Media Coverage

Jarkon Pens MDedge Commentary

Jun 06, 2022

Psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, published a commentary in the medical outlet MDedge regarding the need to prioritize healthcare provider's mental health following the COVID-19 pandemic. Jarkon commends Congress for signing the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act into law and notes that continuing to take a top-down approach is essential to ensuring the health of the nation.

“If our healers are not healthy, physically and mentally, they will not be able to treat those whom they are dedicated to helping. Openly discussing and acknowledging the mental health problems of healthcare workers as a community makes it okay to not be okay. It normalizes the need for healthcare workers to prioritize their own mental health,” she writes.


AMNY Quotes Musho on Collaboration to Support “Giulietta e Romeo”

Jun 02, 2022

The Battery Park City Authority and Teatro Grattacielo are putting on performances of the operatic rendition of “Giulietta e Romeo” on June 4 and 5, and the production will feature multimedia imagery and animation backdrops created and rendered by New York Tech students and faculty.

In an article in AMNY, New York Tech Chief Architect and Vice President Suzanne Musho said, “New York Tech is thrilled to be collaborative partners with Teatro Grattacielo and Battery Park City Authority for the Giulietta e Romeo performance…our faculty and students are grateful for this amazing opportunity to contribute to this world class performance that embodies the efforts of the Festival of New York, exclaiming the resilience of New York City and of New Yorkers!”


Solounias Weighs in on Giraffe Evolution Theory

Jun 02, 2022

Insight from Professor of Anatomy Nikos Solounias, Ph.D., was featured in several outlets, including the New York Times, The Scientist, Inverse, and others regarding a new theory on why giraffes evolved with long necks. New research from the Chinese Academy of Science describes the fossil of a giraffe relative, which had a thickened skull that was likely used for fighting. The researchers suggest that, given this, the giraffe may have adapted its long neck not just to reach high foliage but also for combat between males competing for mates. Soulounias, who is a giraffe evolution expert, says that while the paper thoroughly describes the fossil, ultimately it presents no new information, as all ruminants (a classification of hoofed herbivorous animals that includes giraffes) partake in some form of tussling.

“Every ruminant I can think of fights. They all do that. That’s why they have horns, as a way [for] the male to fight the other males,” says Solounias, who was not involved in the study.


NYITCOM Students Publish Article in The DO

Jun 01, 2022

Medical students Timothy Li and Kelly Borges published an article in The DO regarding the common health conditions that esports players face, including eye strain, wrist and hand injuries, and complications that can arise from a sedentary lifestyle.

“Educating our patients (gamers and non-gamers alike) on healthy habitual behaviors can empower them to reduce their risk of injury and chronic illness related to sedentary lifestyles,” the authors write.


Media Highlight New Marketing Campaign

May 26, 2022

New York Tech’s new integrated marketing campaign, “A Place for You,”  was highlighted in stories in Long Island Business News and InnovateLI

“New York Tech is the place for our diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and alumni to come together and create opportunities in the classroom, through research projects and with organizational partnerships, internships, and job options,” said Joseph Posillico, vice president of enrollment management. The campaign includes a takeover of the Columbus Circle subway station. Further, New York Tech ads are shown on outdoor elevators, and on the windows of The Shops at Columbus Circle, as well as billboards in Times Square and bus shelters around the New York City campus. Ads are also featured on the Long Island Railroad, buses throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, and Brooklyn, and on billboards on Long Island.


News 12 Interviews Jarkon Regarding the Fear of Gun Violence

May 25, 2022

News 12 interviewed psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, regarding the ways that parents should speak to their children about gun violence. In the segment, which aired in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Jarkon notes that parents should reassure children that they are safe, and recommends against keeping them home from school out of fear.

“They should return to school as soon as possible because we don't want them to have the message that they have to run away or avoid when things happen [that] are out of our control,” Jarkon says.


InnovateLI Publishes Consumer Behavior Expert's Commentary

May 19, 2022

A guest column by consumer behavior expert Colleen Kirk, D.P.S., associate professor of management and marketing studies, was featured in the local tech and business outlet InnovateLI. Kirk explains the phenomenon known as psychological ownership: when shoppers feel ownership of “that perfect something” before buying it, and explains how homebuyers in today’s competitive real estate market can limit these territorial feelings.

“This phenomenon is very applicable to today’s real estate purchases: a buyer attends an open house, touches the countertops, opens the closets, and begins to imagine living there,” she writes. “However, if consumers feel ownership of a home that they do not yet legally own, they can experience a great sense of loss when they are outbid or unable to acquire it for other reasons. That’s because when we own something–even psychologically–it becomes part of our ‘extended self,’ and having it taken away feels threatening. The good news is that homebuyers can limit this self-threat and manage expectations.”


News Outlets Highlight Parrot Locomotion Research

May 18, 2022

As seen in the New York Times, BBC Wildlife, Forbes, Smithsonian Magazine, CBC Radio, Popular Science, and others, NYITCOM researchers are the first to document that parrots use their heads as a propulsive third limb. A study by medical student Melody Young and Michael Granatosky, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy, finds that parrots use their beak and legs when climbing, which makes them the only animal with three functional limbs. The researchers analyzed the forces produced in the head and hindlimbs of rosy-faced lovebirds, a small species of parrot, as the birds climbed a vertical runway. The lovebirds’ beaks generated as much propulsive force as their legs, with the researchers concluding that the head and beak had been co-opted to function biomechanically as a third limb.


May 12, 2022

Insight from Alex Rothstein, M.S., coordinator and instructor for the Exercise Science, B.S. program, is featured in a Bustle article that contends tracking one’s heart rate during exercise is more important than tracking steps. While counting steps is helpful to avoid being sedentary, Rothstein cautions readers not to fall into the trap of treating step counts as true cardio “exercise.” The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults perform cardio exercise five days a week for 30 minutes at a moderate intensity, for a total of 150 minutes a week. However, Rothstein notes that this can also be substituted with 20 minutes of vigorous exercise, such as interval training, three days a week.

“Performing intervals that bring you in and out of these heart rate zones is an effective way to complete a workout and achieve the recommended amount of time at moderate and/or vigorous levels,” says Rothstein.


Hometown News Outlets Recognize Students for SOURCE Participation

May 11, 2022

As seen in Hamlet Hub,, and Central, New York Tech students were recognized in their hometown news outlets for showcasing their research and scholarly work at the annual Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). SOURCE is a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present research projects and creative work in the arts, humanities, engineering, architecture, science, and medicine to the New York Tech community.