No. 451: On clusters, blockbusters and Hustlers (plus meatless meals and clean campuses)

Pristine Sistine: Michelangelo's highest achievement first opened to the public 507 years ago today.


That happened fast: Remember, like, last week, when it was January and we were all, “Wow, 2019!” and you were still writing “2018” on your checks?

Well, it’s November.

Penultimonth: November 1, to be exact, and a Friday to boot, as we wrap up this busy week of socioeconomic innovation and kick off the second-to-last month of the year.

This date is the earliest on which South African Children’s Day, Turkmenistan National Health Day and, here in the States, National Bison Day can fall – but today is none of those days.

Tooth and kale: It is, however, America’s National Brush Day – wiping away those little leftover bits of Halloween – and World Vegan Day.

BOWEN tie: Before we dive in, a happy hello to Innovate LI’s newest sponsor – smart, strategic and imaginative digital innovator Bowen Media of Garden City Park (more below).

That time again: The good news? You’ll add an extra hour to your weekend when you turn back your clocks at 2 a.m. Sunday.

 The bad news? It gets dark around lunch now.

Zone in: It takes a Greenwich.

Really mean it: Speaking of time, Greenwich Mean Time – a 15th century innovation, after the discovery of the New World – was universally adopted at the International Meridian Conference in Washington on Nov. 1, 1886, creating the International Date Line and 24 global time zones.

Brushing up: Further back in time, on this date in 1512, the Vatican’s renovated Sistine Chapel ceiling – one of humanity’s most celebrated artworks and, arguably, Michelangelo’s greatest personal achievement – opened to the public.

Over it: Now merely the third-longest in the United States, the 26,372-foot Mackinac Straits Bridge – then the longest suspension bridge in the world – opened between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas on this date in 1957.

FYI, the Mackinac falls way short of the current list of world’s-longest suspension bridges, which is dominated by Asian nations.

It’s out there: And 2060 Chiron – a small body orbiting the sun beyond Saturn, initially labeled an asteroid but later classified as both a comet and a minor planet – was discovered on Nov. 1, 1977.

Iconic: The inspirational, immortal Margaret Burroughs.

Visionary: Margaret Taylor-Burroughs (1915-2010) – an American visual artist, writer, poet, educator and co-founder of the Ebony Museum of Chicago, now the DuSable Museum of African American History – would be 104 years old today.

Also born on Nov. 1 were American innovator and industrialist George Parker (1863-1937), who perfected the fountain pen; “Red Badge of Courage” novelist Stephen Crane (1871-1900); American physicist Donald Kerst (1911-1992), who created the electron-accelerating betatron; classic wrestling heel Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (1944-2017); and Apple CEO Tim Cook (born 1960).

The hustler: And happy birthday, Larry Claxton Flynt Jr. – the paraplegic prince of porn, oft-failed political candidate and champion of the First Amendment turns 77 today.

Wish the smut master, the iChief and all the other Nov. 1 innovators well at Story tips and calendar items always welcome; no nudes, please.


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Clean living: A trio of Long Island schools are profiled in The Princeton Review’s 2019 Guide to Green Colleges, a nationwide breakdown of the most ecologically conscious campuses and environmentally sound schools.

All told, 413 “green” colleges (in no particular order) made the annual list, including Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University – which earned their way in – and Garden City’s Adelphi University, which is known for progressive environmental efforts but is also a “featured” entry, meaning it “paid a fee for this designation,” according to The Princeton Review.

No Long Island school cracked the Top 50 Green Colleges, which The Princeton Review does rank in numerical order (Maine’s College of the Atlantic is the greenest of them all). But simply making the 2019 Guide is a worthy achievement, according to Barbara Christe, dean of FSC’s School of Engineering Technology. “[It] reflects the importance of sustainability and a commitment to the environment,” Christe told Innovate LI. “When we educate architects and construction managers of the future with embedded environmental priorities, we ensure a livable world for future generations.”

Reality Deck 2.0: Is this the episode where all the cowboys look like Data?

Get SMART: Just in time for its 2019 International Conference on Emerging Technologies, the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology is flipping the switch on the next generation of imaging and machine-learning.

Stony Brook University’s cutting-edge CEWIT facility – which on Nov. 6 is scheduled to host its 15th annual AI, blockchain and computational-medicine extravaganza – will first welcome visitors to a Nov. 4 ribbon-cutting ceremony that spotlights the new SMART Cluster, a Graphics Processing Unit-enabled computer cluster billed by SBU as “the fastest among New York State academic institutions.”

With applications ranging from improved healthcare imaging to accelerated sea-level monitoring to advanced visualization tech for autonomous vehicles, the SMART Cluster (heart of SBU’s “Reality Deck” immersive-imaging environment) can apply “deep learning” – an AI subset wherein unsupervised networks learn from unstructured data – to a host of business and social functions. Visitors can learn more (deeply) at the CEWIT ribbon-cutting, scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Monday.



Demerec debut: Leveraging a $25 million state grant, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has officially reopened “one of the most productive buildings in all of science.”

Puncher’s chance: With three worthy causes waiting ringside, the 16th annual Long Island Fight for Charity will look to do its regular bang-up job.

In the margins: Port Washington-based Systemax has been shelling out to beef up its distribution network, so its slightly-off third quarter isn’t what it seems.



Mitch Pally steps up at the Long Island Business Development Council; New York Tech busts out with a bold new brand identity.



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

From Colorado: Denver-based forces unite as coworking champion TrueSpace and regional incubator Innosphere craft a new entrepreneurial ecosystem.

From Pennsylvania: Philadelphia-based bioscientific food-maker Because Animals seeds probiotics and animal-free “cultured meat” for healthier pets.

From Massachusetts: Cambridge-based bottom-line analytics expert Profit Isle launches profitable podcast featuring MIT senior lecturer.



Kenneth Kaushansky

+ Kenneth Kaushansky, senior vice president of health sciences at Stony Brook University and dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine, has been elected to the New York Genome Center Board of Directors.

+ Erica Pennant has been hired as a senior creative director at the Old Westbury-based New York Institute of Technology. She previously served as an art director at Westbury-based Spark451.

+ The Riverhead-based Peconic Bay Medical Center has announced two new hires: Tiffany Hunter has been hired as an obstetrics/gynecologic physician; she previously served as an associate physician at Northern Obstetrics and Gynecology in North Hills. Elizabeth Morrison has been hired as a midwife; she previously held the same position at Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack.

+ Julia Chachera has been hired as a women’s health nurse practitioner at Cutchogue-based Peconic Bay Medical Group Family Medicine. She previously held the same position at East Hampton Family Medicine.

+ Jacqueline Zervoulei has been hired as an account coordinator at Hauppauge-based Austin Williams. She previously served as a social media coordinator at Jericho-based Publishers Clearing House.

+ Sean Acosta Jr. has been hired as executive vice president of law at Plainview-based Property Tax Reduction Consultants. He previously served as law clerk at Merrick-based Robert K. Young & Associates.

+ Elyssa Usefof has been promoted to administrative manager at Bohemia-based P.W. Grosser Consulting. She previously served as the firm’s administrative assistant.



Fintech: Net gains for the North Atlantic right whale.

Small thinkers: How minor tweaks can dramatically improve brain function.

Big thinkers: The “four big jobs” every innovation leader must do.

Hooks, lines and thinkers: These fishing gear innovations might save the whales.

Creative thinkers: Let’s hear it one more time for the inspired strategists over at BOWEN, your innovation partner for the Age of Connectivity – and the latest impressive company to support Innovate LI. Check them out.