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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and educational – are rising 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.     Cuomo: No mask, no service in New York State (May 28)…


No. 498: On crepes, mosques and tough love – and Long Island, home of the COVID-19 vaccine?

  Schastlivaya pandemiya: Over the homebound hump we go, dear comrades, as we brave another week of the great 2020 pandemic – and, even scarier, another week locked up with those we love most. To that end, these sanity-maintenance tips from the Russian Health Ministry. You’re welcome. Crepes us out: Now here’s a dangerous combo – May 6 is both National Crepe Suzette Day, celebrating the caramelized dessert, and National No Diet Day, which, let’s…


No. 490: Fine points, Maiman methods and homebound haircuts – plus, Albany tips the scales

  Well bread: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers … and yes, it’s Wednesday out there, April 8 to be precise, as we muscle through this latest week of quasi-quarantines and other pandemic protocols. Not easy to tell these days, but today is very different from yesterday or tomorrow. For one thing, April 8 is National Empanada Day, a sweet celebration of stuffed dough (or savory, depending). As the Romani do: Today is also International Romani…


No. 467: In which law firms and the universe expand, and offshore wind goes to school

  Well played: You’ve done it again, dear reader – the workweek is winding down and a well-earned (if wintry) weekend awaits. Butter believe it: It’s Jan. 17 out there, and here’s a toast to your efforts – celebrating one of the oldest blended beverages in mixological history, today is National Hot Buttered Rum Day. Not to mention National Bootlegger’s Day. Shirley Temples for you: They’re too young for booze, but raise a glass anyway…


No. 460: On diversity, robotics and Hoosiers – plus, how to warm your whiskey

  Moving right along: It’s Wednesday already, dear readers, as we speed through this latest busy workweek and plow straight toward the big year-end holidays. The hills are alive: It’s Dec. 11 out there, a.k.a. International Mountain Day, when the U.N. would like you to consider the overexploitation of mountainous regions, home to 15 percent of the human population and one-quarter of Earth’s non-marine lifeforms. Level headed: There aren’t many mountains in Indiana, where Hoosier…


No. 453: In which the tide rips, the puns fly and Adelphi students phone out

  Cap it off: You’ve done it again, dear reader – another five-day gauntlet completed, another well-earned weekend in sight. It’s Friday, Nov. 8, out there, and we’re ending the workweek in style – National Cappuccino Day, as if you need an excuse to enjoy a creamy cuppa. About town: It’s also World Urbanism Day, a.k.a. World Town Planning Day, when eyes turn to the orderly spread of humanity in livable communities. Brain matters: And…


No. 432: Prescription strength, making census, name that emu – and #hashtag, you’re it

  Home run: Pick ’em up and put ’em down, dear reader – it’s Friday and you’re rounding third on this latest summertime trip around the socioeconomic bases. It’s gonna blow! It’s Aug. 23 out there, and if you had Mount Vesuvius getting a rumbly tummy on this date in 79 AD – on the feast day of Vulcan, Roman god of fire, no less – correctamundo! Twenty-five silver denarii for you. Better spend it…


No. 421: The Breakfast Club goes live, Adelphi grads go Upstate, and why HHS needs Northwell’s nurses

  Getting warmer: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another steamy week of summertime socioeconomic innovation. Before we dive in, a warm welcome to a baker’s dozen of new newsletter subscribers: Laurent, Patrick, Francis, Andrea, Susan, Mike, Allen, Sandeep, Ellen, Edmund, Vik, Kevin and George. Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. Papal reign: It’s July 17 out there, and if you had German Roman Catholic priest…


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…


At RMF, new legal alternatives for court-weary clients

By GREGORY ZELLER // A top Long Island law firm has significantly expanded its business-focused legal services, with a senior partner heading a new practice group determined to stear clear of the courtroom. Uniondale-based Ruskin Moscou Faltischek on Tuesday announced its new Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group, chaired by Senior Partner Jeffrey Wurst, who already co-chairs the firm’s Financial Services, Banking and Bankruptcy Practice Group. Less interested in telling it to the judge than negotiating…


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…


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. 383: On politics, robotics, the five-and-dime and the power of dreaming big

  The end is nigh: But that’s a good thing, dear readers, as we wrap up another busy workweek and ease into another well-earned weekend. Welcome to Friday! Wu are you again? It’s Feb. 22 out there, and if you had Empress Wu Zetian abdicating her throne on (or about) this date in 705 A.D. – thereby restoring China’s on-again, off-again Tang dynasty – that’s pretty amazing. We’re crediting 100 wu shu coins to your…


No. 362: Sound investments, manufacturing machinations and lots to ThINC about for LI scientists

  Welcome to Wednesday: You’re halfway home, dear reader, as we plow through another busy week of socioeconomic innovation on Long Island and around the world. It’s Dec. 5 out there, 20 days until Santa does his thing and 252 years since the very first Christie’s auction (auction house founder James Christie held his first sale in London on this date in 1766). He was Santa before Santa was cool: Speaking of Jolly Old St….


20 years and still smartening up at Vision Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // Before downtown redevelopment was cool, there was Vision Long Island. Today, it seems, everyone is doing it: “Transit-oriented development” is in, Albany doles out $10 million checks to stir the pot and some 40 Long Island downtown districts are in some revivalist phase – a “coalition of the willing,” according to Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, who remembers a time not long ago when things were a little different. “When…