In the Media

Cohn Op-Ed: “What My Research Reveals About Gift Giving”

Dec 01, 2021

“The National Retail Federation predicts that, this year, 13.3% of holiday gifts will be returned. The economic and relationship cost of bad gifts is high,” writes School of Management interim dean  Deborah Y. Cohn, Ph.D. in an op-ed in Baltimore Jewish Times.

Cohn’s research has focused on why many consumers buy gifts that are unwanted, even when buyers are trying to please. “On the one hand, with the best intentions, givers misjudge the recipient’s preferences. Other times, my research found that givers intentionally give bad gifts,” she writes, adding that some givers “send a message that can be interpreted as mean spirited.” Cohn’s research identifies bad gifts that are given on purposes and categorizes them as: 1) threats to self-concept, 2) to you – for me, 3) hostile, 4) ritual and obligation, and 5) competition.

The piece, focusing on Chanukah gift-giving, also offers advice on how to give gifts to people one cares about. Read the full op-ed.  

 

ETIC Project with NASA Featured in Newsday Story, Video

Jan 14, 2022

A Newsday feature story and video focuses on New York Tech’s project with NASA to build prototype products to help “launch dormant NASA patents into the commercial market.” The article highlights how a team of students and faculty is building prototypes for four patents under an initial contract with NASA. The student team members, all ETIC employees, are in the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences as well as digital arts students in the School of Architecture and Design, “skilled at producing demonstration videos of the products.”

According to ETIC Director Michael Nizich, Ph.D., “NASA patents sometimes get swept aside as researchers drive to complete major projects, leaving a rich vein of ideas with commercial potential,” the article notes.

 

InnovateLI Covers New York Tech-Red Hat Collaboration

Jan 14, 2022

InnovateLI featured New York Tech’s collaboration with the IBM software subsidiary Red Hat to create New York Institute of Technology Red Hat Academy, an open-source, web-deployed, and web-managed education program that provides turnkey curriculum materials to academic institutions to start and sustain an open-source and Linux curricular program. As a result, students in the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences will gain practical experience and access to training courses offered through the Red Hat Academy.

 

Newsday Interviews Harper for COVID-19 Trend Story

Dec 19, 2021

Newsday quoted Brian Harper, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer and vice president for equity and inclusion, in its coverage of COVID-19 infection and vaccination trends among Long Island communities. A Newsday analysis found that large spikes in COVID-19 cases have taken place in majority-white communities, a dramatic shift from the beginning of the pandemic when Black and Latino communities were impacted much more heavily. Harper explains that residents in areas with recent spikes are probably less likely to take precautions, such as wearing masks in indoor public places, because these communities were not as heavily impacted earlier in the pandemic.

 

INSIDER Highlights Haar’s Nutrition Expertise

Dec 17, 2021

Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, clinical associate professor and chair of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, is quoted in an INSIDER article on the benefits of plant-based diets. While these diets may sound healthy, as they consist mainly of fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and oils, Haar notes that plant-based regimens require a diverse variety of foods in order to meet nutrient needs.

“Vegans who consume no animal products at all may be at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency and may consider supplementing this vitamin. Those who eliminate dairy products can still get enough calcium from fortified plant-based milks, calcium-fortified orange juice, and tofu,” she says.

 

Misak Featured in Lifewire Augmented Reality Story

Dec 17, 2021

Lifewire interviewed John Misak, D.A., assistant professor of humanities, for an article about augmented reality’s (AR) consumer benefits. The immersive technology can be particularly useful in education, as Misak has demonstrated in his New York Tech classes, which use AR to teach 16th-century Shakespearean literature to college students. Misak worked closely with a colleague to develop the AR/3-D game Perchance, which immerses students in Shakespeare’s Hamlet by enabling them to ‘walk’ around the castle where Hamlet meets his father’s ghost.

“By focusing on specific elements of the play, particularly the scenes in which the ghost appears, students see what the character would see in that given moment. In experiencing the story firsthand, they can visualize key events while forging their own connections and memories with the play,” says Misak.

 

Archinect Interviews Dean Perbellini

Dec 16, 2021

Archinect interviewed Maria Perbellini, M.Arch., dean of the School of Architecture and Design, regarding the school's participation in the 2021 Venice Biennale Architecture. Through video installations and interviews, the exhibition showcased student and faculty work produced between 2017 and 2021 within several studios, exchange workshops, traveling programs, and local and international community design collaborations. Throughout the interview, Perbellini reflects on how students and faculty approached this year's exhibition theme, “Architecture as Caregiver.”

 

Dec 16, 2021

The new agreement between NASA and New York Tech to have ETIC student employees build technology prototypes based on existing NASA patents and create professional marketing materials that NASA can use to help commercialize the technology, is featured in InnovateLI.

“Seven New York Tech student-employees – pursuing degrees in computer science, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering – are jumping right in. On their drawing boards first is a prototype for a robotic therapy vest, designed by NASA to support patients with neurological impairments,” the article reports. Further, it notes that NASA “approached New York Tech about working with the ETIC, which impressed NASA principles with a new-technology prototyping job – arranged by Albany’s Empire State Development Corp. – for Wyandanch-based startup Grub Guard.”  

 

InnovateLI Highlights Zhang NIH Grant

Dec 15, 2021

As reported in InnovateLI, Associate Professor of Life Sciences Shenglong Zhang, Ph.D., is one of several researchers participating in a consortium of nationwide laboratories forming the new Center for Excellence in Genomic Science. The research is being funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute. “Zhang’s lab – where the mission is to modify nucleotides and monitor the effects on cancer, diabetes and other conditions – will have a first-year budget of roughly $700,000, with $2 million-plus expected through 2026,” the story notes.

 

Sheikh Quoted on Inflation in International Business Times

Dec 11, 2021

Shaya Sheikh, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing and management studies, was quoted in an International Business Times story about inflation. Sheikh, who is an energy supply chain expert, discusses rising gasoline prices, which many believe rise and fall in tandem with the price of oil, but in fact rise at a faster rate than oil and come back down at a much lower rate. As he explains, this asymmetrical inflation is caused by a temporary mismatch between demand and supply, due to time lags.

“Private oil companies can theoretically increase domestic production. However, it takes months to catch up with the increased demand. This is because private oil companies do not have enough spare capacity to ramp up the production instantly, and the process of surveying, drilling, refining, and distribution take months,” says Sheikh.