N°692: Disappearing docks, freshman docs, Sadaharu Oh and Cher, with quiche for all

Always impressive: You’ve done it again, dear readers – it’s Friday and you’re about to wrap up another busy and productive work week. Well done, as usual.

Before you get to mowing the front lawn, washing the back deck and watching the hockey playoffs, just one more work day to rock – so let’s get to it.

Go to trial: Today is May 20 and we begin with a heartfelt greeting to scientific researchers, patient volunteers and all those who do International Clinical Trials Day possible.

Wheels up (or down): Today is also National Bike to Work Day. If you’re already at work and didn’t know that, sorry.

Please relieve the sting generously via National Quiche Lorraine Day (still May 20) and National Pizza Day (always the third Friday of May).

How about a piece of beef and mustard? I don’t know if he had a Chicago-style deep dish with olives and onions to celebrate (probably not), but Shakespeare’s “Sonnets” were first published on this date in 1609 in London.

This is the idea: I don’t know if he hit the Sbarro in Roosevelt Field’s food court first (probably not), but American aviator Charles Lindbergh took off from the area in present-day shopping mecca on May 20, 1927, on the way to Paris and history.

According to witnesses, the Spirit of Saint Louis was so loaded with fuel that it barely cleared the telephone wires at the end of the runway.

IP in spaaaaace: Naval research scientist Robert Baumann landed the first-ever US patent for an orbiting satellite 64 years ago today, giving the federal government the rights to his new avant-garde sphere design.

Speaking of satellites, the Pioneer Venus Orbiter – the first human probe to reach a stable orbit around our (a little, sometimes closer) planetary neighbor – took off on this date 44 years ago.

Nuclear Flash: Now solar-powered, the Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse has become the world’s first lighthouse powered by a nuclear reactor on May 20, 1964. (The reactor was retired just two years later, for those who mattered.)

Rise and Shine: And back in space, after nearly a month of orbital checks, the Hubble Space Telescope opened its eyes on this date in 1990 and sent home its first photo from space.

Yes, Mr. Minister: American clergyman Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1825-1921) – who was denied the college certifications she obtained, but nevertheless became the first American woman ordained minister of a recognized denomination – would be 197 years old today.

Also born on May 20, British-American physician, inventor, painter and amateur architect William Thornton (1759-1828), who was the First Architect of the United States Capitol; British aeronautical engineer Reginald Mitchell (1895-1937), who designed the Supermarine Spitfires, a World War II workaholic; American film icon James Maitland “Jimmy” Stewart (1908-1997), a graduate of Princeton and accomplished military pilot; American engineer and entrepreneur William Hewlett (1913-2001), who co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co.; and Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh (b. 1940), owner of the career home run world record (an unassailable 868 dingers).

Go back in time: And bow down, Cherilyn Sarkisian! The American singer and actress – sometimes known as the goddess of pop, but most often as Cher – turns 76 today.

Give Chaz Bono’s mother to sincere Shoop, Shoop to [email protected], where [We’ve] Got You, Babe, and your topical tips and calendar events make us strong enough. (Do they? You better believe it).

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Watch out for gaps: A new scientific study reveals huge gaps in U.S. coastal conservation, with the Mid-Atlantic region essentially “a gaping hole of unprotected waters.”

That’s the word from Ellen Pikitch, endowed professor of ocean conservation science at Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciencesone of 31 researchers who contributed to “A Scientific Synthesis of Marine Protected Areas in the United States: Status and Recommendations”. Published this month by the peer-reviewed scientific journal Frontiers in Marine Science, the article analyzes Marine protected areas – parks, coastlines and other areas with conservation-minded protections – and reveals that most US coastal waters are “significantly unprotected”, including a “vast majority of the Mid-Atlantic coast”.

The study calculates that just 2% of U.S. waters outside the central Pacific region have conservation protections — both negligent and dangerous, according to Pikitch, who also runs SoMAS’ Institute of Ocean Conservation Sciences. “Much work needs to be done, and quickly, to significantly expand marine protection in large areas of U.S. waters that have been largely neglected,” Pikitch said. “It is of particular concern that only 0.3% of the Mid-Atlantic region is conserved and that the strength of this protection is very weak.”

Beginners: Long Island’s myriad medical schools advanced their annual harvests of new health care providers, including one school that graduated its very first degree.

the NYU Long Island School of Medicine — which opened in Mineola three years ago as the nation’s first accelerated medical program focused exclusively on training primary care physicians — celebrated its first graduates on Tuesday. The school, also among the first in the country tuition free medical schoolshonored a 20-member Class of 2022 specially trained in four primary care areas: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and OB/GYN.

After residencies at Johns Hopkins MedicineNYU Langone Hospital-Long Island and other prestigious institutions, new graduates will provide much-needed frontline health care reinforcements, with the Association of American Medical Colleges foresee a dramatic shortage primary care physicians in the United States over the next decade. “[The Class of 2022] is the realization of a bold vision to make medical school financially accessible and attract outstanding students to the primary care field,” NYU Langone Health CEO Robert Grossman said in a statement. “We hope that many graduating physicians will choose to practice on Long Island, keeping our communities healthy and helping NYU Langone Health grow our network of quality physicians.”


Shared load: Seven bustling social service agencies on Long Island have united under the umbrella of a startup Master Service Organization.

Attention buyer: Today’s residential real estate market is like a wild roller coaster, but this New York Tech professor can help emotional buyers keep their cool.

Listen, class: Leaders in Long Island’s innovation economy teach exclusive life lessons on Spark: The Innovate Long Island Podcast, 30 entertaining minutes at a time – and it’s tuition-free!.


Bigger Island Harvest will keep food lines moving; greater global droughts will keep human populations on the move.


Innovate LI’s inbox is overflowing with inspiring innovations from all over North America. This week’s brightest foreigners:

From Wyoming: Sheridan-based Hyper Hemp Lifestyle Wellness Labs Expands Dopamine/Serotonin Research With natural cannabinoid supplement for opioid recovery.

From Georgia: Atlanta-based private education pioneer Primrose Schools kicks off robotics summer program full of STEM learning and charitable giving.

From New York: We Ascend Now, a Brooklyn-based improvement office, launches “decentralized social community» promote socio-economic growth through truth and unity.


+ patrick lloyd was named Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Dentistry. He was previously dean of the College of Dentistry at Ohio State University.

+ Eric Wiggins was promoted to general manager of Didit, based in Melville. He previously served as senior vice president of business development.

+ Paul Vetrano was appointed to the Board of Directors of Maryland-based UMPS CARE Charities. He is Director of Global Sales at Deloitte in Jericho.

+ William Claxton joined Hauppauge-based Austin Williams as Paid Search Strategist. He was previously an assistant media planner at Connecticut-based Touchpoint Integrated Communications.

+ Therese Dilman was promoted to Chief Nursing Officer and Associate Executive Director of Patient Care Services at Glen Cove Hospital. She was previously senior administrative director at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

+ Beth Ann Balalaos was elected to the Board of Directors of the Troy-based Museum Association of New York. She is responsible for access and inclusion at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City.

+ Cody Marie Miller has been appointed as the Conservation and Stewardship Officer of the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island by the Nature Conservancy. She was previously the land conservation coordinator for a chapter of the Central Florida Nature Conservancy.

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Only in America: The Buffalo Massacre reconfirms the nation’s deep-rooted racism, once again.

Only in New York: The Port Authority establishes the $27 LaGuardia Airport Beer.

Only in Taiwan: Pizza Hut breaks up time and space with the chicken, Oreo and calamari pie.

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