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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

Now entering its final stages, the evolving COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape 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.     Numbers getting ugly across…


No. 550: In which Biden, Beethoven and Baby Moses meet (and the yo-yo rises)

  It’s their world: We’re just living in it, dear readers, as we reach the end of this latest busy workweek and look ahead to another restful weekend. Today is Friday, Nov. 20 – the U.N.’s World Children’s Day, when we’re reminded (or should be) that we’re merely temporary stewards of this planet, keeping it safe for younger generations waiting to do a much better job of it. That’s ridiculous: For the record, it’s also…


No. 546: The wait continues – with bread stuffing, Emma Stone and undead ferrets

  Your guess is as good as ours: Here we are, dear readers – it’s Nov. 6 on Long Island and around the world, and as we put the newsletter to bed Thursday night, there was still no clear word on who will be President of the United States come Jan. 21. Perhaps by the time you read this, an electoral winner will have been announced (though lawsuits are sure to follow, so stay tuned)….


SUNY-Old Westbury taps student-empowerment pro

By GREGORY ZELLER // A veteran academic administrator with a national résumé and long familiarity with New York State higher education will take the reins at SUNY-Old Westbury. Following a 10-month process by Pennsylvania-based executive search firm RPA Inc. and an 18-member campus-wide search committee, the State University of New York Board of Trustees has named Timothy Sams as the next president of the SUNY College at Old Westbury. Sams, currently vice president of student…


No. 539: On Pooh, Holmes, deep-space ‘splosions and all-you-can-eat dessert

  Vote note: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we muscle through another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. Before we begin, please head over to Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Best of Long Island contest and pull the virtual lever for Innovate Long Island, part of an impressive field battling to be crowned Best Long Island Blog. We want it, we deserve it, but we can’t get it without you – find us in the Arts…


With NSF boost, deep-space detective eyes death stars

By GREGORY ZELLER // A relatively small federal grant will propel a SUNY-Old Westbury instructor deep into the ocean of space, where he’ll track radio waves produced by the spectacular collision of two long-dead stars. The National Science Foundation has awarded Michael Kavic, an associate professor in the SUNY College at Old Westbury’s Chemistry and Physics Department, a mere $189,233 – a pittance, actually, in an age of million-dollar research grants. But the award will…


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…


No. 531: In which GM gets rolling, Channel 13 goes live and the pandemic silences sports, once again

  So hard to keep this smile from our face: Inventors to the left of us, investors to the right – happy to be stuck in the middle with you, dear readers, as we hurdle the hump of this latest busy workweek. And with that, ladies and gentlemen – please welcome Stealers Wheel! Island hopping: It’s Sept. 16 out there, which is of course Independence Day (in Papua New Guinea), Malaysian Armed Forces Day (in…


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. 528: Speak softly, celebrate cultural diversity, raise the Titanic — and enjoy a blueberry popsicle!

  Wrapping it up: Here we are, dear readers – midpoint of this latest workweek and just about done with Summer 2020, at least unofficially. With that, a scheduling note: Innovate Long Island will be sticking our toes in the sand this Labor Day weekend, so no newsletters Friday (Sept. 4) or Monday (Sept. 7). Look for a special-edition Calendar Newsletter to ease you back into the flow Sept. 8, followed by your regularly scheduled…


Island colleges ease tough senior moments, virtually

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s top-shelf institutions of higher learning are springing to action to help one of the pandemic’s healthiest – and most negatively affected – populations. Among other well-documented chaos, COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on every level of national education, but especially among university-bound high-schoolers who are a) losing out on proms and other senior-year victory laps and b) caught in the middle of their college-application processes. No doubt, academia’s coming recovery…


No. 486: On mega-moons, linear DNA and innovative immigrant services – and yes, lots of coronavirus stuff

  The unusual: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another weird and wild workweek, as the Great Coronavirus Pandemic continues to reshape our world and the regional and global innovation economies scramble to keep up. Please celebrate alone: It’s March 25 out there, the U.N.’s International Day of Solidarity With Missing or Detained Staff Members, which is actually about U.N. employees who made the ultimate sacrifice, but seems oddly redefined today. To…


Feds eye stopgap hospitals at SBU, SUNY Old Westbury

By GREGORY ZELLER // The federal government will construct four emergency hospitals across Downstate New York, including two on Long Island, in response to the coronavirus crisis. The Stony Brook University and SUNY College at Old Westbury campuses have been identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as potential sites for temporary hospitals, along with Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Westchester County Center – and on Sunday, President Donald Trump announced…


No. 457: On micro-credentials, electric avenues and a historic black-and-white kiss, in full color

  Well done: Here we are again, dear readers, nearing the end of another busy workweek and the beginning of another well-earned weekend. Outstanding job. It’s Nov. 22 out there – 56th anniversary of the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy and, mathematically, the earliest date on which Thanksgiving can fall, though not this year. Let’s get out of here: Fitting for a Friday, today is also National Go For a Ride Day, celebrating planes,…


No. 455: Kalikow knows, Empire invades, Rod Stewart stays on track – and why WOS is A-OK with PSEG

  The final countdown: The clock is ticking, dear readers, as we speed toward the climactic conclusion of another busy workweek. To set a proper Friday mood, straight from 1986 … please welcome Swedish rockers Europe! Play it again: Please be sure to reduce and reuse whenever possible today – Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. Einigkeit macht stark: Hello to our many readers in Belgium, where they’re having a busy one – Nov. 15…