Bernard Letter to the Times on Computerized Essay Grading
Apr 07, 2013
"On Sunday nights I would rather be anywhere but at my desk facing a stack of student essays," writes College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor Cathy Bernard in response to a New York Times article on computerized grading of essay tests. "Still, I question the arguments offered in support of automated essay scoring...Writing is not a game in which you click away until you hit on the right answer. Writing is thinking, and revision is a slow process, unpredictable and exploratory. A piece of writing, like a cake taken from the oven, needs some time to cool before the revision process can even begin."
NYIT Helps "Take Back the Night"
Apr 02, 2013
"Females who are sexually assaulted on college campuses often drop out of school and do not continue their education and this is a major problem," College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor Beth Adubato tells Fios1 News in a segment about NYIT's "Take Back the Night" event. In the aftermath of the Steubenville, Ohio rape case verdict and other accounts of sexual assault and violence, Adubato led students in organizing the event, part of a global movement featuring guest speakers, a candlelight vigil and a call to "shatter the silence and stop the violence." NYIT students gathered on the quad to share stories, and several were featured in the report.
DiFranciso-Donoghue Offers Walking Tips on Livestrong.com
Mar 22, 2013
"Walking works large muscle groups -- quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteal muscles -- as well as other muscles in the lower legs and feet," says Joanne DiFrancisco-Donoghue, a registered clinical exercise physiologist with NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, on Livestrong.com. DiFrancisco-Donoghue recommends several tips in the article, including advising that people start a walking routine by counting their steps with a stopwatch and pedometer. "Start with 10 to 15 minutes of walking each day. Do not walk 30 minutes right away because this will lead to overuse injuries and can also be discouraging if you are not able to complete the session."
Hyde on Career Prospects for Computer Science and Engineering Grads
Mar 21, 2013
"Students with the right skills have a lot of opportunities on Long Island," says Dean of Career Services John Hyde in Long Island Business News (subscription required). The article, "Engineering, Computing Grads Fed Top Salaries," focuses on the high salaries offered to new graduates with engineering and computer science degrees. Hyde notes that more than 60 percent of the recruiters at NYIT's upcoming career fair are looking to fill technology and engineering jobs.
The article cites a January 2013 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers that found computer engineering grads can expect an average starting salary of $70,400 while chemical engineering and computer science grads average $66,400 and $64,400 respectively. Hyde also notes he believes the job market will get more competitive, especially in light of Northrop Grumman Corp.'s announcement that it is moving 850 jobs off Long Island. But many local companies, he says, continue to recruit students with technical majors.
Ott in The Chronicle of Higher Ed: They're Transfer Students, Not Cash Cows
Mar 18, 2013
"Colleges, as businesses, have a responsibility to be forthcoming on costs to their students as consumers," writes Alexander Ott, Ph.D., associate dean for academic support and enrollment serivces, and co-author Bruce Cooper in The Chronicle of Higher Education. "With transfer-credit information in hand before paying a deposit, students can make a well-informed comparison of institutions...Transfer students have a need -- and we would argue, a right -- to know how many credits they will receive before they must financially commit to the institution. After all, it's their time and their money."
Haar on Energy Drinks
Mar 10, 2013
"Because energy drinks are classified as health supplements, sale is permitted until enough people have serious side effects," says School of Health Professions Director of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar in Your Teen. The article, "Energy Drinks and Teens: Safe? Not So Much," notes the rise in teen and young adult emergency room visits for problems associated with energy drinks.
Patients Need Caregivers to Listen, Provide Targeted Follow-Up Care
Feb 21, 2013
“Patients want to be heard and be considered a valued member of their healthcare team,” says Sue Neville, Ph.D., RN, NYIT associate professor and chair of the department of nursing, in Nursezone.com. "Attentive listening is a crucial communication strategy that is embedded in clinical practice." Neville also notes that patients require care after they return home from a facility. "Patients are being discharged 'quicker and sicker' back into the community. Patients want targeted follow-up care to assist them in attaining their optimum level of health and wellness."
Student Michelle Messenger wins Engineering Essay Contest
Feb 14, 2013
"This school definitely encourages women to enter the engineering field, and makes them feel like they can be whomever they choose in a male-dominated world," says School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dean Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D. in The Island Now, Anid's remarks accompany an interview with NYIT freshman Michelle Messenger, winner of an annual contest designed to recognize women studying engineering or computer science. Messenger hops to work on devices that will help people walk or see again. "Plenty of engineers create impressive robots or complicated progams," says Messenger, "but my goal is to help people who are struggling."
Job Opportunities Lead Students to Select Certain Majors
Feb 13, 2013
Area colleges are experiencing growth in programs that result in higher employment opportunities, according to a report in Long Island Business News. NYIT Associate Dean of Admissions Troy Miller and Associate Dean of Academic Support and Enrollment Services Alexander Ott, Ph.D., note that NYIT has enjoyed increases in applications to its School of Health Professions and School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.
"We're focusing more attention in recruiting in these areas because they're hot," Miller says. Ott adds that healthcare is "a steady, secure field" which translates into higher enrollment in occupational therapy and health sciences programs. The increase in area startups and growth in the biotech industry has also led to higher enrollment in electrical and computer engineering and computer science programs, says Ott.
Bernard Letter to The Times in Response to "My Valuable, Cheap College Degree" Op-Ed
Feb 01, 2013
In a letter published in The New York Times, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor Cathy Bernard comments on Arthur C. Brooks' op-ed about his online education. "I suspect that some of Mr. Brooks's success when he returned to school in his late 20s may be attributed to another factor: he had spent 10 years living life, becoming a muscian and traveling abroad. These experiences probably taught him more than college courses ever could, and enabled him to return to his studies with one critical ingredient for college success: the desire to learn."