NYIT in the Media


Kevin LaGrandeur Op-Ed Published by USA Today

Mar 13, 2017

President Trump has declared war on companies that send American jobs overseas and has undertaken several initiatives in the name of protecting our middle class, but the real threat to American jobs isn’t foreign workers, it’s robots and computers, writes Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor at  NYIT College of Arts and Sciences, in an op-ed published in USA Today.

“Alleviating the worst effects of technological unemployment will require radically new approaches to economic policy,” offers LaGrandeur.

Reforms might include a universal basic income, a shorter workweek, and a mechanism for paying individuals when personal data is used by technology firms to turn a profit. “What’s clear, however, is that we can’t meet this distinctly 21st-century challenge with outmoded protectionism,” he writes.


NYIT Women's Lacrosse Team Readies to Play

Mar 03, 2017

The new NYIT Women's lacrosse program is highlighted in the College Lacrosse Preview in Newsday (subscription required) as well as in US Lacrosse Magazine, The New York Times, and CBS New York. The team played its first home game on Feb. 25. "We're just really excited," senior defender Erin Smith said in Newsday. "We've been counting down the days to get into President's Stadium and start breaking into our new home."


School of Management's Amr Swid Talks Tech Companies in US News & World Report

Feb 21, 2017

U.S. News & World Report covered the evolution of tech companies Apple and Microsoft, including observations by Amr Swid, Ph.D., assistant professor in NYIT School of Management. "[Apple's] innovations in past years have gained them an incredibly loyal customer base willing to buy every new Apple product, even if it's not as innovative or creative as the iPod or iPad were when they first came out," Swid says.


NYITCOM Research on Evolution of Human Walking in Daily Mail, Science Daily

Feb 09, 2017

A new study (published in Journal of Human Evolution) investigating the evolution of human gait has discovered our feet are more mobile than chimpanzees when walking upright—not less, as expected, according to a DailyMail.com article. Nathan Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Anatomy at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), is one of the researchers questioning some long-held ideas about the function and evolution of the human foot by investigating how chimpanzees use their feet when walking on two legs. Findings of the research paper also appeared in ScienceDaily and Popular Archeology, among other outlets.


Ross-Lee in Ebony: Black Women in Medicine

Feb 08, 2017

Black Women in Medicine, a new documentary, follows several African-American female doctors—both newly minted residents and veterans—as they journey from med school to doctordom in their respective fields, according to an article in Ebony magazine. Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., is featured as the first African-American woman to become a medical school dean, and highlights the differences in the experiences of the older generation from the new. "The younger students, they aren't as aware of the barriers, they aren't so visible as in the past," she notes.


McNally on Developing "Soft Skills"

Feb 08, 2017

Non-cognitive skills such as grit, self-discipline, and courtesy ("soft skills") are critical to academic success, according to a recent story in about.com/education. NYIT's Director of Experiential Education Adrienne McNally provided tips for the article on how students can consciously develop targeted soft skills with help from a faculty member, friend, or advisor.


Addiction Now Highlights Martinez NIH Grant and Research Effort

Feb 06, 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant of $431,700 recently awarded to Luis Martinez, Ph.D. to research the impacts of methamphetamines on wounds is detailed in an article in Addiction Now.

Martinez gathered a group of NYITCOM students and other scientists to collaborate with him. The team recently completed a scientific paper showing that methamphetamines enhance the general proliferation of bacteria. Now, Martinez's team is focusing on the inflammatory properties of meth and its link to a particular protein gene.

The article outlines the multiple phases in this three-year grant period. Martinez explains, "Most of the work is still pre-clinical but to take it to the next level, we have to do a clinical trial. We need to involve patients so we can work directly in the wounds, either by getting samples or seeing what kind of infections they get because that's not well documented in the literature."


The Chronicle of Higher Education on Universities That Help Students Get Jobs in China

Feb 03, 2017

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on American universities' efforts to help students to find jobs in China after graduation. Lei "Tony" Tong, associate director of employer and alumni relations based at NYIT's Shanghai office, explains how NYIT guides a student's job search starting early in their undergraduate career. The Chronicle notes the importance of career services for Chinese students, and says that Tong's work is "critical to his university's success in recruiting top-quality Chinese students."


Newsday: NYIT Provost Named Interim President

Jan 25, 2017

Rahmat Shoureshi, provost and vice president of academic affairs at New York Institute of Technology, will be the school's interim president while an international search to replace its longtime president is underway, notes an article in Newsday (subscription required). "My goal is that we would be able to expand our scholarship and expand on the quality of education we are providing," says Shoureshi. "We want our students, by the time they graduate, to be in meaningful experiences before they enter the job market."

Related stories appeared in the Jan. 25 issue of The Island Now and the Feb. 3 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Arkansas Business: Grant Aims to Lure Doctors to Delta

Jan 23, 2017

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro received a $200,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority to create a consortium with five hospitals to open residency positions, reports an article in Arkansas Business (subscription required). “The grant is designed to work with five hospitals … because no single hospital has all of the resources they need for residency training or graduate medical education,” says Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, the vice president for health sciences and medical affairs at NYIT and inaugural site dean of NYITCOM at A-State. The grant money will be used to assess each of the five hospitals and hire someone to handle the applications to receive regulatory approval for the program, according to the article, which further notes that Shane Speights, D.O., a family practitioner in Jonesboro who was instrumental in establishing NYITCOM at A-State, has been named as Ross-Lee’s successor as site dean.