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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.   From Studio 6-A, it’s “The Tonight Show,” with…


No. 515: In which COVID takes off, Telstar blasts off and Applied DNA spins off

  The sweeter the reward: You’ve done it again, intrepid reader, and coming off a long holiday weekend to boot – another workweek conquered, another weekend earned, Phase Four and all. Yes, it’s Friday out there, July 10 to be exact, a day so sweet you may need to floss twice: It’s National Kitten Day, National Pick Blueberries Day and National Piña Colada Day, all at once. Lose some: It’s also Independence Day in the…


Applied DNA ups ante, again, with Clinical Labs spinoff

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s busiest biotechs has spun off another local startup, this time focused on testing its own potential breakthroughs. Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences, which has quickly evolved from an upstart DNA-based supply-chain authenticator to a leader in unique DNA manufacturing, has launched Applied DNA Clinical Labs LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to the commercial development of two key verticals: Applied DNA’s virology tests, designed to quickly detect…


Tomorrow’s turbines, today, on SBU supercomputers

By GREGORY ZELLER // Supercomputers, artificial intelligence and next-generation turbine controls will work together to design the offshore wind farms of the future – a key step for the burgeoning national industry, and for Long Island’s emergence as a national wind-power leader. Stony Brook University has landed a $1.1 million award from the National Offshore Wind Research & Development Consortium, earmarked for a College of Engineering and Applied Science study that will unite advanced technologies…


Phase Four arrives on LI, with bombs bursting in air

By GREGORY ZELLER // Strap yourselves in, Long Island, but keep strapping on those facemasks. And batten the hatches for some political fallout, too – Phase Four has arrived, with fireworks. Governor Andrew Cuomo, one of President Donald Trump’s more vocal critics, pulled no punches in Monday’s daily briefing, in which the governor announced strong COVID-19 numbers across the state, confirmed that indoor dining in New York City is on hold indefinitely and essentially accused…


A smarter approach to pandemic-era research funding

By MITCH MAIMAN // It’s heartening to see both the business and charitable investments going into COVID-19 research. I’m certain that the institutions and individuals making these investments want to see the money create the greatest impact possible. But is it? Those who want their funding to have the most useful result should make sure they are funding an area where there is a unique need. I see money flowing into research in problem areas…


No. 512: In which Twain tinkers, Lovelace leaps and UFOs conquer the world

  Phase in: Welcome to Wednesday and welcome to Phase 3, dear readers, a hard-earned reopening privilege which lands on Long Island today, and we will only keep by keeping COVID-19 at bay. That means one-way supermarket lanes, rotating work shifts, masks in public spaces and other inconveniences for the foreseeable future – all told, still better than the alternative. Please stick with it. The truth is out there: And it’s June 24 out there,…


No. 511: On pensions, papas and Juneteenth – and the economics of racial equality

  The solstice with the mostest: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and not just any Friday but the eve of the Summer of 2020, in which things can only get better. It’s June 19 out there and a busy day on Planet Earth, including Labour Day in Trinidad and Tobago, Never Again Day in Uruguay (marking the 1764 birth of native freedom fighter José Artigas) and the Day of the Independent Hungary. Now MAGA-free: Here…


No. 510: Kevin Dahill, Newt Gingrich and M.C. Escher walk into a newsletter … plus, strudel for all 

  We’ve been sprung: Welcome, intrepid readers, to the last Wednesday of the Spring That Time Forgot, with Long Island’s reopening proceeding on schedule – just a week, give or take, until Phase 3 – and Summer 2020 rising Saturday. That makes it June 17 out there, known best as the U.N.’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, except in Iceland, where desertification is trumped by Icelandic National Day. Balanced approach: Here in the…


From the SoMAS weather desk: Bad storms coming

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Never Rains But It Pours file comes this grim long-range forecast, courtesy of Stony Brook University: It’s gonna rain, hard. Like, biblical hard. So says SBU’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, which has used global climate modeling to determine that future tropical cyclones – you know them as hurricanes – will produce more intense rains than ever before. The project, detailed in a scientific paper published last month…


No. 505: In which National Grid gifts, interns rise and SBU psychologists dig deep

  That’s a wrap: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as our abbreviated WFH workweek comes to an end and a muggy, late-spring weekend begins, with Long Island now enjoying its Phase 1 reopening. No, the pub isn’t open. Yes, you should still wear a mask. One Morgo: Before we dive in, a cap-tip for old friend Jim Morgo, the former Suffolk County economic-development guru who reached out following Tuesday’s newsletter, which noted that Molloy College…


A summer sans internships? No way, schools say

By GREGORY ZELLER // With canceled internships and rescinded job offers adding insult to injury for shortchanged U.S. college students, Long Island universities are working hard to keep their flocks working this summer. Longstanding career- and business-development programs at Adelphi University and Hofstra University have refocused their efforts through a pandemic-friendly lens, with a growing number of virtual internships and other remote-working (and remote-learning) opportunities now in play. The need for a Summer 2020 internship…


At Renaissance School, a closer look at depression

By GREGORY ZELLER // A hefty federal grant will support a multi-disciplined team of Stony Brook University researchers with a unique take on the enigma that is depression. Combining experts in psychological health, pharmacological sciences and next-generation scanning technologies, the team hopes to better understand how inflammation in the brain is related to the leading worldwide disorder and its myriad forms – and it now has a $3.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to…


No. 504: On Phase 1, thousands of grads and 918 million degrees (but who’s counting)?

  Cross your fingers: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and not just the midpoint of this abbreviated WFH workweek, but possibly the Phase 1 reopening Long Island has been waiting for. Stay tuned. All over the map: Either way, it’s May 27 out there and a busy one on Planet Earth, featuring Nicaragua’s Armed Forces Day, Bolivia’s Mother’s Day, Nigeria’s Children’s Day and Slavery Abolition Day in Guadeloupe. Here in the States, nothing quite so…


FindaTopDoc finds purpose in pandemic, and success

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island startup that was innovating telehealth long before the pandemic came calling has established a unique footprint in the Age of Coronavirus. The social-distancing requirements of COVID-19 have forced much of the traditional healthcare industry online – a virtually unexplored virtuality for many providers, but exactly where Islip-based FindaTopDoc LLC has operated since wife-and-husband co-founders Siobhan O’Grady and Anthony Casimano launched in 2009. From Day One, O’Grady – who…