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Meet Patricia Chute, Ed.D., NYIT's School of Health Professions Dean

Patricia Chut

For more than 20 years, Patricia Chute, Ed.D., has served as a key player in medical education. Learn more about Dean Chute in her profile in the current issue of NYIT Magazine. Read more.


Student Success Stories

Nicholas Beatty Named NYCOM Student D.O. of the Year 2011

Nicholas Beatty

NYCOM Dean Thomas Scandalis (D.O. '87) announced that Nicholas Beatty, OMS-III, has been selected as the NYCOM Student D.O. of the Year 2011. "Nick has consistently proven himself to be a hardworking member of the community and an exceptional student leader." Beatty will represent NYCOM in the national competition for student D.O. of the Year. Read more.

Students at NYIT-Manhattan Start United Nations Club


Twin brothers Omar and Ali El-Kom have started a United Nations club at NYIT-Manhattan to foster international awareness. The brothers, who were born in Egypt, drew inspiration from current events in their homeland. The club plans a visit to the United Nation headquarters in NYC this month. Read more about them in the NY Daily News.

NYIT Hostos Dream Team Visits Dominican Republic


Students from the School of Architecture and Design recently returned from the Higuey area in the Dominican Republic. The students, in collaboration with the Hostos Dream Team project, are designing a sustainable model for school buildings in the Dominican Republic. They also visited elementary, high, secondary, and specialized schools in Higuey as part of their research.

Human Resources: Notices and Updates for NYIT Faculty and Staff

HR Updates

Medical Plan Update

Information related to NYIT's medical plan with United Healthcare, in the form of a Medical Plan Disclosure Notice, is available on the Office of Human Resources Intranet under "Resources." This notice includes information regarding the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act, the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, and the Privacy Notice/Financial Information Privacy Notice.

If you have any questions, please contact Terri Katsch at or Maureen Gaughran at

Flexible Spending Account Update

As a reminder, effective Jan. 1, 2011, over-the-counter items (i.e., aspirin, cold medicine, cough medicine, etc.) are no longer eligible for reimbursement from a flexible spending account without a prescription from a physician. This exclusion does not apply to equipment, supplies or diagnostic devices, such as bandages, crutches, insulin, or blood sugar test kits purchased over the counter. For information on eligible and ineligible FSA expenses, visit or contact United Healthcare at 800.996.0271.

Student-Led Community Health Screening a Success

In January, the Latino Medical Students Association (LMSA) e-board members and Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O., NYCOM assistant professor of family medicine and clinical sciences, coordinated a successful health screening for the Latino community in Port Washington, N.Y. Twenty-two NYCOM students under the supervision of Rivera-Martinez, provided community members with blood pressure, BMI, and blood glucose values. The club distributed pamphlets on diabetes (in Spanish), and provided more health information in Spanish. The LMSA e-board members included Nicolay Hernandez (president), Surayda Herrera (vice president), Desmond Fonji (secretary), Pamela Medina (treasurer), Cynthia Sanchez, and Emily Aponte.

Upcoming Events

Research Seminar Series: School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
On Thursday, Feb. 17, Sabiha Wadoo, Ph.D., will discuss her research, "Feedback Control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles," at the next session of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences' Research Seminar Series. All are welcome to attend the seminar, which starts at 12:30 p.m. in Harry Schure Hall, DL3, and 1855 Broadway, room 704.

National Sexual Responsibility Week
National Sexual Responsibility Week is Feb. 14 – 18. On Feb. 17, the Old Westbury Counseling & Wellness Center will present "Sex Expo" – Healthy Relationships, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, Room 308. Give-a-ways and refreshments will be provided.

Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman at NYIT-Old Westbury and NYIT-Manhattan
Waiting for Superman, one of 2010's most powerful and talked-about documentaries, will be shown at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway and at Rockefeller Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, 7 - 10 p.m. "Bring on Superman," a panel discussion featuring regional educational experts, will follow and be streamed from Manhattan to Old Westbury. R.S.V.P. online or e-mail for more information.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Simosuchus clarki

Robert Hill (, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Anatomy (NYCOM), wrote a chapter in the book-length monograph "Simosuchus clarki (Crocodyliformes: Notosuchia) from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar." The monograph, which was published as a special Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (Vol. 30, November 2010), describes the anatomy of this bizarre, pug-nosed, vegetarian crocodile, which lived in Madagascar at the end of the "Age of Dinosaurs." Learn more about Hill's research. (Image credits: Sculpture by Boban Filipovic; Skeletal reconstruction by Lucille Betti-Nash)

Joanne Scillitoe (, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Management, in conjunction with colleagues from NJIT and Pace University, recently published her work, entitled "Managing the Innovation Process - Past, Present, and Future," in the recent edition of Organization Management Journal.

Sabiha Wadoo (, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYIT, is co-author of the paper "Feedback-Based Dynamic Congestion Pricing," presented the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting in January 2011.

Maureen P. Cardoza (, Ph.D., a nursing instructor in the School of the Health Professions, has been selected as a participant in the 2011 National League for Nursing's competitive Scholarly Writing Retreat in San Francisco, Calif., this April.

Tobi A. Abramson (, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new director of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics and Brian Bowers (, D.O., has been named the center's associate director.

A. Martin Gerdes (, D.O., chair of NYCOM's biomedical department, had his research on the health benefits of fish oil accepted for publication in the medical journal, Circulation.

Leonard B. Goldstein (, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of clerkship education at NYCOM, and Monzur Morshed, OMS III at NYCOM, had their article, entitled "Real-Time Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Pain Management," published in the January/February Issue (Vol. 11, Issue 1) of Practical Pain Management.

The 2011 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated Burton L. Roslyn (, adjunct professor in the School of Architecture and Design, to its College of Fellows.

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