Nizich Lends Expertise to Lifewire Robotics Story
Jun 13, 2022
Lifewire quoted Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the ETIC and adjunct associate professor of computer science, in the article “Why Your Robot Needs New Skin.” Nizich notes that engineering lifelike robotic hands can be challenging, as the human hand’s complex anatomy consists of a specific series of articulation points and movements controlled by a combination of electrical impulses.
“When engineers try to imitate or emulate this highly evolved human configuration, we are limited by some of the existing commercial grade systemic controls available to us,” Nizich said. “For example, we use controls like servos, motors, actuators, and solenoids to simulate digit extensions and may even use springs, rubber, or even plastic to perform the reflexivity response of the digits. These devices are rigid and usually only rotate or revolve around one hinge point.”
Hometown Papers Highlight Students’ Accomplishments
May 29, 2023
Media outlets featured academic accomplishments of New York Tech students who are local residents. Tapinto.net and HamletHub.com featured Class of 2023 commencement awardees, including the School of Architecture and Design’s Eryn Cooper and the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences’ Austin Stietzel, respectively. The Riverdale Press highlighted llan Cohen-Vasquez’s participation in SOURCE.
Fiorito Featured in Newsday’s Winners Column
May 28, 2023
Newsday has featured Jole Fiorito, Ph.D., an assistant professor specializing in medicinal chemistry, in its Winners column for having received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to research early-stage drug development to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Coverage of this grant has also been published in Long Island Business News.
Hoffmann’s Research Publicized by Science Outlets
May 24, 2023
As featured in more than a dozen science news sites and outlets, including Phys.org, Sci.news, Knowledia, and others, Associate Professor of Anatomy Simone Hoffmann, Ph.D., is part of a team helping to “unearth” significant clues about a mysterious group of mammals that once inhabited present-day Madagascar. In their new study, Hoffmann and Senior Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science David Krause, Ph.D., identify a fossilized tailbone as having once belonged to the ancient mammal Vintana. The extinct creature lived about 66 million years ago, roaming the earth at the same time as the dinosaurs, and beared a resemblance to modern groundhogs. Their findings provide new insights into the region’s early mammalian evolution.
Rajnarayanan Featured in Fortune
May 24, 2023
Raj Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., assistant dean of research and associate professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, who manages a COVID-19 variant database, was interviewed by Fortune. He notes that XBB variants, which are believed to be the “first major highly immune-evasive” group of variants, “will sweep through China,” but the wave will be “largely invisible” owing to low rates of testing and reporting. Among other points, he also adds that increased circulation of XBB variants in China—and elsewhere—is likely to result in the evolution of new XBB variants.
Huntington Now Features Class of 2023 Accomplishments
May 24, 2023
Huntington Now highlighted multiple achievements by local students from the Class of 2023. Among those featured were physical therapy students who received their doctoral hoods, nursing students who were welcomed into the profession with a pinning ceremony, and students who received awards from NYITCOM and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Newsday Interviews Cybersecurity Expert
May 23, 2023
Newsday continues to tap cybersecurity expert Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the ETIC and adjunct associate professor of computer science, in its ongoing coverage of the Suffolk County ransomware attack. Weeks prior to the September 2022 cyberattack, three county officials took a trip to India, where an unidentified employee accessed the county’s network through its virtual private network (VPN). When asked about whether the India access could possibly have played a role in the ransomware attack, Nizich expressed doubt and explained that the use of a secure VPN should limit exposure to hackers.
Media Highlight President Foley’s Election to Accelerate LI Board
May 17, 2023
Long Island Business News and CompsMag have covered the news that President Hank Foley, Ph.D., has been elected as a board member of Accelerate Long Island, a collaboration of research and academic institutions and business leaders that aims to support the growth of high-tech startup companies. “It is inherent in our mission to educate the workforce of the future to support research and scholarship that benefit society – this involves both innovation and collaboration with industry leaders,” Foley said. “Joining forces with Accelerate LI and working in partnership with its other directors will help foster opportunity and spur growth within the Long Island ecosystem.”
Haar Shares Insight for Healthline Article
May 17, 2023
Clinical Associate Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, is quoted in a Healthline article about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new recommendations on non-sugar sweeteners. Based on available evidence, the WHO’s new guidance, released May 15, recommends against using sugar substitutes to help with weight loss or to reduce the risk of diet-related diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
Haar concurs with these findings. She states, “As a registered dietitian-nutritionist in practice for more than 40 years, I can certainly attest to the fact that those consuming diet sodas and using sugar substitutes do not necessarily successfully lose excess weight or maintain a healthful weight,” says Haar.
Newsweek Quotes Gugliotti in Posture Story
May 17, 2023
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Mark Gugliotti, D.P.T., is quoted in a Newsweek article about posture in the workplace. Gugliotti explains that prolonged periods of sitting and slouching, which throw off the musculoskeletal balance within the body, can lead to lower back pain. Over time, these habits can perpetuate the onset of other issues, such as muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, altered digestion and respiration, and even nerve tissue compression.
“Do your future self a favor and spend some time choosing the perfect office chair, whether at home or in the office,” says Gugliotti. “The chair should fully support the whole spine and facilitate a relaxed, seated posture. It is best if the cushioning conforms to the natural curvatures of the spine and is made from a breathable yet durable fabric. Attention should be made to two key adjustment features: seat height and the ability to recline the chair's back. Proper adjustment for seat height should allow for the feet to rest flat on the floor while the hips and knees are positioned at 90-degree angles.”
The article also appeared in 28 other outlets across the U.S., including Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer, and The Sacramento Bee, among others.