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The coronavirus ate our awards show

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought banning travel to Europe and suspending the NBA season were big deals, hope you’re sitting down. Yes, the nefarious pandemic that closed Italy, sparked a global toilet paper shortage and broke this little girl’s heart has now done the unthinkable – the 2020 Innovator of the Year Awards show, scheduled for March 24 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, has been canceled. (Or postponed. Or reformatted….


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…


At New York Tech, eSports are way more than a game

By GREGORY ZELLER // A long time ago, on a campus far, far away, “Spacewar!” changed everything. In October 1972, Stanford University hosted an “intergalactic Olympics” featuring the groundbreaking space-combat videogame (take a Java-fueled trip down memory lane), developed a decade earlier by American computer scientist Stephen Russell. The contest, with a year’s subscription to Rolling Stone magazine up for grabs, stands as the first known videogame competition. Smash that hyperspace button and flash forward…


For LIU Post athletes, medical expertise on the side

By GREGORY ZELLER // The student-athletes of LIU Post have a new team of medical professionals in their corner. The Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group, an affiliate of Northwell Health with 14 offices across Long Island, will provide game-time medical coverage for sporting events at LIU’s Brookville Campus, according to a new agreement between the university and the practice group. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. But as the “Official Partner and Orthopedic Group of…


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…


At Northwell, a $100K slam dunk

By GREGORY ZELLER // Fans of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will help dictate the course of scientific research at Northwell Health. A new multimedia contest featuring television commercials and online voting will pit three Northwell Health-based medical innovations against each other, with $100,000 in health system research support up for grabs. The voting is actually open to all, though the TV campaign will heavily target fans tuning into the NCAA tournament. Through deal with…