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In Discovery Prize, a best chance to speak their minds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Effective science communication won the day Tuesday, when Stony Brook University hosted the final round of its 2019 Discovery Prize Competition. Designed specifically to teach next-level scientists how to best communicate their advanced theories and discoveries, the Discovery Prize competition naturally featured some heady science – including the winning project, which dives deep into machine learning concepts by creating computational models of the unconscious human brain. But explaining such intricate scientific…


At ICE laboratory, diversity fuels the fire within

By GREGORY ZELLER // Diversity is behind the wheel at Stony Brook University, where an unexpected team of mechanical engineers is fueling a new future for an old technology. Electric vehicles are an enormous part of an energy-efficient future – and they’re increasingly prevalent in the present, with hybrids quickly filling our HOV lanes. But that doesn’t mean internal combustion engines are dead. Instead, the drive for energy efficiency has researchers like SBU Department of…


For LI entrepreneurs, a bevy of biz-building resources

By PHIL RUGILE // I’ve talked a lot about how startups can utilize physical spaces and how, as region, we need more centers for innovation. But meanwhile, we already have dozens of startups popping up every month – and they won’t necessarily wait around for the right space or support. If there’s no easy way to find what they need, they’ll go somewhere they think can assist them. In our case, that typically means a…


No. 397: In which the shrew fits, SBU grad students soar and Northwell knuckles down at the NUMC

  Half full: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the clubhouse turn of another exciting week of socioeconomic progress. Checking in: It’s April 17 out there, and first off we’d like to welcome new newsletter subscribers Zachary, Estelle, James, Brian, Lisa and Francesco. If any of you had two sons of Chulabi nobleman Kiya Afrasiyab murdering Hasan II in his bathtub – effectively ending Mazandaran’s Bavand dynasty – on this date in 1349, well done!…


Stony Brook grad students soar in NSF nominations

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University dominated the field Tuesday as 18 SUNY graduate students were named candidates for prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships. All told, five State University of New York campuses were represented in this year’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship nominees. The University at Albany, Binghamton University and the University at Buffalo each posted two nominees, and the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in upstate Oneida County added one. But SBU ruled the SUNY…


Honey, I shrunk the shrew (and maybe your kidney)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cutting-edge evolutionary science meets a Rick Moranis movie in an innovative international study of a surprisingly shrinkable furball. Freshly supported by a three-year grant from the international Human Frontier Science Program, Liliana Dávalos, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution in Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will dive even deeper into the world of the shrew – a remarkable, mole-like mammal known to shrink its mass, including…


No. 395: On Watson, women in energy and Ming the nonagenarian (and beating Alzheimer’s at its own game)

  Picking up speed: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as another busy workweek blurs on by. It’s already April 10 out there, and while it’s not yet an official federal holiday – the Sibling Leadership Network (real thing) is working on that – today is still National Siblings Day. A moment’s paws: It’s also American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Day, commemorating the April 10, 1866, founding of the ASPCA. Attention inventors:…


ThermoLift runs with the elite at CERAWeek 2019

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook startup in hot pursuit of game-changing heat-pump technology sizzled last month at one of the nation’s biggest annual energy conferences. ThermoLift, headquartered at Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, was one of only 11 companies invited to present during Climate Investments’ Venture Day, part of the 37th annual CERAWeek conference, held in March in Texas. Named for Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a circa-1983 Massachusetts-based energy…


No 393: Cuomo’s big budget, Wei Yin’s smarter entrepreneurs and the prototypically helpful MTRC

  Welcome to the show: Hello and happy Wednesday to you, dear reader, as we speed toward the back nine of another busy workweek. Welcome especially new newsletter subscribers Ron, Mindy, Lauren, David, Nicholas, Christine, Dianne, Liz and Connie. Lace up, kids – you join us on National Walking Day, the American Heart Association’s first-Wednesday-of-April reminder to stretch those limbs once in a while. A.K.A. “Think Twice Day”: April 3 is also National Don’t Go…


At offshore consortium, $7M is blowing in the wind

By GREGORY ZELLER // A syndicate of offshore-wind leaders from around the region, the nation and the world is looking to energize the path to sustainability with a hefty funding drive. The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium this week announced the availability of up to $7 million in research-and-development funding, part of its “first comprehensive solicitation for offshore wind-technology projects.” The seven-figure stipend marks “an important step in advancing the long-term strategy for…


How to build a better med-tech entrepreneur

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of this generation’s commercialization aces says Long Island’s next crop of healthcare visionaries has got the goods. They’re not ready for prime time. Only some have advanced as far as prototyping. But the medical technology (and the creativity) are off the charts, according to Gregory Montalbano, a principal executive at Smithtown-based MIDI Medical Product Development who, for the third straight year, was invited to consult students under the tutelage of…


For Island manufacturers, a rapid-prototyping boost

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany will offer rapid prototyping services to Long Island manufacturers through the state’s regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership center. Stocked with 3D printers, laser-etchers and other frontline maker tech, the new User Facility Center – part of Stony Brook University’s Manufacturing and Technology Research Consortium,  tucked inside SBU’s Center of Excellence for Wireless and Information Technology – aims to carry early-stage innovations “from idea to [computer-assisted design] to printing,” according to MTRC…


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. 391: Kirk lives, rockets blast, lasers fire – and it’s a water world after all

  Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, dear reader – the end of another busy workweek is upon us, and the first weekend of spring has sprung. Well played. It’s March 22 out there, marking the United Nation’s annual World Water Day, which reminds us that clean, potable water is “a human right.” (They take this to heart at Adelphi University, as you’ll see below.) More Power to you: With Saturday’s national Powerball jackpot soaring…


C you in November: SBU gets cracking on CEWIT2019

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Out in Front of It Department comes Stony Brook University and its 15th International Conference on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World, known colloquially the world over as CEWIT2019. Although the annual conference is still an entire Major League Baseball season away (World Series included), Stony Brook University’s New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology is obviously excited. This week, CEWIT flipped the switch on…