Washington – the last leg of the 2019 national competition.

Ahmad’s project, “Assessing Marsh Degradation in Two Long Island Salt Marshes and a Method for Restoration,” was conducted independently, with guidance from Brentwood High School mentor Rebecca Grella and Abdelaziz, an assistant professor in SBU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Winners of the nation’s most prestigious high school science competition are slated to be announced March 12.



Where credit is due: ThermoLift, shining star of Stony Brook University’s science-commercialization ecosystem, has earned $20,000 in Google supercomputer credits.

Mental breakthrough: Bellmore-Merrick Schools and Northwell Health’s South Oaks Hospital are getting proactive about teenagers’ mental health.

Sky high: Satellite modems and cybersecurity-related orders have propelled Comtech Telecommunications to new fiscal heights, according to the Melville manufacturer’s latest quarterly earnings.



Hofstra “Ascends,” septuagenarians bounce, 9/11 first responders battle on.



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

From Ohio: Lewis Center-based BizTechnologies launches BizSight 365, a next-generation small-business financial-accounting platform.

From New York City: Smart baby monitor maker Nanit introduces “sleep tracker” tech promising more zzzs for new parents.

From Canada, eh? The Toronto-based NHL Alumni Association and several north-of-the-border partners lace up a “transformative clinical research partnership” pitting cannabinoids against concussions.



+ Kyle Lawrence has been promoted to partner, leading the Corporate and Securities Practice Group, at Uniondale-based Sahn Ward Coschignano PLLC. He joined SWC as counsel in March 2018.

+ Gabrielle St. Leger has been appointed assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Hofstra University. She was previously dean of students at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury.

+ Kas Carey has been hired to direct engagement strategy in the Development and Alumni Engagement Office at Farmingdale State College. She was previously assistant vice president for digital communications at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.

+ Melanie Lacey has joined East Meadow-based Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP as an associate in the Land Use and Zoning Practice Group. She’s gained extensive internship, externship and court clerkship experience in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

+ Louis Fiore has been hired as a partner in real estate and industrial development at Uniondale-based Forchelli Deegan Terrana. He was a partner at Melville-based Lazar, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid.



Bronze bulletin: This just in from the Bronze Age, via the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology – new findings suggest foxes may have once been man’s best friend.

Silver lining: The rest of us might perish in a post-apocalyptic hellscape, but Europe’s renewable-electricity systems are likely to survive catastrophic climate change.

Gold standard: Please remember to support the great firms that support Innovate LI, including the Law Offices of Andrew Presberg, where superior service always equals superior results.