Media Coverage

Nizich Shares Cybersecurity Expertise with Newsday

Nov 09, 2023

Newsday tapped the cybersecurity expertise of Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the ETIC and adjunct associate professor of computer science, for an article about a ransomware attack targeting the medical supply company Henry Schein. Nizich notes that the cybercrime group BlackCat, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, generally gains access to computer systems through messages, emails, or texts that phish users. Once in, the group can exploit loopholes to access other parts of the system and steal data, which they then encrypt, preventing the company from accessing it. For a price, the group offers to restore the targeted organization's access to the data, but Nizich warns businesses that, even if a deal is struck, at the end of the day, these are criminals, and there’s no guarantee that they won’t sell or otherwise exploit the data in the future.


Nov 05, 2023

As seen in Newsday’s Winners, NYITCOM Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences Weikang Cai, Ph.D., has received a $306,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a research project that will investigate how certain molecules may play a role in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. His findings could lead to the development of new strategies to treat or alleviate Alzheimer’s disease and its related symptoms.


New York Tech Participates in Direct Admissions Program

Nov 02, 2023

News outlets, including and others, noted that New York Institute of Technology is one of approximately 40 U.S. institutions offering high school seniors proactive college acceptance offers as part of a new direct admissions program. The initiative, launched by the Common App, aims to expand college access, with goals for roughly one in eight first-year students to receive at least one offer of admission before they even apply.


Healing Spaces: Papadopoulou in Architectural Digest

Nov 02, 2023

An Architectural Digest story focuses on creating healing spaces to help recover from surgery, and the School of Architecture and Design’s Athina Papadopoulou, Ph.D., was among the experts providing insight. 

For example, consider that daily tasks can be made easier through simple accessibility modifications. “Unfortunately, beyond requirements for accessibility in public places, as an architect, we often don’t think while we design how anyone at any time can experience difficulties in mobility or other abilities, making our houses hard to live in recovery conditions,” she said. The article also stresses the healing benefits when the senses are incorporated into a space. “Using different textures, materials, and colors can evoke a range of emotional responses and contribute to a space that feels more supportive,” Papadopoulou notes.



Communications of the ACM Features Nizich’s Insight

Oct 31, 2023

Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the ETIC and adjunct associate professor of computer science, is featured prominently in a cybersecurity-focused article by Communications of the ACM. Nizich discusses the threat posed by Initial Access Brokers (IABs), or breach brokers, who sell unauthorized network access to hackers, enabling them to carry on cyberattacks. According to Nizich, IABs are the first to identify vulnerabilities and gain access in ways that other cybercriminals are not yet aware of. They then sell access to these systems, often belonging to high-profile public companies, to the highest bidder. He also notes that ransomware groups may sell leads to IABS when they identify unauthorized network access opportunities that they themselves do not want to pursue, leading to additional threats.


Psychiatrist Discusses Signs of Depression After Cancer Diagnosis

Oct 30, 2023

Psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, appeared in a News12 Breast Cancer Awareness Month segment regarding the mental health struggles that can accompany a diagnosis. Jarkon noted that 24 percent of breast cancer patients have clinical depression, which is why it’s critical for family members to understand the signs.

“It's very important for people to understand that feeling down in the dumps is different from feeling depressed,” she said. “The two are very, very different. Signs and symptoms [of clinical depression include] a lot of changes in the patient's moods and their energy levels – they disconnect, becoming more ‘internal’ and less available emotionally; they stop functioning as they should.”

Jarkon also urged caregivers to pursue their own mental health treatment options, especially so as not to burden the patient with their fears and anxieties.


Outlets Feature Rajnarayanan's Insight on COVID-19 Variants

Oct 29, 2023

Throughout October, Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., assistant dean of research and associate professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, was quoted in several COVID-19 articles. As seen in Salon,, and other sites, Rajnarayanan, who maintains a coronavirus variant tracker, shared insight on the latest COVID-19 variant to emerge, the highly mutated JN.1, which he told Salon will become “the winter variant.”


Kirk's Research Cited in Psychology Today

Oct 24, 2023

Research by the School of Management’s Colleen P. Kirk, D.P.S., is noted in a Psychology Today article titled, “Do People Care More for Their Dogs Than for Their Cats?” Kirk’s experimental research, which was published in the Journal of Business Research in 2019, explained why dog owners are willing to spend more resources on their pets than cat owners.


Hu Interviewed About Credit Cards

Oct 24, 2023

WalletHub interviewed Wenyao Hu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Management, for an article about how many credit cards consumers should have.

When asked how many credit cards are too many, Hu replied, “The number of credit cards a person has is less indicative of financial health than the total credit line across those cards. Essentially, it is not about how many cards you possess but how much potential debt you could accumulate across them. The ideal credit line of your credit cards would be no more than 20 to 30 percent of your annual gross income. For instance, if someone has a yearly income of $50,000, a total credit line of $10,000 to $15,000 across all cards might be reasonable.”


Bienstock Shares Insight for Article

Oct 19, 2023

Labor and business law expert Joshua Bienstock, J.D., is quoted in a article about hush trips, where remote employees work from a vacation destination without revealing their true whereabouts to their boss. Bienstock, who serves as an associate professor in the School of Management and is a practicing employment and labor attorney, says that while he disagrees with the lack of honesty in this approach, he understands why hush trips have become more common.

“Employees are stressed out in a 24/7 world,” he explains. “As more workplaces recognize the utility of remote work, many employees can do their work in any place. So, the thinking seems to be, ‘Why not combine my work and vacation by taking a hush trip?’”