Hofstra University

Lesko leaves, so Hofstra Entrepreneurship Sikes up

By GREGORY ZELLER // The student has become the master at Hofstra University, where Stacey Sikes is the new executive dean of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Sikes succeeds former Executive Dean Mark Lesko, the first-ever head of the innovation-heavy business-development center, who has left the university to return to the field of law. Lesko, whose long résumé includes years as a federal prosecutor, said Monday he’ll be making an official announcement about his new gig…


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…


No. 344: Blowing in from Denmark, droning on at PSEG and star trekking in Garden City (plus, your Cocoa Puffs origin story) 

Friday morning and the mood is high: Welcome to the end of another busy workweek, dear readers. It’s Sept. 28 out there, and the first full weekend of autumn is upon us. Friday night and the lights are low: To get you in the proper mood, check out this list of the top 15 Friday songs, courtesy of our friends at MetroLyrics. Freedom rocks: It’s International Right to Know Day, the 16th anniversary of a…


Old-school art, next-gen tech converge at Five Towns

By GREGORY ZELLER // Once the pipedream of an overactive imagination, a new Interactive Computer Graphics degree program is now resetting educational and professional trends at Five Towns College. With the start of the Fall 2018 semester, the Dix Hills-based college has officially introduced its new course, the masterwork of digital innovator Paul Lipsky, who spearheaded the effort – including creation of the program curriculum – in an effort to right some wrongs he perceives…


No. 334: On waffles, NATO, Estée Lauder and ocean acidity – plus feeding healthier pets, one ingredient at a time

Mission accomplished: You set out on Monday to complete another summer workweek, dear readers, and here you are – it’s Friday, Aug. 24, and another well-earned weekend dawns. Listen to this: It’s also International Strange Music Day, an annual event designed to broaden musical tastes by getting people to listen to music they’ve never heard before. To that end, put your hands together for Swedish folktronica band Wintergatan, and the amazing marble music machine! Somehow,…


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…


LI schools snag $12.6M in state facilities funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Seven-figure stipends are flowing to private colleges and universities across Long Island as part of a hefty package of state grants supporting statewide campus-infrastructure projects. All told, Albany has announced more than $67.1 million in grants for capital projects at 39 institutions of higher learning through the latest round of the state’s Higher Education Facilities Capital Matching Grant Program. Each of the awards was greenlighted by the HECap Board, which provides…


For Albany and Hofstra, a true watershed moment

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new partnership between Albany and Hofstra University is giving Long Island’s scientists of tomorrow a unique opportunity to get their feet wet. A $240,000 stipend from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery will help the Hempstead-based university launch the Bay High School Summer Science Research Fellowship, an intensive five-week program involving environmental research projects at the Mill River Basin watershed, located along Nassau County’s South Shore. The first-year program, which…


Good sports Hofstra, Northwell team up (once again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University athletes will now receive primary medical care directly from New York State’s largest healthcare provider. The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute – part of New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of practitioners and number of patients – will “coordinate and provide primary care” for Hofstra’s men’s and women’s teams, Northwell Health announced this week. The university’s 300-plus student-athletes, who compete annually in 17 different…


No. 316: The winds of change blow at SBU, the BeerBox keeps tabs and Keith Hernandez steps up

Wednesday welcome: And a happy midweek to you, dear readers, as we hurtle together through an exciting (and blessedly summerlike) week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s June 20 all over the world. Here in the United States, it’s also American Eagle Day, the 236th anniversary of the date the U.S. Congress selected the bald eagle as our national bird. Now arriving: Before we dive in, a heartfelt welcome to freshly minted newsletter subscribers Jim, Tywana, Gerry,…


No. 315: Governor Cuomo’s spending habits, Captain Kirk’s weekend plans and live from The Spur sports desk

Survival instinct: Well done, dear reader – you’ve made it to the end of another busy workweek. Your instincts are formidable indeed. It’s June 15 out there, and while the exact date is unknown, today is the traditional anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite-with-a-key-in-a-lightning-storm experiment. Take your pick: It’s also Arbor Day in Costa Rica, Engineer’s Day in Italy and National Beer Day in the UK. We’ll be in the pub. History lesson: School’s about…


Extra, extra: The Delphian is LI’s best collegiate read

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add some Adelphi University gold to the old gag about “black and white and read all over.” The Delphian, official student newspaper of the Garden City-based university, has been named Long Island’s best college newspaper of 2018 by the Press Club of Long Island, out-paging a host of periodicals published by larger Island schools. The PCLI dished out more than 200 first-, second- and third-place awards to professional and student journalists,…


Albany backs NYIT’s next-gen bioengineering lab

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new bioengineering laboratory is coming to the New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus, thanks to a hefty state award. The Empire State Development Corp. on Wednesday announced a $150,000 grant that will help NYIT establish the Bio-Nanotechnology and Biomaterials Laboratory, a research- and innovation-focused bioengineering lab packed with next-level tech facilitating specialized research into complex bioengineering, artificial-intelligence and life-sciences issues. The grant was awarded through Round 7 of…


Is there a nurse practitioner in the house? 28, actually

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three years after opening its doors, the Hofstra/Northwell nursing school is promoting its first graduating class. Twenty-eight freshly minted nurse practitioners – each specializing in either adult-gerontology acute-care nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing or family nursing – are set to receive their degrees Friday, marking the first graduates to emerge from the Hofstra/Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. The school, a joint venture of Hempstead-based Hofstra University and New…


No. 305: BioMentors, advanced architects and 10 of the nation’s best STEM high schools, right here on LI

And down the stretch they come: You’ve reached the finish line of another busy workweek, dear readers, and if you’d picked Good Magic to finish second, you’d have made a killing. It’s May 11 and it may be National Technology Day in India, but in the United States it’s undeniably National Twilight Zone Day, truly a dimension of sight, sound and mind. Give us your sick: Predating the United States itself, Pennsylvania Hospital – credited…