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No. 304: The Piano Man ages, the yacht club sets a new course and Feinstein’s codebreakers show some real nerve

Happy National Bike to School Day: And a glorious National School Nurse Day to you, dear readers, part of what we trust is a peaceful and joyous National School Nurse Week. It’s May 9, 2018, and together we’re hurdling the hump of another busy week of Long Island socioeconomic progress. Drawing board: We come to you today on the 264th anniversary of a truly noteworthy innovation – the very first newspaper political cartoon, which appeared…


No. 303: On Audrey, yummy food photos, NYIT’s Long Island ambitions and May 4 in a galaxy far, far away

That’s a wrap: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and the end of another busy week for the Long Island innovation economy. It’s May 4 – Memorial Day in Curaçao, Greenery Day in Japan and, here in the States, the 238th anniversary of the American Academy of Arts & Science, founded in Boston on this date in 1780. Charter members included John Adams, Samuel Adams, Samuel Phillips, Phillips Payson, Samuel Williams, Abraham Williams and several men…


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…


In the power-conversion business, it’s who you know

By GREGORY ZELLER // A six-year-old power play and its three-year-old sister startup are providing something truly unique on Long Island – a two-headed engineering enterprise with the ability to empower the powerless. That could have many interpretations, but it takes a fairly literal spin at Unique Technical Services, a 2012 launch and member of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, and Smithtown-based Unique Electric Solutions, that slightly younger sibling. With a…


No. 298: Jefferson lives, Foodcubate nibbles, Instacart heads east and the Long Island Index closes its books

You’ve done it again: It’s Friday, friends, and not just Friday but the 276th anniversary of composer George Frideric Handel’s masterwork “Messiah,” which debuted April 13, 1742, at Dublin’s New Music Hall (though we’d have cued this up just for the Friday part). Don’t be scared: It’s also Friday the 13th, of course, and if you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) or friggatriskaidekaphobia (fear of the day itself), you’re probably a little…


AEC focuses global attention on next-gen generation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The future is imminent for AEC 2018, the Advanced Energy Conference that will unite global energy leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs in New York City on a quest for cleaner and smarter energy solutions. Presented by Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a critical mass of major-league sponsors – leading corporations, regional utilities, top research institutions and more – the 10th annual AEC has adopted “The Future of…


LICA techs up for 2018’s first Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the If It Ain’t Broke File comes the Long Island Capital Alliance, which is turning to a tried-and-true topic for its first 2018 Capital Forum. Known to champion software makers, digital engineers, next-gen tinkerers and other startups with high-tech ambitions, LICA has chosen to present a Technology Capital Forum as its first inventor-meets-investor breakfast networker of the New Year, a March 9 affair featuring numerous early-stage entrepreneurs and their breakthrough…


No. 280: A TCJA counterattack, an interstate healthcare alliance and baby, it’s cold outside (but it could be colder)

Weekend forecast: Welcome to the blessed end of another busy work week, dear readers – and speaking of endings and beginnings, happy anniversary to the National Weather Service, launched on this date (by the U.S. Army, believe it or not) 148 years ago today. The NWS likely had a field day on its 64th anniversary – Feb. 9, 1934 – when New York City, amidst a legendary arctic blast that deep-froze much of the nation,…


No. 279: A new flu review, taking the fight to tuberculosis and why your fish might really like a cold beer

Welcome to Wednesday: And over the hump we go, dear readers, with another week of Long Island innovation and socioeconomic progress in full swing. It was 179 years ago today, on Feb. 7, 1839, when U.S. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky – warned that a speech would offend abolitionists and pro-slavery factions alike, and could cost him the presidential election – told Congress, “I had rather be right than be president.” The nose knows: Walt…


No. 275: On pipelines, solar farms, industrial parks and local innovators spreading around the world – without leaving LI

And you were there: Welcome, dear reader, to a fairly quirky Wednesday, chronologically speaking. Turns out Jan. 24 is less likely to fall on a Monday or Wednesday (56 times every 400 years) than a Friday or Saturday (57 times) or a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58). It was a Thursday, way back in 41 AD, when Roman Emperor Caligula was offed by his own Praetorian Guard; a Tuesday, in 1989, when notorious serial killer…


No. 265: Santa snickers, the Manufacturing Task Force Awakens and the Golden Globes go to…

Gut Yontiff: “Good holiday,” for our non-Yiddish speaking readers, and a Happy Hanukkah to all. Adam Sandler’s “eight crazy nights” – the Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the circa-160 B.C. Maccabean Revolt – commenced Tuesday evening. A big date for breakthroughs: The dry dock (1816), the ice cream cone (1903), the first fully automated photographic film developer (1928) and the fathometer (also 1928), which measures underwater…


No. 262: Mission is a go, Topspin buys some spin … and climate change in New Jersey?

TGI December: Let’s not mince words – this week was a slog, after the stuffed-belly, four-day respite of the Thanksgiving holiday. But Friday is upon us again, as is December, which in addition to the holidays you know boasts National Pie Day (today), World Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and, believe it or not, Monkey Day (Dec. 14), which as of 2000 is actually a thing. Please use this information responsibly. And tell us about…


254: A strong 4th quarter, a new STREAM center, members-only beer club and 71 Michelin stars

NOVEMBER ALREADY!?!: Yep, it’s Nov. 1, also known as All Saints Day – a national salute to all the professional parents who double-time it on Oct. 31 to meet deadlines, file reports, run staff meetings, connect with customers, complete inventories and otherwise TCB so they can rush home to take their kids trick-or-treating. We’d like to tell you to go ahead and kick off early today, but you kind of did that yesterday, didn’t you?…


Feds back NYIT professors on RNA-sequencing quest

By GREGORY ZELLER // Diverse disciplines are coming together at NYIT, where a multi-year National Institutes of Health grant is fueling next-level RNA research – and, possibly, opening a new front in the war against cancer. Two New York Institute of Technology faculty members, assistant professors of life sciences and computer sciences, will combine their skills under a three-year, $568,000 Cutting Edge Basic Research award from the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute. Their mission:…


Eight Island schools ranked among top U.S. colleges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island has plenty of big brains to drain. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which has issued its 2018 Best Colleges survey, a highly regarded rite of September that ranks some 1,800 United States-based colleges and universities based on school and student performance and a host of other critical metrics. As usual, Long Island posted a good-not-great performance on the annual higher-education report card – fairly strong, indicative…