In the Media

Healio Interviews Medical Student on Dermatology Research

Mar 30, 2021

In a Healio story, NYITCOM student Moshe Bressler discussed his research on how dermatologists perceive the risks and benefits of social media and how these views vary by generation. Many of the physicians that Bressler and his co-authors surveyed expressed concern about how social media allows non-experts a platform to spread misinformation, but they also saw the opportunity to use social media as a means to set false perceptions straight.

“Clinicians have more of an incentive now than ever to get on social media. It’s not about becoming famous or recruiting a million patients to your practice. It’s about fighting misinformation with the presence of an expert,” said Bressler.


Salon Taps Berman’s Expertise for Anti-vaxxer Story

Mar 30, 2021

Insight from Jonathan Berman, Ph.D., assistant professor of basic sciences at NYITCOM-Arkansas, is featured in a article on misinformation and the anti-vaxxer movement. As noted in the story, in addition to political and cultural motives, anti-vaxxers are often driven by a mistrust of statistics and experts who they do not personally know, especially if they come from institutions that they have been trained to distrust. The article shares findings from Berman's recent book, Anti-vaxxers: How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement, which suggest that anti-vaxxers are more inclined to believe the opinions of people they personally know and stories that they have heard, regardless of whether those sources are reliable.


New Student Life Leaders Receive Media Coverage

Mar 29, 2021

As seen in Newsday’s People on the Move section (subscription required) and The Island Now, Felipe Henao has joined New York Tech as dean of students and Patricia Napolitano has joined as associate dean of students. The Chronicle of Higher Education also reported on Henao’s new role at New York Tech.


InnovateLI Highlights WTC Mentoring Program

Mar 24, 2021

As seen in InnovateLI, a new mentoring program will guide female New York Institute of Technology students from college to career.

Noting a lack of mentorship programs specifically for young women, New York Tech’s Women’s Technology Council (WTC) has created a program that pairs New York Tech alumnae – each a successful professional in a technology-related field – with current female students. The program is designed to help young women prepare for careers in traditionally male-dominated fields. “Over time, it will become a much-sought-after value-add of attending New York Tech for young women deciding where to go for their education,” said Edie Weiner, a founding member of the WTC and president and CEO of The Future Hunters.


Park Discusses Search Functionality in Debugger

Mar 22, 2021

An article in Debugger is encouraging Twitter to improve its direct message search functionality and looks at a variety of other platforms and public-facing vs. private search.

“Search, in particular internal search, is ‘not easy to do,’ says Kevin Park, an assistant professor of UX/UI design and development at New York Institute of Technology. ‘It does cost a lot of resources to create an internal search function if you’re not relying on Google.’”


Biotech Summit Previewed in The Island Now

Mar 22, 2021

The April 8 New York Tech Biotechnology Summit, “Innovation in the Time of COVID and Beyond,” is previewed in an article in The Island Now.

The summit, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, will convene industry and academic experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs to discuss a range of timely topics relevant to the rapidly growing biotech industry in our region, including innovations to address COVID-19, the biotech startup ecosystem and its supporters, biotech’s role in sustainable solutions, and breakthrough futuristic biotech innovations.



Newsday Features New York Tech Alumna Serving in the White House

Mar 22, 2021

New York Tech alumna Karine Jean-Pierre (B.S. ’97) was featured in a Newsday article on the former Long Islanders who are now serving in the Biden administration. Jean-Pierre grew up in Hempstead, N.Y. and attended New York Institute of Technology’s Long Island campus before graduating with her master's from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Following the 2020 election, Jean-Pierre was named Joe Biden’s principal deputy press secretary, one of four senior communications staffers.


Mar 16, 2021

As seen in Arkansas Talk Business and Politics, Andrew Berner, president of Jonesboro-based Jetton General Contracting, has been appointed to New York Institute of Technology’s board of trustees. Berner, who resides in Northeast Arkansas, is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of NYITCOM-Arkansas, as well as a member of the Chancellor’s Circle at Arkansas State University.

“I am honored that President Foley and the leadership team at New York Tech have asked me to serve on the board of trustees. This appointment reaffirms New York Tech’s commitment to the state of Arkansas and the Delta region. I look forward to reciprocating on that commitment by serving the entire university,” Berner said.


Mar 15, 2021

Maria Perbellini, M. Arch., dean of the School of Architecture and Design, is named in the Interior Design magazine story, “5 Women at the Forefront of Shifts in Architecture Education.” Perbellini’s profile highlights the school's focus on immersive learning with a variety of fluid degrees, cross-fertilization opportunities, competency-based skills, and shorter specializations that can facilitate new, unforeseen career paths and interests.

“This difficult time has brought us the momentum to critically rethink how we teach and learn. We are exploring agile online learning, different from the early adopted emergency remote instruction,” said Perbellini. “We revised the lengths of our programs with accelerated overlapping between graduate and undergraduate courses reducing costs and graduation rates. Micro and nano-credentials in partnership with the industry, eventually stackable into courses, can lead to the obtainment of degrees.”

Perbellini appears alongside leaders from other distinguished schools of architecture and design, including Boston Architectural College, Harvard, and Cornell.


Watanabe NSF CAREER Grant Publicized

Mar 10, 2021

Aki Watanabe, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy at NYITCOM, has been featured in multiple online news outlets for research that has earned him New York Tech’s first National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Grant. The Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award is one of the most prestigious and competitive NSF grants. Principal investigators can receive the award once in their career and can only submit a proposal up to three times. Impressively, Watanabe’s very first submission to the program was selected. His research project will analyze how the brain and skull have interacted over millions of years through evolution, as well as in the days and weeks prior to birth, to help explain possible causes of cranial birth defects. Coverage has appeared in The Island Now, Yahoo Finance, and several other outlets.