In the Media

International Business Times Publishes Huey Op-ed

May 30, 2021

In an International Business Times op-ed, Melissa Huey, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, contends that the remote nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified Gen Z’s digital habits, with screens destroying this generation's ability to think critically. In light of this, she calls for widespread critical thinking education initiatives that enable students to gain the necessary skills to discern fact from faction, resolve conflict, and thrive in an uncertain world. 

“The steady stream of social media posts, misinformation, and polarizing headlines is slowly eroding our younger generations' ability to think and effectively process information,” writes Huey. “Educators and parents alike will need to reckon with all of this in the aftermath of the pandemic. The first step: getting smartphones out of the classroom.”

 

InnovateLI Covers New York Tech’s Energy Conference

Jun 16, 2021

InnovateLI featured highlights of New York Tech’s recent energy conference. “Building Sustainable Communities” addressed topics including greener power, cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions, and according to the article, “focused largely on innovative energy-related research and capital investments at New York Tech campuses in New York and Vancouver.” The virtual conference was moderated by Associate Professor Robert Amundsen; the keynote was delivered by New York Tech alumnus and EmPower Solar CEO David Schieren.

 

DEADLINE Interviews New York Tech Alumna

Jun 13, 2021

In honor of Pride Month, DEADLINE interviewed alumna Karine Jean-Pierre (B.S. ’97), President Biden's principal deputy press secretary, who recently became the first openly gay Black woman to hold a White House briefing. She discusses the challenges faced in her personal life, including coming out to her family, and how her experience as a television commentator and pundit has helped to prepare her for this moment. Similar coverage also appeared on MSN.com.

 

Media Highlight Students’ Academic Success

Jun 11, 2021

Several New York Tech students were highlighted in their hometown media for successes achieved in the 2020-21 academic year. The Danbury Hub and the Wilton Hub, both in Connecticut, included news about students inducted into New York Tech’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Centraljersey.com, Mid-Island Times and Five Towns Patch recognized students inducted into New York Tech’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students.

 

Alumna Delivers White House Briefing, Makes History

May 27, 2021

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (and New York Tech alumna) briefed reporters at the White House yesterday, “only the second Black woman to do so and the first openly gay one,” according to an article in Voice of America (VOA). "It's a real honor to be standing here today," said Jean-Pierre from the White House podium, adding that she appreciates "the historic nature" of the occasion. 

According to VOA, Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique to Haitian immigrant parents and moved to New York with her family at a young age. In addition to earning a B.S. ’97 (Life Sciences) at New York Tech, she received her Master of Public Administration at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.  

 

The Island Now Features New Associate Provost

May 24, 2021

The Island Now has published an article highlighting Michaela Rome’s new position as associate provost at New York Tech.  Reporting to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Junius J. Gonzales, Rome is a key member of the Office of the Academic Affairs leadership team, working with the provost, deans, and other leaders on academic program review and new program proposals, such as developing micro-credentials and digital learning opportunities to meet current and future workforce demands.

She also will liaise with the state Department of Education to gain approval for new degree programs, ensure submission of high-quality deliverables to meet accreditation standards and drive implementation and outcomes assessment in relation to New York Tech’s three-year strategic plan, among other responsibilities.

 

Newsday Quotes Enrollment Management Experts

May 24, 2021

An article in Newsday about the fall enrollment picture notes that Long Island’s higher ed institutions’ incoming classes will be more diverse, and colleges and universities expressed optimism about enrollment, although final figures are not yet available.

"To tell you the truth we’re actually very pleased: Our applications, admissions and deposits are up this year. Our deposits are up to a ridiculous level," said Joseph Posillico, New York Tech’s vice president for enrollment management. "Last year was a very challenging year for schools, like no other year we’ve ever experienced."  Deposits, which indicate the intention of an admitted student to enroll, are "up 100% over this time last year, but also up 25% over this time two years ago."

Karen Vahey, dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, said the absence of required SAT or ACT scores benefited diverse applicants, as scholarships are now based on grade-point averages rather than test scores. "They are getting rewarded for performing well over four years in high school rather than just on a single test and that is a huge access and equity issue," Vahey said.

 

Local Outlets Highlight Community Service

May 21, 2021

New York Tech students are helping local residents get vaccinated through a volunteer effort known as The New York Tech Medical Outreach Program: COVID-19 Vaccine Assistance Group. Student volunteers were recently recognized in local media outlets such as Syosset Advance and Glen Cove Record Pilot.

Volunteers assist New York residents, as well as some New York City workers who live out-of-state, with registering for vaccine appointments. Students are responsible for interviewing patients and are trained to answer questions regarding the advantages and side effects of all available COVID-19 vaccines. They also assist people in choosing the best vaccine for their circumstances based on existing health issues, work and school time constraints, and other common challenges.

 

May 18, 2021

As seen in News-Medical, Trialsitenews.com, InnovateLI, and other news outlets, a study by Weikang Cai, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences at the College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), will examine how chronic stress impacts brain chemistry and contributes to clinical depression. The research project is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, estimated at $1.6 million over five years, and could help to identify breakthrough treatments for clinical depression, which affects more than 260 million people worldwide.

 

Jarkon Discusses Re-entry Anxiety on News 12

May 15, 2021

News 12 Long Island interviewed Psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of NYITCOM’s Center for Behavioral Health, regarding anxiety in a post-COVID-19 society, including re-acclimation to life without masks. On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance regarding masks and facial coverings. Under the new recommendations, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance themselves in any setting. Jarkon advises that the CDC’s recommendations do not mean that people need to respond right away.

“If you are comfortable still wearing a mask, wear a mask,” says Jarkon. “Start slowly. Don't go from zero to 100. We didn't get this way in a year in a half, it took us all awhile to acclimate.”

Similar coverage also appeared in a News 12 Westchester segment.