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No. 534: In which batters strike out, small businesses strike gold and Henry Ford gives you your weekend

  Autumnal equalizer: Give yourself 10 seconds to forget POTUS, SCOTUS and every other fuss, dear reader, and consider this – you’ve completed the gauntlet of another busy workweek, and the first weekend of fall awaits. Aaahhh. Couldn’t do it without you: It’s Friday all right, Sept. 25 to be exact, and that’s one of Innovate LI’s favorites – National Research Administrator Day, when we honor the fiscal stewards, faculty assistants and other project managers…


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…


Life lessons from my own big, fat international crisis

By SHRUTI SHARMA // Following my passion for science to the United States has been a life-defining moment for me. Leaving my parents and everything familiar behind – it’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. Coming to a new country is exciting. You are experiencing new culture, visiting beautiful places and growing personally and professionally. However, some of these very things can make being “international” difficult at any given time. You…


No. 533: On Donkey Kong, Arctic atmospheres and Neptune – plus, Hollywood on the North Shore

  Fall for you: Rejoice, autumnal aficionados – the season of plunging temperatures, pumpkin-spice everything and full-on political dementia has arrived. Yes, it’s Sept. 23 on Long Island and around Planet Earth – not only the Wednesday midpoint of this latest busy workweek, but the first full day of Fall 2020. So grab a sweater and let’s rock. Stick it to them: Don’t be a jerky. Actually, go ahead – Sept. 23 is National Snack…


With a wing and a grant, SBU researchers set to soar

By GREGORY ZELLER // High-flying Stony Brook University researchers will take to the skies to better understand atmospheric chemistry in two very different places. Fueled by National Science Foundation grants totaling nearly $6 million, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Dean Paul Shepson and Professor John Mak – both experienced pilots – will lead airborne studies involving scientists from across the land and a variety of sophisticated aircraft owned by the NSF, the University of…


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. 530: Mars in focus, Hamilton in charge, Bozo on board – and a big win for Long Island innovation

  Lives in infamy: Welcome to Friday, the end of a surprisingly humid late-summer workweek and the doorstep of another hard-earned weekend – well done, dear readers. It’s Sept. 11 out there, and whether you call it Patriot Day or the National Day of Service and Remembrance, if you were old enough to pay attention 19 years ago today, you will truly never forget. Purely coincidental: Sixty years before terrorists tried to take it down,…


Quantum powers unite in Island’s $115M QIS center

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $115 million research effort rooted at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University will try to push the United States to the head of the global quantum-information class. The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen BNL to lead one of five National Quantum Information Science Research Centers, each supporting the National Quantum Initiative Act, which became law in 2018 and mandates a 10-year national strategy to “accelerate the development of…


SUNY’s LI schools look good as COVID tracker debuts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Note to the party crowds on SUNY’s 64 statewide campuses: Big Doctor is watching. With colleges and universities across the land reporting significant COVID-19 outbreaks – and a coronavirus cluster already closing one state university campus for the entire fall semester – Albany and SUNY are getting a little more proactive, with the launch of a system-wide COVID-19 tracking system. The new dashboard, officially introduced Sunday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and…


No. 526: Chancellors chosen, schools cleared and Cro-Magnon man unearthed – and it all goes to the dogs

  Cooler heads prevail: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, midpoint of another warm workweek – good news from the weather desk, though, which promises this latest heatwave breaks today. Stay tuned. Twice as nice: It’s Aug. 26 out there, a big one for our many readers in Namibia, where’s it’s both Herero Day (a gathering of the Herero people to honor historical chieftains) and the unrelated Heroes’ Day (marking the 1966 start of the southwestern…


No. 524: Space dogs, electric cars and the miracle of Tito Velasquez – you want fries with that?

  Slow and steady: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and over the hump we go. It’s the dog days, all right, as families take vacations (where possible), back-to-school sales proliferate (where applicable) and we reach the latter half of August, the summer and this latest warm workweek. Gives you wings: It’s Aug. 19 out there, a.k.a. National Aviation Day, which will make lots of sense when you read the birthdays below. It’s also the U.N.’s…


No. 523: Veteran ‘Ventures,’ pandemic page-turners and throwing shots with the real Doc Holliday

  Engines of innovation: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we race to the end of another sticky summer workweek and throttle down for another well-earned weekend. Low key: It’s Aug. 14 out there, and honestly, the pickings are very slim – the best we could do is the Day of Remembrance of the Defenders of the Fatherland in Abkhazia, which is, like, not even a real country. It’s also National Financial Awareness Day, which…


No. 521: London Jewelers rising up, rising up – so are fascism, Mars probes and consumer confidence

  The end is nigh: You’ve made it, dear reader – the terminus of both the wicked-warm workweek and the molasses-slow month. Good job, enjoy your weekend. Flags of our makua: It’s July 31 out there, which is of course Ka Hae Hawai’i Day – a.k.a. Hawaiian Flag Day, recognizing Hawaiian sovereignty (as declared by the British on July 31, 1843). Today also delivers a feast for the hungry: July 31 brings us, in no…


Return to Mars: SBU scientist back in the PIXL

By GREGORY ZELLER // Joel Hurowitz just can’t get off Mars. Hurowitz is not at all like the “The Martian,” titular hero of novelist Andy Weir’s smash hit about a stranded astronaut desperate to return to Earth. Instead, the assistant professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Geosciences keeps volunteering to return to the Red Planet – at least virtually, as a consultant on several NASA missions. His first trip to Mars was in 2004,…


No. 517: The universe ages, Adelphi goes for the Goldman and the AC is invented (thank goodness)

  You made it! And we’re so glad you did, dear readers, as we reach the end of this summertime workweek and get ready for another well-earned weekend. It’s July 17 out there, a date that reverberates across the human spectrum – both the World Day for International Justice, supporting the critical work of the International Criminal Court, and World Emoji Day, celebrating tiny digital cartoon things. Just peachy: It’s also National Peach Ice Cream…