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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic is 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 running journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Poll: More than half of Metro New Yorkers won’t accept…


Federal grants back very different SBU compu-efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Millions of dollars in new federal grants are flowing to Stony Brook University’s Department of Computer Science, with cyber-defense and mobile data playing large. The research couldn’t be more disparate: digital security via cryptographic codes and better understanding of alcoholism through mobile data. But the nine-digit awards – one from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the other from the National Institutes of Health – both support ongoing efforts inside the…


Study: Medical clues aplenty in Facebook posts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Social media is an undeniable mixed bag – global connector, presidential bully pulpit, unprecedented panic-spreading platform – but its potential as a real-time healthcare tool has hardly been tapped. So says a new study published in Scientific Reports, an online open-access scientific “mega journal” published by Nature Research. The study, co-led by Stony Brook University researcher H. Andrew Schwartz, reveals the language people use in their Facebook posts subtly changes before…


For those with ‘charging anxiety,’ a lite in the dark

By GREGORY ZELLER // This is no AAA battery – a Long Island City startup with Long Island connections is bringing its field-tested “charge-sharing” tech straight to The Show. Hoplite Power, a client of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program proliferating rechargeable smartphone battery packs and a network to rent and return them, is set to join the New York Mets just in time for the Amazins’ unlikely playoff run, with five “Hoplite…


In $2 million startup, 11,000 wines and one full circle

By GREGORY ZELLER // As the latest cog in a multistate corporate wheel likely to spin past $3 billion in revenue next year, Total Wine Spirits & More is not your typical startup, for Westbury or anywhere else. And it’s not particularly innovative – though actually it is, contorting Maryland-based Total Wine & More’s proven formula (170-something stores and counting) to squeeze through New York State’s regulatory hoops (more below). But if the megalithic retailer…


Child’s play: Northwell nabs top doc to lead pediatrics

Long Island’s top children’s hospital has a new pediatrics chief. The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center has tapped Sophia Jan as its new chief of pediatrics, the New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system announced Monday. Jan – who also has been named medical director of Northwell Health’s Health Homes Serving Children effort, part of the New York State Health Home Program – will be an “instrumental part of ensuring that the hospital delivers…