In the Media

Raven Shares Insight on Climate Change and Urban Design

Sep 02, 2021

Jeffrey Raven, associate professor and graduate director in the School of Architecture and Design, was interviewed by CTV News Channel, Canada’s largest and most-watched 24-hour news channel. Following torrential rain in the tristate area, caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Raven shared urban planning techniques to help ensure that flood-prone coastal cities, like New York City, become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

“The issue here is that the city has to be designed and planned in a way that can configure dense urban environments that offset the undesirable outcomes of climate change through climate-sensitive urban planning and urban design,” said Raven. He noted that much innovation has been made in this area, including prototypes for sponge city projects, which, “enhance stormwater protection and hold water like a sponge, through natural systems that also reduce carbon emissions and enhance the benefit [to cities].” Raven also recommended depressing roadways, which can temporarily store stormwater.


Cybersecurity Article Highlights Nizich's Expertise

Sep 01, 2021

Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center, was interviewed by small business resource AdvisorSmith about the benefits of cyber liability insurance. Nizich discussed the growing market for this insurance and shared insight on the risk that cyberattacks can pose to smaller organizations. He notes that while insurance may provide a safety net, businesses both large and small should always be concerned about protecting their data.

“There are several components to managing risk, and any security expert will tell you that you are never 100 percent protected. The best you can do is to minimize your risk by constantly addressing and updating the latest security concerns and known vulnerabilities,” he said.


Daily News Publishes Hadjiargyrou Op-ed About Need to Build Biotech Talent Pipeline

Aug 25, 2021

In a Daily News op-ed, Michael Hadjiargyrou, Ph.D., professor and chair of Biological and Chemical Sciences, calls for companies, governments, and educators to work together to build the talent pipeline in the biotechnology sector, arguing that without a strong workforce to develop medicines and vaccines, we won't be able to end this current health crisis (or the next one).

Many biotech companies recognize that the looming talent crunch is a problem, but few have made strides to address it, he notes. “Part of the problem is that relatively few educational institutions offer degrees in biotechnology,” Hadjiargyrou writes. Only around 100 U.S. universities offer biotechnology degrees; New York Tech offers the only program on Long Island. “We also need more robust internship programs that give students the hands-on experience and skills needed for the ‘real world’,” he adds.


Geisler Interviewed on Ancient Whale Ancestor

Aug 25, 2021

NYITCOM’s Jonathan Geisler, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of anatomy, was interviewed by the Associated Press and quoted in several outlets, including Live Science, on the discovery of a new fossil that could help explain how whales evolved to live in the sea. Scientists believe that the ancestors of today’s whales lived on land before gradually evolving into sea creatures, with the earliest known whale believed to have lived in modern-day Pakistan approximately 50 million years ago. Now, the discovery of this new fossil, found in Egypt, provides evidence of the land-to-sea transition, suggesting that a ferocious whale living 43 million years ago had the anatomy to both walk on land and swim in the water. 

“This fossil really starts to give us a sense of when whales moved out of the Indo-Pakistan ocean region and started dispersing across the world,” says Geisler.


Aug 20, 2021

As featured in a BBC podcast (interview begins at 13:59 and will available online until Sept. 22, 2021),, New Scientist, and other news sites, research by NYITCOM Assistant Professor of Anatomy Nathan Thompson, Ph.D., suggests that chimpanzees may have longer strides than humans. For decades, scientists believed that humans evolved with the longest stride of any primate, allowing us to maximize our efficiency. However, Thompson’s new findings now suggest that humans’ strides are considerably shorter than that of our nearest cousins, chimpanzees, whose strides are 25 percent longer. As he notes in, Thompson suspects that other factors may account for this difference.

"Humans have had about seven million years of selective pressure for economical bipedalism. This means that there has been a lot of time to experiment with the costs and benefits, so it might be worth it to walk with slightly shorter strides because whatever energy we lose, we might make up elsewhere," he says.


Speights Warns Residents About Dangers of Ivermectin Paste

Aug 04, 2021

As seen on ABC, NBC, and CW affiliate KAIT-8 TV, as well as many other outlets across the nation, NYITCOM-Arkansas Site Dean Shane Speights, D.O. warned of the dangers caused by using veterinary medication to treat COVID-19. Sales of Ivermectin paste, used to treat worms in animals, are on the rise at farm supply stores across the U.S., with some people believing that it can treat COVID-19. However, Speights notes the frightening repercussions that may occur if humans ingest the medication, stating, “Let’s say it was manufactured for a large horse, but a human takes it, it can create low blood pressure, rapid heart rates, seizures, there are even episodes where you can see layers of your skin fall off. It can damage the liver, and there’s vision loss that can be associated.”

He also explained that the drug is only meant to kill parasites—not viruses. “The way that it works is it actually paralysis the worm by attacking the nerve and muscle cells. COVID is a virus. COVID doesn’t have nerve or muscle cells, so the mechanism in which the drug works wouldn’t work for a virus.”


Local Media Outlets Publicize Students' Academic Success

Aug 04, 2021

New York Tech students who made the Presidential Honor List for spring 2021 have been featured in their hometown news outlets, including the Gloucester City News, Hamlet Hub, and others. To qualify for the list, candidates must be full-time students enrolled in a degree program with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Students named to the Dean’s List for spring 2021 were also featured in their local media outlets, including Tap Into. This recognition is granted to full-time students enrolled in a degree program with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.


Aug 03, 2021

As seen in Inside Higher Ed and InnovateLI, New York Tech’s newest degree program, the Master of Science in Risk Management, will provide companies with the highly trained talent and expertise needed to navigate the everchanging business environment. This new degree program is the most recent of several new degree programs New York Tech has launched to prepare students to address current and future real-world challenges, including a Ph.D. in Engineering, M.B.A. in Business Analytics, and Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.).


Newsday Notes New York Tech Participation in WH COVID-19 Vaccine College Challenge

Aug 01, 2021

An article in Newsday explores vaccination plans for the upcoming fall semester at several Long Island colleges in light of the spreading Delta variant. It highlights New York Tech’s participation in the White House COVID-19 Vaccine College Challenge and the vaccine events to be held on both New York campuses. In terms of the evolving policies relating to vaccines and masking, "There’s a team that discusses this weekly," said Provost Junius Gonzales. "All you need is even a small breakout, it could be in Nassau County, that could completely change what you do on campus. That’s why I keep emphasizing ‘for now.'"


Spring 2021 Graduates Recognized in Hometown Media

Jul 31, 2021

Spring graduates of the Class of 2021 were featured in local news outlets, such as Huntington Now, Rome Sentinel, News and Tribune, and others. More than 1,100 students received degrees from New York Institute of Technology this spring.