Farmingdale State College

Past success, future hopes fuel LIREDC’s 2018 report

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has met its Oct. 1 deadline and submitted its annual progress report/wish list to the Empire State Development Corp., Albany’s main economic-development engine. The 2018 progress report, titled “Long Island: Completing the Puzzle,” both highlights the efforts of the Long Island REDC since Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched his competitive statewide economic-development program in 2011 and lists the projects the regional council hopes to support…


For the Boyz From New York, style is an attitude

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Streetwear” may be rooted in the California surf culture, but the hoodies and hats in the Boyz From New York catalogue represent a decidedly different state of mind. Popularized first by Left Coast surfers and skaters, streetwear encompasses many elements of so-called “hip-hop fashion” (the clotheshorses over at GQ can tell you more). All of those elements – comfort, functionality, attitude – are front-and-center at circa-2018 startup Boyz From New York…


No. 339: Innovation (and procreation) in Russia, the ‘Best Colleges’ on Long Island and strange things on Cynthia Nixon’s bagel

Fair-to-middling: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting workweek. We trust yours is, at least, slightly above average. It’s Sept. 12 out there, marking the international observance of Mindfulness Day, which promotes the notion of careful consideration. Why don’t you just think about that for a bit. Putin the “Mother” in “Mother Russia”: It’s also the Day of Procreation in Russia, which stems from a 2006 speech in which Vlad the…


No. 338: Uncle Sam lives, Burt Reynolds dies, another RipTide rises and no Panther goes hungry

That wasn’t so bad: The first post-Summer 2018 workweek is nearly done, dear readers, and the year’s first almost-autumn weekend is upon us. Here’s proof: The New York Football Giants kick off their season Sunday at 1 p.m. against Jacksonville, and the Jets open up Monday night in Detroit. Soon it will be snowing. It’s Greek (and Roman) to us: Today is Sept. 7, and if you had Heracles – the divine hero of Greek…


State pumps $15M into SUNY’s clean-energy programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // The state university system’s clean-energy workforce-development efforts have received an eight-digit shot in the arm. A $15 million state investment will bolster SUNY’s clean-energy workforce and training programs, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, with $6 million heading to specific campus-based efforts – including several on Long Island – and an additional $9 million earmarked for colleges and universities planning apprenticeships and internships with industry partners. The funding is part of…


No. 329: Edison and Zapata meet the Rain Man, and a Stony Brook startup is filling in 3D printing’s blanks 

Welcome to Wednesday: And the midpoint of another sweltering summer workweek. It’s Aug. 8, and baby, it’s hot out there. Maybe this will cool you down: There are only 138 shopping days until Christmas. Put a smile on that face: It’s also Father’s Day in Mongolia and Taiwan and International Cat Day everywhere – and in the United States, Happiness Happens Day (it’s real), which was started in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy…


FSC scores engineering-tech ‘leader’ as new dean

By GREGORY ZELLER // Farmingdale State College has selected an accomplished new dean for its School of Engineering Technology. Barbara Christe, who served most recently as an associate professor and chairwoman of the Healthcare Engineering Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will assume her new duties Aug. 20, according to a statement issued Monday by FSC. Her appointment was first reported July 23 by The Campus Times, a publication of the college’s Office for Institutional…


No. 325: Prime time for Whole Foods, a big score for LI colleges and playing it safe with coyotes

Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another busy (and sticky!) summer workweek. X factor: It’s July 25 out there, a big date for suspending the freedom of the press, eliminating legislators’ ability to amend laws and otherwise silencing political enemies. Of course, that’s a reference to France’s King Charles X, who signed the infamous July Ordinances on July 25, 1830 – a questionable move that led to massive social protests…


No. 324: Vikings on Mars, FSC on the job, Sanguistat on the move, and why Freeport is happy to be on the outs

Well done: Very impressive, intrepid reader – you’ve made it to the end of another productive workweek, and earned yourself another glorious weekend. It’s July 20 out there, and if you said “knight to king 4,” good move, since today is of course International Chess Day, commemorating the launch of the World Chess Federation on this date in 1924. The Eagle has landed: Today also marks the 49th anniversary of one of mankind’s greatest scientific…


Survey: FSC grads going against ‘brain drain’ flow

By GREGORY ZELLER // If Farmingdale State College isn’t plugging Long Island’s infamous “brain drain,” it is at the very least reversing the flow a bit. The college’s most-recent annual alumni survey shows that 90 percent of bachelor-degree recipients find employment within six months of graduation – with three-quarters of those workers employed full-time and more than eight out of every 10 working in the Greater New York region, including Long Island. So says the…


No. 322: On P.T. Barnum, Sinatra, Julius Caesar and Han Solo – and why Stony Brook’s CEBIP is shaking with excitement

It’s Friday the 13th: And there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of, dear readers – in fact, it’s time to celebrate, with another productive week of socioeconomic innovation in the books and another weekend upon us. Triple play: As a bonus, this particular Friday the 13th also includes a very rare supermoon solar eclipse. With the moon as close as it will get to Earth this year and in its New Moon phase (meaning it’s…


No. 320: Calling ET, incentivizing the HBD, hopping the Huntington shuttle – and happy birthday, Dalai Lama!

Well, that was quick: Whether you vacationed the first or second half of the week, or merely slept in on Wednesday’s national holiday, here we are, dear readers – the end of a sweet, sweaty and abbreviated workweek. It’s July 6 out there, and if you had Epaminondas defeating Cleombrotus I in the Battle of Leuctra on his date (or thereabouts) in 371 B.C., you’re a winner. Finger-lickin’ good: It’s also National Fried Chicken Day,…


At FSC, skin-deep startup joins Start-Up NY’s ranks

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Empire State Development Corp. has opened its books and welcomed another Long Island company into the Start-Up NY family. Farmingdale State College announced this week that startup biotech BF Innovation, which moved into FSC’s Broad Hollow Bioscience Park earlier this year, has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, which boosts new and expanding businesses with tax breaks and innovative academic partnerships. BF Innovation plans to invest $1 million and…


For food manufacturers, MTRC/LIFC spells “growth”

By GREGORY ZELLER // Some fairly thick alphabet soup will create a tasty economic-development stew for regional food manufacturers. The Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium is partnering with the Port Washington-based Long Island Food Council on a multifaceted effort to bring expert consulting services to food manufacturers in Nassau and Suffolk. The MTRC/LIFC partnership will be a resource for clients of the MTRC, which is located on the Stony Brook University campus and serves as…


No. 311: IPS wins again, Adelphi’s robots return, Uber Eats the East End and the Iron Horse steps up

Well that was quick: Welcome to the end of a shortened workweek – and welcome to June, dear readers, as we usher in the month of dads, grads, honeysuckle, the Beta Taurids and, here in the Northern Hemisphere, the glorious summer solstice (though you wouldn’t know it from this lousy weather). It’s indeed June 1 out there, and also National Donut Day, so if you need to leave now, we understand. A toast: There are…