Harvard University

As SAT-prep costs soar, a classroom-based solution

By HARRY AURORA // If this spring’s much-publicized college admissions scandal highlights anything, it’s that competition to get into the nation’s top schools is fierce, with the cost of admission seemingly as high as the price of matriculation. Extreme examples aside, it’s no secret that college preparation favors the wealthy. Private instruction and tutors provide a competitive advantage to students and families who can afford them; some tutors’ rates start at $1,000 per hour, and…


Debtless docs debut at tuition-free LI med school

By GREGORY ZELLER // Future doctors ceremoniously started their medical educations at schools around the world July 26, but the “white coat ceremony” at one Long Island institute held a singular significance. It was the very first for the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, New York University’s newly accredited med-ed mecca. Part of the NYU Langone Health system, the LISOM received preliminary accreditation in February from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the U.S….


For this data-driven Antarctic ecologist, it all adds up

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the bottom of the world comes Stony Brook University’s latest top scientist – a Big Data-driven ecologist with an unprecedented passion for penguins. Adélie penguins, to be precise, and other Antarctic penguin populations, whose migratory patterns and colony sizes have lots to say about the health of the Southern Ocean ecosystem – and the global effects of climate change. Such is the purview of Heather Lynch, an associate professor of…


See you in September (not): Stanley stuns SBU, SUNY

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Didn’t See That Coming file comes the sudden departure of Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley Jr., who has resigned his position and will step down July 31. Stanley, who become SBU’s fifth president in July 2009, will become the 21st president of Michigan State University, according to several news reports. His decision – which follows a decade-long tenure ripe with physical expansion and award-winning faculty research – has…


With top advisors, SmartCoparent smartens up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Any parent will tell you the value of good advice, and of course that applies to SmartCoparent. The subsidiary of Hauppauge-based Aeonic Ventures – which recently launched its namesake app, an all-in-one digital platform for separated co-parents – has now announced the formation of its Independent Strategic Advisory Board, to be comprised of “leading experts in emerging technologies and family law.” SmartCoparent is the second product by Aeonic Ventures founder and…


No. 261: Diamonds, Riptides, origami skeletons and Comtech, in an emergency

And you were there: Congratulations, dear readers (including new subscribers Sue, Rod, Jessie and Sergio), on surviving Thanksgiving with the family, Black Friday at the mall and Cyber Monday on the ’net – the largest online-shopping day in U.S. history, it turns out, with some $6.59 billion in digital transactions counted by our friends at Adobe. Tell us all about your contribution to the record – and any story tips, calendar items or eggnog recipes…


Innovate government, win $100K

The Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard is accepting nominations for its annual Innovations Award, the nation’s premier recognition for smart thinking in the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best. All units of government – federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial – from all policy areas are eligible to apply for recognition. That includes IDAs. This year, the Ash Center is also…