No. 558: It’s a riot – filled with Darwinians, smooth moves and tiny bubbles

Punching in: The Hollerith Tabulating Machine, the world's first punch card-based computer, was patented 132 years ago today.


So, how was your week? Sanity reigns, the Republic stands and the business of innovation carries on – and so does Innovate LI, despite a bellyful of website and email issues.

If you thought the scene at the U.S. Capitol was banana-republic-ish, consider this nugget: Always, always, choose your web-hosting service carefully. Suffice it to say, if you sent us an email anytime between Christmas and Jan. 7, we didn’t get it – just like you didn’t get your emailed newsletters on Monday or Wednesday this week.

Thank you to the many friends and readers who reached around our FUBAR email issues to make sure Innovate LI was OK. We are. And with this last bit of 2020-ness addressed, peace restored (for now) in Washington and new hopes flourishing regionally and nationally, we’re ready to get back to telling your innovation stories.

Thanks for waiting!

Key development: Today is the 10th anniversary of World Typing Day.

Clack to it: It’s Friday, thankfully, Jan. 8, to be precise – everyone reading this in front of a keyboard please tap twice, in honor of World Typing Day.

Opinions vary: So, are men right when they do it, or are women wrong today? We’re always confused on National Man Watcher’s Day, when ladies are encouraged to ogle hot guys.

No better place for that than a steamy, soapy tub – and there are plenty to be found on National Bubble Bath Day, celebrated this and every Jan. 8.

The one that started it all: Official records are hard to find, but multiple sources say the very first American commercial corporation – the New York Fishing Co. – was chartered on this date in 1675.

Colorful language: The first U.S. patent for a spectrophotometer, which could detect and chart 2 million different colors, was issued to Massachusetts inventor Arthur Hardy on Jan. 8, 1935.

Keeping tabs: Other U.S. patents issued on this date include one in 1889 for American statistician and businessman Herman Hollerith, whose Hollerith Tabulating Machine – the first punch card-based computer – automated the U.S. Census, among other things.

And African American inventor Thomas Elkins patented his majestic chamber commode on Jan. 8, 1872, combining a bureau, mirror, table, bookshelf, sink, easy chair and “earth closet,” a sort of composting toilet.

Quantum leap: Turns out, liquid helium is super-weird.

Double exposure: Eighty-three years ago today, the journal Nature published not one but two articles on the superfluidity of liquid helium at temperatures near absolute zero – chronicling concurrent, independent experiments in Massachusetts and Russia.

Sea for yourself: And the ABC Television Network’s “Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” first took viewers into the French explorer’s watery domain on Jan. 8, 1968.

Unnatural selection: Speaking of top naturalists, British anthropologist, biologist, geographer and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) – a Charles Darwin contemporary who helped create and cultivate the theory of evolution that made Darwin famous – would be 198 years old today.

Like a Hawking: The “guy in the chair” for a generation of scientists.

Also born on Jan. 8 were American aircraft manufacturer William Piper (1881-1970), the “Henry Ford of aviation”; German-American computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum (1923-2008), who gave computers a conversational tone (and later regretted it); American actor and comedian Larry Storch (born 1923), known best as bumbling Corporal Agarn of “F Troop”; English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), the most heralded scientist of his age (and most others); and unparalleled English rocker David Robert Jones (1947-2016), known globally as David Bowie.

The Osgood files: And take a bow, Charles Osgood Wood III – the retired American radio and television commentator and writer, known professionally as Charles Osgood, turns 88 today.

Wish the longtime “CBS News Sunday Morning” host, the overlooked anthropologist and all the other Jan. 8 innovators well at, where story tips and calendar events are always welcome – at least, when the technology feels like it.


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Institutional knowledge: Northwell Health’s long-anticipated Cancer Institute at Riverhead has officially opened its doors to East End patients.

The $6.2 million, 11,300-square-foot outpatient facility offers medical oncology/hematology, infusions, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, nutritional counseling and a host of other cancer-related services, including social work services. The ninth cancer institute or center established by the New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system across Long Island, New York City and Westchester, the Cancer Institute at Riverhead will align closely with the nearby Peconic Bay Medical Center and other Northwell units throughout Suffolk.

The idea is “access to topnotch cancer specialists and (the) latest treatments and diagnostic capabilities” for East Enders, according to surgeon and clinical investigator Richard Barakat, who leads Northwell Health’s cancer services. “The Riverhead facility will offer novel clinical trials to patients, some of which are in partnership with the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, as well as cancer genetic testing,” Barakat noted. “This is what makes Northwell’s cancer institutes unique in delivering cancer care.”

Smooth(er) sailing: The Northern State is a little less bumpy these days.

Smoothing things over: The Northern State Parkway, long a pothole punchline for disturbed drivers, was the primary benefactor of a $33.4 million, Island-wide road-resurfacing package Albany unwrapped just before Christmas.

Seven miles of the pit-marked parkway between the New York City border and the Meadowbrook State Parkway, and some 36 Northern State entrance and exit ramps, have been made over. Also leveled off were stretches of other state-owned roads in Nassau and Suffolk counties, including Route 25 in North Hempstead, Route 110 in Huntington, Route 27 in Brookhaven, Route 111 in Smithtown and Route 454 in Islip.

In addition to new blacktop, the months-long roadbed renovation included storm-drain cleanings and the installation of new reflective lane markers, among other upgrades. “No state is doing more to bolster its infrastructure than New York,” noted NYS Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez. “These Long Island projects are just another example of that level of investment.”



Play misty for me: A Huntington startup and its innovative “dry mist” claim 99.98 efficacy in killing COVID-19 (and other viruses) on surfaces.

While the iron is hot: Now that our email issues are fixed, no better time to sign up your entire innovation team for our always informative, always entertaining, thrice-weekly newsletters. They’re free, you know.

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus: Vaccines are spreading fast – but not as fast as the “UK strain.” Stay a step ahead with Long Island’s one-and-only pandemic primer.



Pharmaceutical expansions in Suffolk, bold predictions for 2021 and fond recollections of a beloved Island innovator.



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

From Florida: Fort Lauderdale-based health-and-wellness manufacturer Suraksha Naturals goes airborne with keto-friendly vitamin C spray supplement.

From Maryland: Annapolis-based singalong stalwart Encore Creativity For Older Adults beats the pandemic blues with virtual choral sessions.

From South Carolina: Columbia-based education innovator Study Edge expands trendsetting Tutor Matching Service to cover the entire Palmetto State.



Nicole Wadsworth

+ Nicole Wadsworth has been appointed dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She most recently served as site dean for the NYITCOM-Long Island campus.

+ The New York Institute of Technology has appointed Associate Professor Brian Harper vice president for equity and inclusion. Harper, who’s also been appointed to the President’s Council, is New York Tech’s chief medical officer.

+ Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz has promoted Bernadette Kasnicki, a tax attorney, and Irene Zoupaniotis, a labor and employment attorney, to counsel.

+ Westbury-based D&B Architects and Engineers has announced two new hires: Kelly Kiernan, a graduate of Farmingdale State College, is a water specialist engineer, and Alexandra Glorioso Gibson, formerly a lead proposal manager at Virginia-based Planate Management Group, is a proposal coordinator.

+ The Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island has elected a new slate of officers and added a new member to its Board of Directors:

  • Richard Humann was elected board chairperson; he is president and CEO of H2M architects + engineers.
  • Carol Allen was elected board first vice president; she is president and CEO of People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union.
  • Anthony Manetta was elected board second vice president; he is managing director of Cedar Communities.
  • Robert Quartè was elected board treasurer; he is a partner in the accounting firm PKF O’Connor Davies.
  • Kevin O’Connor was elected board corporate secretary; he is president and CEO of BNB Bank.
  • Alan Sasserath, a partner at Sasserath & Zoraian, has joined the board.

+ Jedan Phillips has been named associate dean for minority student affairs at Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine. He previously served as associate professor of family, population and preventive medicine.


Bad press: America’s greatest failure, on every front page.

BELOW THE FOLD (Angry Mob Edition)

Floor fights: This was not the first time the U.S. Capitol has been attacked.

Red flag: This was, however, the first time the Confederate battle flag entered the Capitol.

Shock and awe: And pity, too, as newspapers around the world seize on America’s lowest day.

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