No. 426: Campus construction, downtown reconstruction and FEW function (also, your iPhone might be fake)

Guiding light: American feminist, business executive and social activist Jewell Jackson McCabe -- who founded the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and has spent her adult life advancing racial and gender equality -- turns 74 today.


Friday, finally: The innovation economy never rests, dear readers, but we humans do – thankfully, our latest socioeconomic sprint has brought us to the edge of another well-earned weekend. Great work.

Well, I declare: Delegates add their John Hancocks on Aug. 2, 1776.

Independence Day II: It’s Aug. 2 out there, making this the actual anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As any AP History student can tell you, the infamous up-yours to King George III was signed by a majority of Second Continental Congress delegates on Aug. 2, 1776.

More below on the efficacy of Advanced Placement classes.

Pint-sized: Today is also International Beer Day, tapped annually since 2008 on the first Friday in August. Seriously, please celebrate responsibly.

We’d have guessed Slytherin and the Dark Arts: But Dutch astronomer/mathematician Willebrord Snellius, who’s credited with the law of refraction, became a math professor at the Netherlands’ Leiden University on this date in 1581.

Makes census: August 2, 1790, was Census Day, a first-ever recording of the U.S. population.

Counting Free White Males Over 16 Years, Free White Males Under 16 Years, Free White Females, All Other Free Persons and Slaves, the census pegged the U.S. population around 3.92 million.

You have to mean it: Now the heart of 24 international time zones, Greenwich Mean Time was officially adopted by British Parliament on this date in 1880.

The global time standard was adopted by the United States in November 1883 – straightening out some 300 local time zones across the country – and adopted worldwide in November 1884.

Going up: New York City inventor George Wheeler patented ideas for the first practical escalator on this date in 1892.

Other patents issued on Aug. 2 include one in 1791 for innovators Samuel Briggs Sr. and Samuel Briggs Jr. and their “machine for making nails” – the first father-son duo to earn a U.S. patent.

Proof positron: Anderson’s famous photo.

Are you positron? Groundbreaking American physicist Carl Anderson discovered the antielectron – and even snapped its picture – on this date in 1932.

Up in smoke: And the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 – which essentially created “medical marijuana” and otherwise criminalized cannabis and its byproducts – was enacted 82 years ago today.

Just missed his call: American inventor Elisha Gray (1835-1901), who filed his application for a telephone patent literally hours after Alexander Graham Bell, would be 184 years old today (and much better known if the courts had sided with him).

Also born on Aug. 2 were French-American architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant (1754-1825), who mapped out the District of Columbia; Irish physicist John Tyndall (1820-1893), who divined why the sky is blue, among other fundamental principles; French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), who designed the Statue of Liberty; American engineer and pioneering volcanologist Frank Perret (1867-1943); and screen legend and WWII Red Cross volunteer Myrna Loy (1905-1993).

Rare Jewell: And take a bow, Jewell Jackson McCabe – the American feminist, business executive and social activist turns 74 years old today.

Wish these and all the other Aug. 2 innovators a happy birthday at We’ll take the presents – story tips, calendar items, all shapes and sizes, please and thank you.


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Structural integrity: Several Long Island projects are part of the $21.3 million in funding pledged this week to infrastructure improvements at statewide private and not-for-profit colleges through Albany’s Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program.

All told, the program announced funding for 35 different infrastructure projects, including four on Long Island: renovations at six Adelphi University student-housing facilities (which earned a $1 million stipend), construction of a Molloy College residence hall ($1 million), renovations at two Hofstra University student-housing facilities ($715,000) and construction of a Long Island University microscopy laboratory ($618,250).

The HeCAP Program funding, administered through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, is “part of our ongoing statewide commitment to higher education and ensuring all students have an exceptional experience at all New York colleges and universities,” according to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Logged in: Half Hollow Hills high schoolers get their AP on.

AP for effort: From the Next Next Generation File comes Half Hollow Hills’ dual high schools, were students are all over the latest Advanced Placement courses offered by The College Board.

Students at HHH High School East and HHH High School West “out-performed their peers from across the state and globe” on the AP Seminar exam after the schools offered the new Advanced Placement class for the first time in 2018-19. Meanwhile, as the schools’ AP Computer Science Principles program enters its fourth school year this fall, its enrollment has roughly quadrupled since it was first offered in 2016-17, according to the Half Hollow Hills Central School District.

Advanced Placement courses feature college-level curricula and examinations for high school students, with most colleges and universities offering course credit based on performance – a critical part of the HHH culture, noted Superintendent of Schools Patrick Harrigan. “Classes like [these] help prepare our students for college and the workforce by equipping them with essential 21st century skills in problem solving, research and computing,” the superintendent added.



Central theme: With Albany set to announce its fourth-annual Downtown Revitalization Initiative winners, regional champ Central Islip is making good use of its 2018 prize.

Come together: With the help of the National Science Foundation, an ambitious NYIT researcher is making hay, again, where food, energy and water converge.

The short and long of it: With a solid 2Q performance, Port Washington tech distributor Systemax is enjoying a strong fiscal 2019 – and is set up for a nice, long run.



Island-based bioelectronics researchers are showing their book smarts; Long Island’s newest medical school is paying it forward.



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

From Florida: West Palm Beach-based specialty products producer Z Natural Foods serves up a nutrient-rich, turmeric-infused bone broth superfood.

From Oregon: Portland-based artificial intelligence expert Ozilio humanizes its quick-thinking neural networks with real-time pattern recognition.

From California: Carlsbad-based mobile-gaming startup MegaFans upgrades its most popular apps with a “premier eSports engine.”



Tami Stark

+ Tami Stark has joined the Board of Directors of The Child Care Council of Suffolk. She currently serves as counsel representing companies and individuals facing white-collar criminal and regulatory investigations at Manhattan-based White & Case LLP.

+ Barbara Holahan has been promoted to vice president for financial affairs, chief financial officer and treasurer at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. She previously filled the roles on an interim basis.

+ Debbie Lanin has been hired as an associate professor of legal process at Central Islip-based Touro Law Center. She is principal of Huntington-based Comprehensive Legal Services.

+ Melville-based Racanelli Construction Co. has announced two new hires: Kristine Provetto has been named an executive administrative assistant; she previously served as a talent acquisition specialist and operations assistant at Kforce Inc. in Manhattan. Maria Franzone has been named an administrative assistant; she previously served as a preconstruction administrator at Garden City-based Engel Burman Construction.

+ Farmingdale-based Cahill Strategies has announced two promotions: Timothy Hurley, formerly director of communications, and Kristin Senese, formerly director of client services, are now vice presidents.


Tooth wary: Chew on that for a while.

Real: Doctors in India discovered 526 individual teeth in a young boy’s mouth.

Fake: Prison time for a Chinese national who smuggled 40,000 bogus Apple products into the United States.

You decide: How important is that work-life balance, anyway?

No doubt about it: SUNY Old Westbury, one of the amazing institutions that support Innovate LI, is one of only four New York colleges offering a master’s degree in forensic accounting.