CBS New York Interviews Nizich
Feb 17, 2023
Cybersecurity expert Michael Nizich, Ph.D., was featured in a CBS New York (WCBS-TV) news segment about the Suffolk County ransomware attack. In his interview, Nizich advises organizations that have been victimized not to pay the ransom because even if hackers ultimately provide keys to unlock the data, they can still sell what they have stolen after the ransom is paid.
“Something on the dark web [is the] kind of sale that’s like a chop shop. [Hackers] take the data and they make it more valuable to different parties. An attack like this is so damaging and so deep that I think it's all about recovery now,” says Nizich.
Newsday Highlights Hofstrand’s Young Investigator’s Program Award
Mar 26, 2023
Newsday has featured Andrew Hofstrand, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, in its Winners column for having received the Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFRL/AFOSR) Young Investigator’s Program (YIP) Award. His research focuses on the mathematics that describes the way lasers move inside specially designed materials and how the light interacts with its surroundings. Such light-matter interactions can be highly complex, requiring sophisticated techniques in mathematical modeling.
InnovateLI featured the grant award news in earlier coverage.
News Outlets Publicize Ovarian Cancer Research
Mar 24, 2023
Pharmacology-focused cancer research by Maria Pino, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical specialties at NYITCOM, was featured in multiple media outlets, including News Medical, Trial Site News, AZO Life Sciences, The Island 360, InnovateLI, and others. Pino’s research focuses on the therapeutic benefits of curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, to aid in the treatment of ovarian cancer.
Henao Featured in GoodCourse's "The Interview"
Mar 23, 2023
Dean of Students Felipe Henao, Ed.D., is featured in GoodCourse’s series The Interview, which features student success insight from campus leaders at U.S. and U.K. institutions. In addition to highlighting New York Tech’s campus-wide efforts to address food insecurity and other basic student needs, Henao explains why universities should learn from the customer and employee engagement strategies used by leading corporations.
“In terms of innovation, I turn to industry to see what they are doing, such as looking at how employers are upping employee engagement or how they're keeping their customers satisfied, because, at the end of the day, our students are our customers whether we want to believe that or not,” says Henao. “They come with multitudes of issues; addressing them holistically and thinking about the future is essential. It’s about challenging our own expectations and thoughts too — the industry is always changing, and it's up to us to keep up.”
Microbiologist Featured in Antibiotic Resistance Articles
Mar 21, 2023
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued warnings about the antibiotic-resistant bacteria Shigella, insight from Associate Professor of Biological and Chemical Sciences Bryan Gibb, Ph.D., was featured in several outlets, including News Medical and AZO Life Sciences. Gibb, who is researching the therapeutic potential for viruses (phages) to treat antibiotic-resistant infections, tells News Medical that phages are “already working wonders in Eastern Europe,” where doctors in countries like the Republic of Georgia have successfully used phage cocktails to treat infections for decades. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) process for approving pharmaceuticals is not equipped to deal with bacterial agents like phages.
“They evolve quickly, just like the mutating bacteria they fight, giving them a major edge over antibiotics. But their flexible nature also makes phages difficult to evaluate in a traditional clinical trial setting,” says Gibb. To overcome this obstacle, he recommends a separate FDA approval track for phage therapy.
Long Island and Arkansas Media Cover NYITCOM Match Results
Mar 17, 2023
At this year’s Match Day, NYITCOM’s Class of 2023 achieved a 100 percent match rate, with all students in the class placed into residencies. Several outlets in both Long Island and Arkansas, where NYITCOM has medical school locations, covered this news, including KAIT-TV, Batesville Daily Guard, The Jonesboro Sun, The Island 360, Huntington Now, and Port Washington Patch.
Haar Quoted in Everyday Health
Mar 15, 2023
School of Health Professions Assistant Dean and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., is quoted in an Everyday Health article about yogurt and gut microbiome. Haar notes that yogurts with added sugars still offer the potential benefits of probiotics, even if they’re a less healthy choice holistically. However, she still recommends that consumers start with plain yogurt and add a little sugar or fruit on their own. Haar advises consumers to always look at the “added sugar” line on a food label and note the amount. As 20 grams is equal to about five teaspoons of sugar, even if consumers add a teaspoon of sugar or honey to plain yogurt on their own, it will still be less sugar than the amount added to many flavored yogurts.
Long Island Media Highlight Research Collaboration
Mar 07, 2023
As featured in InnovateLI and The Island 360, NYITCOM and St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center®’s DeMatteis Center for Cardiac Research and Education have launched a new collaboration. The initiative provides NYITCOM students the prestigious opportunity to shadow St. Francis Hospital’s world-renowned, innovative cardiovascular researchers and assist them in potentially life-saving studies. The Island 360 article notes that the research collaboration also furthers the medical school’s existing relationship with the Catholic Health system, of which St. Francis Hospital is a part, whose facilities serve as a vital training ground for NYITCOM students completing clinical rotations and graduates fulfilling residencies and fellowships.
Psychology Expert Featured in Lifewire
Mar 01, 2023
Melissa Huey, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral sciences, is quoted in the Lifewire story “Technology May Be Controlling Your Life—Here's How to Take it Back.” The article discusses a new report that finds technology is hindering decision-making, with smartphones driving technology dependence.
“The constant viewing of memes, tag lines, and clips creates a situation where our outsourcing of decision-making is not conscious,” says Huey, who studies the psychological impact of smartphones and technology. “Because of the subliminal messaging that comes through our technology, it is hard to know if your opinions are real and genuine or a product of what comes across our devices constantly.”
Nizich on Cobots: Communications of the ACM
Feb 28, 2023
Communications of the ACM addresses cyberattacks on collaborative robots, or cobots, and extensively quotes Michael Nizich, Ph.D., ETIC director and adjunct associate professor of computer science. According to the story, cobots count on Internet of Things devices, various data and software programming, and remote control for operation, productivity, and safety. All of which present unique opportunities for attack.
Criminal hackers can live off the land, using remote control tools IT has already installed with the cobots, such as Secure Shell (SSH). Attackers can use cobots' SSH connections to reconfigure the cobot to perform all the wrong motions, Nizich explains. "Advanced SSH connection support provides an outside user full access to the robot's operating system and controls and the software and scripts on the system that control the cobot's behaviors," he says. Unfortunately, it is often trivial for criminal hackers to learn these connection options and find cobots to attack. "Many times, vendors publicly advertise the features of software and hardware systems to make them more attractive from a sales perspective. Users discuss the intricate details of the system's functionality on blogs and vlogs as they attempt to troubleshoot issues with the help of other system users," explains Nizich.