In the Media
Misak Featured in Lifewire Augmented Reality Story
Dec 17, 2021
Lifewire interviewed John Misak, D.A., assistant professor of humanities, for an article about augmented reality’s (AR) consumer benefits. The immersive technology can be particularly useful in education, as Misak has demonstrated in his New York Tech classes, which use AR to teach 16th-century Shakespearean literature to college students. Misak worked closely with a colleague to develop the AR/3-D game Perchance, which immerses students in Shakespeare’s Hamlet by enabling them to ‘walk’ around the castle where Hamlet meets his father’s ghost.
“By focusing on specific elements of the play, particularly the scenes in which the ghost appears, students see what the character would see in that given moment. In experiencing the story firsthand, they can visualize key events while forging their own connections and memories with the play,” says Misak.
Huey Lends Psychology Expertise to BBC Story
Jan 25, 2022
Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences Melissa Huey, Ph.D., is quoted in a BBC.com article regarding the shame felt by working parents during the pandemic. Huey, whose research focuses on the psychological impact of parent-child relationships, notes that while some parents may have felt guilt while working from home, returning to the office can also cause these feelings and impact parents' workplace productivity.
“Realizing the amount of time that is lost to careers, rather than being spent with children, can be disheartening. As a result, workplace productivity suffers, and everyday tasks suddenly feel meaningless or less important than they were before the pandemic. These feelings of guilt, coupled with the burnout that many are experiencing, may be one reason that we are now seeing workers quitting their jobs in record numbers,” she says.
HuffPost Quotes New York Tech Occupational Therapist
Jan 24, 2022
Insight from Ling Wan-Albert, O.T.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy, is featured in a HuffPost article regarding exercises and equipment for people with limited mobility. Wan-Albert, an occupational therapist whose clinical experience includes treating those with cerebrovascular accidents and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, told HuffPost that a lack of exercise can worsen some conditions. She explains that a patient “will eventually lose muscle strength, range of motion of the joints, endurance, respiratory capacity, balance, coordination, and proprioception, which will cause more severe disability, as the result of lack of movements.”
Newsday Highlights Plans, Anticipated Campus Experiences for Spring Semester
Jan 15, 2022
A Newsday article reported on several Long Island colleges’ and universities’ plans in terms of anticipated campus experiences for the spring semester, in light of the ongoing pandemic. New York Tech is planning for 75 to 80 percent of spring classes to be conducted in person, according to Enrollment Management Vice President Joseph Posillico, Ed.D. “But we’re ready to switch at a moment’s notice if we have to. We’d just switch in-person classes to hybrid or remote if infection rates went up,” he said. The article also noted that “New York Tech Associate Provost Tiffani Blake, Ed.M., said some safety measures put in place during the pandemic would continue, such as options for virtual club meetings that made them more accessible and widely attended.”
ETIC Project with NASA Featured in Newsday Story, Video
Jan 14, 2022
A Newsday feature story and video focuses on New York Tech’s project with NASA to build prototype products to help “launch dormant NASA patents into the commercial market.” The article highlights how a team of students and faculty is building prototypes for four patents under an initial contract with NASA. The student team members, all ETIC employees, are in the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences as well as digital arts students in the School of Architecture and Design, “skilled at producing demonstration videos of the products.”
According to ETIC Director Michael Nizich, Ph.D., “NASA patents sometimes get swept aside as researchers drive to complete major projects, leaving a rich vein of ideas with commercial potential,” the article notes.
InnovateLI Covers New York Tech-Red Hat Collaboration
Jan 14, 2022
InnovateLI featured New York Tech’s collaboration with the IBM software subsidiary Red Hat to create New York Institute of Technology Red Hat Academy, an open-source, web-deployed, and web-managed education program that provides turnkey curriculum materials to academic institutions to start and sustain an open-source and Linux curricular program. As a result, students in the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences will gain practical experience and access to training courses offered through the Red Hat Academy.
Newsday Interviews Harper for COVID-19 Trend Story
Dec 19, 2021
Newsday quoted Brian Harper, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer and vice president for equity and inclusion, in its coverage of COVID-19 infection and vaccination trends among Long Island communities. A Newsday analysis found that large spikes in COVID-19 cases have taken place in majority-white communities, a dramatic shift from the beginning of the pandemic when Black and Latino communities were impacted much more heavily. Harper explains that residents in areas with recent spikes are probably less likely to take precautions, such as wearing masks in indoor public places, because these communities were not as heavily impacted earlier in the pandemic.
INSIDER Highlights Haar’s Nutrition Expertise
Dec 17, 2021
Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, clinical associate professor and chair of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, is quoted in an INSIDER article on the benefits of plant-based diets. While these diets may sound healthy, as they consist mainly of fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and oils, Haar notes that plant-based regimens require a diverse variety of foods in order to meet nutrient needs.
“Vegans who consume no animal products at all may be at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency and may consider supplementing this vitamin. Those who eliminate dairy products can still get enough calcium from fortified plant-based milks, calcium-fortified orange juice, and tofu,” she says.
Archinect Interviews Dean Perbellini
Dec 16, 2021
Archinect interviewed Maria Perbellini, M.Arch., dean of the School of Architecture and Design, regarding the school's participation in the 2021 Venice Biennale Architecture. Through video installations and interviews, the exhibition showcased student and faculty work produced between 2017 and 2021 within several studios, exchange workshops, traveling programs, and local and international community design collaborations. Throughout the interview, Perbellini reflects on how students and faculty approached this year's exhibition theme, “Architecture as Caregiver.”
New York Tech-NASA Project Featured in InnovateLI
Dec 16, 2021
The new agreement between NASA and New York Tech to have ETIC student employees build technology prototypes based on existing NASA patents and create professional marketing materials that NASA can use to help commercialize the technology, is featured in InnovateLI.
“Seven New York Tech student-employees – pursuing degrees in computer science, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering – are jumping right in. On their drawing boards first is a prototype for a robotic therapy vest, designed by NASA to support patients with neurological impairments,” the article reports. Further, it notes that NASA “approached New York Tech about working with the ETIC, which impressed NASA principles with a new-technology prototyping job – arranged by Albany’s Empire State Development Corp. – for Wyandanch-based startup Grub Guard.”