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NYIT at the center of food/energy/water nexus, again

By GREGORY ZELLER // The food/energy/water nexus will center once again on the New York Institute of Technology, courtesy of another chunky federal grant. Principal investigator Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYIT’s College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, will use a $747,000 National Science Foundation grant to establish a “research coordination network” focused on food, energy and water – the trifurcated nerve center of sustainable urban development. Through…


No. 424: Rembrandt, Ben Franklin and Marie Curie walk into a newsletter … plus, the LIBDC’s golden touch

  The end is nigh: And that’s good news, faithful readers, as another summer workweek expires and another warm weekend begins. Well played. It’s a sun-splashed July 26 on Long Island, and before we wrap up the week in socioeconomic innovation, a hearty welcome to new newsletter subscribers Yeji Lee, Barret, Dan, Stephen, Jeremy, Kris, Himani, Scott, Neil, Stephanie, Jason, Brandi, Sarah and William. Bonvenon: Surely it’s no coincidence that you join us on Esperanto…


Adelphi, Upstate Medical ink joint-admissions pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following a popular higher-education trend, Adelphi University has forged a joint-admissions alliance that will funnel graduates straight into medical school. The Syracuse-based Upstate Medical University, to be precise, which on Tuesday joined the Garden City school to announce the Adelphi-Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program, which will feed qualified students directly into Upstate Medical’s fold beginning this fall. The new collaboration adds Adelphi to Upstate Medical’s existing list of 10 statewide Accelerated Scholars…


No. 410: Landing the Eagle, energizing the IGIT and fortifying New York’s grid – plus, free Chipotle! 

  Speed dating: Well, that happened fast, dear readers – Friday already, as this abbreviated week of inventions and investments steams toward another welcomed weekend. It’s May 31 out there, and to our Dayak readers in Sarawak, Malaysia and the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, a blessed and bountiful Gawai Dayak. Take a breath: It’s probably a downer in North Carolina, but the rest of the planet celebrates World No Tobacco Day today. Copy that:…


Joint admissions effort unites NCC, Farmingdale State

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island institutions of higher learning are joining forces to speed students toward their baccalaureate degrees. Trumpeting a “historic effort,” Farmingdale State College and Garden City-based Nassau Community College on Tuesday announced a new Joint Admissions Program that will “significantly ease the pathway” to bachelor’s degrees for NCC students, according to Farmingdale State. Specifically, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, students who earn one of 16 related Associate Degrees at…


No. 404: Chembio’s Brazilian breakthrough, fertile ground in Commack and a West Coast cameo – plus, scampi for all!

  Weekend Avenger: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and now that the “Endgame” spoiler ban is officially lifted, welcome back to everyone previously dusted by the Thanos Snap. You’ve survived both a universal genocide and another busy workweek – well done on both counts. Mother of all days: It’s May 10 out there, and to our readers in El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, a very happy Mother’s Day. Our Mother’s Day is Sunday. You still…


No. 402: A Machiavellian mashup featuring NYIT grants, Farmingdale State fairs and ‘Breezy’ Bob Catell

  You made it: Welcome to Friday, friends, and the finale of another busy workweek. It’s May 3 out there, and as full-blooded advocacy journalists, we’re proud to come to you on World Press Freedom Day, wherein the United Nations recognizes that no democracy is complete without a free and transparent information flow. Creepy and kooky: Here in the States, it’s also the seventh-annual National Paranormal Day. Mysterious: It’s also National Two Different Colored Shoes…


NYIT cuts tuition for kids of teachers, first responders

By GREGORY ZELLER // A generous New York Institute of Technology scholarship program will slash tuition costs for the children of regional teachers and first responders. Heralded by NYIT as a “major public sector scholarship,” the Children of Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT and K-12 Teachers Award offers a 50 percent tuition break to qualifying students from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester. The new award program, announced this week…


Island student entrepreneurs shine in NY Biz Plan finals

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island may be a state-designated biotech corridor, but its student entrepreneurs have some pretty bright ideas regarding the environment, too. That according to the 2019 edition of the New York Business Plan Competition, a privately funded venture-creation competition established in 2009 to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship throughout New York’s colleges and universities. Each of the state’s 10 economic regions, including Long Island, hosted regional competitions earlier this month, with 92…


No 393: Cuomo’s big budget, Wei Yin’s smarter entrepreneurs and the prototypically helpful MTRC

  Welcome to the show: Hello and happy Wednesday to you, dear reader, as we speed toward the back nine of another busy workweek. Welcome especially new newsletter subscribers Ron, Mindy, Lauren, David, Nicholas, Christine, Dianne, Liz and Connie. Lace up, kids – you join us on National Walking Day, the American Heart Association’s first-Wednesday-of-April reminder to stretch those limbs once in a while. A.K.A. “Think Twice Day”: April 3 is also National Don’t Go…


Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


No. 388: On Broadway, Barbie’s BFF and best workforce investments (mentoring, also aces for at-risk kids)

  Welcome to Wednesday: You’re halfway home, dear reader, as we hurdle the hump of another busy workweek. It’s March 13 out there, which of course makes it National Elephant Day in Thailand, marking the 1998 addition of the white elephant to that nation’s flag. (Note: Not to be confused with World Elephant Day, held in August.) Hello, dolly: Today is also Ken Day, celebrating the 1961 debut of Ken Carson – yes, Barbie’s plastic…


No. 385: Pigs fly, Adelphi soars, Captain America meets Hitler – and a healthy turn at Bethpage Black

  Weekend update: Welcome to Friday, friends, as we complete another productive workweek and greet another weekend. It’s March 1 out there, already the 60th day of 2019. Before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Dean, Judy, Morgan, Brittney, Leo, Brenda, Conan, Leigh, Wei and Harvey. Your timing couldn’t be better, hopping aboard the innovation train on National Beer Day – in Iceland, marking the 1989 end of that country’s prohibition laws. Don’t mean…


LICA kicks off 2019 slate with tastiest Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Capital Alliance always has an appetite for success, but the next installment of its Capital Forum series takes that mantra fairly literally. Scheduled for March 8 in Melville, the alliance’s first capital forum of 2019 will cater to foodies – specifically, to small companies in the food & beverage and agricultural-technology industries. The forum is a quarterly breakfast-networking platform that places innovators – often, but not exclusively, in…


No: 365: Electrons, hackathons, gadget gifts and yes, America, there is a climate change

  Golden mettle: Congratulations, dear reader – you’ve reached the 50th Friday of 2018 (go ahead and count, if you don’t believe us) and the end of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. You are to be commended. It’s Dec. 14 out there, and we have plenty of interesting days to choose from – it’s international Monkey Day and, here in the USA, National Salesperson Day. Because it just sounds so badass: But we’re going…