In the Media Highlights New York Tech's Swift Response to COVID-19

Jun 29, 2020 interviewed Nada Anid, Ph.D., vice president for Strategic Communications and External Affairs, and Nichole Barbé, M.Ed., senior director of Graduate and International Admissions, regarding the changes made to New York Tech’s operations and admissions procedures in the wake of COVID-19.

“Our institution, like all others, moved swiftly to remote, synchronous teaching, using Zoom in response to the emergency,” said Anid. “As New York City and Long Island became national epicenters for COVID-19, we continued to use Zoom for over 1,200 courses and, because of fast action by our faculty and IT staff, we were ready when our state governor asked every citizen to shelter in place.”

Barbé notes that all admissions operations were shifted online quickly and within a short period of time. “Previously planned on-campus events for prospective and admitted students were shifted to online events, including virtual information sessions, virtual admissions counseling appointments, and online meet and greet sessions with school deans and faculty,” she said. Quotes Sismondo on Infant Hiccups

Jun 23, 2020

In a story, pediatrician Hilliary Sismondo, D.O., assistant professor of clinical medicine at NYITCOM-Arkansas, discusses hiccups in babies and newborns. Just like in adults, babies have a large muscle between their abdomen and chest called the diaphragm, which can sometimes spasm. While it’s unclear exactly what causes the spasms to occur, Sismondo notes that it is often the parents who are bothered most by the hiccups.  

“Many babies will continue to eat, coo, and play while they have hiccups,” she said. “However, if you are concerned regarding the frequency of your baby’s hiccups, or if the hiccups are accompanied by additional symptoms such as discomfort or vomiting, I would consult with your pediatrician.”

Sismondo also cautions parents against unproven remedies, including gripe juice.



Cope Comments on Swaddling in

Jun 23, 2020

Pediatrician Jude J. Cope, D.O., assistant professor of clinical medicine at NYITCOM-Arkansas, confirmed the importance of swaddling in a story. In the article, Cope provides guidance on proper swaddling techniques, cautioning that improper swaddling may cause problems in the hips of a newborn.

“The International Hip Dysplasia Institute recommends wraps and sleep sacks that have a loose pouch [or] sack for the baby’s legs and feet, are not too confining around the thighs, and that allow plenty of hip movement,” Cope says.

Cope also suggests parents using swaddling as part of the sleep routine do so in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Back To Sleep campaign, whose slogan ‘On their back, every nap & every night’ draws attention to the most crucial step — placing the baby on his or her back.


Meena Joins WNYC Discussion on Medical Supply Chain

Jun 22, 2020

School of Management's Purushottam Meena, Ph.D., was featured in a WNYC Public Radio discussion on COVID-19's impact on the regional medical supply chain. Meena, whose expertise focuses on supply chain risk, notes that as pharmaceutical manufacturers prioritize resources to produce the COVID-19 vaccine, there could be a limited supply of seasonal vaccines. To avoid potential shortages, Meena advises the region's leaders to plan ahead and acquire a year's supply of seasonal vaccines in the event that they are limited at a later time.


Speights Quoted in The Daily Beast

Jun 15, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads through Arkansas, local public health officials, including Shane Speights, D.O., dean at NYITCOM-Arkansas, cite challenges in predicting whether individual Arkansans will heed public health warnings.

In a recent article, The Daily Beast quotes Speights, who also serves as the medical director for the City of Jonesboro. Speights shares that his county has only seen one death and most people do not personally know anyone who has gotten sick. This lack of individual familiarity may be affecting the willingness to comply with social distancing and other restrictions. “I don’t think it's blatant non-compliance,” says Speights. “I think people want to do what’s best for their families. But, imagine hitting your thumb with a hammer and not feeling the pain until four weeks later.”


Musho in Newsday: Workplace Restrooms in COVID-19 World

May 29, 2020

In Newsday, Suzanne Musho, AIA, NCARB, vice president and chief architect, shares expertise in both a video and news story about how workplace restrooms may need to be reconfigured due to the COVID-19 crisis. According to the article, Musho notes that the layouts of bathrooms may need to change much as they did to accommodate wheelchairs after passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.


May 26, 2020

As seen in University Business and District Administration, New York Tech will offer online courses to allow K-12 educators to master the technical and instructive challenges of e-learning. Both courses required for a microcredential, Virtual Learning and Virtual Learning Applications, will be offered this summer and can be completed before the new school year begins. As noted in both articles, the first course explores web-based technologies for instructional delivery of K-12 online course content, and the second provides experience in developing lesson plans and delivering virtual learning instructional units for diverse groups of students.

“In light of the COVID pandemic, we shifted the program to provide teachers with deeper knowledge and understanding of online and blended environments necessary to adapt their existing courses and curricula,” says Robert Feirsen, Ed.D., assistant professor and chair of New York Tech’s Education Department.


Newsday Explores Career Options for New Grads During Pandemic

May 25, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, a Newsday article explores the job market that new college graduates are entering as employers rethink staffing and internships, and included comments from a member of New York Tech’s Class of 2020.

Nicholas Huber noted that end-of-semester disruptions resulted in missing out on professional development opportunities. A graphic design major, Huber would have presented his portfolio at an event in Manhattan, which was held online instead.

“That portfolio means everything,” he said. “To not be able to showcase it to the extent that we are supposed to, I think had a big impact.”


Raven in Le Monde: Designing Cities in the Face of COVID-19

May 20, 2020

In the French newspaper Le Monde, Graduate Urban Design Program director Jeffrey Raven, MST. (CANTAB.), B. Arch., provides insights on how climate-resilient urban design can play a significant role in deterring major health challenges.

In his article, “Cities must take inspiration from urban climatology to respond to the health crisis” (see English translation), Raven refutes the oversimplified notion that blames urban density for the spread of COVID-19 in cities as a “convenient cover for those who have had an insufficient response to climate, public health, and emergency preparedness.”


Toma Op-Ed Highlights Using Computer Simulations to Raise Pediatric Brain Injury Awareness

May 16, 2020

In an International Business Times op-ed about using computer simulations to help prevent head trauma in young children, Milan Toma, Ph.D., assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, highlights conclusions from a study he co-authored and urges that they be used to better educate new parents and inform manufacturers as they design products like car seats and safety helmets.

It's difficult to diagnose abusive head trauma, or AHT, and there's no ethical way to observe or replicate such injuries in a scientific setting. But there is a way to study the problem -- using computer models to simulate the biomechanics of AHT and look at how the cerebrospinal fluid cushions the brain when a child is shaken repeatedly.

“It's time to minimize this trauma -- or eliminate it -- by using these findings to better educate new parents and design safer baby products,” Toma says.