No. 408: On Dylan, Edison and top teens – and is it warm in here, or is that just Fahrenheit?

Freedom isn’t free: With heartfelt gratitude, we remember the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country, and wish all a peaceful Memorial Day.


If memory serves: Welcome to Friday, friends, and the brink of a well-earned holiday weekend, as we wrap up the week in socioeconomic innovation and unofficially open summer.

It’s May 24 out there, and Monday, of course, is Memorial Day, with sales aplenty and a bright forecast. Also worth remembering: For some, it’s always Memorial Day.

On that note: It’s Website Maintenance Monday for Innovate LI; back at you with fresh content Tuesday and our regularly scheduled Wednesday newsletter.

Moveable feasts: Like Monday’s Memorial Day observance – in the States, always the last Monday in May – today marks a number of “floating” holidays around the globe.

May 24 is Victoria Day in Canada (celebrated on the Monday on or before the date), the earliest date on which El Colacho can fall in Northern Spain’s Castrillo de Murcia and Bermuda Day (celebrated in the British territory on the nearest weekday if May 24 falls on a weekend).

“What hath God wrought”: Quoting the King James Bible (Numbers, Chapter 23, Verse 23), Samuel Morse reached out from the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington and touched his partner, Alfred Vail, at a Baltimore train station on this date in 1844, formally opening American’s first telegraph line.

Other connections: Arching 1,600 feet across the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge – still the world’s only stone-towered, steel-cabled bridge – opened on May 24, 1883.

Also carrying automobiles and pedestrians to this day, London’s cast-iron Westminster Bridge opened on this date in 1862, spanning the River Thames.

Parking patent: Oklahoma inventor Carl McGee landed a U.S. patent on May 24, 1938, for his “Coin Controlled Parking Meter.”

It’s also a busy date for iconic inventor Thomas Edison, who earned six different May 24 patents: four in 1892 (three related to his “Electric Locomotive” and one for his “Electric Railway”) and two in 1921 (for a “Storage Battery” and the “Production of Metallic Sheets and Foils”).

Impermanent planet: Known as “Planet X” since its discovery two months earlier, the once-and-future ninth planet in our Solar System was officially named “Pluto” on this date in 1930.

In other space news, NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth on May 24, 1962, aboard the space capsule Aurora 7.

Roundabout: And on this date in 2002, the Falkirk Wheel – the world’s first rotating boat lift – opened in Scotland, moving vessels between the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.

Measure of a man: German-Dutch physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit, who invented both the alcohol thermometer and the mercury thermometer, would be 333 years old today.

Also born on May 24 were “Washington Crossing the Delaware” painter Emanuel Leutze (1816-1868); American psychologist, engineer and time-and-motion pioneer Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972); candy baron H.B. Reese (1879-1956); magazine magnate Samuel Newhouse Sr. (1895-1979, published Vogue, Glamour and more); American physician Helen Taussig (1898-1986, founded pediatric cardiology); and British writer, journalist and videogame developer Benjamin “Yahtzee” Croshaw (born 1983).

Like a rolling stone: And take a bow, Bob Dylan – the singer, songwriter, author, artist, Nobel laureate and all-time cultural icon (born Robert Zimmerman) turns 78 today.

Don’t get tangled up in blue – the times are a-changin’, but we’re always dreamin’ of you at, where you can lay, lady, lay some story tips and calendar items on us (which keeps us forever young).


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Latest Intel: Three Long Island teenagers have earned top honors at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

Poojan Pandya of Dix Hills and Leo Takemaru of East Setauket shared the Best of Category Award in Microbiology (and its $5,000 prize) for their project, “Investigating the Role of the Novel ESCRT-III Recruiter CCDC11 in HIV Viral Budding: Identifying a Potential Target for Antiviral Therapy.” And Kaylie Hausknecht of Lynbrook Senior High School won the $5,000 Physics & Astronomy Best of Category Award for “Disentangling Spatial Correlations from Inhomogeneous Materials with Shift-Invariant Artificial Neural Networks: A Novel Approach to Study Superconductivity.”

The Islanders were among 22 “Best of Category” winners at this year’s Intel ISEF, where the top prize – the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award – went to Krithik Ramesh, a Colorado 16-year-old who developed a machine-learning technology for orthopedic surgeons. All told, the program of the Society for Science & The Public showcased the research of some 1,800 high schoolers from around the world and doled out more than $5 million in prizes.

Social media: One of Long Island’s most prominent arthouses will take a more active role in promoting social issues important to Island residents.

A $15,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation will help the Great Neck-based Gold Coast Arts Center, home of the Gold Coast International Film Festival, launch a new film series spotlighting a variety of social issues, including post-screening Q&As with filmmakers and other relevant guests. The International Film Festival previews more than 100 short and feature-length films annually through its fall festival and its year-round screening/discussion series, and the new socially relevant series marks an “important endeavor,” according to festival Director Caroline Sorokoff.

“We look forward to partnering with several local and regional nonprofits to use film as a means of bringing important societal issues to the forefront and fostering dialogue on topics that affect our region,” Sorokoff said Thursday.



Tough clime: Time is short on Albany’s current legislative session, but regional rainmakers still want action on the ambitious Climate and Community Protection Act.

Earning their wings: Girls Incorporated brought a squadron of high school girls to Republic Airport for a preview of the Bethpage Air Show – and maybe their own futures.

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

From Georgia: Slim Studio Atlanta introduces its latest noninvasive body-sculpting machine, which uses high-intensity electromagnetics to build muscle and eliminate fat.

From Texas: Austin-based SelenBio prepares an FDA-approved “antimicrobial sealant” perfect for preventing pet periodontitis.

From Washington State: Spokane-based Summit Cancer Centers offers the Paxman Scalp Cooling System to prevent hair loss among chemotherapy patients.



+ Daniella Gonzalez has been promoted to operations associate at Melville-based T. Weiss Realty Corp. She served previously as logistics manager for Farmingdale-based CCP Solutions.

+ Constantine Petropoulos has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel at Melville-based Park Electrochemical Corp. He previously served as vice president and general counsel at the firm.

+ Joseph Gill has been hired as Village of Hempstead treasurer. He previously served as clerk and treasurer of the Village of Great Neck.

+ Marc Perez has been promoted to managing director/market executive at Bank of America Private Bank in Melville. He previously served as Bank of America’s New York City/Long Island regional executive for consumer banking.

+ Jim Pasqualone has been hired as senior director of digital growth at Melville-based EGC Group. He previously served as senior director of paid media at Melville-based Wpromote.



Plume plan: Newsday dips into the state’s $585 million remediation plan for the Bethpage pollution plume.

Epoch established: Welcome to the Anthropocene, as international scientists officially recognize a new geologic age.

Rookie rewards: Glassdoor counts up the nation’s 25 highest-paying entry-level jobs.

Farmingdale fresh: Please continue supporting Farmingdale State College, one of the amazing institutions that support Innovate LI, and the FSC Small Business Development Center, which always puts a new spin on regional innovation.