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Diversity is dapper as LI med students don white coats

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve put them on – and, they’re off! The ninth-ever class at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell has donned its white coats and embarked on its four-year journey to professional medicine. The members of the Class of 2023 received their ceremonial coats Oct. 11 at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, symbolically beginning their medical educations. In reality, the 103 students have already begun their scholastic quests: While…


No. 443: On Ken Morrelly, the LIREDC’s highest hopes, Sputnik and the Queen of the Damned

  Ten-four, good buddy: Breaker, breaker, dear readers, and thanks for having your ears on as we keep the left door closed, put the hammer down and speed toward another well-earned weekend. It’s Friday out there, Oct. 4 to be precise, which of course means it’s 10-4 and National CB Radio Day, first proclaimed in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to salute the Citizen Band as an emergency resource and to honor enthusiasts. Off the…


Hard hats and soft spots: Remembering Ken Morrelly

By RAY DONNELLY // Ten years ago Oct. 1, the region lost a strong, powerful voice in economic development, when C. Kenneth Morrelly passed away suddenly. He died on the cusp of realizing a project he’d been devoted to for many years, the Homeland Security Research Center. The project was a centerpiece of his time as CEO and president of LIFT, the Long Island Forum for Technology. October 1, 2009, was a red-letter day for the region’s…


In 2019 plan, LIREDC ‘doubles down’ on what works

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the If It Ain’t Broke file comes the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, which covers proven ground in its annual progress report/wish list to the Empire State Development Corp. Meeting ESD’s yearly Oct. 1 submission deadline, the LIREDC slapped a new title on its 2019 report (“Long Island: Breaking Down Barriers”) but filled it with a familiar mix of success stories and future ambitions, largely focused on the Island’s…


No. 442: Snoopy and Gandhi in ‘The Twilight Zone’ – and puppy love at the SBDC

  Fall for it: Don’t let the thermometer fool you – it’s actually autumn, dear readers, and we’ll be bundled up soon enough! Whatever the hell Mother Nature is smoking, welcome to Wednesday, Oct. 2, as we hurdle the hump of this latest, very busy week of socioeconomic innovation. A stitch in time: To our many readers in Indonesia, a festive Batik Day, celebrating the Asian nation’s traditional cloth – officially recognized in 2009 by…


‘Early’ $2M grant cheers ambitious depression study

By GREGORY ZELLER // A seven-digit federal grant will help a Stony Brook University researcher develop new treatment protocols for adolescents suffering from depression. More than just “feeling sad” because it’s raining or the Mets were finally eliminated, clinical depression – a.k.a. major depressive disorder – is a common but serious condition with sometimes severe symptoms that affect how the afflicted feel, think, eat, sleep, work and otherwise function day-to-day. And more than a healthcare…


Debrief: Michael Chiang, mic’d up at Stony Brook SBDC

  Michael Chiang didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. But firsthand exposure to Baruch College professors who were also successful entrepreneurs changed his mind (and his major), instilling a desire to “create something that impacts the lives of many people.” Flash forward: The Long Island native, Baruch grad (BBA, entrepreneurship, business law and mathematics) and Kickstarter success story has done that, as the creative force behind FitBark, MatchPuppy and other commercial successes, (including his…


Island set to shine as clean-energy employment soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for research-rich, offshore-open Long Island: New York’s clean-energy economy is growing at more than double the rate of the overall state economy. So says the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which on Tuesday announced an 8.9 percent growth in statewide clean energy-related employment since 2016 – exceeding 158,000 employees in 2019, according to NYSERDA, and still climbing. These and other impressive numbers await in the state’s…


No. 439: On iron thrones, pepperoni pizzas, pool parties – and best efforts, wasted

  No kidding: You’ve done it again, dear reader – another five-day gauntlet run, another well-earned weekend reached. Well played. It’s Friday, Sept. 20, a good one for the young and the young at heart, marking both National Youth Day in Thailand and Germany’s Universal Children’s Day. Let’s not go there: It’s also Independence Day in South Ossetia, but that’s a whole big thing. Thought for food: And since we dropped the bun and failed…


SBU microRNA tech sparks $10M anticancer startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University-developed technology, a Massachusetts-based startup and an eight-figure investment from China could pave a path toward groundbreaking cancer therapeutics. Through an agreement with the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, a microRNA-manipulating technology developed by SBU biochemist Jingfang Ju has been licensed to Curamir Therapeutics, a startup launched in August on a $10 million stake from Hong Kong-based international innovation financer Delos Capital. Terms of…


Island high-schoolers take European science prize

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island high schoolers have earned a top European prize for young scientists. Half Hollow Hills High School West’s Poojan Pandya and Ward Melville Senior High School’s Leo Takemaru earned a first-place finish in the 31st European Union Contest for Young Scientists with their joint research effort, which focused on proteins that could potentially be used as a component of anti-HIV therapies. The Long Island partners – the only American…


No. 435: Kicking off, sinking vs. swimming and justice for all (fraud victims, that is)

  End run: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and the last leg of this busy late-summer workweek. It’s Sept. 6 out there, and if you had the Mayflower departing Plymouth, England, and setting a course for history on this date in 1620, well done! A half-crown and two shillings for you; please contact our Awards Department for more information. Are you ready for some football? It’s Unification Day in Bulgaria and Armed Forces Day in…


Ominous winds blow, but offshore efforts hold steady

By GREGORY ZELLER // President Trump is tapping the breaks on offshore-wind development, but the burgeoning billion-dollar industry is still poised to reset environmental and economic barometers. That’s the word from world-class energy guru Robert Catell, chairman of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, who’s staying calm in response to the announcement that the Trump Administration is delaying permits for the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, until such time that the administration…


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…


New admissions effort ‘pharms’ out Adelphi grads

By GREGORY ZELLER // The joint-admissions wave continues to roll over Long Island, with Adelphi University announcing another high-profile two-fer. This time, the Garden City school has forged a collaboration with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences that will give future pharmacists a shot at earning their bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in seven years – or less. Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, students will have two options: complete both degrees in seven…