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SBU’s artificial intelligence director is the real deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Fulbright Scholar and distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science will head up Stony Brook University’s new Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation. Steven Skiena, a computational biologist (among other talents) in his 30th year as a member of the SBU faculty, will direct the artificial intelligence-focused program, part of the university’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. The institute will be the center point for myriad Stony Brook-based…


Panel walks the fine line of sports-tech innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Properly handled, technological innovation makes for good sports – and properly presented, good sports innovators make for an engaging panel discussion. So an audience of 30-plus members and guests were both educated and entertained Wednesday evening, when The Spur @ The Station – temporary summer home of The Spur, a private “co-working and entrepreneur’s club” – hosted an interactive conversation featuring four experts of tech innovation, as related to the wide…


Pinning down patient comfort with Gamma Knife Icon

By GREGORY ZELLER // The latest precision instrument for targeting brain tumors – and only brain tumors – has come to Long Island. But the precision delivery of radiological treatments directly to malignant tissue is not the big breakthrough here – or perhaps even the most appealing upgrade for patients. Northwell Health’s Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Radiation Medicine have both installed cutting-edge stereotactic radiosurgery systems known as Gamma Knife Icon – another cutting-edge…


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,…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

  June 16-17 Gold Coast Summers Music and Wine Festival Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn The annual summer tradition at the former Frick “Clayton” Estate – packed with wine and champagne tastings, artisan cocktails, gourmet food and a premier jazz ensemble – revolves this year around the museum exhibit “The Jazz Age: Picasso, Matisse, Chanel, Gershwin, Joyce, Fitzgerald and Hemingway.” Registration and more information. June 18 Speed Mentoring: Date Night in the Hamptons 6-9…


They, robot: A summer of STEM at hi-tech camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional robotics effort will maintain momentum this summer for Long Island STEM students, with deep experiential learning opportunities in physical design, practical electronics and more. Coming this July to the Composite Prototyping Center in Plainview is the SnappyXO Design Innovation and Robotics Camp, a joint effort of the CPC, Dix Hills-based Mechanismic Inc. and the Stony Brook University-based Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium, one of 10 statewide Empire State Development…


With the Long Island Gems, networking lightens up

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Long and Winding Road File come the Long Island Gems, a story of power women, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a born-again marketing veteran and a Long Island networking group like no other. It’s been a rough stretch for Valentina Janek, following a decade-plus of steady professional and extracurricular progress. Janek logged 13 successful years at Manhasset-based CMP Media (now CMP Technology, a piece of London-based UBM Ltd.), where she focused on…


Clean-gen investment firm shines in megawatt deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // Alternative-generation startup CleanCapital has announced its second major solar acquisition in one month – another impressive forward step for the innovative New York City-based online marketplace for clean-energy investing. CleanCapital’s second solar acquisition of the season comes from G&S Solar, a New York-based developer that builds, develops and operates solar systems in numerous Northeast states. The additional portfolio of 10.2 megawatts comes less than a month after CleanCapital announced the acquisition…


Composite Prototyping Center lands a big one

By GREGORY ZELLER // Plainview’s Composite Prototyping Center is welcoming “the world leader in advanced composite training” into the fold. The CPC announced this week that Nevada-based Abaris Training Resources, a 35-year veteran provider of training programs focused on composites-based engineering, manufacturing and repair, will close its only East Coast training site, located in Georgia, and transfer operations to CPC’s 25,000-square-foot facility. The CPC – where manufacturing-focused workforce development, prototyping and hands-on technical training in…


Taking a hands-on approach to new hands-off laws

BY KEN CERINI, CPA // In light of the high-profile cases in recent news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed new legislation targeting sexual harassment in the workplace. The new law went into effect April 12 and requires New York State employers to adopt sexual harassment-prevention policies and to conduct annual training on them. It also requires employers to eliminate the use of nondisclosure provisions, unless preferred by the complainant. The new law also prohibits arbitration…


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…


SBU joins elite HHS business-development task force

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University will join an elite roster of national institutions in a new business-development feeder system devised by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Introduced Tuesday as a business-accelerator program under the auspices of BARDA, HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the nationwide network will foster development of new “health security” protocols – that is, preparedness to respond to threats ranging from chemical attacks and radiological terrorism…


Feinstein ‘risk index’ could get the jump on lupus

By GREGORY ZELLER // A complex research effort led by top Feinstein Institute scientists has opened the door to a wide range of early-intervention protocols for the dreaded disease lupus. A Feinstein Institute for Medical Research team led by immunologist and Professor Betty Diamond has developed a system for identifying a person’s risk for lupus by examining antibodies and a specific protein complex found in the blood. Ideally, scientists may use these unique markers to…


For food manufacturers, MTRC/LIFC spells “growth”

By GREGORY ZELLER // Some fairly thick alphabet soup will create a tasty economic-development stew for regional food manufacturers. The Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium is partnering with the Port Washington-based Long Island Food Council on a multifaceted effort to bring expert consulting services to food manufacturers in Nassau and Suffolk. The MTRC/LIFC partnership will be a resource for clients of the MTRC, which is located on the Stony Brook University campus and serves as…


Chembio, Broadridge maintain bottom-line momentum

  CHEMBIO DIAGNOSTICS INC. Headquarters: Medford Industry: Healthcare Nasdaq: CEMI Reporting Date: May 10, 2018 Reporting Quarter: 1Q FY2018 Quarter Ended: March 31, 2017 Numbers: Net sales for the first quarter were reported as $6.4 million, up 18 percent from the $5.4 million reported for 1Q FY2017. Total quarterly revenues were reported as $7.7 million, up 22 percent from the $6.3 million reported for the same quarter last year. Net loss for the first quarter…