Media Coverage

Outlets Share Insight from Infectious Disease Expert

Jun 27, 2024

As seen on,, and several other online outlets, infectious disease physician Carl Abraham, M.D., assistant professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, armed passengers with tips to avoid coming into contact with common airplane germs. Among other points, he notes that airplane lavatories are a hotspot for germs, including those that transmit norovirus, an infection also known to spread on cruise ships.

“In general, the surfaces of public restrooms are frequently contaminated with fecal flora, bacteria found in stool. Airplane restrooms that are shared between passengers are no exception,” says Abraham. “And, although airlines clean the lavatory between flights, their use during the flight results in contamination of the toilet, sink handles, door handles—inside and outside, and especially the floors. Bacteria from the bathroom can also track into the cabin on the bottom of our shoes.”

Given this, Abraham advises passengers to open and close lavatory door handles with a sanitizing wipe, use toilet seat covers, and close the lid before flushing.


First for Women Quotes Haar

Jun 22, 2024

First for Women quotes numerous experts to provide insight into and perspective about “slow carb” diets. Among the experts included is Clinical Associate Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, who notes that eliminating fruit isn’t a smart approach to any diet. “A variety of fruit has a plethora of nutrients and fiber and can satisfy the desire for something sweet during the day,” she says, adding that “cheat days” are also a bad idea. “With so many calorie-laden meals and snacks available, it’s possible to pack thousands of calories consumed in one day and offset weight lost during weekdays.”

The article has also appeared in The Sacramento Bee, Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, The Charlotte Observer, and 22 other media outlets.


Dongsei Kim Provides Expert Commentary to CBS News

Jun 21, 2024

CBS News reports that North Korea has started construction on possible tranches of wall near its border with South Korea, new satellite imagery shows. Assistant Professor of Architecture Dongsei Kim, who has researched the DMZ, confirmed that the cleared land and new road is within the original DMZ area. However, he said both sides have pushed into this original area multiple times over the past 70 years, the article notes.  


Varghese Advocates for Electric Schools Buses in New York

Jun 21, 2024

In an op-ed published in Crain’s New York Business, Assistant Professor of Nursing Jessica Varghese, Ph.D., writes in support of legislation to transition to zero-emission schools buses throughout New York. “Today, the vast majority of the school buses in New York run on diesel fuel. Given the negative health impacts that diesel exhaust exposure has on our children, it haunts me to think of them sitting in traffic, forced to breathe toxic fumes. Diesel exhaust, a known carcinogen according to the World Health Organization, puts kids at increased risk for serious conditions like asthma – the leading cause of chronic disease-related school absenteeism in the United States. It’s also linked to negative cognitive development impacts, endangering students’ academic progress,” she shares.


Hometown Media Publicize Incoming Students for Fall 2024

Jun 20, 2024

Local media, including Northern Virginia Daily, The Suffolk Times, and 27 East, among others, publicized high school graduates from their communities who will attend New York Tech for the fall 2024 semester.


Jun 19, 2024

NYITCOM-Arkansas Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Research and Publications Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., was featured in several Salon articles about bird flu. On June 19, he was featured in the article “Experts Say Bird Flu is a Pandora's Box. Are We About to Open It?” His insight was also featured in a June 9 article about the risk to household cats, as well as a May 22 article about the risk to humans.


Jun 13, 2024

Associate Professor of Clinical Specialties Maria Pino, Ph.D., was quoted in a Live Science article about RSV vaccines and Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy nerves. While there have been reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome in older adults who received the vaccines, Pino, a pharmacologist, notes that this risk is very low. However, for all patients deciding whether to get an RSV vaccine, the best source of information is always their own doctor, Pino advised. During that discussion, doctors and patients can weigh that specific person's risk factors for RSV complications. Similar coverage appeared in Yahoo.


Media Syndicate Salon Op-ed

Jun 03, 2024

Media outlets across the country have syndicated the Salon op-ed by NYITCOM Dean Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., which contends that expanding the scope of practice for physician assistants can help ease care challenges posed by the nationwide physician shortage.

Pennsylvania outlets The Tribune-Democrat, New Castle News, and Butler Eagle are among those that have syndicated the expert commentary. Others include Real Clear Health, South Carolina-based The News, and News-Enterprise of Kentucky.


Posillico Quoted in Newsday Enrollment Story

Jun 01, 2024

As seen in Newsday, Vice President for Enrollment Management Joseph Posillico, Ed.D., discussed how New York Tech remains competitive with SUNY institutions. In addition to the university's various scholarships, which can considerably reduce tuition costs, Posillico highlights how New York Tech students benefit from the institution's smaller student-to-faculty ratio and access to research opportunities.

“Our classes are smaller…all of our classes are taught by faculty, not graduate assistants, not teaching assistants. So that's important to families. And in terms of research, students have opportunities to do research with faculty, because again, they're not competing with 18,000 other students,” Posillico said. “There's a lot of advantages. And it's not just for New York Tech but for other private schools that are smaller.”


Haar Shares Insight with Men’s Health

May 30, 2024

A Men's Health article quotes Clinical Associate Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, about the Calories In Calories Out (CICO) diet. The diet operates under the premise that a person will lose weight by consuming fewer calories than their body uses to perform its daily functions. Haar explains that total daily calorie expenditure is based on basal metabolic rate, the number of calories used when at rest for basic functions like breathing, maintaining body temperature, brain, and nerve functions, plus energy used for digestion and physical activity.

“While age, gender, height and genetics are influential factors that can’t be modified, the amount of muscle mass you have increases caloric needs even when resting, and increasing all types of exercise adds to calorie expenditure as well,” says Haar. “Aside from weight loss, increase in aerobic capability and strength training has a plethora of other health benefits.”

The article also appeared on and