In the Media
Speights COVID-19 Op-ed Offers Hope
Jan 07, 2021
Shane Speights, D.O., site dean, NYITCOM-Arkansas, shared an op-ed in Arkansas Business on the rise in COVID-19 cases and rollout of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. While Speights notes that a large percentage of the population likely will not be vaccinated until early or mid-spring, following an increase in cases, there is still a silver lining.
"The good news — actually great news — is that we have vaccines that work with more on the way, we have great treatments (monoclonal antibodies — ask your local hospital about this) that work with more on the way, the new variant in the U.K. doesn't change the effectiveness of the vaccine or treatment," he says. "And I truly believe that we will be back to some sense of normalcy by this summer (fingers crossed). The good news is that the end is in sight, it's just going to be rough for the next few months. Hang in there."
Arkansas Business Publishes Laurent Op-ed
Jan 21, 2021
Brookshield Laurent, D.O., associate professor and chair of clinical specialties at NYITCOM-Arkansas, published an op-ed in Arkansas Business (subscription required) titled, “Why I'm Recommending The COVID-19 Vaccine to My Patients.” Laurent makes the case that the current climate of fear, politicization, and pandemic fatigue have robbed people of the ability to be thoughtful about how the vaccine may affect their lives. She reminds readers that the COVID-19 vaccine's benefits far outweigh its potential risks.
“The answer for these vaccines is clear: the risk of becoming very ill is much greater than the risk of side effects or likelihood of adverse reactions,” Laurent writes.
Harper Op-Ed in Business Insider: The Vaccine Rollout Needs a Massive Course Correction
Jan 21, 2021
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is not proceeding at an effective pace, according to Brian Harper, M.D., M.P.H., vice president for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Medical Officer, in an op-ed in Business Insider. “Getting more needles in Americans' arms can mean the difference between life and death,” he says.
“The federal government must take the lead -- by setting clear expectations on supply-chain management, and providing financial support to train and establish a clinical workforce to directly administer the vaccine,” Harper urges.
Moreover, education about the value and safety of COVID-19 vaccines is essential. Many Americans, particularly in minority communities, have doubts about these vaccines.
A national vaccination campaign is always demanding. “But given the record-breaking spread of the coronavirus, the pace of the current effort must be rapidly improved if lives are to be saved. A massive course correction is urgently needed,” he concludes.
OpenFit Quotes Rothstein on Resistance Bands
Jan 13, 2021
Alexander Rothstein, M.S., instructor and coordinator for the B.S. in Exercise Science, is quoted in an OpenFit.com article on resistance bands. While resistance bands have become popular due to their ability to provide an effective workout in a small footprint, Rothstein emphasizes that individuals will only benefit if they use the bands correctly. “Focus on using good form, a full range of motion, and controlled speed of the exercise to maximize the benefits and reduce any risk of injury,” he says.
Parentology Quotes Donoghue on Esport Injuries
Jan 07, 2021
Digital family outlet Parentology has included comments from Joanne Donoghue, Ph.D., NYITCOM associate professor, clinical director of research, and expert from the Center for Esports Medicine, in a story on esport player injuries. As the article notes, a survey of college gamers, conducted by Donoghue and her Center for Esports Medicine colleagues, found that eye fatigue was the most commonly reported physical ailment.
“Blue light damage seems to be commonly overlooked in gamers, and we simply don’t know the long-term effects that this kind of exposure can have on the eyes over years of play,” says Donoghue, whose comments first appeared in a 2019 interview with the medical outlet Healio.
Harper VP Appointment Receives Press Coverage
Jan 05, 2021
As seen in Newsday’s People on the Move section (subscription required), The Island Now, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and InnovateLI, Chief Medical Officer and Associate Professor Brian Harper, M.D., has added the role of Vice President for Equity and Inclusion to his current responsibilities. Harper also joins the President’s Council, comprised of the university’s administrative leaders. The newly created position builds on Harper’s role as co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, established in 2018. Under his leadership, a team of faculty, students, and staff are charged with pursuing projects, activities, and programming that promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and creating a roadmap and strategies for continued success in these areas.
New York Tech Featured Throughout January’s Long Island Press
Jan 05, 2021
The January 2021 issue of Long Island Press features four mentions about New York Tech achievements and recent faculty/staff honors. Highlights include two winners in the LI Press and LISTnet “Top Techies Awards” honoring the people that companies large and small rely on to make their technology work. The Client Support Services team, representing New York Tech’s IT first responders during the pandemic, is honored, as is Saviero Marsicano, CoECS senior lab engineer.
Additionally, the newly created Academic Technology Services department is profiled in a Q&A with Director Laurie Harvey. Also featured are photos of the 2020 honorees in the “Power Women” of Long Island virtual awards event, including Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Pennie Turgeon.
Read the full issue.
Media Coverage Highlights New NYITCOM Dean
Jan 04, 2021
The appointment of Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., former site dean of NYITCOM-Long Island, to dean of NYITCOM, has been featured in Newsday’s People on the Move section (subscription required), The Island Now, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and InnovateLI. In her new role, Wadsworth will be responsible for the overall academic and strategic direction of NYITCOM’s Long Island, N.Y. and Jonesboro, Ar., locations. She will also continue to oversee day-to-day operations on the Long Island campus.
News 12 Interviews Jarkon on Resolutions and Mental Health
Jan 01, 2021
On New Year’s Day, Psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, appeared in a News 12 Long Island segment on New Year’s resolutions. Jarkon speaks with reporter Antoinette Biordi about the increasing societal pressure for people to perfect themselves once the ball drops, reminding viewers that seeking perfectionism is detrimental to good mental health. Rather, she recommends focusing on self-acceptance, suggesting that people adopt a realistic “good enough” mindset and take pride in their resilience to overcome the challenges of 2020.
New York Tech Mentioned in the Wall Street Journal
Dec 26, 2020
Barbara Holahan, M.B.A., vice president, CFO, and treasurer, was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for the story, “Bond Boom Comes to America’s Colleges and Universities” (subscription required). As the article notes, this has been a record year in terms of issuing bonds, with many finding it a particularly opportune, or necessary, time to go to the debt markets. While the coverage reflects the challenges higher ed is facing, Holahan’s quotes are balanced and convey New York Tech’s strong financial strategy.