In the Media
A Vaccine Doesn’t Mean the End of the Pandemic: Op-Ed in Business Insider
Sep 20, 2020
Distributing many millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses will pose challenges for the U.S. medical supply chain. From shortages of medical devices to logistical obstacles, the U.S. is unprepared — especially since the upcoming flu season will complicate the rollout of any such vaccine, writes Purushottam Meena, Ph.D., associate professor of operations management, in a Business Insider op-ed.
“Dismantling these roadblocks in the supply chain is the only way to end this pandemic,” he says. Stopping it will require an adequate number of flu vaccines, more supplies, closely monitored delivery, and more funding.
The U.S. government has contracted with private companies, helping expand manufacturing capacities; fostering more partnerships would alleviate vaccine supply chain roadblocks. The government could also rethink how it allocates vaccines and heed historical uptake rates to prevent surpluses in some regions and shortages in others.
“Developing an effective COVID-19 vaccine is merely the beginning of the end of this pandemic. To wipe out the virus, lawmakers need to address shortfalls in the vaccine supply chain,” Meena concludes.
Beheshti Quoted on AR, Lifelike Virtual Conferencing
Sep 15, 2020
Comments on the future of virtual conferencing technology from Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., dean, NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, have appeared in multiple prominent outlets. As seen in Vox, Daily Mail, and others, Beheshti discusses the potential for remote conferencing technology to include holographic augmented reality (AR) features to help users feel more connected to their peers and achieve more lifelike remote settings. A startup called Spatial may soon offer lightweight AR glasses that superimpose an individual's fellow employees or students into a virtual conference, blurring the line between the real world and a computer interface.
“I think this pandemic has accelerated not only the pace of development but also has opened up brand new or expanded business opportunities for new applications or need for the existing applications to be recognized,” said Beheshti. He also noted within five years, lightweight AR headsets, or “smart glasses,” could replace the smartphone for many people.
Cohn Shares Marketing Expertise with WalletHub
Sep 14, 2020
As seen in WalletHub, Deborah Y. Cohn, Ph.D., professor of marketing, shared insight on the marketing strategies behind credit card rewards programs. In the article, which focuses on the Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card, Cohn explains why rewards for dining and entertainment have become increasingly popular, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The reason these rewards are becoming increasingly popular is that the dining and entertainment establishments, in this time of COVID-19, also need to encourage consumers to come back to the market. They are working with credit card companies to try and motivate consumers to spend on dining and entertainment by reducing the price of these activities.”
Vaccine Expert Publishes STAT Op-ed
Sep 09, 2020
Commentary by Jonathan Berman Ph.D., assistant professor of basic sciences at NYITCOM-Arkansas, appeared in medical news outlet STAT. In the op-ed, Berman explains how the anti-vaccination movement has spent more than two decades mistrusting science. He points to examples where movement followers have selectively read the scientific literature only to cast doubt on vaccines and center arguments on minutiae, including a 2016 documentary that spawned new conspiracy theories about the measles vaccine. Berman, who is also the author of the book Anti-Vaxxers: How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement, informs readers that the same mistrust should be expected when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.
“A prominent 2016 anti-vaccine documentary implied a ‘cover-up’ over a minor disagreement about the interpretation of a statistical study of measles vaccination, premised on a now-retracted reinterpretation of the statistics, which had made a number of errors,” says Berman. “We should expect to see no less than a fully dishonest misinterpretation and mischaracterization of whatever clinical trials are conducted in the lead-up to the approval of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19.”
Nutrition Expert Featured in LIVESTRONG
Sep 09, 2020
LIVESTRONG.com featured comments from nutrition expert Mindy Haar, Ph.D., clinical associate professor and chair of interdisciplinary health sciences, in a story on appetite control and hidden ingredients. Haar notes that processed foods may increase chances of consuming extra calories, stating:
“Many food manufacturers play to our natural craving by overprocessing foods with copious amounts of fat and sugar. Instead of products that are satisfying and filling, they are instead almost irresistible, making it difficult to stop after a moderate amount is consumed, playing havoc on appetite control.”
Haar Quoted on Benefits of Cauliflower
Sep 02, 2020
Nutrition expert Mindy Haar, Ph.D., clinical associate professor and chair of interdisciplinary health sciences, was quoted in the Beachbody blog on the health benefits of cauliflower. As noted in the story, determining whether a food is healthy is as simple as considering its nutrient density — the ratio of beneficial nutrients to the calorie content. Haar states, “Cauliflower ranks super high by this parameter,” clocking in at just 27 calories per cup, while providing dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron.
She also adds that cauliflower can make it easier to cook healthy meals at home. “Aside from providing essential nutrients, cauliflower can be used in cooking in a myriad of ways to substitute for less nutrition-packed ingredients,” she says. “This can lead to an overall reduction of calories and fat in daily intake — especially since cauliflower is filling and can increase satiety.”
Inside Higher Ed Spotlights Newly Tenured Faculty
Sep 01, 2020
Inside Higher Ed has included New York Institute of Technology's six newly tenured faculty in today’s newsletter. Named in the “Newly Tenured” column, faculty span a wide range of colleges and schools including the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, School of Architecture and Design, and School of Management.
InnovateLI Reports on Computer Science NSF Grants
Aug 27, 2020
As seen in InnovateLI, two researchers from NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences have received National Science Foundation (NSF) grants that will help fuel the next wave of artificial intelligence (AI) innovation. Supported by a grant for nearly $100,000, one research project led by Houwei Cao, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, aims to help machines detect human emotions, as they occur in real life, by gathering data from multiple forms of human emotion, such as facial expression, body movement, gestures, and speech. The other project, led by Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jerry Cheng, Ph.D., has secured $60,000 in NSF funding. Cheng’s project, which includes collaborators from leading universities, aims to design more efficient and secure deep learning processing machines, known as AI accelerators, that can reliably process and interpret extremely large-scale sets of data with little delay. Both projects will also allow New York Tech students to work alongside the faculty members and contribute to solving complex tasks associated with collecting valuable data and developing cutting-edge technologies.
INSIGHT Into Diversity Recognizes Girls in Engineering and Technology Day
Aug 18, 2020
Girls in Engineering and Technology Day, a program led by NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was named one of INSIGHT Into Diversity’s 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM. The accolade recognizes unique and innovative efforts that aim to improve access to science, technology, engineering, and math for underrepresented students. Programs are recognized for their efforts to introduce and encourage students of all ages and at all levels of education to pursue exciting academic opportunities and careers in these vital disciplines.
More than 100 girls from high schools in the New York area visited New York Tech for the 2019 Girls in Engineering and Technology Day. The event allowed girls who had no prior experience with advanced STEM skills to learn about software development, drones, and cybersecurity. Attendees were able to interact with industry representatives from leading companies such as IBM as well as student volunteers. The day also featured keynote speakers who delivered inspiring talks about their experiences as leaders in tech and other STEM fields.
Cheng Comments on Pandemic Data Storage Adoption in TechTarget
Aug 13, 2020
TechTarget included expert comments from Jerry Cheng, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, in a story on data storage adoption and the COVID-19 pandemic. As the article notes, due to the increased number of remote employees, data center and storage administrators are turning to cloud services, remote management, and automation to overcome today's COVID-19 challenges. Cheng, whose research interests include big data analytics, artificial intelligence, data mining, statistical modeling, and high-performance computing, comments on the role of cloud services can be a valuable asset for organizations making the transition to a remote workforce.
"Cloud storage services provide easy-to-use interfaces, elastic storage capacities, and disaster tolerance capabilities," said Cheng, as organizations can buy the most appropriate cloud storage service based on their actual demands at a reasonable price, and cloud data centers can be easily upgraded or downgraded without worrying about maintaining the physical storage infrastructure. "Cloud data centers significantly reduce the entry bar for small organizations and are attracting more users to shift from on-premises data centers to the cloud," he adds.