NYIT Faculty Members in Science: Leadership and Communication Key to Postdoc Advancement
Aug 22, 2013
Postdoctoral scholars should develop their leadership, management, and communications skills to help move into independent research and faculty positions, say Michael Hadjiargyrou, Ph.D., chair of life sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Aydin Farajidivar, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, in an article for Science Careers in the journal Science.
"Managing human capital is very difficult," says Farajidivar, who adds that his leadership of a team of student researchers helped him attain success in academia. Hadjiargyrou advises postdocs to volunteer to speak in departments other than their own and to find opportunities to address lay audiences. "It forces you to put together a presentation that's targed for a specific audience," he says.
Ott in Newsday: College Transfer Student Population Growing and Has Specific Needs
Aug 18, 2013
The transfer student population is large and growing both nationally and on Long Island, says NYIT Associate Dean of Academic Support and Enrollment Services Alex Ott, Ph.D., in Newsday (subscription required). Ott, past president of the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association, says many colleges do not focus on special programs for entering transfer students who require different support and information than freshmen.
"The system in general was set up for freshmen," he says, "so the process hasn't caught up with reality." Ott offers potential transfer students several areas to consider before enrolling at a new school: How much does really cost to attend the college you're considering? How many credits are you receiving and how do they count toward the degree you're pursuing? How long will it take to complete the degree you want to pursue?
Gasti in USA Today on University Cyber Attacks
Jul 31, 2013
School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Assistant Professor Paolo Gasti, Ph.D. tells USA Today that cyber attacks on computer systems of higher education institutions are likely to continue. "There are many parties with an interest," says Gasti, commenting on the attack at University of Delaware, "and as along as the data fulfills some of those interests you will always have someone who is willing to spend time and the resources to get that data."
Bravo in Health Callings: How to Research a Company Before an Interview
Jul 29, 2013
"Seek out company information that can tell you if the company's ethos aligns with what's important to you," NYIT Assistant Dean of Career Services Amy Bravo advises interview candidates in "How to Dig Deep Before the Interview" in Health Callings. Bravo also says it's important to research the interviewers. "Learn about their experience and the role they serve in the company," Bravo says. "Also look at the organizations they are linked to." Interview candidates should also research the state of the industry and its challenges. "This knowledge," says Bravo, "can help guide the questions you ask the interviewer."
Meyland Calls for Long Island Aquifer Management Compact
Jul 27, 2013
"No one agency is overseeing the management of our aquifers," School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Associate Professor Sarah Meyland, J.D., tells the Great Neck Record. "This is what we need. This is not to bash the Department of Environmental Conservation, but they have had severe cutbacks in staff and budgets and they have a broad mandate. We need a mandate that is specific to our water supply. A compact would be very hands on and action-oriented...and a compact would advocate for our water rights." Meyland, director of NYIT's Center for Water Resources Management, adds that Long Island's aquifers are also threatened by salt water intrusion.
NYIT in EcoPartnership Effort to Address China Water Challenges
Jul 26, 2013
“EcoPartnerships” — teams of academics, nonprofits, and private industry — are tackling China's huge environmental challenges. NYIT is leading an ecopartnership to address clean water challenges in China, and several local businesses will soon participate, according to an article in Long Island Business News (subscription required).
The project seeks to detect and protect groundwater resources and will also address drinking-water shortages. Among the partners are: the International Society for Water Solutions, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and China's Peking and Wuhan Universities.
NYIT Measures Long Island's Carbon Footprint
Jul 03, 2013
NYIT's Long Island Carbon Footprint project is among numerous Long Island initiatives aimed at measuring measuring energy use and environmental impacts, as noted in Long Island Business News (subscription required).
“Through the hard work of graduate students in the energy management and environmental technology programs, we were able to establish and compare energy use and resultant greenhouse gas emissions on Long Island for 2010 with the baseline year of 2005,” says Greg Banhazl, director of business development, in "Long Island Firms Assess Green Benchmarks." The findings of the NYIT team indicate that greenhouse gas emissions dropped 9.75% from 2005 to 2010.
Medical School Grads: Residency Shortages Lie Ahead
Jul 01, 2013
Medical school graduates face more competition for residency positions, due in part to increases in medical school enrollment and decreasing federal aid for additional slots. “The competitiveness will increase,” says Wolfgang Gilliar, DO, FAAPMR, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Long Island Business News (subscription required).
“Therefore, students will have to adjust their first or second choice and may have to consider residencies and specialties they might not have otherwise. The number of medical schools has increased from 125 to 141 since 2006, with 26,000 students currently enrolled. Nationwide, there are about 100,000 residencies available, with about 25,000 positions opening annually. The growing number of graduates coupled with the lack of new residency positions means some U.S. medical school graduates were turned away this year for residencies.
Herman: PAs Must Continue Healthcare Leadership Role
Jun 28, 2013
"Medicine is changing so quickly that it's difficult to keep up, and impossible to predict the future," says School of Health Professions Physican Assistant Studies Chair Lawrence Herman, PA, in a Q&A for PAs Connect. "Fortunately, PAs are perfectly positioned in this new era, and I'm excited about helping to lead them through this change. We can dramatically alter the healthcare landscape in this country and positive impact our patients."
Herman, who is also president of the American Academy of Physican Assistants, adds: "PAs should be concerned about many things, starting with being the best possible clinicians and taking care of patients at the highest level. PAs have always done that well, and we need to continue to escalate our clinical acumen. But PAs also need to take on leadership roles. This includes all settings, from hospitals to the smallest private practice. You can be a champion in diabetes care, spearhead a new EHR or volunteer to sit on or even chair a committee in your hospital."
Abramson in Newsday: Seniors Benefit from Creative Activities and Community Bonding
Jun 27, 2013
When older adults participate in creative activities, including music, the visual arts, or community theater they tend to have better physical and mental health, fewer doctor visits, and less need for medication, says Tobi Abramson, director of NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, in Newsday (subscription required). Abramson says groups like Senior Pops contribute to seniors' well-being and quality of life. "It's about the music that brings them together, but it's the community that keeps them there."