In the Media

Newsday Notes NYITCOM in Medical School Applications Story

Jan 31, 2021

Newsday cited NYITCOM Dean Nicole Wadsworth, D.O. in an article on the rising number of applications at Long Island medical schools. As noted in the article, NYITCOM applications are up 27.4 percent in January 2021 compared to a year ago. With a March deadline, almost 10,000 applications are already in for 295 spots at NYITCOM's Long Island location along with 115 at its location in Arkansas.


Pediatrician Publishes Vaccine Op-ed

Jan 30, 2021

Missouri newspaper West Plains Daily Quill (subscription required) published commentary from Christine Hartford, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine at NYITCOM-Arkansas. In the op-ed, Hartford, who is a pediatrician, calls for vaccine acceptance. She writes, “Whether it is to protect ourselves from becoming ill or so that our society, most especially our children, can begin to socialize and return to a more normal existence with in-person school and playdates with friends, it is important for us all to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is the only way to get to the other side of this pandemic. It is the only way this is going to work.”


Jan 28, 2021

News that Dr. Jerry Balentine has been promoted to executive vice president and COO at New York Tech appears in The Island Now, City and State NY (“Announcements”) and InnovateLI (“On the Move”). In this newly created position, Balentine will evaluate new opportunities for university growth and expansion, especially in the area of faculty research, and oversee strategic resource allocation, among other responsibilities. 


NIH Grant Receives Widespread Visibility

Jan 27, 2021

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant secured by Olga Savinova, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences at NYITCOM, is featured on multiple sites and outlets, including Crain’s New York Business (subscription required), The Island Now, Yahoo Finance, Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology, and InnovateLI. The grant, estimated at $1.8 million over five years, will investigate whether vascular calcification, the build-up of calcium salts in blood vessels, contributes to the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). If it is a risk factor for atherosclerosis, decalcification treatments may provide a breakthrough treatment option for heart disease. 

“Our overarching goal is to gain a better understanding of how calcification impacts the onset, progression, and treatment of atherosclerosis,” said Savinova, who also received a 2018 NIH grant to examine vascular calcification in chronic kidney disease. “We believe calcification is a risk factor for atherosclerosis and one that can be corrected. By inhibiting vascular calcification caused by overactive phosphatase, we may be able to provide a therapy for atherosclerosis.”


Harper Profiled in Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Jan 27, 2021

Brian Harper, M.D., vice president for equity and inclusion and chief medical officer, is profiled in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, a critical source of news, information, and insightful commentary on the full range of issues concerning diversity in American higher education. The profile highlights Harper's recent VP appointment, vast career experience, and continued public health advocacy. Harper notes that he will leverage his new role to create a campus culture where the strengths of people from different backgrounds are acknowledged.

“I think diversity is really a strength for an institution because everyone brings a certain perspective, and if we take all of this into consideration, we’ll just ultimately be a strong institution,” he states. “So I’m hoping that this will actually be a microcosm for what can be done nationwide. As opposed to fighting amongst each other, we take all of it, the strong points of each culture, and move forward.”


TechTarget Features Comments from Supply Chain Expert

Jan 25, 2021

Technology review site TechTarget featured comments from Purushottam Meena, Ph.D., associate professor of operations management, on the relationship management benefits that suppliers realized as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meena’s comments underscore the need for trust in buyer-supplier relationships, which mitigates disruption risks for the buyer and supplier.

“[Trust is] the buyer's and supplier's willingness to adapt to each other's behavior and actions,” Meena said. “Trust and confidence in each other are essential to work in unsafe and ambiguous conditions.”


Suzanne Musho Panel Remarks Highlighted in Commercial Observer

Jan 22, 2021

Suzanne Musho, vice president for capital planning and facilities management and chief architect, participated in Commercial Observer’s “Design Changes In a Post-Pandemic World” forum exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced commercial real estate design professionals to rethink building designs with safety in mind. “We have had to overlap departments in buildings, and we also have added social spaces and larger convenient spaces in classroom buildings,” Musho said during a panel, “Building the Modern School Campus in 2021 and Beyond—How K-12 and University Campuses Will Be Forever Improved.”


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.


CreditDonkey Interviews Beheshti on Pros and Cons of VPN

Jan 15, 2021

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was featured in a virtual panel for the site CreditDonkey on the benefits and setbacks of virtual private networks (VPN). Beheshti acknowledges that VPN usage is tied to slower data rate and additional overhead costs, but makes the case that benefits outweigh these hitches. However, he cautions against using free VPN services, which may expose data to other sources.

“You need to be careful though. Some free VPN providers will sell your information to third parties. So you may want to opt for a paid VPN service (there are usually reasonably priced subscriptions) to make sure that your personal information it's secure,” he states.