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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic is 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 running journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Poll: More than half of Metro New Yorkers won’t accept…


No. 532: A new look for Long Island, new life for old junk and cheeseburgers for all

  End run: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we hustle down the stretch of this somewhat autumnal workweek and look forward to another well-earned weekend. It’s Sept. 18 out there – National Respect Day, which started as a statement against domestic violence but is badly needed by all as our nationwide insolence spreads, from the top down, like a brain cancer. On a more positive note: To our many readers in Azerbaijan, a joyous…


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,…


No. 499: In which Vasco da Gama resurfaces – and moms, PPE and coconut pies have a day

  The mother of all weekends: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up another work-from-home workweek and kick off a bittersweet, locked-down Mother’s Day weekend. Freedom (to choose): It’s May 8 out there, and if states aren’t being liberated as quickly as you’d like, perhaps you’ll find solace in the Czech Republic’s Liberation Day. If not, try Parents Day in South Korea, Veterans Day in Norway or World Red Cross Day. Cream of…


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…


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. 475: Love is in the air – along with Ferris wheels, podcasts and ‘mega sports’

  We heart you: You’ve done it again, dear reader – another workweek conquered, another Friday reached, and for that, you have our undying affection. It’s Feb. 14 out there, which in addition to Valentine’s Day brings several annual celebrations: National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day (makes sense), National Condom Day (ditto) and Frederick Douglass Day (which you might not have thought of, but the famed abolitionist’s actual birthdate is unknown and he chose Feb. 14, so…


No. 472: On videogames, infectious diseases and historic blizzards (and the return of Capt. Picard)

  Center piece: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we reach the middle of another busy workweek – and the exact midpoint of the blessedly mild (at least in these parts) Winter of 2020. That makes it Feb. 5 out there, giving you plenty of interesting options – it’s National Chocolate Fondue Day, Western Monarch Day (celebrating the butterfly, not the royals) and National Shower With a Friend Day (which isn’t as exciting as it…


Albany plugging $79M into SBU campus efficiency

By GREGORY ZELLER // A variety of state-funded efficiency upgrades – including new lighting, ventilation and operations-management systems – are included in a new Stony Brook University infrastructure-improvement plan. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a comprehensive $79 million strategy to bring additional energy-efficient improvements to the Long Island jewel of the State University system. Financed and implemented by the New York Power Authority “in partnership with SUNY,” the upgrades target several SBU facilities –…


No. 425: Healthy hospitals, debt-free docs and a ReCharged LI – plus, the big book of bioelectronics

  Half full: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of this latest summery week of socioeconomic progress. Hard to believe, but tomorrow is already Aug. 1 – making today July 31, a busy one for the sweet-toothed (National Raspberry Cake Day, National Cotton Candy Day and National Jump For Jelly Beans Day) and puppy-lovers (National Mutt Day, an annual mixed-breed mixer). Aloha: To our readers in the great State of Hawaii, a happy…


No. 351: One world, truth in electioneering and another IPS lightbulb moment (plus: teleporting with Gil Perez!)

  Welcome to Wednesday: Over the hump of another busy workweek, dear friends. We are the world: To our readers in the 193 sovereign states comprising the U.N. General Assembly, a peaceful United Nations Day, celebrated every Oct. 24 since 1948. At a time when some would suggest that nationalism – defined as promoting national interests “to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations” – is the way to go, the U.N.’s…


At Stony Brook University Hospital, enter Sands man

By GREGORY ZELLER // An expert in high-risk medicine has been tapped as the new chief medical officer of Stony Brook University Hospital. Mark Sands, who most recently served as enterprise associate chief quality officer for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is SBUH’s new top doc, the hospital announced Monday. His appointment as chief medical officer officially kicks off Nov. 1. Sands – who earned his bachelor’s of science and medical degrees from Northwestern University and…


No. 328: They’re feeling a little high at SmartCoparent and Luminati … and that’s before Albany legalizes pot

End run: The finish line is in sight, dear readers – the conclusion of another busy workweek and the beginning of another well-earned weekend. Enjoy the ride: Before we wrap up this sultry week in socioeconomic innovation, a warm welcome to new newsletter subscribers Disha, Murat, Isaac, Carolina, Joel, Chad, Brendan, Scottie J, Steve, David, Chris and Jon. Please keep your hands inside the car at all times. And a special hello this Aug. 3…


No. 318: On Helen Keller, Ross Perot, J.J. Abrams and Captain Video (and yes, that iced tea IS very spicy)

Welcome, welcome: It’s the midpoint of another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation, dear readers, with just seven days to go before the nation’s 242nd birthday. Mathematically, that must mean it’s June 27 out there, a.k.a. Multicultural Day in Canada and Mixed Race Day in Brazil. In the States, we have to settle for the 125th anniversary of the Great Stock Crash of 1893, which set off a four-year depression. Wire to wire: Marking the first…


National board tabs LI hospital for rare stroke honor

By GREGORY ZELLER // The nation’s oldest and largest healthcare accrediting body has bestowed a rare designation upon Stony Brook University Hospital. The hospital announced this week that it has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission, making it the first Suffolk County hospital and one of only 200 national hospitals – out of more than 5,800 eligible institutions – to earn the distinction. The elite Comprehensive Stroke Center designation indicates the hospital’s…