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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…


State launches Offshore Wind Training Institute, again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Representing the largest public investment by any state in offshore wind workforce development, New York’s Offshore Wind Training Institute is now afloat. Seriously. The State University of New York and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority launched (or is it re-launched?) the $20 million OWTI this week, aiming to train 2,500 workers through an “educational infrastructure” administered by NYSERDA, Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University. Announced as…


Targeting healthcare workers, LI vaccinations begin

By GREGORY ZELLER // Americans remain split about receiving a COVID-19 shot – but frontline healthcare workers are squarely in the vaccinate-me-now category. Pfizer’s hastily approved COVID-19 vaccine is now coursing through American bloodstreams, and as the earliest shipments arrived this week on Long Island, workers throughout Island hospitals and healthcare systems were gratefully rolling up their sleeves. Phase One of the State University of New York’s COVID-19 vaccine-distribution operation commenced Tuesday, with SUNY hospitals…


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…


SUNY requires COVID tests for homebound students

By GREGORY ZELLER // The State University of New York system has created an innovative safety net meant to catch COVID-positive students before they return home – and requiring individual schools to see to the needs of quarantined students, even when campuses are closed. On Tuesday, SUNY announced a new system-wide policy requiring all on-campus students – including residential students and commuters who take in-person classes, eat in dining halls or otherwise use campus facilities…


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…


SUNY looks inward, taps ex-policy wonk as chancellor

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a relatively brief search for a successor to former Chancellor Kristina Johnson, SUNY has found its new head honcho – inside SUNY. Jim Malatras is more a veteran of Albany’s corridors of power than the State University of New York system – his résumé includes director of state operations and deputy secretary for policy management under Gov. Andrew Cuomo – though he is the first SUNY graduate to take the…


Chancellor’s resignation, amid pandemic, stuns SUNY

By GREGORY ZELLER // State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson has announced her resignation, stepping down to become the new president of The Ohio State University. Johnson, who became the 13th SUNY chancellor in April 2017 and played a key role in SUNY’s comprehensive response to 2017’s hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, was unanimously approved as president Wednesday by the OSU Board of Trustees. She becomes the university’s 16th president, succeeding Ohio State…


Adelphi, SBU mix it up in Island-wide diversity drive

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the It Takes a Village file come multiple attempts to promote inclusion at some of Long Island’s top universities, and beyond. Just weeks after Stony Brook University announced it would steer nearly $1 million of SUNY money toward a new faculty-diversity initiative, Garden City’s Adelphi University has announced the appointment of a new vice president and new executive director of diversity and inclusion. Adelphi’s equality effort, announced Friday, involves two…


Same old story for SUNY Empire, in new Suffolk digs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s newest college is really nothing new. Empire State College, stepchild of the State University of New York system, is all grown up, thank you: The school has been helping students, particularly working professionals, earn accredited degrees since 1971, both in-person – at 30 statewide locations and seven international sites – and, increasingly, through distance-learning opportunities. But its 6.6-acre, $14 million Empire State College at Selden – that’s new, even…


A regular riot: Recalling RALPH, from LI to the moon

By PETER CRESCENTI // A recent Innovate LI newsletter headline – “Chefs of the future” – caught my attention: It had to be a reference to “The Honeymooners,” the classic episode in which Ralph and Norton do a live TV commercial for a crazy kitchen gadget. I had to know for sure. So, I emailed Editor Gregory Zeller, and sure enough, I was right. And we bonded like members of the Bensonhurst Chapter of the…


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…


Albany plugging $79M into SBU campus efficiency

By GREGORY ZELLER // A variety of state-funded efficiency upgrades – including new lighting, ventilation and operations-management systems – are included in a new Stony Brook University infrastructure-improvement plan. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a comprehensive $79 million strategy to bring additional energy-efficient improvements to the Long Island jewel of the State University system. Financed and implemented by the New York Power Authority “in partnership with SUNY,” the upgrades target several SBU facilities –…


Adelphi, Upstate Medical ink joint-admissions pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following a popular higher-education trend, Adelphi University has forged a joint-admissions alliance that will funnel graduates straight into medical school. The Syracuse-based Upstate Medical University, to be precise, which on Tuesday joined the Garden City school to announce the Adelphi-Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program, which will feed qualified students directly into Upstate Medical’s fold beginning this fall. The new collaboration adds Adelphi to Upstate Medical’s existing list of 10 statewide Accelerated Scholars…


See you in September (not): Stanley stuns SBU, SUNY

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Didn’t See That Coming file comes the sudden departure of Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley Jr., who has resigned his position and will step down July 31. Stanley, who become SBU’s fifth president in July 2009, will become the 21st president of Michigan State University, according to several news reports. His decision – which follows a decade-long tenure ripe with physical expansion and award-winning faculty research – has…