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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…


College or work? Maybe the path isn’t so cut-and-dry

By ROSALIE DRAGO // As costs rise and debt mounts, debate rages about the “necessity” of college. Throw in a worker shortage in technical occupations that don’t require degrees, and the lines are clearly drawn for most high school graduates: work vs. college. Usually absent from the conversation is another pathway to a degree: work, then college. It’s easy to understand why. Most people, parents in particular, believe anything short of college limits future opportunities….


No. 440: Belmont begins, clean energy cleans up and nostalgia goes POW, right in the kisser!

  Warm greetings: You wouldn’t know it from the weather, but it’s the first Wednesday of autumn, dear readers, as we hustle over the hump of this latest busy workweek. Pull up a chair: A special hello on this Sept. 25 to new newsletter subscribers Katie, Rob, Marcos, Craig, Mark, Daniel, Eugene, Seth, Anthony, Brad, Marianne, Manny, Adele, Tina, Armando, Larry and Diane. If any of you had American farmer, businessman, philosopher, writer, theologian, politician…


A regular riot: Recalling RALPH, from LI to the moon

By PETER CRESCENTI // A recent Innovate LI newsletter headline – “Chefs of the future” – caught my attention: It had to be a reference to “The Honeymooners,” the classic episode in which Ralph and Norton do a live TV commercial for a crazy kitchen gadget. I had to know for sure. So, I emailed Editor Gregory Zeller, and sure enough, I was right. And we bonded like members of the Bensonhurst Chapter of the…


No. 437: Surviving the 13th, walking the Path and watching your cholesterol – plus, the opioid war rages 

  Scary good: Welcome to Friday, intrepid innovator, and the last leg of another busy workweek. It’s Sept. 13 out there – yes, Friday the 13th – and whether or not you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (extreme superstition regarding the No. 13), there’s no doubt this date gets a bad rap. Micromanaging: This particular Friday the 13th will be brightened by a rare “micro moon,” a pretty big deal. Happy thoughts: Speaking of the bright side,…


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,…


New admissions effort ‘pharms’ out Adelphi grads

By GREGORY ZELLER // The joint-admissions wave continues to roll over Long Island, with Adelphi University announcing another high-profile two-fer. This time, the Garden City school has forged a collaboration with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences that will give future pharmacists a shot at earning their bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in seven years – or less. Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, students will have two options: complete both degrees in seven…


No. 422: Forty whacks, mighty winds, collegiate values and Long Island’s season of the nurse

  Hot stuff: Just in time for the muggiest stretch of the year, Friday has arrived, dear readers, and you’ve reached the end of another sweltering summer workweek. It’s July 19 out there, and with heat indexes forecasted to soar into the 100s this weekend, you might want to check out Good Housekeeping’s top tips for keeping cool when summer spikes. This should also help: Frozen in time, today is National Daquiri Day. And unless…


Nurse-a-Palooza ’19: Island goes all-in on RNs

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Summer of the Nurse continues on Long Island. Just days after the Hofstra-Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies referenced a $2.75 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant in its plan to train and funnel nurses into “underserved communities,” the Island nursing community is innovating again. First up is the RN NextStep Joint Agreement, signed Wednesday by Farmingdale State College and Suffolk County Community College….


Adelphi, Upstate Medical ink joint-admissions pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following a popular higher-education trend, Adelphi University has forged a joint-admissions alliance that will funnel graduates straight into medical school. The Syracuse-based Upstate Medical University, to be precise, which on Tuesday joined the Garden City school to announce the Adelphi-Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program, which will feed qualified students directly into Upstate Medical’s fold beginning this fall. The new collaboration adds Adelphi to Upstate Medical’s existing list of 10 statewide Accelerated Scholars…


No. 417: Riding the Cyclone, battling preterm births, ERASE-ing racism – and the truth about Abner Doubleday

  June swoon: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we hurtle toward the end of June and the end of the first full week of Summer 2019. “School’s Open, Drive Carefully,” the old bumper stickers said, but that never made sense to us. It would seem that when schools are closed (most across Long Island go dark today, for the next 10 weeks) and kids are playing outdoors is when safety is paramount. But we…


Giving the LI innovation economy plenty of STEAM

By ROSALIE DRAGO // Employers in technical trades lament the loss of “shop” class and its hands-on maker skills. Business owners complain that candidates possess minimal work experience. But there is tremendous work-readiness power in STEAM – enough to fuel a 21st century workforce. Beginning in elementary school, education institutions are using STEAM (for science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to contextualize core classroom subjects in a way that aligns with skills required by the…


No. 408: On Dylan, Edison and top teens – and is it warm in here, or is that just Fahrenheit?

  If memory serves: Welcome to Friday, friends, and the brink of a well-earned holiday weekend, as we wrap up the week in socioeconomic innovation and unofficially open summer. It’s May 24 out there, and Monday, of course, is Memorial Day, with sales aplenty and a bright forecast. Also worth remembering: For some, it’s always Memorial Day. On that note: It’s Website Maintenance Monday for Innovate LI; back at you with fresh content Tuesday and…


No. 407: Lincoln tinkers, Doyle detects, Alessi hustles and Northwell pays out – plus, the USPTO cometh

  Variety show: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting week of inventing, incorporating and investing. It’s May 22 out there, and we’re shouting out first to new newsletter subscribers August, Maribel, Louis, Gretta, Tom, Imran, Daniel, Art, Doug, Clint, Ross and Nina. You sound like a fine multicultural group, which is fitting, since you join us on this 26th anniversary of the UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity. Break out…


USPTO, regional forces unite for Long Island inventors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovators, assemble – the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is coming to Long Island. In another bringing-the-mountain-to-Mohammed moment, the USPTO is partnering with Farmingdale State College and the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club on an Inventors Day specifically for Long Island innovators – a day-long whirlwind of panels and presentations covering new ideas, product development, licensing, manufacturing and more. Scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 1…