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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving aftermath are reshaping 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 real-time journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Cuomo: Bulging ‘travel advisory’ a concern for…


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…


Hard hats and soft spots: Remembering Ken Morrelly

By RAY DONNELLY // Ten years ago Oct. 1, the region lost a strong, powerful voice in economic development, when C. Kenneth Morrelly passed away suddenly. He died on the cusp of realizing a project he’d been devoted to for many years, the Homeland Security Research Center. The project was a centerpiece of his time as CEO and president of LIFT, the Long Island Forum for Technology. October 1, 2009, was a red-letter day for the region’s…


In 2019 plan, LIREDC ‘doubles down’ on what works

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the If It Ain’t Broke file comes the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, which covers proven ground in its annual progress report/wish list to the Empire State Development Corp. Meeting ESD’s yearly Oct. 1 submission deadline, the LIREDC slapped a new title on its 2019 report (“Long Island: Breaking Down Barriers”) but filled it with a familiar mix of success stories and future ambitions, largely focused on the Island’s…


Island set to shine as clean-energy employment soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for research-rich, offshore-open Long Island: New York’s clean-energy economy is growing at more than double the rate of the overall state economy. So says the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which on Tuesday announced an 8.9 percent growth in statewide clean energy-related employment since 2016 – exceeding 158,000 employees in 2019, according to NYSERDA, and still climbing. These and other impressive numbers await in the state’s…


Million-dollar grant opens FSC to less-privileged minds

By GREGORY ZELLER // A million-dollar gift from the National Science Foundation will help a classroom’s worth of science- and math-focused Long Island high schoolers enroll at Farmingdale State College. All told, 32 students from six regional high schools will enjoy four-year, $20,000 scholarships, thanks to a $1 million S-STEM grant, the largest ever issued to Farmingdale State by the NSF. Targeting academically talented, low-income students, the S-STEM awards – for Scholarships in Science, Technology,…