Media Coverage

NYITCOM-Arkansas Researcher Shares Insight on New COVID-19 Variant

Sep 22, 2022

As seen in Fortune, Salon, and other news outlets, Raj Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., assistant dean of research and associate professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, shared insight regarding the new omicron variant BA.2.75.2. While the existing omicron variant BA.2.75, dubbed “Centaurus,” was initially expected to be the main COVID-19 variant to wreak havoc in late 2022, Rajnarayanan, who created and maintains a number of COVID-19 data dashboards, explains that the new variant BA.2.75.2, an offspring of Centaurus, is now the one to watch. The spike protein on BA.2.75.2 binds to human cells tightly—better than any other variant so far—making it more difficult for antibodies to attack, Rajnarayanan says.


Hoffmann’s Research Publicized by Science Outlets

May 24, 2023

As featured in more than a dozen science news sites and outlets, including,, Knowledia, and others, Associate Professor of Anatomy Simone Hoffmann, Ph.D., is part of a team helping to “unearth” significant clues about a mysterious group of mammals that once inhabited present-day Madagascar. In their new study, Hoffmann and Senior Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science David Krause, Ph.D., identify a fossilized tailbone as having once belonged to the ancient mammal Vintana. The extinct creature lived about 66 million years ago, roaming the earth at the same time as the dinosaurs, and beared a resemblance to modern groundhogs. Their findings provide new insights into the region’s early mammalian evolution.


May 24, 2023

Raj Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., assistant dean of research and associate professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, who manages a COVID-19 variant database, was interviewed by Fortune. He notes that XBB variants, which are believed to be the “first major highly immune-evasive” group of variants, “will sweep through China,” but the wave will be “largely invisible” owing to low rates of testing and reporting. Among other points, he also adds that increased circulation of XBB variants in China—and elsewhere—is likely to result in the evolution of new XBB variants.


Huntington Now Features Class of 2023 Accomplishments

May 24, 2023

Huntington Now highlighted multiple achievements by local students from the Class of 2023. Among those featured were physical therapy students who received their doctoral hoods, nursing students who were welcomed into the profession with a pinning ceremony, and students who received awards from NYITCOM and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Newsday Interviews Cybersecurity Expert

May 23, 2023

Newsday continues to tap cybersecurity expert Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the ETIC and adjunct associate professor of computer science, in its ongoing coverage of the Suffolk County ransomware attack. Weeks prior to the September 2022 cyberattack, three county officials took a trip to India, where an unidentified employee accessed the county’s network through its virtual private network (VPN). When asked about whether the India access could possibly have played a role in the ransomware attack, Nizich expressed doubt and explained that the use of a secure VPN should limit exposure to hackers.


Media Highlight President Foley’s Election to Accelerate LI Board

May 17, 2023

Long Island Business News and CompsMag have covered the news that President Hank Foley, Ph.D., has been elected as a board member of Accelerate Long Island, a collaboration of research and academic institutions and business leaders that aims to support the growth of high-tech startup companies. “It is inherent in our mission to educate the workforce of the future to support research and scholarship that benefit society – this involves both innovation and collaboration with industry leaders,” Foley said. “Joining forces with Accelerate LI and working in partnership with its other directors will help foster opportunity and spur growth within the Long Island ecosystem.”


Haar Shares Insight for Healthline Article

May 17, 2023

Clinical Associate Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, is quoted in a Healthline article about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new recommendations on non-sugar sweeteners. Based on available evidence, the WHO’s new guidance, released May 15, recommends against using sugar substitutes to help with weight loss or to reduce the risk of diet-related diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

Haar concurs with these findings. She states, “As a registered dietitian-nutritionist in practice for more than 40 years, I can certainly attest to the fact that those consuming diet sodas and using sugar substitutes do not necessarily successfully lose excess weight or maintain a healthful weight,” says Haar.


Newsweek Quotes Gugliotti in Posture Story

May 17, 2023

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Mark Gugliotti, D.P.T., is quoted in a Newsweek article about posture in the workplace. Gugliotti explains that prolonged periods of sitting and slouching, which throw off the musculoskeletal balance within the body, can lead to lower back pain. Over time, these habits can perpetuate the onset of other issues, such as muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, altered digestion and respiration, and even nerve tissue compression.

“Do your future self a favor and spend some time choosing the perfect office chair, whether at home or in the office,” says Gugliotti. “The chair should fully support the whole spine and facilitate a relaxed, seated posture. It is best if the cushioning conforms to the natural curvatures of the spine and is made from a breathable yet durable fabric. Attention should be made to two key adjustment features: seat height and the ability to recline the chair's back. Proper adjustment for seat height should allow for the feet to rest flat on the floor while the hips and knees are positioned at 90-degree angles.”

The article also appeared in 28 other outlets across the U.S., including Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer, and The Sacramento Bee, among others.


Outlets Report on New York Tech’s KEEN Membership

May 17, 2023

Long Island Business News (LIBN) and InnovateLI have published stories about the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences’ new membership in KEEN, a national partnership of engineering faculty focused on developing and promoting innovation in engineering education for the good of society.

 “KEEN developed the entrepreneurial mindset framework to supplement the engineering skills that faculty already teach,” said Jane Polizzi, assistant dean of administration and operations, according to LIBN. “Developing an entrepreneurial mindset is in line with our mission of delivering to the workplace new generations of doers, makers, inventors and innovators,” Dean Babak Beheshti, Ph.D., said in InnovateLI.   


May 12, 2023

An adaptive fashion show hosted by the Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center was featured on PIX11 News. The segment, which included interviews with Adena Leder, D.O., director of the Parkinson’s program, and models from the New York Tech Rock Steady Boxing program, demonstrated how the Center helps to maximize the quality of life for those with Parkinson's disease. As the PIX11 coverage notes, “For those who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, everyday activities such as getting dressed in the morning can be challenging. [The] unique fashion show was put together to showcase ‘adaptive clothing’ that helps patients maintain their independence…and featured “easy-on, easy-off” clothing, shoes, and accessories.”