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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving aftermath are reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen 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: Bulging ‘travel advisory’ a concern for…


No. 527: On angry winds, sustained science and better mental health – we’ll sip to that!

  Days, and confused: This much we know, dear readers – it’s Friday, Aug. 28, and you’ve completed another summer workweek in the cruel parallel universe that is COVID-19. Just one more week to go before a fashionably late Labor Day Weekend, then the opening of schools, or the delayed opening, or partial opening or non-opening or whatever. Not even sure they know yet. Stay tuned. Knot interested: You don’t even wear a necktie anymore,…


Federal grants back very different SBU compu-efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Millions of dollars in new federal grants are flowing to Stony Brook University’s Department of Computer Science, with cyber-defense and mobile data playing large. The research couldn’t be more disparate: digital security via cryptographic codes and better understanding of alcoholism through mobile data. But the nine-digit awards – one from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the other from the National Institutes of Health – both support ongoing efforts inside the…


No. 522: Storming back on Long Island, with elephants, Diamond Jim and some deep-brain neurostimulation

  Right where you left us: Here we are, dear readers – about a week past due, it’s long-awaited Newsletter No. 522, back on track after the surprising and frustrating disruption that was Tropical Storm Isaias. It’s Wednesday, Aug. 12, on Long Island and around the world, and the children shall lead: Today marks the U.N.’s annual International Youth Day. Jan Brady Syndrome: Some youth have it a little harder than others, and so we…


A fate worse than death? Docs decry drop in ER visits

By GREGORY ZELLER // A disturbing and growing trend of the 2020 pandemic sees non-COVID-19 patients in medical distress avoiding hospital emergency rooms – with detrimental, sometimes fatal consequences. This dangerous development is evident at Stony Brook University Hospital, where both Emergency Department visits and hospital admissions – minus Persons Under Investigation for the novel coronavirus – are way down. The lockdowns and quasi-quarantines have myriad effects on emergency room activity; for instance, motor vehicle…


No. 497: It’s May Day, but don’t panic – new month, same pandemic (plus BASIC lingo … and mmm, parfaits!)

  Yes, you May: Welcome to Friday (we checked, it’s true) and a brand-new month in the surreal odyssey that is the Age of Coronavirus. It’s May 1 out there – the earliest date Mother’s Day can fall in Samoa, Hong Kong, Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain and Romania, though today is not Mother’s Day in any of those places (nor in the States, where it falls two Sundays hence). Legally delish: It is, however,…


Stony Brook Medicine shifts telehealth into high gear

By GREGORY ZELLER // Telehealth is not exactly a new concept for Stony Brook Medicine, which had an interdisciplinary Telehealth Workgroup – a collaboration of executives, academicians, researchers, marketers and clinical experts – and several telehealth initiatives in the air long before COVID-19. But that proved mere prelude to the Herculean telehealth efforts put forth since the pandemic struck. The numbers tell the tale: Virtual telemedicine visits have increased from about 14 per week to…


No. 488: A nasal passage, a naval plussage and the on-point Pandemic Primer – Island in a global storm

  Lockdown lowdown: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we hurdle our homebound humps – pardon the imagery – and slide into the second half of this latest coronavirus-shaped workweek. It’s April 1 out there – anniversary of the actual Last Supper, according to one historian, not to mention Edible Book Day, which (no fooling) is a real thing. Seriously: It appears this will be a down year for April Fool’s Day jocularity, with Google…


Maybe not what you ‘Expected’ from SBU’s pod people

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island flagship of the state university system is an understandably busy place. Cutting-edge scientific research, a thriving arts-and-culture scene, NCAA Division I athletics, deepening and increasingly important collaborations with regional socioeconomic partners – all of this and more, spread across a 1,000-acre main campus with a city-sized student population hovering around 27,000. To highlight the expertise and outstanding social contributions of this large and diverse community, Stony Brook University…


Hofstra helps healthcare startups meet their matches

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nassau University Medical Center hosted a healthcare summit on Wednesday that put up-and-coming healthcare entrepreneurs in front of two important audiences. The innovators, all participants in Hofstra University’s federally funded Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge, met with decision-makers from large-scale health systems and Long Island residents – the people most likely to need their products – in a “Customer Discovery Day” conference designed specifically to inform the entrepreneurs during their early-stage formations….


And baby makes 30, as ASC adds new fertility clinic

By GREGORY ZELLER // Of all the specialty areas packed inside the Stony Brook Advanced Specialty Care facility, this one might produce the happiest results. Stony Brook Medicine has officially cut the ribbon – or perhaps cut the cord – on Island Fertility, a state-of-the-art reproductive endocrinology and fertility center that’s taken its place among roughly 30 other centers and practice areas inhabiting the Commack facility. Island Fertility is designed to provide in vitro fertilization,…


No. 382: Daring photographers, prestigious fellows, international space adventures – and LICA’s tastiest Capital Forum yet

  Middle ground: It’s Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another busy winter week of socioeconomic innovation. Welcome to Feb. 20, and welcome especially to new newsletter subscribers Wendy, Charles, Sam, Dee, Lyn, Clive, J. Taylor, Rama, John, David and Rosemary. We’ve turned off the “Fasten Seatbelts” sign, so please feel free to move around the cabin. Those are all good things: Our new friends join us on The World Day of Social Justice,…


Ten LI scientists earn prestigious AAAS fellowships

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ten Long Island scientists have received a prestigious peer-selected distinction, selected as 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The high honor, a members-only selection by other AAAS members, recognizes “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications,” according to Stony Brook University, which led the Long Island region with six fellows placed among this year’s 416 total honorees. Two Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory…


No. 355: On MOMA, Joni Mitchell, waste-to-energy and surviving the Election of 2018

  The day after: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers. The election is over, the republic still stands and the midpoint of a most exciting week of socioeconomic innovation is upon us. It’s Nov. 7 out there, and one way or another, the recent onslaught of political advertising has ended. Now, as the rhetoric recedes to CNN and Fox, we can finally tune it out and and enjoy “Guy’s Grocery Games” in peace. Distractions: To help…


In next-gen cancer battle, the MART money’s on SBU

By GREGORY ZELLER // For sure, this is no Kwik-E-Mart. After more than 3 million workhours packed into years of planning and construction, the future has arrived at Stony Brook University, in the shape of Stony Brook Medicine’s new 240,000-square-foot Medical and Research Translation Building. Going by MART, the cutting-edge medical facility – increasing Stony Brook Medicine’s cancer-patient capacity by 150 percent, while bringing to bear the latest and greatest cancer-fighting tools and techniques –…