New York Institute of Technology

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving aftermath are reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a real-time journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.   Comptroller: The coronavirus ate my economic progress (July…


No. 508: Boomgaarden rocks, Judy Garland sings, industrial forces go home and gougers get theirs

  Big day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and not just any Wednesday but the day Long Island engages Phase 2 in Albany’s official reopening playbook – an important step for those still following the social-distancing rules (including you, we hope). That means it’s June 10 out there – Army Day in Jordan, Navy Day in Italy and, here in the States, National Iced Tea Day, defending the nation from thirst. Well, that’s new: Today…


No. 503: In which we risk re-opening, plan retirements and map the world, with nowhere to go

  A Memorial Day to forget: It’s the unofficial start of summer, dear readers, and maybe the unofficial end of sanity, as another homebound workweek wraps up with Long Island on lockdown. It’s May 22 out there, marking the start of the three-day Memorial Day weekend – another pandemic bummer for the tourism trade, though still an opportunity for innovation. Calendar item: Innovate LI is clearing the baffles this holiday weekend, so no calendar newsletter…


No. 501: On Kepler, Mickey Mouse and Joltin’ Joe – and an A+ for Farmingdale State

  Almost there: Another work-from-home workweek ends, another stuck-at-home weekend begins – welcome to May 15, dear readers, exactly two-thirds through The Spring That Time Forgot. Of course, it’s a very different Friday in other parts of New York State, which are set to initiate reopening protocols today. Alas, as of Thursday, Long Island remained a couple of metrics short. Better shared: Speaking of sheltering in place, the UN’s International Day of Families and America’s…


No. 493: On foundations, fellows, foreign tongues – and redemption for your pandemic pantry

  Gives us pause: It’s Friday again, dear readers, and while there’s no end in sight to the great 2020 pandemic, the same can’t be said for this latest work-from-home week of socioeconomic innovation. On blood, and bloodsuckers: It’s April 17 out there – World Hemophilia Day, when bleeding disorders take center stage, and International Bat Appreciation Day, when we give the flying rodents – which are largely insectivores and great pollinators, and almost never…


No. 492: Surviving the great pandemic with gurus, maps, tax breaks and better-looking masks

  Midweek crisis: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we power through another work-from-home workweek during the great coronavirus calamity. It’s April 15 out there, and no, it’s not Tax Day. But it is the Universal Day of Culture –  celebrating a post-World War I international treaty protecting scientific institutions and historical monuments from war and other craziness, and World Art Day, a global celebration of the finer things. Loads of fun: It’s also National…


No. 491: On clean energy, Hispanic engineers and the autism advantage – plus, finding our religion

  Needs work: Hello again, dear readers, and welcome to April 10, the umpteenth day of social distancing and the 101st day of a year in need of major improvement. Interfaith intervention: So, straight from the Feel Better File, there’s this – today is not only Friday, it’s Good Friday, historically a big one for Christians but adapting a more communal tone this year. April 10 is also National Siblings Day and National Hug Your…


No. 488: A nasal passage, a naval plussage and the on-point Pandemic Primer – Island in a global storm

  Lockdown lowdown: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we hurdle our homebound humps – pardon the imagery – and slide into the second half of this latest coronavirus-shaped workweek. It’s April 1 out there – anniversary of the actual Last Supper, according to one historian, not to mention Edible Book Day, which (no fooling) is a real thing. Seriously: It appears this will be a down year for April Fool’s Day jocularity, with Google…


For future physicians, a Match Day like no other

By GREGORY ZELLER // An emotional rite of passage for future physicians has made a high-tech, if slightly more impersonal, Age of Coronavirus pivot. Match Day is an annual event during which graduating medical students across the nation open personalized letters from the National Resident Matching Program, revealing the next steps of their long educational journeys: their residencies, where they will spend years finishing off their medical educations. Usually a joyous tearjerker featuring packed college…



No. 461: Creative cones, melodious Molloy and an architect for New York Tech

  But not least: Welcome to Friday, dear readers – not only the last leg of this busy week of socioeconomic innovation, but the last Friday the 13th of the decade. That makes this Dec. 13, of course, a favorite of sweet tooths: It’s both National Cocoa Day and World Ice Cream Day (not to be mistaken with National Ice Cream Day, which is the third Sunday in July). Never forget: Today also marks Acadian…


No. 459: In which science, magic and fish prevail – and Long Island’s minimum wage approaches its max

  Getting good at this: Another successful workweek in the books, another hard-earned weekend in the offing – well done, intrepid innovators, you’ve done it again. It’s Dec. 6 out there, a date that stands out regardless of your color or creed or birthplace or borders, a day for family and friends and peace in our time. We speak, of course, of the Day of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan….


No. 452: Filled with nachos, supernovae, supply chains and a popular movie riff

The innovator who came in from the cold: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we bundle up and brave a blustery week of autumnal socioeconomic innovation. It’s Nov. 6 out there, and around the world we go: Constitution Day in Tajikistan, Gustavus Adolphus Day in Sweden, Arbor Day in the Republic of Congo  (where you’d think they already have enough trees, but there you go) and the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the…


Productivity is the name of the game for APICS NYC/LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ll manage just fine, thank you, at the New York City/Long Island chapter of the Association for Supply Chain Management – even if that’s not its name. By any name, the chapter is among Greater New York’s most innovative and active experts on supply-chain management and certification – networking, specially tailored instruction, all manners of workplace-optimization resources and more. But while it operates under the ASCM banner, the New York City/Long…


No. 450: Worlds war, bombs blast and Delta delivers – plus, an all-time LI great calls it a career (kinda)

  Wicked Wednesday: Boo! Didn’t mean to scare you, dear reader, though today is the day before Halloween – and, of course, the midpoint of this ghoulish week of socioeconomic innovation. Slim pickings: Perhaps in anticipation of tomorrow’s candied costumery, there are very few “holidays” to highlight this (and every) Oct. 30. Today is National Checklist Day, which is as exciting as it sounds (though it started with a bang), and National Text Your Ex…