Media Coverage

School of Management's Amr Swid Talks Tech Companies in US News & World Report

Feb 21, 2017

U.S. News & World Report covered the evolution of tech companies Apple and Microsoft, including observations by Amr Swid, Ph.D., assistant professor in NYIT School of Management. "[Apple's] innovations in past years have gained them an incredibly loyal customer base willing to buy every new Apple product, even if it's not as innovative or creative as the iPod or iPad were when they first came out," Swid says.


NYITCOM Research on Evolution of Human Walking in Daily Mail, Science Daily

Feb 09, 2017

A new study (published in Journal of Human Evolution) investigating the evolution of human gait has discovered our feet are more mobile than chimpanzees when walking upright—not less, as expected, according to a article. Nathan Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Anatomy at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), is one of the researchers questioning some long-held ideas about the function and evolution of the human foot by investigating how chimpanzees use their feet when walking on two legs. Findings of the research paper also appeared in ScienceDaily and Popular Archeology, among other outlets.


Ross-Lee in Ebony: Black Women in Medicine

Feb 08, 2017

Black Women in Medicine, a new documentary, follows several African-American female doctors—both newly minted residents and veterans—as they journey from med school to doctordom in their respective fields, according to an article in Ebony magazine. Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., is featured as the first African-American woman to become a medical school dean, and highlights the differences in the experiences of the older generation from the new. "The younger students, they aren't as aware of the barriers, they aren't so visible as in the past," she notes.


McNally on Developing "Soft Skills"

Feb 08, 2017

Non-cognitive skills such as grit, self-discipline, and courtesy ("soft skills") are critical to academic success, according to a recent story in NYIT's Director of Experiential Education Adrienne McNally provided tips for the article on how students can consciously develop targeted soft skills with help from a faculty member, friend, or advisor.


Addiction Now Highlights Martinez NIH Grant and Research Effort

Feb 06, 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant of $431,700 recently awarded to Luis Martinez, Ph.D. to research the impacts of methamphetamines on wounds is detailed in an article in Addiction Now.

Martinez gathered a group of NYITCOM students and other scientists to collaborate with him. The team recently completed a scientific paper showing that methamphetamines enhance the general proliferation of bacteria. Now, Martinez's team is focusing on the inflammatory properties of meth and its link to a particular protein gene.

The article outlines the multiple phases in this three-year grant period. Martinez explains, "Most of the work is still pre-clinical but to take it to the next level, we have to do a clinical trial. We need to involve patients so we can work directly in the wounds, either by getting samples or seeing what kind of infections they get because that's not well documented in the literature."


The Chronicle of Higher Education on Universities That Help Students Get Jobs in China

Feb 03, 2017

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on American universities' efforts to help students to find jobs in China after graduation. Lei "Tony" Tong, associate director of employer and alumni relations based at NYIT's Shanghai office, explains how NYIT guides a student's job search starting early in their undergraduate career. The Chronicle notes the importance of career services for Chinese students, and says that Tong's work is "critical to his university's success in recruiting top-quality Chinese students."


Newsday: NYIT Provost Named Interim President

Jan 25, 2017

Rahmat Shoureshi, provost and vice president of academic affairs at New York Institute of Technology, will be the school's interim president while an international search to replace its longtime president is underway, notes an article in Newsday (subscription required). "My goal is that we would be able to expand our scholarship and expand on the quality of education we are providing," says Shoureshi. "We want our students, by the time they graduate, to be in meaningful experiences before they enter the job market."

Related stories appeared in the Jan. 25 issue of The Island Now and the Feb. 3 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Arkansas Business: Grant Aims to Lure Doctors to Delta

Jan 23, 2017

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro received a $200,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority to create a consortium with five hospitals to open residency positions, reports an article in Arkansas Business (subscription required). “The grant is designed to work with five hospitals … because no single hospital has all of the resources they need for residency training or graduate medical education,” says Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, the vice president for health sciences and medical affairs at NYIT and inaugural site dean of NYITCOM at A-State. The grant money will be used to assess each of the five hospitals and hire someone to handle the applications to receive regulatory approval for the program, according to the article, which further notes that Shane Speights, D.O., a family practitioner in Jonesboro who was instrumental in establishing NYITCOM at A-State, has been named as Ross-Lee’s successor as site dean.


Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Sheldon Fields Joins NYIT As Dean

Jan 09, 2017

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education has announced that Sheldon D. Fields has become the new dean of NYIT School of Health Professions. Fields, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, has extensive experience as an academic leader, most recently as dean of nursing at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in California. Fields will oversee allied health degree programs enrolling nearly 800 students.

Related coverage also appeared in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Insight into Diversity, and Newsday, among other publications.


Brookshield Laurent op-ed published by The Mercury News

Dec 30, 2016

Racial biases and misconceptions remain rampant in our healthcare system, and medical schools aren't doing enough to address the issue, writes Brookshield Laurent, D.O., assistant professor and vice chairperson, Clinical Specialties, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) at Arkansas State University, in an op-ed published in The Mercury News.

"Implicit bias—the unconscious negative evaluation of a particular group—can affect medical judgment in any number of ways," notes Laurent. For example, research shows doctors are more prone to negative, nonverbal cues, such as closed body language and the avoidance of eye contact, when treating black patients as compared to white patients.

"Since many of these attitudes are established long before physicians begin their careers, medical schools have a significant role to play in addressing the problem. The first step is to help students recognize their unconscious biases early," writes Laurent.

Ultimately, she concludes, "What's most important is that medical schools aggressively pursue new strategies for combatting implicit bias, and share their lessons with the larger healthcare community."