Media Coverage

Nov 08, 2022

Alexander Rothstein, M.S., coordinator and instructor for the Exercise Science program, was quoted in an Runner’s World story regarding the amount of time needed to safely prepare for a marathon. Rothstein notes that while the marathon training period is meant to give runners enough time to properly increase their mileage, there are many beneficial adaptations occurring in the body during this time as a direct result of each training session. Among other changes, this includes strengthening of the heart and the increased ability for vessels to efficiently distribute the blood throughout the working muscles, improving cardio function and aerobic capacity.


Zwibel Lends Esports Medicine Expertise to Lifewire Story

Nov 03, 2022

Lifewire quoted Hallie Zwibel, D.O., director of the Center for Esports Medicine, in an article about the cognitive impact of video games on children. Zwibel responds to the findings of a recent study by researchers at another university, which finds brain-boosting benefits for kids who play video games. According to the study, children who played video games performed better on cognitive skill tests involving impulse control and working memory.

“The study is accurate in showing some benefits of children playing video games. This adds to the evidence from other studies showing that video game use is linked with improvements in attention and hand-eye coordination,” says Zwibel.


Lifewire Story Highlights Beheshti’s 5G Expertise

Nov 01, 2022

Lifewire quotes Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, in the article “Slow 5G Wireless Disappoints Many Users—But You Can Make it Better.” Beheshti noted that wireless operators had to overcome significant infrastructure challenges, companies have had to invest in new cell sites and equipment, and in the initial deployments of 5G, service providers used the existing 4G core network with the 5G cell sites. "As a result, the data speeds achieved through these initial 5G networks were nowhere near what was promised of 5G," he added. "Also, the radio frequencies that provide the highest data speeds (millimeter waves) were not used in many of the initial deployments."


Media Highlight GE Healthcare Research Collaboration

Oct 27, 2022

As seen in Long Island Business News, InnovateLI, gaming news outlets, and healthcare media, the Center for Esports Medicine announced a research collaboration with GE Healthcare, which aims to analyze the lean body mass of competitive gamers and establish the first esport body composition benchmarks. InnovateLI notes, “The need is real: Due largely to repetitive-use injuries, the professional career of the average esports gamer is shorter than the average National Football League career. And the establishment of physical benchmarks, while commonplace in traditional athletics, is a groundbreaking esports first.”


Fortune, Salon, and Others Interview Rajnarayanan

Oct 25, 2022

As seen in FortuneDaily Mail, Salon, and other news outlets, Raj Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., assistant dean of research and associate professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, shared insight on emerging COVID-19 variants. Rajnarayanan, who maintains a variant database, notes that researchers are keeping an eye this fall on strains of COVID-19 that appear similar to Omicron-Delta hybrids, and one, XBC, that is an actual hybrid of the two. In a second Fortune article, he discussed the emergence of BQ variants in New York, which are expected to spread to other parts of the country. The coverage notes that BQ and XBB variants are believed to be the most immune-evasive strains of COVID-19 yet.


Oct 20, 2022

Whether smartphones impact classroom learning is an oft-debated discussion. As seen in The Chronicle of Higher Education, a study by Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences Melissa Huey Ph.D., finds that college students have higher levels of comprehension, lower levels of anxiety, and more mindfulness when smartphones are not present in class. 

“Students are inundated with technology all day every day,” says Huey. “So let’s make the classroom experience a place to retain new information, exchange ideas, and most importantly, learn at the moment.”


Newsday Taps Nizich’s Expertise for Ransomware Story

Oct 15, 2022

Insight from cybersecurity expert Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center, was featured in a follow-up Newsday article regarding Suffolk County’s ransomware attack. Nizich, who was quoted in a related story a week earlier, notes that if hackers were in the county’s system months before the full-on attack, they likely gained critical intelligence on what to steal. 

“Basically, they’re kind of casing the neighborhood. They’re looking for the most valuable items, the richest data they can obtain, and that’s database files,” he said.


Medical Students Publish Cancer Treatment Commentary

Oct 14, 2022

As seen in Inside Precision Medicine, NYITCOM students working in the laboratory of cancer biologist Dong Zhang, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical sciences, call for more effective, less toxic cancer treatments.

In Zhang’s laboratory, the researchers are investigating treatments to target alternative lengthening of telomere (ALT) cancers. While these cancers account for only an estimated 10 to 15 percent of cancer cases, they include some of the deadliest cancers, including glioblastoma, osteosarcoma, and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. While many cancer treatments work by targeting telomerase, an enzyme that allows for cancer cell reproduction, ALT cancers lack this enzyme and are, therefore, more challenging to treat. The only current treatment option is chemotherapy, which is known to injure healthy cells and cause unpleasant side effects.

Now, the researchers call for a targeted, less toxic form of therapy (ALT inhibitors) and discuss the biomarkers for diagnosing ALT-positive cancers in the clinic. Student authors include Manrose Singh, Danny MacKenzie, Sanket Desai, and Noelle Batista.


New York Tech Featured in International Enrollment Story

Oct 08, 2022

Newsday reported on international students’ return to Long Island colleges and universities post-pandemic. Referencing this semester and international student enrollment, “We’re back up to 540 just in new students that came in this year, which we are very happy about,” said Joseph Posillico, Ed.D., vice president of enrollment management. Karen Vahey, Ed.D, dean of admissions and financial aid, shared that foreign students are offered similar academic scholarships as U.S. residents and that they “play an important role in the learning and living environment” at New York Tech. Newsday also interviewed Abdulhadi Badran, a student from Saudi Arabia, who is studying biotechnology.  In speaking about studying in the U.S., he said, “Here you get the experience and knowledge much better than in Saudi Arabia. Plus the language: You need English everywhere, and the best way to learn it is to go here, or to Great Britain.”


Newsday Interviews Cybersecurity Expert

Oct 08, 2022

Newsday interviewed cybersecurity expert Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC), regarding the steps that Suffolk County must take to recover from its recent ransomware attack. While the county announced that it has begun a “rolling restoration” of its computer operations, starting with the 911 emergency dispatch system, followed by its property title search capabilities, officials offered no official timeline as to when all systems will be back online. Nizich notes that this may be because the county must address other system vulnerabilities that were uncovered as a result of the attack. 

“The fact that it’s taking longer to get back up and running is indicative of another problem. They might do all that work and the same thing might happen,” said Nizich. "They could be vulnerable to a new group that knows the same vulnerabilities."