Science in the Community

Breakthrough science, bolstered by strong educational outreach and a robust partnership with Stony Brook, creates unparalleled opportunities for the Long Island community. BSA sponsors multiple outreach efforts, including “Summer Sunday” open house tours and talks, community meetings, free scientific lectures, and broad educational efforts.

BSA has been a lead partner in supporting the emerging Long Island STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Hub as part of the Empire State STEM Learning Network, an initiative focused on increasing the number of Long Island students prepared for STEM careers. BSA also sponsors competitions and programs at BNL and with external partners that serve a broad spectrum of students, from K-12 activities like the Elementary School Science Fair, Magnetic Levitation Vehicle Competition and DOE Science Bowls, to a Gifted Math program in partnership with the Museum of Mathematics, the STEM Prep multi-week program for under-represented 9th grade students, and the FIRST Robotics regional competition. Collectively, science education outreach programs sponsored wholly or in part by BSA provide enrichment opportunities for thousands of students each year, from K-12 to university undergraduates.

In challenging economic times, BSA has been instrumental in enabling continued growth at BNL by bringing large construction projects to BNL, providing construction jobs and retaining highly paid technicians and scientists on Long Island.BSA also has expanded BNL’s role in serving local technology companies and expanding tech transfer on Long Island and throughout NY State. BSA and BNL’s annual economic impact on Long Island and across New York State is substantial; in 2012 they were responsible for:

· $678 million in total economic output
· 5,480 jobs created across the state
· $42.3 million in goods and services purchased from NY State companies
· $47.4 million in new construction and renovation
· $45.8 million paid to NY contractors, including $30.6 million to Long Island businesses.

BNL combines impressive strengths in basic science with the ability to translate its intellectual capital into solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing problems, and works under BSA to move new knowledge from discovery to deployment. BSA licenses its technologies to companies that invest in further development and then bring them to the marketplace; between 2008 and 2013, BSA entered into 68 new license agreements for the further development and commercial use of BNL technologies, as well as more than 200 research licenses. During the same period, BSA generated more than $37.6 million in licensing income from companies to which it had licensed its technologies.

In 2013 alone, two new companies were founded to commercialize BSA technologies (both U.S. manufacturers of medical equipment). In the prior nine years, seven companies were founded in whole or in part on BSA technologies, including four medical diagnostics and imaging companies, and one each in solar energy generation, analytical measurement systems, and green building materials.

BSA also puts its intellectual capital to work by collaborating with companies on applied research and development projects. BNL’s partners include major corporations such as General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, and United Technologies, along with small- to mid-sized New York State companies engaged in developing a wide range of new technologies. BSA also is working with public agencies and industry partners in a variety of collaborative efforts aimed at addressing major national needs – and at the same time strengthening New York State’s economy.

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One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE’s Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit, applied science and technology organization.