Solounias Weighs in on Giraffe Evolution Theory
Jun 02, 2022
Insight from Professor of Anatomy Nikos Solounias, Ph.D., was featured in several outlets, including the New York Times, The Scientist, Inverse, and others regarding a new theory on why giraffes evolved with long necks. New research from the Chinese Academy of Science describes the fossil of a giraffe relative, which had a thickened skull that was likely used for fighting. The researchers suggest that, given this, the giraffe may have adapted its long neck not just to reach high foliage but also for combat between males competing for mates. Soulounias, who is a giraffe evolution expert, says that while the paper thoroughly describes the fossil, ultimately it presents no new information, as all ruminants (a classification of hoofed herbivorous animals that includes giraffes) partake in some form of tussling.
“Every ruminant I can think of fights. They all do that. That’s why they have horns, as a way [for] the male to fight the other males,” says Solounias, who was not involved in the study.
Media Highlight New York Tech Participation in Everyone Rides NICE
Jun 29, 2022
New York Tech’s participation in a program to help qualified students gain access to free MetroCards was included in media coverage in Newsday and News12 Long Island. The Everyone Rides NICE program will be run by United Way of Long Island and work with colleges, nonprofits and other groups to distribute the cards through a partnership with Nassau Inter-County Express for use on the NICE bus system.
Parkinson's Center Featured in Newsday
Jun 25, 2022
New York Tech’s Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center is featured in a Newsday story that calls for improved understanding of how the disease affects underserved populations. The article notes that while studies suggest Parkinson’s disease primarily affects older white males, these findings may be misleading. A scarcity of people of color in Parkinson’s studies, along with missed or delayed diagnoses, less access to high-quality health care, and other factors could mean that the gap is a lot smaller than it seems, if a gap exists at all. Neurologist Adena Leder, D.O., director of New York Tech’s Parkinson’s program, notes that some physicians may fail to diagnose people of color, women, and younger white men because of incorrect assumptions about who gets the disease. However, this can prevent patients from receiving critical treatment, such as physical therapy and exercise programs, which improve Parkinson’s symptoms.
Psychology Researcher Quoted in Lifewire
Jun 24, 2022
Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences Melissa Huey, Ph.D., is quoted in a Lifewire article about smartphone addiction. Huey, who studies the psychological impact of smartphones on young adults, notes that the devices have the same chemical reaction in the brain as drugs and alcohol.
“Getting ‘likes’ and notifications from your phone releases dopamine, which makes us feel good, and in turn, we want to repeat these feel-good behaviors,” she says. “We create an addictive and endless cycle, where we’re constantly looking at our phones to feel better. However, when we don’t get likes or notifications, we feel depressed and lonely, which creates an adverse effect.”
New York Tech Students Featured in Hometown Media
Jun 23, 2022
Several students were featured in their local media recently for numerous accomplishments at New York Tech. For example, NJ.com highlighted students who completed the university’s rigorous Internship Certificate Program, and recognized another group of students inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. Florida’s Ponte Vedra Recorder highlighted an inductee of Phi Eta Sigma, and the Amityville Record highlighted an Order of Omega inductee.
Interview with NYITCOM’s Wadsworth Featured in AACOM Newsletter
Jun 23, 2022
In celebration of Pride Month, Inside OME, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) newsletter focusing on osteopathic medical education, interviewed NYITCOM Dean Nicole Wadsworth, D.O. The interview focused on Wadsworth’s efforts to address bias and health inequities among the LGBTQIA+ community and how colleges of osteopathic medicine can contribute to a more equitable healthcare landscape for LGBTQIA+ patients.
Health Outlet Taps Haar's Expertise for Hydration Story
Jun 20, 2022
Nutrition expert Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, assistant dean in the School of Health Professions, is quoted in an Eat This, Not That article regarding common drinking habits that contribute to the aging process. In addition to other habits, Haar notes that foregoing basic water for other drinks can be detrimental.
“Plain water tops the list of ideal suppliers of necessary liquid, with unsweetened tea and coffee helping as well. Drinking the right beverages throughout life supplies the body with the raw material to maintain optimal functioning. Less healthful choices may be associated with chronic diseases, sub-par immune systems, and broken bones, which all can decrease the quality of life as one ages,” she says.
Inside Higher Ed Highlights Faculty Tenures
Jun 13, 2022
As seen in Inside Higher Ed, several New York Tech faculty members were recognized for their outstanding teaching, scholarship, service, and commitment to the university through tenure. The tenures, which are effective September 1, 2022, include faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, School of Health Professions, and School of Management.
Nizich Lends Expertise to Lifewire Robotics Story
Jun 13, 2022
Lifewire quoted Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the ETIC and adjunct associate professor of computer science, in the article “Why Your Robot Needs New Skin.” Nizich notes that engineering lifelike robotic hands can be challenging, as the human hand’s complex anatomy consists of a specific series of articulation points and movements controlled by a combination of electrical impulses.
“When engineers try to imitate or emulate this highly evolved human configuration, we are limited by some of the existing commercial grade systemic controls available to us,” Nizich said. “For example, we use controls like servos, motors, actuators, and solenoids to simulate digit extensions and may even use springs, rubber, or even plastic to perform the reflexivity response of the digits. These devices are rigid and usually only rotate or revolve around one hinge point.”
Students' Hometown Media Feature their Academic Achievements
Jun 08, 2022
Several New York Tech students were featured in their hometown news outlets for a variety of academic achievements this spring. For example, centraljersey.com covered a student who received a leadership and service award; TBN Weekly highlighted a student who completed the spring Internship Certificate Program and the Ridgefield Hamlet Hub highlighted a student who participated in the REU program. HuntingtonNow highlighted four D.P.T. students who received their doctoral hoods and the Times News Online highlighted a P.A. student receiving a white coat.