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Quantum powers unite in Island’s $115M QIS center

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $115 million research effort rooted at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University will try to push the United States to the head of the global quantum-information class. The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen BNL to lead one of five National Quantum Information Science Research Centers, each supporting the National Quantum Initiative Act, which became law in 2018 and mandates a 10-year national strategy to “accelerate the development of…


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…


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…


Thanks for the Quantum Memory: DOE backs Qunnect

By GREGORY ZELLER // A red-hot “Quantum Memory” technology has secured a seven-figure federal grant for a Stony Brook startup with plans for ultra-secure global communications. Qunnect Inc., which leverages tech created by Stony Brook University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and licensed from the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, has received a $1.5 million Phase-II Small Business Innovation Research award from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Phase-II award supports…


Whole body, whole world in CSHL’s new Demerec lab

By GREGORY ZELLER // A world-class scientific institution has gotten worldlier, and classier, with a $75 million upgrade focused squarely on cancer research. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory this week cut the ribbon on its Center for Therapeutics Research, located inside a significantly renovated Demerec Laboratory Building, which is ready to rock following a two-year retuning. The transformation of the Demerec building, opened in 1953 and named for Croatian-American geneticist Milislav Demerec, into a state-of-the-art therapeutics-research…


Ambitious agenda, new partnership gas up the IGIT

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new cross-continental collaboration is just one of the innovative energy efforts revving things up inside the Institute for Gas Innovation and Technology. Stony Brook University’s 15-month-old IGIT is firing on all cylinders on its mission to address current and future power needs through increasingly low-carbon means – including a new memorandum of understanding inked this month with the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy, seen as a major play toward…


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…


At new SBU hub, artificial intelligence is the real deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A cornerstone of Long Island’s innovation economy has partnered with a New York City-based technology icon to launch a new hub for regional AI research. Stony Brook University this week officially flipped the switch on its new Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation, a research-and-development hub laser-focused on what the university calls “the AI-driven economy of the future.” At a May 9 launch event hosted in New York City by global…


‘Switch’ set, superconductivity startup soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Resistance, it turns out, is not futile – but in this power struggle, a Stony Brook startup may have the technological advantage. In the world of electricity transmission, resistance – opposition to an electric current’s flow, the opposite of electrical conductance – is the whole bowl of wax. Tip the scales from conductance to resistance, and it’s going to be a dark night on Main Street. The challenge is especially steep…


Debrief: Catell, consortium set to blow the doors off

  Robert Catell isn’t so much “busy” as “hyperactive.” Decades after serving as chairman of KeySpan and National Grid’s U.S. operations, the iconic innovator (last Debriefed by Innovate LI in 2016) remains integrally involved in multiple energy-efficiency efforts. As chairman of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Catell is all in on sustainability, a focus reinforced by his leadership of the National Offshore Wind…


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…


ThermoLift lands on (Google for Startups) cloud nine

By GREGORY ZELLER // A rising star of Stony Brook University’s science-commercialization ecosystem is getting a major boost from Google. ThermoLift, headquartered at SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, has been accepted into Google Cloud for Startups and has received “cloud computing credits” valued at $20,000. Google Cloud for Startups is designed to help early-stage tech enterprises scale up their businesses by offering…


No 379: Tuning in at Hofstra, soaring high at JFK and music by John Williams (plus: a new origin story for the universe)

  Finishing touch: And down the stretch we come, dear readers, with the end of another busy workweek and the promised land of another well-earned weekend coming up fast. It’s Friday out there, Feb. 8 to be precise, and good luck to all our readers in India preparing to pop the question on this romantic Propose Day 2019. The pickings are slim (Scout’s honor): Here in the States, it’s National Opera Day (just two years…


Cold start: With $25M round set, ThermoLift ices test

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based heat-pump innovator has completed a rigorous round of prototype testing – and, in the process, crushed a series of critical U.S. Department of Energy performance standards. ThermoLift, headquartered at Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, announced Tuesday that it’s wrapped up testing of its innovative, refrigerant-free natural-gas air conditioner and cold-climate heat pump technology…


On LI, the electric-vehicle revolution is fully charged

By JOHN BILLARD // It’s National Drive Electric Week, and drivers across the country are showing off their electric vehicles. Americans are looking towards the future when it comes to their vehicles. According to a 2018 AAA survey, 20 percent of Americans want their next vehicle to be electric. Fortunately, the future of electric vehicles is only looking better and brighter than ever – particularly right here on Long Island. Last fall, Ford partnered with…