Broadcast Media Promote New York Tech Alumna’s New WH Role
May 06, 2022
New York Tech alumna Karine Jean-Pierre (B.S. ‘97) has been named the new White House press secretary, effective May 13. President Hank Foley was interviewed by reporters from WCBS-TV and FOX5 (WNYW-TV), positioning New York Tech as one of many local institutions contributing to Karine’s success. President Foley reinforced the university’s pride in Karine’s accomplishments and cited her as a role model for our students.
Henao Featured in GoodCourse's "The Interview"
Mar 23, 2023
Dean of Students Felipe Henao, Ed.D., is featured in GoodCourse’s series The Interview, which features student success insight from campus leaders at U.S. and U.K. institutions. In addition to highlighting New York Tech’s campus-wide efforts to address food insecurity and other basic student needs, Henao explains why universities should learn from the customer and employee engagement strategies used by leading corporations.
“In terms of innovation, I turn to industry to see what they are doing, such as looking at how employers are upping employee engagement or how they're keeping their customers satisfied, because, at the end of the day, our students are our customers whether we want to believe that or not,” says Henao. “They come with multitudes of issues; addressing them holistically and thinking about the future is essential. It’s about challenging our own expectations and thoughts too — the industry is always changing, and it's up to us to keep up.”
Microbiologist Featured in Antibiotic Resistance Articles
Mar 21, 2023
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued warnings about the antibiotic-resistant bacteria Shigella, insight from Associate Professor of Biological and Chemical Sciences Bryan Gibb, Ph.D., was featured in several outlets, including News Medical and AZO Life Sciences. Gibb, who is researching the therapeutic potential for viruses (phages) to treat antibiotic-resistant infections, tells News Medical that phages are “already working wonders in Eastern Europe,” where doctors in countries like the Republic of Georgia have successfully used phage cocktails to treat infections for decades. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) process for approving pharmaceuticals is not equipped to deal with bacterial agents like phages.
“They evolve quickly, just like the mutating bacteria they fight, giving them a major edge over antibiotics. But their flexible nature also makes phages difficult to evaluate in a traditional clinical trial setting,” says Gibb. To overcome this obstacle, he recommends a separate FDA approval track for phage therapy.
Haar Quoted in Everyday Health
Mar 15, 2023
School of Health Professions Assistant Dean and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., is quoted in an Everyday Health article about yogurt and gut microbiome. Haar notes that yogurts with added sugars still offer the potential benefits of probiotics, even if they’re a less healthy choice holistically. However, she still recommends that consumers start with plain yogurt and add a little sugar or fruit on their own. Haar advises consumers to always look at the “added sugar” line on a food label and note the amount. As 20 grams is equal to about five teaspoons of sugar, even if consumers add a teaspoon of sugar or honey to plain yogurt on their own, it will still be less sugar than the amount added to many flavored yogurts.
Long Island Media Highlight Research Collaboration
Mar 07, 2023
As featured in InnovateLI and The Island 360, NYITCOM and St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center®’s DeMatteis Center for Cardiac Research and Education have launched a new collaboration. The initiative provides NYITCOM students the prestigious opportunity to shadow St. Francis Hospital’s world-renowned, innovative cardiovascular researchers and assist them in potentially life-saving studies. The Island 360 article notes that the research collaboration also furthers the medical school’s existing relationship with the Catholic Health system, of which St. Francis Hospital is a part, whose facilities serve as a vital training ground for NYITCOM students completing clinical rotations and graduates fulfilling residencies and fellowships.
Psychology Expert Featured in Lifewire
Mar 01, 2023
Melissa Huey, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral sciences, is quoted in the Lifewire story “Technology May Be Controlling Your Life—Here's How to Take it Back.” The article discusses a new report that finds technology is hindering decision-making, with smartphones driving technology dependence.
“The constant viewing of memes, tag lines, and clips creates a situation where our outsourcing of decision-making is not conscious,” says Huey, who studies the psychological impact of smartphones and technology. “Because of the subliminal messaging that comes through our technology, it is hard to know if your opinions are real and genuine or a product of what comes across our devices constantly.”
Nizich on Cobots: Communications of the ACM
Feb 28, 2023
Communications of the ACM addresses cyberattacks on collaborative robots, or cobots, and extensively quotes Michael Nizich, Ph.D., ETIC director and adjunct associate professor of computer science. According to the story, cobots count on Internet of Things devices, various data and software programming, and remote control for operation, productivity, and safety. All of which present unique opportunities for attack.
Criminal hackers can live off the land, using remote control tools IT has already installed with the cobots, such as Secure Shell (SSH). Attackers can use cobots' SSH connections to reconfigure the cobot to perform all the wrong motions, Nizich explains. "Advanced SSH connection support provides an outside user full access to the robot's operating system and controls and the software and scripts on the system that control the cobot's behaviors," he says. Unfortunately, it is often trivial for criminal hackers to learn these connection options and find cobots to attack. "Many times, vendors publicly advertise the features of software and hardware systems to make them more attractive from a sales perspective. Users discuss the intricate details of the system's functionality on blogs and vlogs as they attempt to troubleshoot issues with the help of other system users," explains Nizich.
Jarkon Interviewed for News 12's The New Normal
Feb 28, 2023
News 12 interviewed Psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, for its live segment The New Normal. Jarkon responds to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which finds that teen girls across the United States are "engulfed in a growing wave of violence and trauma," and cites growing statistics of sexual assault. She advises K-12 schools to screen teens for mental health crises, much like NYITCOM does with its own medical students, noting that these screening tools can be extremely valuable in helping to identify at-risk students in need of support.
Rothstein Quoted in Reader’s Digest Health Story
Feb 27, 2023
Alex Rothstein, M.S., instructor for the Exercise Science program, was quoted in an article about heart rate for the Reader's Digest wellness site The Healthy. He recommends that people follow the Karvonen Formula to calculate their fat-burning heart rate.
“An individual subtracts their age from 220 to get their ‘age-predicted heart rate max,’ and then subtracts their resting heart rate from this number to get their heart rate reserve. If you want to exercise at 75 percent of your heart rate reserve, you would multiply the heart rate reserve by 0.75 and then add back the resting heart rate. This new number would be the target heart rate to work at 75 percent of one’s heart rate reserve,” says Rothstein. He also adds that people are often surprised to learn that the fat-burning heart rate zone is less intense than the cardio zone, which burns carbohydrates at a higher rate.
Hometown News Outlets Highlight Student Achievements
Feb 24, 2023
Local media outlets featured the academic accomplishments of New York Tech students, including, among others, The Monmouth Journal, CentralMaine.com, and Hamlet Hub, which highlighted area students named to the Presidential Honor List and Dean’s List for fall 2022. In addition, NJ.com, Northeast Times, and others highlighted fall graduates of the Class of 2022.