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Thanks to IPS’s remote sensor, the well water’s fine

By GREGORY ZELLER // An award-winning digital sensor system is helping clean water flow to rural communities around the globe, thanks in part to the creativity of a top Long Island innovator. A remote well sensor designed and deployed by charity: water, a circa-2006 nonprofit credited with executing more than 28,000 clean-water projects in 26 countries, has earned an International A’ Design Award. A’ Design Award & Competition is an international organization dedicated to promoting…


The Spur: How I spent my summer (working) vacation

By GREGORY ZELLER // That jingle-jangle you hear in Southampton comes from The Spur, the private co-working and entrepreneur’s club that’s moseyed into a new summer home. After a six-month stint in its “winter home” at the Southampton Social Club, The Spur – a manifestation of i-hamptons, a Southampton-based “community and resource guide” for East End entrepreneurs – has relocated to 280 Elm St. in Southampton, the circa-1884 seed-and-feed barn at the Long Island Rail…


At Adelphi, the ‘Transformed’ have stories to tell

By GREGORY ZELLER // Adelphi University is offering an innovative multimedia salute to several standout graduates. With hundreds of students set to toss their mortarboards in commencement exercises Friday at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Garden City-based university is sharing a unique preview with the world: “Lives Transformed,” a series of short video segments highlighting a “compelling” selection of graduates and their personal stories, delivered via social media. The first three videos – honoring…


Heavy-hitting LI BioMentor Initiative makes it official

By GREGORY ZELLER // A high-octane effort to unite regional bioentrepreneurs with qualified business mentors has formally launched – though the Long Island BioMentor Initiative is already quite busy. The LIBMI officially accepted its first program applications in a “launch event” Thursday morning at the de Seversky Mansion on the New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus. But the BioMentor Initiative is already a year into a “pilot phase,” according to founding mentor Mark…


With $2M gift, NYIT redesigns architectural programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // A sizeable grant from the IDC Foundation, the “legacy” organization spun out of the defunct Institute of Design and Construction, will support new architecture programs at the New York Institute of Technology – and tie them into a wide range of other academic disciplines. An award “exceeding $2 million” will help develop the “culture of making” at NYIT’s Manhattan-based School of Architecture and Design by “enabling faculty and students to explore…


Two billion if by sea, with Island’s new NYNJ-1 cable

By GREGORY ZELLER // They like to be under the sea at Cleareon Fiber Networks, a data-transmission specialist that’s happy to have its headquarters in New York City, but prefers that its transmission lines bypass the Big Apple. So it’s into the Atlantic for Cleareon, which on Monday announced NYNJ-1, a new “sub-sea system” providing fiber-rich 100 gig wavelengths – the rate at which data packets are transmitted, in this case very high – between…


How to speak cytokine: a bioelectronics breakthrough

By GREGORY ZELLER // You can bet they didn’t use secret decoder rings. In a major feat of bioengineering and neurological science, a team of doctors at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has intercepted and decoded specific signals the human nervous system uses to communicate immune and inflammation status to the brain – a potentially ginormous forward leap for bioelectronic medicine. This latest bioelectronic breakthrough at what has become the international nerve center…


Citing offshore risks, Cuomo drills Trump again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo is firing more broadside cannon shots at the Trump White House in a sea battle centered off Long Island’s shores. Cuomo is advancing legislation that would prohibit the leasing of lands, including underwater lands, for offshore drilling and exploration purposes – a direct response to “the Trump administration’s plan to vastly expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans,” according to the governor’s office. In January, U.S….


Brookhaven IDA backs remake of former IRS center

A former Internal Revenue Service office will be converted into nearly 50,000 square feet of industrial spaces, with the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency’s help. The town IDA has approved an incentives-laden economic-development package for Holtsville Industrial LLC, a real estate firm owned by Lawrence Frisina, owner of Bethpage-based E&F Trucking and Warehouse, and broker Tod Buckvar. Holtsville Industrial will renovate a currently vacant building that, until 2013, served as an IRS call center. The real…


Debrief: One year in, NYIT Prez Foley sees LI’s promise

Decades of high-level experience in university-based research and strategic planning, including 10 months at the helm of the New York Institute of Technology, infuse everything Hank Foley says about higher education and its role in the larger socioeconomic scheme. Foley, who succeeded former provost and interim NYIT President Rahmat Shoureshi in June 2017 and was “officially installed” last month, came to New York from the University of Missouri system, where the longtime executive VP (and…


At Lorraine Gregory Studios, they’re making the scene

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re (almost) ready for their close-up at Lorraine Gregory Communications, where the curtain is about to rise on a new video-production studio – and an even bigger sequel is coming soon. Emboldened by the success of a new video-interview segment produced by his spinoff C-suite consultancy Greg’s Corner Office, Lorraine Gregory Communications founder and CEO Greg Demetriou is excited to announce the near-completion of Lorraine Gregory Studios – and “doesn’t that…


SBU science runs wild among 2018 NAI inductees

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovation abounds among the 15 Stony Brook University faculty members being welcomed today into the National Academy of Inventors. The national academy’s SBU chapter, which debuted in 2016 with an intellectually staggering 30-member opening class, was scheduled to induct 15 new members Tuesday evening during its annual meeting at the university’s Charles B. Wang Center. The latest inductees span a wide range of scientific disciplines, from Dennis Galanakis – an SBU…


High tech, high ambitions highlight next LICA Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Capital Alliance has set a healthy lineup for its next Capital Forum. The alliance’s next quarterly entrepreneurs-meet-investors networking event, a Healthcare Capital Forum scheduled for June 8 in Melville, will feature five early-stage “health growth” companies fighting their way up in a competitive health-tech arena, plus opening remarks by an executive leader at this region’s pinnacle healthcare enterprise. The keynote is slated to be delivered by Eric Feinstein,…


For LI brewers, Craft Beer Week is a show of strength

By JIM McCUNE // With a jumpstart on this year’s American Craft Beer Week, the seventh-annual Long Island Craft Beer Week returns with a Nassau County Cask Kickoff May 11. The event’s mission is to promote patronage at Long Island’s breweries, bars and restaurants and to raise awareness of local craft-beer culture, while doing some good through the Craft Cares food drive. But for those who are new to the scene, Long Island Craft Beer…


Top honors for women leading Adelphi, SBU innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two of the top women inside the Long Island innovation economy have earned prestigious national and international honors. Adelphi University President Christine Riordan, the first woman to fill the office and already regarded as a diversity pioneer, has been ranked among the “Top 25 Women in Higher Education” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, a fairly self-explanatory (and highly influential) online news and resource hub. And Esther Sans Takeuchi, a distinguished…