In the Media

Kirk Lends Consumer Behavior Expertise to VICE Story on Odd Pandemic Purchases

Aug 12, 2020

As seen in VICE, Colleen Kirk, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing and consumer behavior expert, comments on why peculiar fish-shaped flip-flops have become the pandemic's unexpected shopping trend due to psychological ownership. Kirk notes that when consumers feel as though they lack control in one area, they may exert their control in other domains, including shopping.

"For example, if our usual outlets for socializing and having fun are unavailable to us, we might be inclined to purchase things that are more fun and frivolous than we might otherwise purchase," she said. "In addition to making us happy, these purchases give us an illusion of control in a world where we may not actually have much as much control as we are used to."

Entertainment website The Daily Dot also referenced Kirk's comments in a similar article on yet another unusual trend, the strawberry dress. 


Glazer Joins Discussion About Preparing for an Uncertain Fall

Aug 11, 2020

Francine Glazer, associate provost for educational innovation and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, participated in a virtual forum moderated by editorial staff at The Chronicle of Higher Education. The hour-long forum’s theme was “Preparing Instructors for an Uncertain Fall” and featured teaching and learning experts from various universities across the country. The Chronicle’s Brock Read interviewed Everspring’s Brook Corwin and New York Tech’s Glazer beginning at 31:20 (free registration is required to view the forum). Glazer discussed various topics including blended learning, instructional technology and assessment.


Paleontology Research Met with Widespread Media Acclaim

Aug 11, 2020

As seen in the New York Post, Fox News, USA Today,, and other prominent media outlets, an NYITCOM-Arkansas researcher has published anatomy findings that suggest an ancient ‘terror crocodile’ with teeth the ‘size of bananas’ once roamed the US. The study poses that the creature lived between 75 and 82 million years ago, when the country was split by the Western Interior Seaway, an ocean that once covered many Southern and Midwestern states, as well as parts of central Canada and the eastern portion of Mexico.

“Deinosuchus was a giant that must have terrorized dinosaurs that came to the water’s edge to drink,” said Adam Cossette, Ph.D., assistant professor of Basic Sciences at NYITCOM-Arkansas, and co-author of the study, in the New York Post. “Until now, the complete animal was unknown. These new specimens we’ve examined reveal a bizarre, monstrous predator with teeth the size of bananas.”


Beheshti Shares IoT Security Expertise on Podcast

Aug 10, 2020

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., dean of NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, shared his expertise about Internet of Things (IoT) security in a podcast with Cybercrime Magazine. He discussed the current state of security relative to device manufacturers and consumers, and what the expansion of 5G will mean for IoT security. “The dramatic expansion of bandwidth in 5G creates additional bandwidth to launch more persistent and numerous attacks,” he said, adding that the lack of regulations for 5G security, and for IoT security in general, contributed to 2019 being considered the worst year for cyber attacks. Beheshti also covered trends, such as combining IoT with AI and blockchain, and spoke to what the future holds, especially in light of the “work from home” new normal. The additional reliance on technology to communicate sensitive data means the attack surface will be increased, he noted, adding that “the need for a more robust IoT security approach will be even more paramount.”


Molnar Comments on Aquatic Evolution in New York Times

Aug 08, 2020

Julia Molnar, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy, was quoted in the New York Times on marine evolution research from the National University of La Plata. The research, which analyzed the flippers of living and extinct marine animals, shows that these appendages may have formed from multidigit limbs that slowly transformed into the more mitten-like flippers that we know today. Molnar, who was not one of the study's investigators but has conducted similar research, commented on the use of a technique called network analysis, which was used to compare and contrast anatomical differences. As Molnar notes, anatomists are using the technique to investigate “one of the oldest and most confounding problems in biology: the evolutionary relationship between structure and function.”


Zwibel Discusses Telemedicine's Positive Outcomes Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Aug 06, 2020

Hallie Zwibel, D.O., medical director, director of sports medicine, and assistant professor at NYITCOM, was featured on the New York City faith-based news program Currents. During the interview, Zwibel comments on the ways in which telemedicine has been a silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that during the pandemic “necessity was the mother of invention,” and a growing number of his peers adopted the technology to ensure continuity of care and communication with patients. He also states that regulatory changes allowed clinicians to “move on telehealth, full steam ahead.”


NYITCOM-Arkansas's First NIH Grant Publicized Widely by Local Media

Aug 04, 2020

Arkansas media outlets have widely covered NYITCOM-Arkansas’s first grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As seen in the Jonesboro Sun, AR Money & Politics, Arkansas Business, and NEA Report¸ Jennifer Yanhua Xie, Ph.D., assistant professor of basic sciences at NYITCOM-Arkansas, received a $428,400 multi-year NIH grant to investigate whether Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) can help relieve migraine headaches.

“Preclinical assessment of OMT to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine episodes remains unexplored, hindering the widespread use of OMT to treat migraine,” Xie said in the Jonesboro Sun story. “Our project is innovative because we use a preclinical model that recapitulates aspects of migraine pathology, including well-accepted biomarkers and clinical-relevant output measures that increase confidence in translation across species. These studies will provide solid evidence to determine the possible utility of OMT for the clinical management of migraine.”


Balentine Comments on NYITCOM Reopening in Newsday

Aug 02, 2020

Jerry Balentine, D.O., vice president for health sciences and medical affairs and dean, NYITCOM, was interviewed by Newsday on changes to the medical school's operations due to COVID-19. Balentine notes that NYITCOM's 280 first-year medical students on the Long Island campus will split into “pods” of 20 to 25, and attend discussion groups and labs in person while practicing social distancing. Pods will attend all in-person classes together, so if one student becomes infected with the coronavirus, only members of that pod would be quarantined, not the entire college. In anatomy classes, there will be one student per cadaver rather than several.


ETIC Assists Firm in Developing Solution to Prevent Food Tampering

Jul 31, 2020

As seen in Long Island Business News (subscription required) and eNews Channel, the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) assisted local firm GrubGuard in developing an innovative solution to prevent food contamination and package tampering. The firm's patent-pending hardware and software solution provides a much-needed safeguard for restaurant owners, who ultimately accept responsibility for orders delivered by Uber Eats, DoorDash, and other delivery services.

In LIBN, GrubGuard CEO Zachary Jones thanks the ETIC professionals for their help, stating, “They assisted in creating our functional electronic prototype, including the web application, which collects critical data and provides specific details of a potential packaging breach."


NYITCOM Biomarker Research Gains Media Attention

Jul 16, 2020

NYITCOM biomedical research has been featured in outlets such as, News Medical, and Medical Xpress, among others. Experts believe that half of heart failure patients likely have low levels of the thyroid hormone T3 in their cardiac tissue, a hormonal imbalance that can worsen heart failure and contribute to other cardiac dysfunction. While giving patients more thyroid hormone may seem like an obvious solution, clinicians have hesitated to do this, as too much T3 could accidentally trigger arrhythmia. Now, new NYITCOM research, which was completed in partnership with experts at FuWai Heart Hospital (Beijing, China), proposes that an existing blood test for the biomarker brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) could help clinicians safely measure and administer just the right amount of T3 to heart failure patients.

“I have been rather obsessed with the need for a serum biomarker for cardiac tissue T3 levels for many years,” says Martin Gerdes, Ph.D., chair and professor of biomedical sciences at NYITCOM, who was one of the study’s researchers. “It dawned on me that the clinical literature showed a very consistent inverse relationship between serum T3 and BNP levels.”