No. 457: On micro-credentials, electric avenues and a historic black-and-white kiss, in full color

First kiss: You can't find a shampoo ad without an interracial couple these days, but when Captain Kitk and Lieutenant Uhura locked lips in 1968 -- just one year after the U.S. Supreme Court declared interracial marriage legal -- it was big news.


Well done: Here we are again, dear readers, nearing the end of another busy workweek and the beginning of another well-earned weekend. Outstanding job.

It’s Nov. 22 out there – 56th anniversary of the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy and, mathematically, the earliest date on which Thanksgiving can fall, though not this year.

Wheel deal: Let’s ride (vehicle optional).

Let’s get out of here: Fitting for a Friday, today is also National Go For a Ride Day, celebrating planes, trains, automobiles and all other forms of mechanical transportation.

Sonic boom: Perhaps it’s no coincidence that on Nov. 22, 1977, the supersonic Concorde airliner began regular passenger service to New York City from London and Paris.

Or that Wisconsin inventor Carl Eliason earned a U.S. patent for his “motor toboggan,” the world’s first snowmobile, on this date in 1927.

Join the club: Other U.S. patents issued on Nov. 22 include one in 1910 for Arthur Knight’s steel-shafted golf clubs and one in 1932 for inventors Ross Arnold, Robert Jauch and Ivan Farnham’s “Liquid Dispensing Apparatus,” recorded as history’s first-ever computerized gas pump.

Puppy love: The humane thing to do.

Pet project: Happy anniversary to the Humane Society of the United States, incorporated on this date (as the National Humane Society) in 1954.

Right in the kisser: “Star Trek” boldly went where nobody had gone before on Nov. 22, 1968, beaming down network television’s first interracial kiss.

Iron man: It was this date in 1986 when Mike Tyson obliterated Jamaican Trevor Berbick to became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history.

For the record, the ferocious, top-form Tyson ultimately knocked down Berbick three times with one punch.

Still chancellor-ing: And Angela Merkel, now 13 years in office and counting, became Germany’s first female chancellor on Nov. 22, 2005.

Dear Abby: Founding Mother Abigail Adams.

Behind every great man: First Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams (1744-1818) – the wife and closest advisor of Founding Father John Adams and the mother of future President John Quincy Adams, often considered a U.S. founder herself – would be 275 years old today.

Also born on Nov. 22 were English “Middlemarch” author George Eliot (1819-1880); French president Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970); one-eyed, larger-than-life American aviator Wiley Post (1898-1935); toe-tapping singer/songwriter Hoagland “Hoagy” Carmichael (1899-1981); and Deer Park’s own Jacob Rodney Cohen (1921-2004), best remembered as bug-eyed entertainer Rodney Dangerfield.

Rocketing through barriers: And take a bow, aerospace engineer and retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Guion Bluford Jr. – the first African American in space (aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983) turns 77 today.

Salute the spaceman, the funnyman and all the other Nov. 22 innovators at – and show a little respect with a story tip or calendar item, please and thank you.


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Calvin Butts III: Always thinking.

Small packages: With the 21st century workforce starved for specialized training, micro-credentials are a big deal – and SUNY Old Westbury is now living large with three condensed professional-development programs.

Business Taxation and Estate, Gift & Trust Taxation involve graduate-level courses at the SUNY Old Westbury School of Business, while Foundational Counseling Skills targets undergrads considering licensed counseling positions and other professional pursuits. Each micro-credential program includes two to four related courses and 16 (or fewer) credit hours, offering “focused curricular content [over] a shorter duration than traditional degree and advanced-certificate programs,” according to the college.

Upon completion, students will earn a “digital badge” from New York City digital credentialing company Acclaim by Credly, ideal for digital résumés and networking sites like LinkedIn – part of “a new path for our college, as we continually seek to expand the opportunities available for all students,” according to SUNY-Old Westbury President Calvin Butts III.

Heartfelt gifts: A generous grant from a charitable group with a heart of gold will help Southside Hospital pediatric cardiologists conduct free cardiac-risk assessments for Long Island teenagers.

A stipend from Gavin’s Got Heart, an Islip-based nonprofit dedicated to spreading awareness about congenital heart defects, will allow Southside’s Pediatric Cardiology Unit to perform free tests through the hospital’s Body Metrics, Evaluate, Assess and Teach (BEAT) program. On the agenda: evaluations of teens’ cholesterol and blood-glucose levels, blood pressure, body mass index and other indicators of how their tickers are ticking.

The Dec. 7 effort, scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay Shore hospital, marks the fourth straight year Gavin’s Got Heart has supported the Southside screenings. “I’m so pleased that we have helped so many of our kids learn how to stay healthy throughout their lives,” said Barry Goldberg, Southside’s chief of pediatric cardiology and creator of the BEAT program. “Teenagers who find out now that they may have heart-disease risk factors can do so much to take steps to lead a healthier life.”



Competition edition: “Riptide III” is in the books, with environmentally sensitive sunscreen Montauk Mud taking top honors in the East End’s annual biz-pitch contest.

Zero-emission addition: The Bay Shore School District now proudly owns four all-electric school buses, thanks to the EPA and Suffolk Transportation Service.

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A NASA hero applauds the Cradle of Aviation, Israel extols the Feinstein Institutes’ diabetes crusader.



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

From New York City: Digital therapist One Drop combines customized coaching and AI insights to accurately predict blood glucose levels in diabetes patients.

From Minnesota: Minneapolis-based wellness guard Hidrate colorizes the Apple Watch-enabled “world’s smartest water bottle.”

From Washington State: The Seattle-based “Unleash Your Greatness Within” podcast leverages top-tier experts to become a health-and-fitness hit.



Brian Corrigan

+ Brian Corrigan has been named a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. He’s a partner in the Estate Litigation practice group at Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz.

+ Imran Ansari has been hired as vice president of community engagement for Hauppauge-based Discover Long Island. He previously served as a regional representative for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

+ Vandy Ferrer has been hired as a certified nurse midwife at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. She previously served as a women’s health nurse practitioner at Stony Brook University Hospital.

+ Adam Eisen has been hired as an associate in the Westbury office of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick. He previously served as general counsel at Platinum Services in Manhattan.

+ Danielle Chieffo has been hired as a culinary instructor at the Westbury-based Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center. She previously served as an instructor at Baking Coach in Huntington.

+ Rebecca O’Connell has been named to the board of directors for the United Way of Long Island. She is managing director and the Queens and Long Island regional head for middle markets and specialized industries for JPMorgan Chase.



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