In the Media

President Foley Recognized by City & State New York

Apr 19, 2021

President Henry C. “Hank” Foley, Ph.D., was named to The 2021 Higher Education Power 100 list, issued annually by City & State New York. The list recognizes college and university leaders who are educating the next generation of New Yorkers. Since he arrived at New York Tech in 2017, Foley has focused on boosting the university’s reputation and national standing.

“An accomplished administrator and research scientist and teacher, Foley has seen New York Institute of Technology rise in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and has also launched the school's first Ph.D. programs, in medicine and computer science,” writes City & State.


Zwibel Responds to Screen Time Study in Healio

Apr 15, 2021

As seen in Healio, Hallie Zwibel, D.O., medical director and director of the Center for Esports Medicine, responded to a study on screen time in young children. The study, led by a researcher at the University of Helskini, found that 95 percent of preschoolers in Finland exceed World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for screen time.

“This study raises some concerning issues about screen time and psychosocial function in children,” said Zwibel. “It should be noted that this study was completed from 2011 to 2017, so it is not reflective of increased screen time use that has been observed during the pandemic. The authors do note an interesting point that video games had a lower association with psychosocial wellbeing. This suggests that not all screen time is equal and should be further studied.”


Austin Featured in ACE Meditation Story

Apr 12, 2021

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has quoted Melanie Austin, O.T.D., associate professor of occupational therapy, in a blog story on the benefits of meditation. Austin shares practical advice for those looking to incorporate meditation into their daily routines. She states, “Practicing meditation does not have to take large amounts of time or dramatically alter one’s normal daily routine. Even brief episodes of meditation incorporated throughout one’s day may be beneficial for improving physical and psychological health, well-being and quality of life.”


Enrollment Management VP on the “New Normal”

Apr 12, 2021

As Long Island universities enter a second year managing the COVID-19 pandemic, Vice President for Enrollment Management Joseph Posillico, Ed.D., CPA, joined a panel of enrollment experts for the Herald Inside LI webinar series “Staying Local for College.”

An LI Herald article features panelists’ reflections on the last year and how many of the changes they made to meet required public safety measures are here to stay. “We have entered into the new normal … We are not the same institution and we are all going to see even more flexibility in the coming fall months for students,” said Posillico. “If a student misses a class, it will be offered online … That’s the big key that we will be seeing more of from now on.” 


Newsday Quotes Counseling and Wellness Director

Apr 11, 2021

An article in Newsday explores how online instruction during the pandemic has impacted students with disabilities and includes commentary from Michael Schneider, New York Tech director of Counseling and Wellness. "If someone has anxiety, there is a good chance it will increase based on what is going on around them," he said. But students could newly experience "sadness, anxiety and depression that grow out of the circumstances of the pandemic, the isolation."


Apr 09, 2021

Long Island Business News (LIBN) has featured Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Junius J. Gonzales, M.D., M.B.A., in the publication’s annual “Who’s Who in Leaders in Education” special section. A profile of Gonzales appears alongside several of the region’s top higher education leaders, who discuss initiatives to provide a meaningful student experience at each of their institutions. The coverage highlights Gonzales’s vast academic affairs experience and achievements at New York Tech, which include faculty development and student success initiatives like the Achieving College Excellence (ACE) program.

“New York Tech is guided by a ‘three-legged stool’ model for student success: enhancing growth mindset, providing students with a sense of belonging, and values affirmation to support equity and achievement for everyone. Simply stated, students first — it’s why we’re here,” said Gonzales.


Beach Body Quotes Haar on Benefits of Fiber

Apr 09, 2021

The Beach Body blog shared insight from Mindy Haar, Ph.D. clinical associate professor and department chair of interdisciplinary health sciences, on the benefits of fiber. As Haar explains, while your body digests and uses nutrients like fats, protein, and minerals, most fiber is not metabolized in your gastrointestinal system. Instead, it “acts as a broom to help remove waste products from the body,” she explains. In addition to recommending food swaps to increase daily fiber intake, Haar also notes how fiber can be beneficial for digestion and overall gut health.

“Fiber acts as a prebiotic, boosting the proliferation of probiotics in the intestine,” she says. “There are many kinds of probiotics that [support] good health, so consuming a variety of high-fiber foods optimizes the gut environment.”


New York Post Interviews Concussion Expert

Apr 08, 2021

As seen in the New York Post, Hallie Zwibel, D.O., medical director and director of the Center for Sports Medicine, shared his concussion expertise to help raise awareness for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head trauma, which can impair cognitive function and behavior. His insight helps to explain how a history of repetitive head injuries may have impacted former NFL player Phillip Adams, who carried out a mass shooting in South Carolina on April 7.

“He could have been taking hits all the time [and] only wound up with only one or two concussions, but the cumulative hits he has taken is so many that it could have made him develop a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy,” Zwibel shared. “It really affects people to an enormous degree in their ability to enjoy relationships and friendships, to really function in the world. They get very frustrated, understandably, with the deficits that they’re having,”

Similar coverage also appears in the U.S. edition of The Sun, a news outlet based in the U.K.   


Rothstein Provides Metabolic Insight for INSIDER Story

Apr 07, 2021

INSIDER featured comments from School of Health Professions' Alex Rothstein, M.S., instructor and coordinator for the Exercise Science, B.S. program, in an article on basal metabolic rate. As Rothstein notes, “Understanding your BMR is an important starting point to making a weight loss plan because it enables you to determine your overall energy expenditure and how many calories you need to remain in a calorie deficit.” 

The INSIDER article was also published on several other sites, including Yahoo News and MSN.


Nike Article Quotes Exercise Science Expert

Apr 06, 2021 featured comments from Alexander Rothstein, M.S., instructor and coordinator for the Exercise Science, B.S. program, in the Coaching blog story, “How to Ramp Up Your Workout.” In the article, Rothstein provides practical advice for those returning to exercise after a long break. Among other points, he shares:

"After three weeks of lying low (whether you’ve quit training completely or just scaled back), you’ll need a short build-up period to return to your previous fitness level, because you’re at a greater risk of an overuse injury like shin splints or a hamstring strain. And if you’ve spent six or more weeks away from training, you should consider yourself ‘detrained.’ That’s not to say you’ve lost all your fitness and are back at square one. But you do need to work slowly and cautiously to return to your former intensity safely and effectively.”