Media Coverage

Prominent Outlets Feature Researcher's COVID-19 Insight

Aug 25, 2023

During the month of August, multiple outlets featured COVID-19 insight from Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., assistant dean of research and associate professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, who manages a coronavirus sequencing dashboard. In National Geographic, Rajnarayanan discusses the surge of the EG.5 variant; in Fortune and The Daily Mail, he shares insight on COVID-19 in pets and a potential new variant called BA.X, respectively. His comments were also featured in later articles that appeared in The Washington PostUSA Today, and others.


Haar Provides Nutrition Advice for Parade's Readers

Aug 24, 2023

Nutrition expert Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, clinical associate professor and department chair of interdisciplinary health sciences, is quoted in Parade article about the ideal time to eat breakfast

“Eating before work or school with a breakfast that includes whole grains, protein from plant sources such as nuts, seeds, and legumes, or animal sources such as low-fat dairy or moderate amounts of eggs, fruit and/or vegetables can be wonderful if your schedule and routine allow for that,” says Haar. However, she also advises readers that if their morning schedule does not accommodate this, they should simply adjust. “My advice is typically choosing the time when eating a healthful breakfast is most feasible. Determining a specific time when the only seemingly realistic option is to grab a doughnut will not be helpful.”


Abraham Quoted in Leprosy Article

Aug 21, 2023

Carl Abraham, M.D., infectious disease physician and assistant professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, is quoted prominently in a article about rising leprosy cases in Florida. In addition to discussing potential drivers of the outbreak, Abraham explains that leprosy, which is caused by M. leprae bacteria, is easily treated with antibiotics, especially at its early stages. However, it can be difficult to recognize the illness, as most people in the United States, including healthcare providers, have never seen a case. 

"Any person with one or multiple patches of skin that are lightening in color and have decreased sensation (for example, numbness) should be tested for infection with M. leprae. The patch may be flat or raised," says Abraham. 

He also warns that it may take a year or more for those infected to develop symptoms.


Aug 18, 2023

Ahead of the back-to-school season, Long Island media outlets, including The Island 360 and Port Washington Patch, featured anti-bullying insight from Cameka Hazel, Ed.D., assistant professor in the School Counseling, M.S. program. Hazel, who specializes in the supervision and training of professional mental health and school counselors, informs parents that all 50 states are required to have anti-bullying laws in K-12 schools. This includes the designation of anti-bullying coordinators or a committee to oversee bullying reports and disciplinary actions.

“All students and parents should be made aware of who the anti-bullying coordinators are and how to file a bullying complaint,” Hazel tells The Island 360.


Nadler Quoted in U.S. News and World Report PFAS Story

Aug 14, 2023

A U.S. News and World Report article features environmental health insight from Research Assistant Professor David Nadler, Ph.D. The article discusses the potential health dangers of PFAS, which are commonly known as “forever chemicals,” and have been found in clothing, tap water, and home products. Nadler, who has conducted research on ways to safely break down PFAS, points out that the chemicals are often found with other pollutants and toxins, so it’s hard to solely blame PFAS for causing negative health effects.

“(PFAS) just might be one of the ingredients in the recipe of all of these other chemical mixtures that we're inhaling, or that may be in small quantities, in our water supply and with clothing, as well,” Nadler says. 

He also notes that the best way for consumers to find out whether they are exposed to PFAS through their tap water is to check the annual water quality report issued by their local government. “If you really look at it, you get to see everything that's been tested. You see the number of times a certain chemical came up higher than what, let's say, the state health department might allow.”


Sites Highlight Haar's Tips for Healthy School Lunches

Aug 14, 2023

As seen on several news sites, including Health Reporter News, The Port Washington Patch, and others, nutrition expert Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, assistant dean at New York Institute of Technology’s School of Health Professions, shares simple tips and tricks for packing a healthy lunch. For parents, getting back into the routine of packing their child's lunch is one of the biggest stressors of the back-to-school season. In light of this, Haar provides strategies to make preparing school lunches easier, as well as simple ideas for healthy meals.

“Not planning for the week in advance may leave parents to give lunches just based on what’s on hand. Drawing up a menu for the week with your child’s input can increase variety and nutritional value. Letting children help with shopping and food prep will assure that they don’t bring home lunch containers filled with uneaten food. Preparing for two days in a row saves even more time, and, whenever possible, save prep time by using dinner leftovers,” she tells Health Reporter News.


Nizich Addresses How to Prepare a Cyber Workforce

Aug 12, 2023

Newstalk, a digital independent radio station based in Ireland, interviewed Michael Nizich, Ph.D., ETIC director and adjunct associate professor of computer science, for its “Down to Business” program. Author of the newly published book The Cybersecurity Workforce of Tomorrow, Nizich addressed how to prepare people to enter the cyber workforce.


Lifewire Quotes Nizich About Protecting Privacy Online

Aug 09, 2023

A article about Google’s new way to hide online personal information includes expert commentary from sources including Michael Nizich, Ph.D., ETIC director and adjunct associate professor of computer science. The new capability lets individuals quickly remove personal contact information found in search results. 

"That data can then be used for all kinds of unsavory purposes, including phishing scams, identity theft, and even threatening phone calls and letters demanding some sort of payment by anyone on the web," Nizich said, adding that “Google will not be able to erase your private data on other hosted websites if it exists there, but it may be able to stop displaying that data to other Google users based on your requests."  


Arkansas Business Highlights Medical School's Impact

Aug 07, 2023

Arkansas Business featured NYITCOM-Arkansas prominently in an article about the regional impact of the state’s osteopathic medical schools. According to the National Resident Matching Program, there were about 210 residency positions in 2016, when NYITCOM-Arkansas became the first osteopathic medical school in the state of Arkansas. Today, NYITCOM-Arkansas is one of two osteopathic medical schools in the state, and that number has jumped to more than 350 positions. In addition, Arkansas has seen an increase in the number of osteopathic physicians, which rose by 143 from 2020 to 2023. The Arkansas Business editorial board also lauded the medical school in a separate article, which notes that having more physicians in the region will improve health outcomes in the long term.


Nizich Shares Insight on AI and Robotics

Aug 01, 2023

"By incorporating robotic solutions with AI, or more specifically machine learning algorithms, we enable them to learn as they perform repetitive actions and to make decisions about their next process autonomously and in real-time," says Michael Nizich, Ph.D., ETIC director and adjunct associate professor of computer science, in a  article about how AI is making robots smarter and enabling them to make decisions.   

Nizich noted that advances in AI, like object recognition and natural language processing (NLP), enable robots to quickly identify objects and their relevance to their assigned tasks. NLP advancements empower robots to have better-spoken interactions with their human counterparts. "The true acceptance of robots by humans will rely on true two-way communication between humans and their robotic assistants, which may be the only way that trust will ever be established in the systems by humans," he added. 

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