No. 416: An SBU president, a Habitat Suffolk milestone, and raising a Glassdoor to Island CEOs

In the groove: Now enjoying a major revival among music fans, the 12-inch vinyl LP was introduced by Columbia Records on June 21, 1948.


Spring forward: And maybe add a somersault, dear readers, as we vault into summer – and leap into the waiting arms of another well-earned weekend.

It’s Friday, June 21, and to our readers in the Southern Hemisphere, bundle up.

Up and at ’em: Summer 2019 begins, pagan-style.

The solstice with the mostess: Of course, that means it’s the summer solstice for us northerners – the longest day of the year (daylight-wise), New Year’s Day (for ancient Egyptians) and chock full of other interesting attributes (as recounted by Mental Floss).

Just the Fax, ma’am: Happy anniversary Halifax! Canada’s 13th largest city (and capital of the Nova Scotia province) was established as an English colony on this date in 1749.

For those keeping score, records of human settlements in present-day Halifax date back 13,000 years, roughly to the last Ice Age.

Not so grim: In fact, Virginia innovator Cyrus McCormick was probably pretty peppy on June 21, 1834, when he received a U.S. patent for his famous “Reaping Machine.”

Other patents issued on this date include one in 1853 for Massachusetts inventor Russell Hawes and his unique “Envelope-Folding Machine.”

Getting his Woolworth: After his first “five-and-dime” failed in Utica, undaunted entrepreneur Frank Woolworth rebounded with his first successful F.W. Woolworth store, opened in Pennsylvania on June 21, 1881.

Save Ferris: The world’s first Ferris wheel, designed by Pittsburgh engineer George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., debuted on this date in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Disk drive: Spinning at a revolutionary 33 1/3 RPM, the first successful “long playing” phonograph records, developed by Columbia Records engineer Peter Goldmark, debuted on June 21, 1948.

The 12-inch vinyl LPs, which could play 23 minutes per side (more than tripling the 78 RPM “single”), would revolutionize the recording industry – and they weren’t Goldmark’s only major contribution.

Breaking the surly bonds: Aboard SpaceShipOne, June 21, 2004.

Private space: And it was this date in 2004 when pilot Mike Melvill became the first civilian to fly a ship into space.

After piggybacking to 46,000 feet aboard the launcher White Knight, Melvill fired his rockets and piloted privately funded SpaceShipOne to an altitude of 62 miles, before reconfiguring the spaceplane for atmospheric re-entry and gliding to a safe landing in California.

Yǔháng yuan: Speaking of spacemen, Yang Liwei – a Chinese administrator who became China’s first man in space in October 2003 – turns 54 today.

Also born on June 21 were Italian physicist Carlo Matteucci (1811-1868), a bioelectronics pioneer; German astronomer Max Wolf (1863-1932), an astrophotography pioneer; Dutch physicist Willem Keesom (1876-1956), a cryogenics pioneer; and French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), an existentialism pioneer.

Powerful: Take a bow, Shirin Abadi – the Iranian lawyer and human-rights activist, and the first Iranian Muslim woman to earn a Nobel Peace Prize (in 2003), turns 72 today.

Birthday bonus: Meredith Ann Baxter (formerly Meredith Baxter Birney) and Michael Gross, who played wife-and-husband Elyse and Steven Keaton on the 1980s sitcom “Family Ties,” were both born on June 21, 1947.

Wish Michael J. Fox’s TV parents well at And what would we do, baby, without your story tips and calendar suggestions?


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Michael Bernstein: In charge, for the interim.

Hail to the chiefs: Michael Bernstein will be the interim president of Stony Brook University, one of several appointments announced Thursday by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Bernstein, who became SBU provost in October 2016, is “an outstanding selection for this role” and will provide a “steady hand at the helm going forward,” according to outgoing University President Samuel Stanley Jr., who announced in May he was leaving Stony Brook to become the 21st president of Michigan State University.

The oft-published Bernstein – who earned four degrees from Yale University, including a PhD in economics – is a former provost and chief academic officer at Tulane University. His promotion coincides with three other academic appointments codified Thursday by the SUNY Trustees: SUNY Fredonia Interim President Dennis Hefner, Fulton-Montgomery Community College Acting President Gregory Truckenmiller and Dean Alexander Colvin of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

Picking up a Pace: The former acting dean of Pace University’s School of Education will head up Adelphi University’s College of Education and Health Sciences.

Xiao-lei Wang, an experienced education professor with an international pedigree and a history of innovation, is slated to become Adelphi’s newest dean July 1. Wang – who earned a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in education from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in English from Nanjing Normal University in China – was the driving force behind unique certification programs, a new education minor, various online offerings and other modernisms at Pace.

Calling her “positive, energetic and entrepreneurial,” Adelphi Provost Steve Everett predicted quick success for an education leader known for teaching excellence, professional development and collaboration with faculty grant-seekers. “Dr. Wang favors a transparent leadership style and team-focused approach,” Everett said Thursday. “She is a passionate advocate for culturally responsive and global-minded teacher preparation.”



The 200 block: Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County is nearing a major construction milestone.

Leader board: Two Long Island chief execs were ranked among Glassdoor’s top CEOs of 2019, based on stellar employee reviews.

Frankly, they rocked: Jericho-based hot dog titan Nathan’s Famous posted a big fourth quarter, topping off an impressive fiscal year.



Smart Schools in Sachem; innovative internships at Adelphi; peer praise for Applied DNA.



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

From Ohio: Pickerington-based media startup iRankLocally presents a software suite for easy production of independent streaming channels.

From California: San Francisco-based Safe365 combines GPS and social media in a “mobile telecare application” for seniors.

From Virginia: Winchester-based Correll Electronics is selling a U.S. patent covering a tablet with a built-in, removable smartphone.



Nina McCann: Mover.

+ Nina McCann has joined Melville-based accounting firm Citrin Cooperman as field marketing manager supporting New York City and Long Island. She was previously director of public relations at Uniondale-based Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP.

+ Alan Garely, director of urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at South Nassau Communities Hospital, has been named subspecialty board examiner for female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Garely is also OB-GYN chairman at South Nassau and a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

+ Anthony Ardito has been named clinical vice president for primary care service at Rockville Centre-based Catholic Health Services. He was previously the founding provider of New Hyde Park-based ProHEALTH Care and served as its chief medical officer.

+ Tara Butler Sahai has joined the Gold Coast Arts Center as director of events and public relations. She previously served as chief of staff for New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine.

+ Danielle Oglesby has been appointed chief operating officer for the Nassau County IDA. She previously served as the IDA’s deputy executive director.

+ Catherine Fee has been appointed chief marketing officer/director of business development for the Nassau County IDA. She previously served as project coordinator for Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.



Mary Meeker: Queen of the Internet.

Meeker inherits the Earth: The data world watched as Bond Capital partner Mary Meeker delivered her highly anticipated annual Internet Trends Report. Vox vets.

A-plus with ADHD: “Faster brain” syndrome has been a blessing for one CEO, who says you, too, can speed things up. Entrepreneur examines.

Growing on the STEM: Professional women with serious science, technology, engineering and math chops reveal the innards of innovation. Forbes follows up.

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