Echolocation Research Featured in the Media
Nov 20, 2023
As seen in Phys.org, The Daily Science, IFL Science, Tech and Science Post, and other outlets, research co-authored by Professor and Chair of Anatomy Jonathan Geisler, Ph.D., provides new insight into how toothed whales and dolphins came to navigate the underwater world using sound waves (echolocation). The researchers analyzed a large set of fossils belonging to two species of ancient dolphins in the genus Xenorophus, which, like living echolocating dolphins and whales, had asymmetrical skulls. However, the fossils suggest that the animals were less adept than their living relatives at producing high-pitched sounds or hearing high frequencies. Given this, as well as other factors, Geisler and his co-author conclude that Xenorophus marked a key transition in how whales and dolphins developed their “built-in sonar.”
Hu Shares Tax Return Tips with CBS News
Mar 04, 2024
CBSNews.com featured insight from Wenyao Hu, Ph.D., CFA, assistant professor of finance and accounting, in an article about ways to boost 2023 tax refunds. In addition to other points, including itemizing charitable contributions to increase deductions, Hu recommends that individuals contribute more to their retirement accounts before April 15 (Tax Day) and write those contributions off on their tax returns. While this approach will cost more upfront, the payoff is two-fold, Hu explains.
"These actions not only support your future financial security but also can significantly reduce your taxable income," he says.
Test-Optional Policy Featured in Newsday
Mar 04, 2024
Newsday interviewed Joseph Posillico, Ed.D., vice president for enrollment management and strategic communications, and a New York Tech student for a story about test-optional admissions at Long Island universities and colleges. Posillico shares that the decision to enact a test-optional policy has not had an academic impact on the caliber of students accepted.
"We are still getting the same quality of students. It's not like anything has dropped off because we're now not requiring SATs or standardized tests,” says Posillico, who also noted that the university has seen an increase in the diversity of its student body, as well as in first-generation students enrolled, since enacting its test-optional policy.
Undergraduate student Aaron Nandlal, an electrical and computer engineering major who applied test-optional shared, “Personally, I felt like my strengths as a student didn’t reflect well in my SAT score...SAT and ACT scores--or on any standardized test for that matter--really come down to how much prep you put into that exam, specifically, rather than testing all the accomplishments and all the skill sets you build up from freshman year to senior year as a high school student.”
Misak Offers Perspective on Using AI in Writing, Publishing
Feb 29, 2024
Growing interest in using AI for publishing is bringing opportunities for writers and readers, but also triggers concerns, according to a story in PYMNTS. The proliferation of content on self-publishing platforms coincides with the widespread availability of AI applications powered by large language models. Some experts voice concern that AI will train its models using the work of the site’s authors without their knowledge and consent, and that AI-driven content also raises questions about authenticity and originality. Associate Professor John Misak notes that using AI to aid in writing is akin to deploying a grammar checker or having an editor take a hands-on approach to manuscript changes. But he question how AI will impact the publishing industry in readers’ eyes. “Will readers understand AI content comes from a few bad players, or will they think publishers en masse are guilty of fabrication?”
This article also appeared in TechCodex.
Reuters Publishes New York Tech Op-ed
Feb 29, 2024
A Reuters op-ed by Alessandro Melis, Ph.D., IDC Foundation endowed chair and professor in the School of Architecture and Design, calls for architects to embrace generative artificial intelligence (AI), abandon individual perspectives, and work together to overcome climate change. Melis explains that while some architects see AI as an existential threat, it could be our best tool yet for exploring radical ideas that help society mitigate and adapt to climate change.
“Architects, and those of us who teach future architects, have a major role to play in saving our environment. With the help of AI, we can design, construct, and maintain structures that emit little or no carbon and also protect us from what's ahead. Sacrificing claims to authorship to fulfill our duties to the planet is a small price to pay,” Melis writes.
Kirk Publishes Article in The Conversation
Feb 21, 2024
Colleen Kirk, D.P.S., associate professor of management and marketing studies, co-authored an article in the The Conversation titled “Are Fears of Saying ‘No’ Overblown?” Kirk, who studies psychological ownership and consumer behavior, paired with a researcher from West Virginia University for a series of studies that examined whether declining social invitations brings the negative consequences that people assume. Surprisingly, their findings showed that individuals are relatively unaffected when someone turns down an invite they’ve extended.
“Our findings suggest that when someone declines an invitation, they think the person who invited them will focus on the cold, hard rejection. But in reality, the person extending the invite is more likely to focus on the thoughts and deliberations that ran through the head of the person who declined. They’ll tend to assume that the invitee gave due consideration to the prospect of accepting, and this generally leaves them less bothered than might be expected,” the authors write.
FOX 5 TV Celebrates Harper as Black Trailblazer
Feb 16, 2024
Brian Harper, M.D., M.P.H., vice president for equity and inclusion and chief medical officer, was one of three panelists featured on the “Celebrating Black Trailblazers” show, FOX 5 television’s programming for Black History Month. According to the host, among the reasons Harper was invited include his efforts to encourage Black youth and young men to pursue careers in medicine.
“We have to start very early on – in grade school, elementary school – to get people focused and let them understand that they can become physicians,” Harper shared. He noted the low numbers of Black male physicians, and that is why he “is in favor of things like pipeline programs and getting young people interested in science in general.”
LIBN Highlights Psychology Research
Feb 09, 2024
An article in Long Island Business News (LIBN) featured research by Melissa Huey, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology. Huey’s study analyzes how Zoom features such as video, background filters, and breakout rooms impact mindfulness and comprehension. While the study sample focuses on college students, as LIBN notes, the insights could also help remote workers boost productivity and combat the effects of “Zoom fatigue.”
“We know that when students and employees are engaged, they’re more likely to also perform better. Therefore, understanding which Zoom conditions best encourage engagement allows educators and businesses to help these individuals remain successful and productive,” says Huey.
Rajnarayanan Tapped for Pandemic Preparation Stories
Feb 07, 2024
Salon, Fortune, and others recently featured insight from Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., assistant dean of research and associate professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, in coverage regarding preparation for the next pandemic. Rajnarayanan, who manages a COVID-19 sequencing dashboard, told Salon that it’s important to plan for the next pandemic, a hypothetical “Disease X,” because the world is more connected than ever before. While disease outbreaks in early history were more localized, they have a greater potential to spread more rapidly today, he explains.
In Fortune, Rajnarayanan discussed how a pandemic treaty among the World Health Organization’s member nations would provide an international accord on pandemic preparation, positioning nations to better respond to Disease X than they did to COVID-19. “The need is for a balanced and comprehensive approach that considers diplomatic, cooperative, deterrent, and unifying measures to effectively address global health challenges,” he said.
Posillico Quoted in Newsday FAFSA Delay Story
Feb 05, 2024
Newsday featured comments from Vice President for Enrollment Management Joseph Posillico, Ed.D., in an article about delays with the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
“[The delay] limits the timeframe for students and families to receive and compare awards from multiple universities…and would provide students with just about a one-month turnaround before the May 1 decision date. I know that New York Tech and others are considering extending the decision date to relieve some of the pressures that families may be feeling,” said Posillico. He also shared that New York Tech has been in communication with parents regarding the delay, and is providing families with sample aid packages that provide families with a sense of the type of aid they might expect.