Media Coverage

Nadler Lends Expertise to Newsday PFAS Coverage

Feb 17, 2023

Newsday interviewed environmental health expert David Nadler, Ph.D., research assistant professor, following the discovery of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Nadler, who has conducted research on ways to safely break down PFAS, explains that the chemicals have been in use as far back as the 1950s and can be found in common products, including water-resistant fabrics and stain-resistant carpeting.

“It's been there a long time. We just happen to realize it now,” he says. “Has it affected anyone? Well, that's where we're lacking in long-term studies.”

 

Nadler Shares PFAS Insight with Food & Wine

Apr 22, 2024

Environmental health expert David Nadler, Ph.D., research assistant professor, is featured in a Food & Wine explainer about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly known as "forever chemicals."

Nadler says, "PFAS are...'super chemicals' that can do just about anything, from making sure that your food doesn't stick to your pan to letting you wear a piece of clothing that can wick away water, and just about anything in between. History shows us that these types of super chemicals that can do anything tend to be the most hazardous."

 

Outlets Publicize Counseling Research

Apr 18, 2024

NewsMedical.netInnovateLI, and Patch.com, featured research by Nayoung Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and counseling, which investigates how college students across different races perceive mental health treatment. Kim, who is a faculty member in the Mental Health Counseling, M.S. program, analyzed survey responses from 747 college students across the United States, including factors like self stigma, public stigma, and social support. Her findings could help college counseling and wellness professionals better understand students' cultural experiences and barriers to seeking mental health treatment. 

 

Newsday Taps Harper for Public Health Story

Apr 18, 2024

Newsday interviewed Brian Harper, M.D., chief medical officer and vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion, about the rising cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in medically underserved Long Island communities. Harper, who previously served as a Suffolk County health commissioner and director of the Bureau of HIV Services for Nassau County's Department of Health, advised officials and providers to replicate the public outreach model conducted during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which targeted community leaders and gathering places.

“You go out and physically speak to people,” he said, recalling one conference he arranged for barbers and beauticians. “We did condom demonstrations. We walked them through the process of how the virus was being transmitted.”

 

Apr 17, 2024

As seen in TIME, Clinical Associate Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, debunks a TikTok trend encouraging users to consume daily olive oil shots. While people taking the shots believe they are more likely to reap the oil’s health benefits, Haar explains that doing so can lead to weight gain, as the average olive oil shot adds approximately 357 calories to one’s daily consumption.

“The thing people don’t realize is that no matter what type of fat they’re consuming, it all has the same calories,” says Haar. “A tablespoon of lard and a tablespoon of olive oil are equal in number of calories…Once a food rightfully gets a healthy aura, there’s this notion of, ‘Some is good. More is better,’ but that’s not always the case.”

The article was also shared on Yahoo.com and AOL.com.

 

Nizich Comments on Potential TikTok Ban in University Business

Apr 16, 2024

The implications and consequences for colleges and universities of a possible ban on TikTok is explored in University Business. Beyond suggesting possibly enrollment marketing challenges, the article notes that institutions must also protect against compromising their personal data and digital footprint, given the platform’s owner. Chinese national security laws compelling organizations to assist with intelligence gathering could force ByteDance to overturn its data, which includes intimate and detailed user posts from students and even early-stage campus research discoveries, says ETIC Director Michael Nizich, Ph.D.  “Because the company is Chinese-owned, the long-time, flagrant and deliberate theft of intellectual property by China in recent years puts the onus of securing those servers on China,” he says. “It leaves a big question mark as to why China would properly secure TikTok servers and data while it has every intention of using it for its own purposes.”

 

Architectural Record Among Outlets Chronicling the Life of the Aluminaire House

Apr 15, 2024

Several media outlets, including Architectural Record, the home design magazine DwellLos Angeles Times, and others have chronicled the history of the Aluminaire House. The articles cover the house’s construction decades ago and its numerous relocations, including time spent on a New York Tech campus (under the leadership of School of Architecture and Design Associate Professor Frances Campani and Professor Emeritus Michael Schwarting), as well as the recent move to its permanent residence today at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

 

LI Herald Highlights Workforce Development Initiative

Apr 12, 2024

An LI Herald article highlights the School of Health Professions’ Workforce Development Initiative, funded by a New York State Department of Labor grant, to train underemployed and unemployed individuals for careers in healthcare. Through the program, 150 students, including 29 from Hempstead and Uniondale, have completed training in one of four certificates: Physical Therapy Aide, Personal Trainer, Registered Nurse Refresher, and Medical Spanish. “This was about providing an opportunity to students who might not know exactly what they want to do after high school,” said Corri Wolf, Ph.D., associate professor of physician assistant studies. “And open up their eyes to careers in healthcare and what it is like to be on a college campus.”

 

Media Syndicate Op-ed Urging Architects to Embrace Generative AI

Apr 11, 2024

The Reuters op-ed by Alessandro Melis, Ph.D., IDC Foundation endowed chair and professor in the School of Architecture and Design, urging architects to embrace generative AI, abandon individual perspectives, and work together to overcome climate change, has been syndicated in media outlets across the country. Chicago's Greater Southwest News-Herald and the Boston Real Estate Times are among those that have syndicated the expert commentary. Others include the Pacific Sun and North Bay Bohemian, both in California, as well as Texas-based Alice Echo News Journal and MyRGV.com

 

News Sites Publicize Psychology Research

Apr 10, 2024

As seen in PsyPost.org, Social Bites, and other psychology news sites, eye movement research by Robert G. Alexander, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and counseling, finds that techniques used in a 400-year-old painting could help today’s marketers catch the attention of modern consumers. The study compared the eye movement patterns of viewers gazing at “The Fall of Man” by Peter Paul Rubens, which depicts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, vs. the original painting created by his predecessor, Titian. Eye movements were recorded using a video-based eye tracker, capturing where and how participants’ gazes moved across the artworks. Ultimately, the findings demonstrate that Rubens’ artistic changes effectively redirected viewers to focus their attention on Eve. 

“While we may never know why Rubens wanted to direct attention towards Eve, our findings show that his critical deviations from Titian’s painting have a powerful effect on oculomotor behavior—techniques that today’s marketers and designers may find useful,” Alexander tells PsyPost.org. “From a psychological standpoint, it also goes to show you that how and where we focus our attention is not just determined by what we see, but also how others want us to see it.”