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.


Dec 06, 2022

Times Higher Education highlighted research by Melissa Huey, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral sciences, which finds that smartphones negatively impact college students’ classroom experience. For the study, students enrolled in two New York Tech behavioral sciences classes had restricted access to their phones for the duration of the courses, while their peers in two other classes were allowed to continue smartphone usage as normal. Huey discovered that students had higher rates of comprehension and mindfulness, as well as less anxiety, when smartphones were not present.


Newsday Taps Nizich for Ransomware Story

Dec 04, 2022

Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the ETIC and adjunct associate professor of computer science, lent his cybersecurity expertise to Newsday’s continued coverage of the Suffolk County ransomware attack. As Nizich explains, there are several reasons why the county may be slow to recover from the attack, which was first reported in September. For one, the county’s computers may rely on code that is no longer in widespread use, and the people who have the expertise in this code are either retired or gone. A second issue could be that different county departments use different systems. As Nizich explains, in this scenario “you have all kinds of different vulnerabilities that can get exploited.” He also notes that the thieves likely accessed the system long before Suffolk discovered the attack, as the four terabytes taken by the hackers would have taken much more than six hours to download.


Dec 02, 2022

New York Tech is featured in a Newsday article about local universities and colleges offering test-optional admissions. As noted in the story, applicants to undergraduate programs, with the exception of nursing and combined undergraduate/graduate health professions programs, are no longer required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Karen Vahey, Ed.D., dean of admissions and financial aid, notes that, since moving to test-optional, students of color represented a larger portion of New York Tech’s applicant and admitted pool in fall 2021, including as much as an 8 percent rise in applications from students of color and as much as a 13 percent increase in admitted students of color.

Vahey also shares that first-generation applicants rose by 12 percent year over year, and in fall 2021 New York Tech enrolled its largest freshman class in 12 years. The institution also saw a 10 percent hike in applicants for fall 2022.


Speights Featured in Emergency Wound Management Articles

Nov 22, 2022

Shane Speights, D.O., site dean for NYITCOM-Arkansas, is quoted in articles by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and Youth Today. In the latter article, Speights, who is a proponent of the American College of Surgeons’ Stop the Bleed program, shares that NYITCOM-Arkansas hosted its own Stop the Bleeding event, in which 125 participants, including medical students, gained hands-on training to quickly respond to wounded trauma victims. Upon completion of the training, the medical students received kits containing bandages and tourniquets, should they need to assist in an emergency situation.

“We’ve had students use these. They go out in the community and stop at a car accident, and they’ve broken into this pack and used it to help control bleeding,” said Speights. “We have our students providing care, meaningful trauma care, before they even graduate from medical school.”


Ravan Quoted in Lifewire Story on AI and Brain Research

Nov 18, 2022

Lifewire featured insight and research from Maryam Ravan, Ph.D, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, in an article that answers the question, “How can studying the brain lead to new forms of artificial intelligence (AI)?” As the article notes, Ravan recently co-authored research that used a machine learning algorithm to analyze patients’s brain waves and categorize their patterns as biomarkers for bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder. 

“Increased interest in AI technology has emerged as society has become more accepting and open about mental health,” she says. “Given this, I expect that we will continue to see additional studies that leverage forms of AI, including machine learning, to help streamline the treatment and diagnosis of neurological and psychiatric conditions.”


Cohn Tapped for DebtHammer Holiday Spending Article

Nov 15, 2022

According to a DebtHammer survey, half of U.S. shoppers expect to take on debt to cover the costs of holiday shopping. As part of a DebtHammer online expert panel, Deborah Y. Cohn, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Management, shares tips to help consumers curb their holiday spending. In addition to other advice she notes, “It’s time to make deals with your friends and family that everyone will keep the costs down. Agree on budgets among gift givers. Talk about what everyone can afford to spend and set spending limits. Consider pooling your funds with friends and family and chipping in for gifts. This is made easy with online payment methods such as Venmo.”


Nov 14, 2022

As featured on KATV and in Talk Business and Politics and the Jonesboro Sun, pediatrician Christine Hartford, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine at NYITCOM-Arkansas, is urging Arkansans to get their influenza vaccine amid concerns for a "tripledemic" with the simultaneous circulation of influenza, COVID-19, and RSV. Following two years of relatively low flu and RSV numbers, Hartford, who also serves as a provider for St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., notes that residents could be in for an unusual winter, especially considering what’s already happening this early in the season.

“The seasonal patterns of these infections are out the window post-COVID,” Hartford tells the Jonesboro Sun. “We were seeing RSV all summer, and RSV is usually a late fall to early spring virus. We’re already getting bombarded with it.”


Vahey Shares Admissions Expertise with Newsday

Nov 13, 2022

According to a story in Newsday, Long Island’s colleges and universities would be unaffected by a potential U.S. Supreme Court decision barring colleges from race-based admissions. The article reports that at New York Institute of Technology, race is not considered in acceptance decisions, according to Karen Vahey, Ed.D., dean of admissions and financial aid. Vahey, who also chairs the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belongings' Pre-College Outreach and Access Subcommittee, says the school “does not need to consider race in admissions because we work hard to attract a talented pool of applicants who represent communities of color, and applicants from these communities have increased despite the pandemic.”


Long Island Press Highlights Co-op Track's LISTnet Award

Nov 11, 2022

As seen in Long Island Press, New York Tech’s first cooperative education (co-op) track, which launched earlier this year for students in the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was honored with a Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet) Long Island Summit Award for innovation. The awards ceremony was held on November 7 at the Garden City Hotel, where College of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dean Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., accepted the award for the co-op track, which is available to students in five of the college’s undergraduate programs.