Media Coverage

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

Apr 20, 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.”


Medical Student Featured in Hometown Newspaper

Apr 18, 2023

Sylvia Marshall, a medical student from NYITCOM’s Class of 2023, was featured in the Staten Island Advance for securing an impressive ophthalmology residency at the University of Buffalo. In addition to highlighting Marshall’s residency placement, the article notes that the Staten Island native worked in the laboratory of Akinobu Watanabe, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy, where she assisted with his National Science Foundation-funded research on cranial birth defects and the 3-D imaging of eyes from human cadavers.


Media Report on Occupational Health Research

Apr 17, 2023

As publicized by MedicalXpress, Dispatchist, and other news sites, a new study by Research Assistant Professor David Nadler, Ph.D., explores how population demographics correlate with hearing loss. His findings, which reveal that hearing loss disproportionately impacts people of color, highlight a key public health issue and provide valuable insight for employers to do their part in helping to reduce occupational hearing loss in an increasingly diverse workforce.


Apr 13, 2023

Long Island Business News has published a story about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant secured by Assistant Professor Jole Fiorito, Ph.D., and a team of co-investigators to support research into early-stage drug development to treat Alzheimer’s disease. “Results from this study will advance our knowledge on the synthetic feasibility and therapeutic potential of these small molecules and will open avenues of opportunity for the discovery of a novel therapeutic candidate,” Fiorito said.


Nizich Shares Expertise on Bitcoin Mining with Newsday

Apr 09, 2023

In a video and cover story, Newsday features the expertise of Michael Nizich, Ph.D., ETIC director and adjunct associate professor of computer science, about the mechanics of Bitcoin mining, including how it works and what technology and energy sources are required to conduct it. The coverage about an illegal bitcoin mining operation that ran in Suffolk County offices is part of the paper's ongoing coverage of the county’s ransomware attack. “You have to have a really good algorithm and a really powerful device — not just a single computer or PC — you have to have a very special device, using what is called an ASIC processor, or you have to have some sort of distributing process level. It wouldn’t be something you’d have usually in your home office,” Nizich explained, regarding how the mining works. 


Beheshti Featured in Long Island Business News

Apr 07, 2023

Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., was featured in Long Island Business News’s annual “Who’s Who: Leaders in Education” special section. Beheshti’s profile showcases his role in launching the college’s two Ph.D. programs, forging partnerships with industry and government organizations, and establishing the cooperative (co-op) education track.

“This is a transformational time at the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Tech. In keeping with the institution’s mission to provide career-oriented professional education and access to opportunities for all qualified students, our newly launched co-op offering provides another way for students to prepare for the job market while pursuing their undergraduate degrees,” says Beheshti. “In addition, our rigorous and intensive Ph.D. programs in computer science and engineering—launched in 2019 and 2021, respectively—are training future scientists and tech leaders in cutting-edge research. These programs position Ph.D. students to solve complex challenges and develop state-of-the-art technologies in their fields, preparing them to become indispensable contributors to society.”


News Outlets Publicize Toma's Concussion Research

Apr 06, 2023

Multiple news outlets, including Medical Xpress, Tech and SciencePort Washington Patch, and others reported on a new study by NYITCOM Assistant Professor Milan Toma, Ph.D., which finds that helmet design can impact concussion severity. Using 3-D computer models, the research team, which included NYITCOM students, simulated brain-skull interaction during a low-speed, head-on collision. The simulations accounted for the enhanced features found in many of today's helmets (a hard exterior with soft inner padding), as well as the presence of cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions the brain and protects it from hitting the skull. The team's findings revealed that conventional helmet designs do little to limit concussion severity. 


Media Highlight Rajnarayanan's COVID-19 Tracker

Apr 06, 2023

The work of NYITCOM-Arkansas Assistant Dean of Research and Associate Professor Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., was noted in ABC News, Yahoo News, New York Post, Becker's Hospital Review, and other outlets. According to a COVID-19 variant tracker managed and created by Rajnarayanan, the XBB.1.16 variant, which has caused concern in India, has been reported in several U.S. states, including California, Washington, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Texas. As of the date that the ABC article was published, he estimated that the lineage comprises 2.9 percent of current U.S. cases.


LIBN Quotes Nizich in Story About Using AI in School Safety

Apr 06, 2023

Through the perspectives of several experts across the technology industry, including Michael Nizich, Ph.D., ETIC director and adjunct associate professor of computer science, Long Island Business News examines the role that artificial intelligence (AI) can play in ensuring public safety, especially in schools, and the factors that need to be considered when weighed against protecting privacy.  

The article notes that when it comes to mass shootings, nearly half of all perpetrators leak their plans, often via social media. As such, some companies are test-piloting AI products that monitor various platforms constantly to identify potential threats. Yet experts raised concern about potential issues and unintended consequences of such web-scraping.

Suppose, Nizich said, “you have a kid who is a ‘good kid’ who makes a bad joke, and now the system is alerting the school that this might be a target.” In that same school, you might “have a really ‘bad kid’ that is smart enough to not make bad jokes” and then may not be flagged by the AI. He concluded that there may be “too many negatives for such a program to be a positive.”


Apr 05, 2023

As seen in The Island 360, on April 3 coaches and patients from New York Tech's Rock Steady Boxing program stood by the Town of North Hempstead as it officially declared April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. The event, which was held at town hall, marked the municipality's participation in national Parkinson's awareness efforts and also provided an opportunity to highlight the services offered through New York Tech's Parkinson's Center.