No. 423: Medical Scholars, STEAMy camps and LI’s hottest job-maker – and we can’t stop talking about Simón Bolívar

The write stuff: In additional to her heroic piloting, the iconic Amelia Earhart -- born 122 years ago today -- also authored several best-sellers.


Welcome to Wednesday: And the midpoint of another busy week of summertime socioeconomic innovation, here on Long Island and around the world.

Carnaval d’Aoussou: Party on, Tunisia.

Speaking of world-rounding, there are so many readers to wish well on this 24th day of July – enjoy the Carnival of Awussu in Tunisia, Children’s Day in Vanuatu and Simón Bolívar Day in Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia, marking the 1783 birth of El Libertador (more birthdays below).

Young at heart: To our readers in Utah, a safe and happy Pioneer Day, an annual celebration of the July 24, 1847, arrival of Brigham Young and his Mormon brethren in the Salt Lake Valley.

Poll vault: The Harrisburg Pennsylvanian published an opinion poll on this date in 1824 giving war hero Andrew Jackson a solid lead in that November’s presidential election – considered the first opinion poll ever recorded and reported by a newspaper.

Write this down: In other publishing news, two important printed-word innovations were patented on this date.

In 1806, British protections were granted for inventor Henry Fourdrinier’s “Paper-Making Machine,” and in 1847, New York innovator Richard Hoe earned a U.S. patent for his “Improvement in Rotary Printing Presses,” both representing giant leaps for mass printing.

If adventure has a name: It must be Hiram Bingham III.

What’s lost is found: Indiana Jones-ish American explorer Hiram Bingham III re-discovered the “lost” Incan citadel-city of Machu Picchu on July 24, 1911.

Bingham, a buccaneering archeologist-adventurer and future U.S. senator, was known to follow the aforementioned Simón Bolívar’s established routes through South America.

Gonna love it in an instant: Representing a more refined instant coffee, Nescafe – a mashup of “Nestles” and “café” – hit Swiss markets on this date in 1938.

The Columbia has landed: And it was July 24, 1969, when the command module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about 812 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii, returning the heroes of Apollo 11 to Earth.

Giving girls wings: On the subject of famous flyers, groundbreaking sky queen Amelia Earhart (1897-????) – who also wrote several bestsellers about flying and was instrumental in the formation of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization for women pilots – would be 122 years old today.

In addition to the now thrice-mentioned Bolívar, other July 24 birthday boys and girls include French author Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), creator of “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”; influential French mathematician Charles Émile Picard (1856-1941); Alice Ball (1892-1916), an African American chemist who created the first successful treatment for leprosy; and feminist, activist and U.S. Representative “Battling” Bella Abzug (1920-1998).

Still buzzing: Happy birthday, Ruth Buzzi.

“Laugh-In” legend: And take a bow, Ruth Buzzi – still swinging a mean purse, the iconic, Golden Globe-winning American actress, singer and funny lady turns 83 today.

Send your best to Buzzi, Bella, Ball and the rest at – as always, story tips and calendar are also appreciated, please and thank you.


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On the path: Zucker School Medical Scholars, learning from the best.

Past and future: A summertime academic program that introduces regional high schoolers to medical careers, and predates the school itself, is marking 10 years of success today at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

The Medical Scholars Pipeline Program – which offers healthcare skills training, clinical exposure, mentoring and rigorous coursework to high-achieving, underrepresented students from Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties – launched in 2009, when the medical school was known as the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. (It became the Zucker School in 2017, via a $61 million donation from the Zucker family.)

The summer-school effort also provides SAT/ACT test preparation, college application assistance and other support with the ultimate goal of turning participants into highly competitive candidates for top collegiate medicine and science programs. Nearly 50 will complete the 10th anniversary program today, in a ceremony keynoted by Zucker School Dean Lawrence Smith. “Our goal is to help all of our participants discover and develop confidence in their potential,” noted Gina Granger, the med school’s assistant director for pipeline programs.

To good health: The State University of New York at Old Westbury has earned a rare distinction from the Council on Education for Public Health.

The CEPH has accredited the SUNY Old Westbury Department of Public Health’s Bachelor of Science in Health and Society program, which has been offered at Old Westbury since 1975 and enrolled roughly 230 students in the 2018-19 academic year. The program becomes just the 14th stand-alone Health and Society baccalaureate program in the country to be accredited by the independent agency, which accredits schools of public health for the U.S. Department of Education.

Earning the CEPH’s blessing required a three-year accreditation process, including a thorough self-analysis by Old Westbury faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners – well worth the effort, according to SUNY Old Westbury President Calvin Butts III. “CEPH accreditation is an outstanding affirmation of this program’s quality,” the president said this week, adding it places the program “among the finest undergraduate programs of its kind in the nation.”



Full STEAM: The Oceanside-based Sunrise Association has flipped the switch on a new Wheatley Heights STEAM facility for summer campers with cancer.

That’s the plan: No stranger to tax-abatement packages and other government incentives, Hauppauge employment engine Contract Pharmacal is making them count.

Altitude adjustment: With a mixed 1Q in the books, Melville’s Park Electrochemical is still adjusting to life after the sale of its Electronics Business.



Spit it out: But do it right – this and other useful wine-tasting tips abound in our exclusive Voices column, penned this week by food-and-beverage specialist Ambrose Clancy.



Any questions: Still time to ask about the Belmont arena plan.

Post time: From Newsday, how minor “clerical errors” have extended the public-comment deadline on the Islanders’ Belmont Park arena plan.

They’re on line: From Forbes, how life in the Internet Age actually dampens the kind of innovation that put men on the moon.

And, they’re off! From iGaming Business, how horseracing stands to lose big when it comes to e-entertainment innovation.



+ MoneyLion​, a New York City-based mobile bank, raised $160 million in funding co-led by ​Edison Partners​ and ​Greenspring Associates​, with participation from ​Capital One​, ​MetaBank and ​FinTech Collective​.

+ Pivot, a California-based smart at-home fitness solution, raised $17 million in Series A financing led by DCM, with participation from Bling Capital, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Signal Fire and Y-Combinator.

+ Dust Identity, a Massachusetts-based security tracking solution for hardware authentication and asset protection, raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Kleiner Perkins, with participation from Airbus Ventures, Lockheed Martin Ventures, New Science Ventures, Angular Ventures and Castle Island Ventures.

+ RoadBotics, a Pennsylvania-based, artificial intelligence-driven, computer-vision road-assessment company, closed a $7.5 million Series A funding round led by Radical Ventures, with participation from Hyperplane Venture Capital and Wharton Alumni Angels of Silicon Valley.

+ Recursion Pharmaceuticals, a Utah-based next-gen biopharma company combining automated, experimental biology with artificial intelligence, closed a $121 million Series C financing round led by Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC, Intermountain Ventures, Regents of the University of Minnesota and the Texas Tech University System, among others.

+ Built In, an Illinois-based platform connecting professionals with U.S. technology companies, raised $22 million in Series C funding led by Updata Partners, with participation from existing investors including Math Venture Partners.



Old king coal: Fifty key environmental-protection provisions eliminated (and counting), according to the Washington Post.

Dirty: As he sweeps it under the rug, the Washington Post uncovers President Trump’s mucky environmental record.

Sticky: Quartz unravels the complex physical mystery that is tape.

Dusty: From The Outline, why dusting is the ultimate metaphor for human futility.

Clean living: The Long Island Business Development Council, one of the amazing organizations that support Innovate LI, has been a shining example of regional economic-development programming for five decades. Check them out.