Vahey Shares Admissions Expertise with Newsday
Nov 13, 2022
According to a story in Newsday, Long Island’s colleges and universities would be unaffected by a potential U.S. Supreme Court decision barring colleges from race-based admissions. The article reports that at New York Institute of Technology, race is not considered in acceptance decisions, according to Karen Vahey, Ed.D., dean of admissions and financial aid. Vahey, who also chairs the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belongings' Pre-College Outreach and Access Subcommittee, says the school “does not need to consider race in admissions because we work hard to attract a talented pool of applicants who represent communities of color, and applicants from these communities have increased despite the pandemic.”
Hometown News Outlets Cover Student Achievements
Sep 26, 2023
Hyperlocal media outlets, including Parsippany Focus, Reading Eagle, and The Evening Times highlighted spring 2023 graduates; Huntington Now and other hometown media outlets publicized local students who completed the Internship Certificate Program during summer 2023.
Jarkon Appears in News 12 Suicide Prevention Series
Sep 26, 2023
Throughout the month of September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month, psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, appeared in multiple News 12 segments to raise awareness for this serious issue. In separate interviews that aired on September 26, 13, and 7, Jarkon discussed suicide risk factors, treatment, and the need to break the stigma around mental health struggles.
Rajnarayanan Quoted in COVID-19 Coverage
Sep 25, 2023
Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., assistant dean of research and associate professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, was quoted in several COVID-19 articles in September. As seen in Verywell Health, Fortune, and other outlets, Rajnarayanan, who maintains a coronavirus variant tracker, shared insight on the latest COVID-19 variant to emerge, the highly mutated BA.2.86. He told Verywell Health, “Even with a lot of mutations, there are a lot of spots in the virus that can be recognized by our immune system, and there are many shared mutations as well. There will be some protection from the new vaccine booster, as well as prior infections.”
The New York Times Interviews Whale Evolution Expert
Sep 25, 2023
The New York Times interviewed Jonathan Geisler, Ph.D., chair of the department of anatomy, regarding the discovery of a miniature whale dubbed, Tutcetus rayanensis, which lived approximately 40 million years ago. Geisler, who was not involved in the study but is an expert on the evolutionary history of Cetacea (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) discussed the evolution of body size, as it relates to feeding patterns. The miniature whale was alive just a few million years before primitive whales began their evolutionary split into the two cetacean suborders of today: the toothed whales, dolphins and porpoises known as odontoceti, and the baleen-bearing mysticeti, including blue whales and humpbacks.
“The mysticetes tend to be much larger than the odontocetes,” said Geisler. “And this difference is related to their different feeding strategies. Understanding the size of the ancestor of all modern whales helps us understand how these feeding behaviors and distinct body size differences evolved. Tutcetus is one data point in the effort, but it supports the hypothesis that the common ancestor of all living cetaceans was fairly small.”
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.
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.
NYITCOM Physicians Featured in Gastroenterology Advisor
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.