The New York Times Interviews Whale Evolution Expert
Sep 25, 2023
The New York Times interviewed Jonathan Geisler, Ph.D., chair of the department of anatomy, regarding the discovery of a miniature whale dubbed, Tutcetus rayanensis, which lived approximately 40 million years ago. Geisler, who was not involved in the study but is an expert on the evolutionary history of Cetacea (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) discussed the evolution of body size, as it relates to feeding patterns. The miniature whale was alive just a few million years before primitive whales began their evolutionary split into the two cetacean suborders of today: the toothed whales, dolphins and porpoises known as odontoceti, and the baleen-bearing mysticeti, including blue whales and humpbacks.
“The mysticetes tend to be much larger than the odontocetes,” said Geisler. “And this difference is related to their different feeding strategies. Understanding the size of the ancestor of all modern whales helps us understand how these feeding behaviors and distinct body size differences evolved. Tutcetus is one data point in the effort, but it supports the hypothesis that the common ancestor of all living cetaceans was fairly small.”
Media Publicize New Research Center Coming to Long Island Campus
Sep 19, 2023
As seen in InnovateLI, The Island 360, and Patch (Oyster Bay), on Sept. 15, members of the New York Tech community and elected officials gathered on the Old Westbury campus for a ceremony at the site of the former 500 Building, which officially kicked off the construction of the Biomedical Research, Innovation, and Imaging Center (BRIIC). The project, expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2025, will feature collaborative laboratories and cutting-edge imaging equipment, including a multi-color 3-D STED (stimulated emission depletion) microscope with a resolution approximately 10 times higher than standard confocal microscopes. The facility will also include a functional magnetic resonance imaging suite dedicated solely for research purposes.
InnovateLI writes, “More than simply transforming the campus’ former '500 Building' into a modern imaging mecca – a ginormous advantage for a region filled with biotechnology researchers (and biotech investments) – the BRIIC is a major component of New York Tech’s master strategy to qualify as a Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning Research 2 University by 2028.”
Newsday, The Island 360 Report on Best Colleges Rankings
Sep 18, 2023
Newsday included several local colleges and universities in its coverage of the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, including New York Tech’s position at No. 21 among regional universities in the north. The Island 360 detailed New York Tech’s ranking in several categories and noted, as did Newsday, that among all public and private universities in the state in the Regional Universities (North) group, New York Tech ranked tenth. “The rankings continue to underscore our unwavering commitment to the quality of the student experience at New York Tech,” President Hank Foley was quoted as saying in both articles.
Newsday Taps Nizich for Cyberattack Anniversary Story
Sep 10, 2023
Newsday tapped cybersecurity expert Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the ETIC and adjunct associate professor of computer science, for an article about the one-year anniversary of the Suffolk County ransomware attack. He notes that the reason the county has taken so long to restore its services is likely because it lacked a written disaster recovery plan.
“The preparation that's supposed to be in place in a textbook world doesn't seem to have been in place at all,” said Nizich, who noted corporate recovery times from such attacks are typically measured in hours, not weeks or months. “In a perfect environment, they should have gone back to September 7 [to their backup systems] and been back up in a day or so,” or a week at most, he said.
Local Media Publicize Federally Funded Research Projects
Sep 10, 2023
Newsday, in its weekly Winners column, reported on three federally funded research projects by NYITCOM faculty. The awards, which total approximately $1.4 million, include the medical school’s first grant from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and two competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). On September 10, the column featured NIH-funded research by Associate Professor Maria Alicia Carrillo Sepulveda, Ph.D., which investigates obesity-related hypertension; on August 20, the column highlighted DoD-funded research by Associate Professor Haotian Zhao, M.D., Ph.D., which investigates a rare form of brain cancer found mainly in children; on August 6, the column publicized NIH-funded research by Professor Qiangrong Liang, M.D., Ph.D., which aims to prevent long-term heart damage in cancer survivors previously treated with a potent chemotherapy drug.
Coverage of these prestigious grants also appeared in InnovateLI.
NYITCOM Physicians Featured in Gastroenterology Advisor
Sep 08, 2023
Associate Professor and Chair of Family Medicine Nancy Bono, D.O., and Assistant Professor of Clinical Specialties Eleanor Yusupov, D.O., shared their medical expertise for a Gastroenterology Advisor article about the potential effects of semaglutide-containing drugs, such as Ozempic. In addition to other points, the NYITCOM physicians discuss how clinicians should differentiate between symptoms of gastroparesis (vs. other factors or conditions, such as diet), and ways that physicians should consider managing gastroparesis symptoms in patients taking semaglutides.
Parade Features Insight from Nutrition Expert
Sep 01, 2023
Comments from Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, clinical associate professor and department chair of interdisciplinary health sciences, are featured in a Parade article about the nutritional benefits of clementines. Haar, who is one of nine registered dietitians quoted in the article, shares, “Vitamin C plays a vital role as an antioxidant, maintains healthy skin, blood vessels, bones, and cartilage, aids in wound healing, and facilitates iron absorption. With most people getting too little fiber—which is necessary for optimal gastro-intestinal functioning—the three grams of fiber in the two-fruit serving can help you reach optimal fiber intake.”
Fortune Publishes Lopez's Op-ed
Sep 01, 2023
A Fortune op-ed by Alexander Lopez, J.D., OT/L, associate professor of occupational therapy, advocates for K-12 schools to be required to have occupational therapists or other autism specialists on staff to support students and provide proper intervention. Lopez notes that while awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has increased, and the number of children diagnosed has risen dramatically, U.S. school systems have not implemented new strategies to help students with ASD. In addition, some school practices may marginalize them.
“This is where policymakers must step in. We need changes at the state and federal levels to ensure that appropriate ASD intervention continues beyond preschool. K-12 schools should be required to have occupational therapists or other autism specialists on staff,” he writes.
Hazel Explains Anti-Bullying Policies in Care.com Article
Aug 31, 2023
Care.com featured comments from Cameka Hazel, Ed.D., associate professor in the School Counseling, M.S. program, in an article about anti-bullying policies in K-12 schools. Hazel explains that schools in all 50 states must have anti-bullying policies, which include definitions of bullying, characteristics for bullying behaviors, and school district policy requirements.
“Schoolwide anti-bullying policies are put in place to ensure parents that their children are provided with an environment that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and discrimination—and that there is accountability if and when bullying occurs in schools,” says Hazel. She also notes that while all schools should now have anti-bullying policies, some do not carry out school-wide assessments to see how effective their policies and strategies are, which can be problematic.
Exercise Science Expert Quoted in Real Simple
Aug 30, 2023
Alex Rothstein, coordinator and instructor for the Exercise Science program, is quoted in a Real Simple article about pilates exercises to strengthen glute muscles. Rothstein explains that the glutes are comprised of three muscles, gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus, and “have a central role in controlling movements of the lower extremity, as well as movements of the trunk.” He adds, “Any dysfunction or weakness in this muscle group can cause issues with other areas of the body that are called upon to compensate,” noting that this can occur in the hamstrings, which are often recruited to compensate for weak glutes.