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Carol Dahir on Guidance Counselor Roles in Epoch Times
Oct 01, 2014

High school guidance counselors can do a good job even in the face of overcrowded schools and other challenges, says Carol Dahir, professor at NYIT School of Education in an Epoch Times article.

In "Getting Help With College Applications in NYC Can Be a Challenge," Dahir notes that some schools still have an outdated approach to the role of guidance counselors. But once principals set the responsibilities of counselors, they must ensure that they do their jobs, even though there is not a formal evaluation system in New York City. And guidance counselors need to truly understand their roles.

One counselor, she notes, can manage 300 students as long as there's a "culture in the building" with priorities and cooperation with other school administrators.

Larry Herman Talks To Senior Voice America about Physician Assistants
Sep 26, 2014

"You'll see us in virtually any practice setting because of the significant shortage of health care providers," says Lawrence Herman, NYIT Chair of Physician Assistant Studies and chairman of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, in a segment about physician assistants on Senior Voice America on 1250 AM WHNZ in Tampa, FL.

Herman spoke of the intense graduate medical education program PAs must take, including 2,000 - 3,000 clinical hours, and their reputation for quality care, developed as the profession has grown in its 45 years of existence.

"There are huge studies that show that PAs give high quality care - and every single study says the same thing: comparable (care provided) even in the most complex patients," says Herman. "But the important thing...is that we always practice in a team model. PAs were team before team was cool....The goal is to do whatever the patient needs in a very patient-centric model."

There are 115,000 PAs and PA students in the country, says Herman. All are trained in primary care and many go on to practice within various specialties.  With 187 programs in the country right now, and 70 more in the pipeline over the next five years, the profession is poised for continued growth.

Herman's interview begins at 13:00 on the second audio link visible on the Senior Voice America page.


Klotz Offers Time Management Tips for Freshmen
Sep 22, 2014

"Enchiladas and Engineering? Pizza and Poetry? Form groups to study and make it social too," advises Anne Marie Klotz, Ph.D., Dean for Campus Life at NYIT's Manhattan campus, in an experts' advice column in NerdScholar on time management tips for freshmen.

Klotz says study groups allow students to talk with each other and work through their assignments.

Klotz also advises students to take breaks from study hours and classes and to use the breaks as rewards to help keep focused and motivated. For extra motivation, add positive reinforcement. For example, if a student focuses better while listening to music, he or she should create a short study playlist.

"Commit to doing homework each night until the playlist is over," she says.

Anid Letter to NY Times: How to Succeed in College
Sep 18, 2014

“In my welcoming remarks to the class of 2018, I told the students three things,” writes School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dean Nada Marie Anid. Always ask for help; make friends, and be engaged, she advises, in response to “It Takes a Mentor,” by Thomas L. Friedman.  She continues, “And, yes, it is personal attention that touches students’ lives. The caring, the mentoring — in particular for girls and underrepresented minorities. Without mentoring, they are disengaged. The results? They lose interest and can’t commit. Their confidence plummets and they lag behind.”  


Office of Career Services in the Wall Street Journal
Sep 11, 2014

NYIT's Office of Career Services was prominently featured in a Wall Street Journal At Work blog on the methods universities use to entice students to think about career planning.

Featuring a photo of Dean of Career Services John Hyde with a life-size Anchorman character Ron Burgandy cutout, the article noted that college career offices are developing creative ways to help students understand the importance of internships and job search techniques.

The Ron Burgandy cutout is a mascot in the office, and often appears in "selfies" that students take. NYIT career service leaders dress up the cutout for occasions and help maintain a "professional yet fun" atmosphere that attracts students to learn more about the services offered, according to Assistant Dean of Career Services Amy Bravo.

The Office of Career Services recently announced that NYIT interns have earned more than $1 million at paid internships since 2009.

Anatomy Professor Jonathan Geisler Comments on New Dolphin Fossil Discovery
Sep 09, 2014

New findings of fossils of three dolphins in the Pisco-Ica destert in southern Peru are helping researchers determine how the ancient species were related to today's endangered South Asian river dolphins, according to College of Osteopathic  Medicine Associate Professor Jonathan Geisler in Live Science

Geisler, who was not involved in the study, was consulted for several articles on the new findings because of his expertise in the evolution of whales, porpoises, and dolphins.

The new findings, says Geisler "help flesh out this pretty poorly known extinct family that helps tie this oddball living species into the evolutionary tree."

Geisler and colleague Brian Beatty, Ph.D., recently won a National Science Foundation grant to study cetecean echolocation and evolutionary transformations in the skulls of whales, porpoises, and dolphins.

William Scheckel Provides Tips for Healthy Social Media Use
Sep 05, 2014

"No one posts their crabgrass on Facebook. So when you can't help but feel envious that so-and-so did this or that, remember there's a big part of their story you'll never see," says William Scheckel, adjunct professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, in an article on best practices for healthy social media use on QualityHealth.com.

Scheckel was the main source of information for the article, which focused on "FOMO," or the Fear of Missing Out, connected to social media use.

To combat feelings of negativity about posts, Scheckel advises Facebook users to post their own positive news as a way of increasing social interaction and communication. And, he adds, be happy for those whose postings you view.

"These are the friends we've chosen to connect with," he says. "Their successes -- their joys -- are ours."

Scheckel also provides tips for helping kids to stay safe online. He advises the at parents begin talking to children at an early age about their online activities. Parents should urge children not to post things that the child would not want many others to see since posts can be forwarded and sent out widely. Help them avoid drama, he adds, by suggesting they turn off their computers if online conversations get heated. And, says Scheckel, make sure children understand that the Internet is not the place to meet new people.

Dr. Ross-Lee on Graduate Medical Education in The DO
Aug 29, 2014

"The fact that there is inadequate accountability and transparency creates an environment in which the Graduate Medical Education (GME) system is not aligned with the direction that American health care is going," says Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee in an interview with The DO, the official magazine of the American Osteopathic Association.

Ross-Lee was the sole DO on an 18-member Institute of Medicine committee that released a special report on graduate medical education. The report called for freezing Medicare's $14 million GME support and using some existing funds to establish innovative programs that better reflect the culture and health demographics of communities.

"We need to establish residency programs in communities and develop incentives for students to stay in these communities and to go into the generalist disciplines of family medicine, pediatrics, and general internal medicine," says Ross-Lee.

Ross-Lee notes that osteopathic collaboratives now in place, which offer residents multiple locations to serve in institutions beyond large teaching hospitals, are a model for graduate medical education.

"I remember somebody on the committee saying, 'The DOs are doing what we're tryig to get the rest of the system to do.'" says Ross-Lee.

Dr. Hadjiargyrou on Race in Live Science
Aug 29, 2014

"...data show that the DNA of any two human beings is 99.9 percent identical, and we all share the same set of genes, scientifically validating the existence of a single biological human race and one origin for all human beings," writes Life Sciences Chair Dr. Michael Hadjiargyrou in an op-ed posted on online at livescience.com .  "In short, we are all brothers and sisters."

Hadjiargyrou says the notion of separate races is a social, rather than scientific, concept.

"Over centuries, people have used the word to divide us into black, white, yellow, red, and other distinctions in order to fulfill selfish goals and objectives," he writes. "Whether those goals were to subjugate various groups of humans, deem them inferior or simply discriminate against them, the reality is that billions of people have been directly affected as a result of the misuse of the word race. The end result, in its extreme form, has led to a plethora of existential crises such as segregation, slavery, violence, wars and genocides."

Hadjiargyrou says "society must be relentless" in eliminating the word "race,"

"We must all realize that the faster we eliminate the use of the word that drives a wedge between people, the better our world will be: More peaceful and prosperous and with equality and mutual respect"

Stan Silverman on Online Courses
Aug 24, 2014

Stan Silverman, director of NYIT's Technology Based Learning Systems, sounded a cautionary note in a Newsday story (subscription required) about the development and content of online courses at local universities.

"In looking at the landscape of online education, in bigger institutions they are hiring course designers to build the courses and then handing them off to faculty who teach off those courses," Silverman said.

At NYIT, where the number of online courses has grown from 133 in 2008 to 178 last spring, faculty members develop the content and design their own online and blended courses.

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