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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

Now entering its final stages, the evolving COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a running journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Speeding past 1M, Albany…


With Next Cryo, a startup that’s really cooling its jets

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Stony Brook University scientist who came in from the cold is getting some serious chills – and this time, he’s really got something to cryo about. Slowa Solovyov, a multi-patented, 23-year veteran of U.S. Department of Energy collaborations, is diving into the coldest environments man can create on a quest to improve quantum-level efficiencies. The longtime SBU adjunct professor of electrical engineering is flipping the switch on Next Cryo, a…


No. 546: The wait continues – with bread stuffing, Emma Stone and undead ferrets

  Your guess is as good as ours: Here we are, dear readers – it’s Nov. 6 on Long Island and around the world, and as we put the newsletter to bed Thursday night, there was still no clear word on who will be President of the United States come Jan. 21. Perhaps by the time you read this, an electoral winner will have been announced (though lawsuits are sure to follow, so stay tuned)….


No. 545: Hanging with Cronkite, King Tut and Long Island particle physicists, as the smoke clears

  Is it over? Not quite, dear readers – but the voting is done, there’s a hard stop on those miserable campaign commercials and the endless election signs blockin’ out the scenery … one day, like a miracle, they will disappear. So, there’s that. Welcome to Wednesday, very much The Day After. Sincerest congratulations to the 150 million-or-so Americans who exercised their right to vote this year, many under challenging conditions that ranged from unfortunate…


SBU and BNL score, on collision course with awesome

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island research team has earned a rare U.S. Department of Energy honor – and helped usher scientists toward startling new discovering about the universe’s true form and function. Late last year, scientists from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory completed the U.S. ATLAS Phase I Detector Upgrade, a $44 million electronics-systems renovation designed to improve functionality – including dramatically increased data-collection rates – for scientists working on the…


No. 530: Mars in focus, Hamilton in charge, Bozo on board – and a big win for Long Island innovation

  Lives in infamy: Welcome to Friday, the end of a surprisingly humid late-summer workweek and the doorstep of another hard-earned weekend – well done, dear readers. It’s Sept. 11 out there, and whether you call it Patriot Day or the National Day of Service and Remembrance, if you were old enough to pay attention 19 years ago today, you will truly never forget. Purely coincidental: Sixty years before terrorists tried to take it down,…


Quantum powers unite in Island’s $115M QIS center

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $115 million research effort rooted at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University will try to push the United States to the head of the global quantum-information class. The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen BNL to lead one of five National Quantum Information Science Research Centers, each supporting the National Quantum Initiative Act, which became law in 2018 and mandates a 10-year national strategy to “accelerate the development of…


Debrief: Big stage, challenges for sonic Boomgaarden

For his next number, Donald Boomgaarden is playing way past Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (an aria plus 30 riffs, mastered years ago). The longtime concert pianist became St. Joseph’s College’s eighth president in July 2017, high note (so far) of a crescendo career soaring from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music (master’s and doctoral degrees) to the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership to the University of Salzburg’s Institut für Musikwissenschaft, part of a…


Thanks for the Quantum Memory: DOE backs Qunnect

By GREGORY ZELLER // A red-hot “Quantum Memory” technology has secured a seven-figure federal grant for a Stony Brook startup with plans for ultra-secure global communications. Qunnect Inc., which leverages tech created by Stony Brook University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and licensed from the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, has received a $1.5 million Phase-II Small Business Innovation Research award from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Phase-II award supports…


Maybe not what you ‘Expected’ from SBU’s pod people

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island flagship of the state university system is an understandably busy place. Cutting-edge scientific research, a thriving arts-and-culture scene, NCAA Division I athletics, deepening and increasingly important collaborations with regional socioeconomic partners – all of this and more, spread across a 1,000-acre main campus with a city-sized student population hovering around 27,000. To highlight the expertise and outstanding social contributions of this large and diverse community, Stony Brook University…


In reality, a STEM spin on LI workforce development

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany’s biggest economic engine is hitting the gas on a clever, multifaceted Long Island workforce-development initiative, offering a reality-TV look at the Island’s thriving 21st century industries. The Empire State Development Corp. is joining the Long Island STEM Hub – a consortium of regional educators, executives and other stakeholders boosting regional science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries – to launch “Full STEM Ahead Long Island,” a new video series pushing STEM…


Debrief: Abiding Kevin Law, as LI collides with destiny

  Hard to believe, but it’s been five long years since Innovate LI last Debriefed Kevin Law, who’s now logged a full decade as President and CEO of the Long Island Association. As 2020 dawns, the primary influencer and leading architect of regional socioeconomics is enjoying another “Top Performer” effort by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (the council, which Law co-chairs with Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz, snagged $87.9 million in Albany’s ninth-annual…


No. 465: In which Pathways emerge, Qunnect connects, Hoplite hops to it and BNL accelerates, big time

  Like magic: Blink and you might have missed it, dear readers, as the first full workweek of 2020 nears its end and we approach an unusually warm winter weekend. That voodoo that you do: It’s Friday, Jan. 10, on Planet Earth, and to our many readers in Benin – the tiny West African nation known best as the birthplace of voodoo – a spirit-pleasing Fête du Vodoun. Here in the States, no voodoo dolls…


After successful seed, Qunnect set for ludicrous speed

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking another quantum leap for cybersecure long-distance communications, a high-tech Stony Brook University spinoff has completed a key financing round. Qunnect LLC, a 2017 startup launched by a Stony Brook PhD and the head of the university’s Quantum Information Technology Group, has closed its $800,000 seed round, an oversubscribed financing cycle backed by the Accelerate NY Seed Fund, French venture-capital fund Quantonation – the first VC fund dedicated to quantum technologies…


Whole body, whole world in CSHL’s new Demerec lab

By GREGORY ZELLER // A world-class scientific institution has gotten worldlier, and classier, with a $75 million upgrade focused squarely on cancer research. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory this week cut the ribbon on its Center for Therapeutics Research, located inside a significantly renovated Demerec Laboratory Building, which is ready to rock following a two-year retuning. The transformation of the Demerec building, opened in 1953 and named for Croatian-American geneticist Milislav Demerec, into a state-of-the-art therapeutics-research…