Haar: Unregulated Dietary Supplements are Risky for Consumers
Dec 12, 2014
Probiotic dietary supplements are not regulated or tested for safety, Dr. Mindy Haar of NYIT School of Health Professions told Newsday (subscription required) in an article about a product warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The warning came after the death of a premature baby who was given a probiotic supplement that was later found to be contaminated with mold.
Haar prefers natural and food-based sources of vitamins and minerals over unregulated dietary supplements, which she says can occasionally lead to sickness or death for consumers.
NYIT-Abu Dhabi Grad an Example of Dedication
Dec 10, 2014
“Even my father told me that he did not expect much from me … This made me want to prove myself to them,” says Mamoon Sultan, a recent NYIT grad and current M.B.A. student in Abu Dhabi.
Nearly blind since childhood, Mamoon has overcome serious obstacles to pursue his higher education. “We must always believe in ourselves and be open to learning,” he says.
The U.A.E.'s youth-oriented monthly Tempo features Mamoon’s story, giving readers a perspective on the importance of persistence toward reaching your goals, no matter what they may be.
Jonathan Geisler Discusses New Whale Exhibit in Charleston
Nov 16, 2014
"In addition to the intelligence, it's the size," says Associate Professor Jonathan Geisler, referring to the attraction people have always had to whales. "They are big on a scale that it is just hard to wrap your mind around.
Geisler was interviewed by the Associated Press for The State and ABCNews4 Charleston about a new exhibit, "Evolution of Whales," at the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History at the College of Charleston. Geisler, an expert on whales and dolphins, is the chief scientific advisor for the exhibit.
"Ancient deposits surrounding Charleston, SC are the richest source for these fossil whales in the world," says Geisler, "and superbly preserved fossils of at least six new species of whales, many of which have never been seen by the scientific community, are now on permanent display in the new exhibit."
The sediment deposits, says Geisler, contained fossils from btween 24 million and 30 million years ago. At that time, whales evolved into two groups: filter feeders, known as baleens, and toothed whales. The exhibit shows how whales, dolphins, and porpoises descended from land-dwelling creatures, chronicling the evolution of flippers and blowholes we see today.
Cheryl Zauderer: Study Shows Benefits of Mother-Baby Bonding
Nov 12, 2014
"Nurses working in labor and birth settings should promote the practice of skin-to-skin contact between women and their newborn infants immediately following birth, given the significant health benefits associated with this experience," says NYIT Department of Nursing Assistant Professor Cheryl Zauderer in Knoxville Times about her study on mother-baby bonding and breastfeeding.
Zauderer and her colleagues published the study in the journal Nursing for Women's Health.
"The moments right after birth represent the ideal time frame for initiating breastfeeding, which generates important health benefits for the baby," says Zauderer.
Although women who deliver by caesarean face barriers to breastfeeding, clinicians can work together to try to insure a skin-to-skin contact protocol.
Meyland Advocates for Protecting LIâ€™s Drinking Water
Nov 02, 2014
"The Lloyd is special, it's limited, and it should be held as a reserve for coastal communities, period," says Sarah Meyland, director of NYIT’s Water Resources Management Center, in Newsday.
According to the article, New York City is readying a plan to begin pumping again from its shuttered network of Queens wells -- which includes four sunk in the Lloyd -- and policymakers and experts are viewing the moves with concern.
LI’s population of 2.8 million is solely dependent on underground aquifers for water. Lloyd is the purest and most protected source of drinking water available to the region. Meyland, an associate professor in NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, added that, “given all the other water that is available to water utilities, the Lloyd is there as a backup emergency supply -- especially for coastal communities that have nowhere else to go."
Bhuma Krishnamachari on Genetic Testing
Oct 28, 2014
"Genetic testing can tell you whether or not you are at a high risk for a disease like cancer, and then allow you to prevent it -- yet such results often lead to a quandary for both patients and doctors," says NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Assistant Dean of Research Bhuma Krishnamachari, Ph.D. in a LiveScience op-ed entitled "Navigating Genetic Testing in an Uncertain Landscape."
Krishnamachari, an epidemiologist and genetics expert, says genetic testing is no longer straightfoward; instead, it involves testing panels of numerous geners. But medical experts do not always understand the clinical significance of mutations that may be revealed through genetic testing.
"More information breeds more questions, often without answers," says Krishnamachari. "It will take time for knowledge and clinical practice to catch up to genetic technology."
The best route for patients, she advises, is to ensure that multidisciplinary teams -- genetic counselors, oncologists, surgeons, and primary care providers -- are involved in patient care.
"This approach ensures that multiple aspects of cancer genetics, including family history and current research, are considered in a patient's individualized treatment plan," says Krishnamachari. "Additionally, it helps patients receive proper counseling on the realities of what their tests mean fore them, including the potential for uncertain results."
Study: Teachers, Not Digital Native Students, Better With Classroom Tech
Oct 23, 2014
"School-age students may be fluent in using entertainment or communication technologies, but they need guidance to learn how to use these technologies to solve sophisticated thinking problems," says Shiang-Kwei Wang, associate professor in NYIT’s School of Education. Her research on the topic was published in the journal Educational Technology Research & Development, according to an article in U.S. News & World Report. Wang was also interviewed by NBC News.
"The thought was that digital natives had a different way of thinking because their lives were so saturated with technology and that teachers were too old, so they can't best teach digital natives," Wang told NBC. "More and more research is debunking that myth."
The research team looked at 1,078 students and 24 science teachers in 18 schools across two states for their research.
"The school setting is the only institution that might create the needs to shape and facilitate students' technology experience. Once teachers introduce students to a new technology to support learning, they quickly learn how to use it," she added.
Alan Fairbairn on Winter Travel Outlook
Oct 23, 2014
"Travel industry remains strong, with hotels continuing to post increasing revenues per available room and high occupanices in many markets," says School of Management Associate Professor Alan Fairbairn in a CardHub online article assessing the winter travel outlook. (Scroll down article to see expert answers.)
Fairbairn predicts growth in mobile applications "as a distribution and booking engine for airfare and hotels," and says adventure travel and cruises will remain attractive.
"Effective destination management will prove to be an important factor in the success of new destinations and the stakeholders in those destinations," he says.
Guiliano in The Huffington Post: Hey Corporate Director!
Oct 21, 2014
NYIT President Edward Guiliano’s commentary in The Huffington Post explores the role of the boardroom in cybersecurity risk mitigation. Building on comments he delivered at the NYIT Cybersecurity Conference 2014, he states: “Cyber-criminals have methods and motives, but corporations have stronger ones. Cyber-criminals have money and talent, but businesses have more. Just as market economies put a near-end to crimes like piracy, we can stop this thievery, too.”
Ferrucci: Conservative Prudence in Borrowing is Best
Oct 14, 2014
"If you are just starting college, you should be gathering as many financial resources (applying for outside scholarships, filling out applications for state aid, part time jobs, etc.) as possible throughout the preceding year, so that you do not start to borrow if you can avoid it," says Associate Dean of Financial Aid Rosemary G. Ferruci in a WalletHub article on student debt.
Ferruci advises students who borrow to maximize the amount of credits they can take each semester, try to accelerate their progress through school by taking courses on breaks and during the summer, and be aware of the amount of debt they are taking on if they do borrow for their education.
"Although student loans do build credit, they can just as easily be 'neglected' as a debt owed, as students move forward after graduation with their careers and life," says Ferruci. "The money 'borrowed' while in school, to pay for the better dorm room or that study abroad trip or even worse -- that Saturday night pizza run every week -- will be paid back potentially 5-10 years after it has occurred. That is very hard to remember...Conservative prudence in borrowing is always the wise choice."