No. 676: From Sweden to France to the Antarctic to the moon, with waffles – Innovate Long Island


Quick thinking: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we race to the end of another busy workweek and speed into another well-earned weekend – already the last weekend of March 2022, if you can believe it.
Today is March 25, and we’re going to slow things down just enough for an entertaining and informative innovation review. Ready? Go!
You’ve got mail: “The Annunciation,” by Italian painter Paolo de Matteis.
Våffeldagen: That’s what they call it in Sweden (strangely, a nod to Vårfrudagen, the global religious holiday celebrating the immaculate conception). Whatever you call it (or why), today is International Waffle Day, so dig in.
That whole Vårfrudagen thing means today is also the Feast of the Annunciation, recalling the time the archangel Gabriel dropped in on the Virgin Mary with some startling news.
Heavy medal: Here in the States, March 25 is also National Medal of Honor Day, commemorating the day in 1863 when the U.S. government first awarded its highest and most prestigious military honor.
Big find: Also earning high honors was 17th Century Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens – particularly on March 25, 1655, when one of history’s greatest scientists discovered Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
Big shot: In other space news, inventive Philadelphia photographer Frederick Langenheim snapped the first picture of a solar eclipse on March 25, 1857, using the daguerreotype method.
Loaded question: Who invented the sideburn? Burnside, of course.
About face: Also aiming high was American inventor Ambrose Burnside, who patented the Burnside Carbine – the first breech-loading rifle – on this date in 1856.
Burnside, a future Union Army general who wore his facial hair in an unusual manner, is also credited with inventing the sideburn.
Moving tribute: Scottish inventor John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of televised images in motion on this date in 1925. (For those keeping score, Baird’s January 1926 demonstration – when he showcased a transmission of a moving face – is commonly referenced as the first television exhibition, though this one came first.)
The color of money: And speaking of TV-set milestones, the RCA-CT-100 – the first mass-produced color television set – first went on sale 68 years ago today.
Debuting about three months after the very first commercial color TV (Admiral and Westinghouse’s Admiral C1617A), the RCA-CT-100 boasted a 15-inch screen (smaller than most modern computer monitors) and a retail price around $1,000.
This is Howard Cosell: American sports journalist, broadcaster and author Howard William Cosell (1918-1995) – the unmistakable voice of some of sports history’s greatest calls, remembered best for his arrogance, his verbosity and his bridge-burning autobiography – would be 104 years old today.
Steinem: Equal sign.
Also born on March 25 were American educator William Wait (1839-1916), who created a writing system for the blind that predated Braille; English anthropologist Dame Mary Douglas (1921-2007), among the 20th Century’s leading experts on human culture and symbolism; American entrepreneur and executive Eileen Ford (1922-2014), who co-founded Ford Models and invented the supermodel; American novelist and short-story writer Mary Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964), a voice of the rural American South; and retired American astronaut James Lovell Jr. (born 1928), steely eyed commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission.
She/her: And take a bow, Gloria Marie Steinem! The American journalist, publisher and social activist – known best for co-founding Ms. magazine and for leading the national feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s – turns 88 today.
Wish the champion of women’s rights well at, where we’re all about equality – though you do earn bonus points for news tips and calendar events.
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Dementia discovery: A first-of-its-kind study by the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research has revealed a previously undiscovered connection between COVID-19 and dementia.
Led by professors and senior authors Liron Sinvani (Institute of Health System Science) and Yun Freudenberg-Hua (Institute of Molecular Medicine), the study shows a clear link between the use of psychotropic medications before the onset of COVID-19 and the development of dementia in seniors (ages 65 and over) after contracting the novel coronavirus. According to the researchers, the pre-COVID use of antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizers and other psychotropic medications more than doubled the risk of post-COVID dementia, with a shocking 12.7 percent of the study-group patients developing dementia symptoms within a year of their COVID diagnosis.
The research – which examined the electronic health records of 1,755 Northwell Health patients hospitalized with COVID-19 complications – was published this week in the peer-reviewed open-access medical journal Frontiers in Medicine. “This research shows that psychotropic medications can be considered a predictive risk marker for post-COVID dementia,” Freudenberg-Hua noted. “In patients taking psychotropic medications, COVID-19 could have accelerated progression of dementia after hospitalization.”
Heather Lynch: A Pew good research opportunities.
The Pew, the proud: The latest groundbreaking achievement by one of Stony Brook University’s most accomplished academicians is terrific news for Antarctic penguin populations.
Heather Lynch, a professor in Stony Brook’s Department of Ecology and Evolution and the first-ever endowed chair for ecology and evolution at the university’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, has been honored with a 2022 Pew Charitable Trusts marine conservation fellowship. One of six international researchers earning Pew fellowships this year, Lynch – whose cutting-edge work focuses on Antarctic penguins, including forecasting risks for current penguin populations – will receive $150,000 to fund her research through 2025.
The Pew Charitable Trusts supports ongoing research into critical ocean conservation, which certainly rings some bells inside Lynch’s internationally renowned laboratory – which can use the support, according to the newest Pew fellow. “Everyone wants to protect Antarctica’s wildlife for the next generation, but there are no easy answers when it comes to what should be protected, and why,” Lynch said Wednesday. “Even for Antarctica’s … iconic penguins, we don’t know which breeding locations we should be tracking most closely.”
A French toast: Northwell Health raises its glass to a new collaboration with Business France, aimed at bringing French medical innovations to America (and vice-versa).
Five above: Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital has become the first U.S. hospital to earn all five of the Joint Commission’s orthopedic specialty certifications.
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CEWIT hackers code the future; Richard Murdocco remembers Lee Koppelman.
Innovate LI’s inbox overrunneth with inspirational innovations from all North American corners. This week’s brightest out-of-towners:
From Massachusetts: Seekonk-based toymaker Little Kids expands its market-leading bubble-manufacturing operation with exciting Föm Mania brand.
From California: San Jose-based author Robert Christopher releases new book discussing cheaper alternative resolutions for business and legal disputes.
From Texas: Dallas-based video e-commerce pioneer Immerss unveils “Shop Live,” a unique “shoppable” platform for Salesforce Commercial Cloud.
Robert Posner
+ Robert Posner has been elected to the Melville-based Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees. He is a partner at Jericho-based Grassi Advisors and Accountants.
+ Shawana Singletary has been named assistant vice president and chief enrollment officer for Garden City-based Adelphi University. She was previously director of admissions and recruitment at Metropolitan College of New York in Manhattan.
+ The Hauppauge-based Financial Planning Association of Long Island has added two new members to its Board of Directors: Susan Quigley, founder of Susan Silverman Quigley Certified Financial Planning in Garden City, and Robert Tollin, a mortgage consultant with Nationwide Mortgage Bankers in Melville.
+ Kieran Johnson has been promoted to executive director at the Huntington Arts Council. He previously served as director of community partnerships and development.
+ Cynthia Ruf has been hired as vice president of marketing and business development at Wellbridge Addiction Treatment and Research in Calverton. She was previously vice president of branding and stakeholder relationships at Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue.
+ Joseph Lamantia has been hired as executive vice president and chief transformation officer at Rockville Centre-based Catholic Health. He previously served as senior vice president/Eastern Region at New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health.
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