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No. 339: Innovation (and procreation) in Russia, the ‘Best Colleges’ on Long Island and strange things on Cynthia Nixon’s bagel

Fair-to-middling: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting workweek. We trust yours is, at least, slightly above average. It’s Sept. 12 out there, marking the international observance of Mindfulness Day, which promotes the notion of careful consideration. Why don’t you just think about that for a bit. Putin the “Mother” in “Mother Russia”: It’s also the Day of Procreation in Russia, which stems from a 2006 speech in which Vlad the…


SBU snags $25M grant for new engineering facility

By GREGORY ZELLER // Engineers, start your education. New York State on Thursday announced a major funding initiative that will help bring a cutting-edge engineering facility to the Stony Brook University campus. Albany will funnel $25 million to SBU, allowing the university to dive headlong into the initial planning and development phases of what Stony Brook is trumpeting as a $100 million, 100,000-square-foot mecca of engineering education. The university’s engineering programs already have a strong…


No. 318: On Helen Keller, Ross Perot, J.J. Abrams and Captain Video (and yes, that iced tea IS very spicy)

Welcome, welcome: It’s the midpoint of another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation, dear readers, with just seven days to go before the nation’s 242nd birthday. Mathematically, that must mean it’s June 27 out there, a.k.a. Multicultural Day in Canada and Mixed Race Day in Brazil. In the States, we have to settle for the 125th anniversary of the Great Stock Crash of 1893, which set off a four-year depression. Wire to wire: Marking the first…


FSC tops Island schools in annual ‘Best Value’ rankings

By GREGORY ZELLER // A national hub for college applicants has ranked Farmingdale State College among the nation’s best schools for its price. Online aggregator Best Value Schools places FSC No. 29 on its new top-100 list of 2018’s Most Affordable Universities/Colleges in America. Among other qualities, Best Value Schools notes Farmingdale State’s “manicured” 380-acre campus, proximity to New York City, moderate enrollment and roughly 40 distinct academic programs – a “not overwhelming” selection reflecting…


No. 269: Cuomo’s big plans, LI’s bouncing babies and other exciting ways to start your innovative 2018

Hello, you wonderful old Building & Loan! OK, yes, enough already with the Christmas references – but the very first U.S. building & loan association organized 87 years ago today in Frankford, Pa. Thought you’d like to know. And with that quick history lesson, we turn our eyes squarely ahead toward another year of invention, collaboration and healthy socioeconomic development on Long Island. The Innovate LI team will be here every step of the way,…


Eight Island schools ranked among top U.S. colleges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island has plenty of big brains to drain. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which has issued its 2018 Best Colleges survey, a highly regarded rite of September that ranks some 1,800 United States-based colleges and universities based on school and student performance and a host of other critical metrics. As usual, Long Island posted a good-not-great performance on the annual higher-education report card – fairly strong, indicative…