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Accomplishments are listed by date of achievement in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first.

All Recent Accomplishments

Maria Alicia Carrillo Sepulveda, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences, had a study, "Western diet triggers Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signaling-induced endothelial dysfunction in female Wistar rats" published in the American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology on September 28, 2018. The study, which was supported by a 2017 Scholarship on Cardiovascular Disease from the American Heart Association for Benjamin Kramer, a fourth year NYITCOM student under Sepulveda's mentorship, and co-authored by Kramer, Anthony Martin Gerdes, Ph.D., professor and department chair of biomedical sciences, and Youhua Zhang, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical sciences, revealed that overconsumption of a Western diet (WD), rich in fat and sugar, in a relatively short time, is harmful to the vascular system of female rats. Moreover, the results of this research found that Western diet activates Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), a key component of the innate immune system, in the vasculature which in turn contributes to vascular complications.

Jordan Thompson, associate general counsel, was a panelist at ALM Media's 30th Annual General Counsel Conference in Manhattan on September 26, 2018. The topic of the panel was: "Staying Ahead of the Curve: How GCs and CIOs are Teaming Up to Prevent Becoming the Next Target of a High-Profile Breach."

Amy Bravo, M.A., senior director of international and experiential education, and Jim Martinez, Ph.D., associate professor of interdisciplinary studies, presented a workshop, "How to Grow Your Community Project Developmentally: A Conversation About the Challenges of Scaling Up!" at the 10th Performing the World (PTW) conference in New York City on September 22, 2018. Bravo and Martinez discussed their projects, ranging from the creation of STEM-focused service-learning environments with one elementary school to a large scale multidisciplinary campus-wide initiative in Harlem, as well as the successes and challenges of bringing development and community engagement to the NYIT.

Susana Case, Ph.D., professor of behavioral sciences, had her translations of five poems from The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems, by the Sri Lankan poet, Indran Amirthanayagam, published by Progetto Babele Rivista Letteraria on September 18, 2018. Case translated the poems from English into Italian.

Milan Toma, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, had his research featured in article, "Biomechanical Engineer Hopes To Build A Better Jockey Helmet," by Natalie Voss, published in, North America's leading independent Thoroughbred racing website, on September 28, 2018.

Paul R. Kutasovic, Ph.D., C.F.A., professor of finance, was quoted in an article published on Yahoo News on September 12, 2018. The article, "Most states are prepared for the next recession," was written by recent NYIT graduate Maylan Studart (B.F.A. '18).

Amanda Golden, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, edited a peer-reviewed cluster on "Feminist modernist digital humanities" for the third issue of the journal, Feminist Modernist Studies, published on September 7, 2018. She also co-wrote the introduction to the cluster with the journal's editor, Cassandra Laity (University of Tennessee, Knoxville).

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, had an interview published in the German magazine, Next on September 6, 2018. The article, "Return of the machine age," written by Sonny and Gabrielle Klawitter, discusses survival strategies for surviving this era of rapid technological change.

Terese Coe, M.A., adjunct instructor of English, had her poem, "A Posteriori," published by miCRo, the Cincinnati Review's website for short poems, on September 5, 2018.

Anthony DiMatteo, Ph.D., professor of English, had three poems published in the international literary journal Levure littéraire on September 1, 2018, in an issue regarding the perils and pleasures of translation.