Media Coverage

Prominent Outlets Feature Researcher's COVID-19 Insight

Aug 25, 2023

During the month of August, multiple outlets featured COVID-19 insight from Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., assistant dean of research and associate professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, who manages a coronavirus sequencing dashboard. In National Geographic, Rajnarayanan discusses the surge of the EG.5 variant; in Fortune and The Daily Mail, he shares insight on COVID-19 in pets and a potential new variant called BA.X, respectively. His comments were also featured in later articles that appeared in The Washington PostUSA Today, and others.


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. 


News 12 Interviews Jarkon About Suicide Prevention

Sep 13, 2023

Psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, appeared in a News 12 segment about National Suicide Prevention Month. In the interview, which aired on September 13, Jarkon discusses suicide risk factors, such as family history, trauma, substance abuse, chronic illness, and others, as well as how family members can navigate conversations about these issues. 


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.


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.

Additional media outlets that ran the op-ed include Yahoo Finance,, and


Hazel Explains Anti-Bullying Policies in Article

Aug 31, 2023 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.