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Klotz Offers Time Management Tips for Freshmen
Sep 22, 2014

"Enchiladas and Engineering? Pizza and Poetry? Form groups to study and make it social too," advises Anne Marie Klotz, Ph.D., Dean for Campus Life at NYIT's Manhattan campus, in an experts' advice column in NerdScholar on time management tips for freshmen.

Klotz says study groups allow students to talk with each other and work through their assignments.

Klotz also advises students to take breaks from study hours and classes and to use the breaks as rewards to help keep focused and motivated. For extra motivation, add positive reinforcement. For example, if a student focuses better while listening to music, he or she should create a short study playlist.

"Commit to doing homework each night until the playlist is over," she says.

 
Anid Letter to NY Times: How to Succeed in College
Sep 18, 2014

“In my welcoming remarks to the class of 2018, I told the students three things,” writes School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dean Nada Marie Anid. Always ask for help; make friends, and be engaged, she advises, in response to “It Takes a Mentor,” by Thomas L. Friedman.  She continues, “And, yes, it is personal attention that touches students’ lives. The caring, the mentoring — in particular for girls and underrepresented minorities. Without mentoring, they are disengaged. The results? They lose interest and can’t commit. Their confidence plummets and they lag behind.”  

 

 
Office of Career Services in the Wall Street Journal
Sep 11, 2014

NYIT's Office of Career Services was prominently featured in a Wall Street Journal At Work blog on the methods universities use to entice students to think about career planning.

Featuring a photo of Dean of Career Services John Hyde with a life-size Anchorman character Ron Burgandy cutout, the article noted that college career offices are developing creative ways to help students understand the importance of internships and job search techniques.

The Ron Burgandy cutout is a mascot in the office, and often appears in "selfies" that students take. NYIT career service leaders dress up the cutout for occasions and help maintain a "professional yet fun" atmosphere that attracts students to learn more about the services offered, according to Assistant Dean of Career Services Amy Bravo.

The Office of Career Services recently announced that NYIT interns have earned more than $1 million at paid internships since 2009.

 
Anatomy Professor Jonathan Geisler Comments on New Dolphin Fossil Discovery
Sep 09, 2014

New findings of fossils of three dolphins in the Pisco-Ica destert in southern Peru are helping researchers determine how the ancient species were related to today's endangered South Asian river dolphins, according to College of Osteopathic  Medicine Associate Professor Jonathan Geisler in Live Science

Geisler, who was not involved in the study, was consulted for several articles on the new findings because of his expertise in the evolution of whales, porpoises, and dolphins.

The new findings, says Geisler "help flesh out this pretty poorly known extinct family that helps tie this oddball living species into the evolutionary tree."

Geisler and colleague Brian Beatty, Ph.D., recently won a National Science Foundation grant to study cetecean echolocation and evolutionary transformations in the skulls of whales, porpoises, and dolphins.

 
William Scheckel Provides Tips for Healthy Social Media Use
Sep 05, 2014

"No one posts their crabgrass on Facebook. So when you can't help but feel envious that so-and-so did this or that, remember there's a big part of their story you'll never see," says William Scheckel, adjunct professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, in an article on best practices for healthy social media use on QualityHealth.com.

Scheckel was the main source of information for the article, which focused on "FOMO," or the Fear of Missing Out, connected to social media use.

To combat feelings of negativity about posts, Scheckel advises Facebook users to post their own positive news as a way of increasing social interaction and communication. And, he adds, be happy for those whose postings you view.

"These are the friends we've chosen to connect with," he says. "Their successes -- their joys -- are ours."

Scheckel also provides tips for helping kids to stay safe online. He advises the at parents begin talking to children at an early age about their online activities. Parents should urge children not to post things that the child would not want many others to see since posts can be forwarded and sent out widely. Help them avoid drama, he adds, by suggesting they turn off their computers if online conversations get heated. And, says Scheckel, make sure children understand that the Internet is not the place to meet new people.

 
Dr. Ross-Lee on Graduate Medical Education in The DO
Aug 29, 2014

"The fact that there is inadequate accountability and transparency creates an environment in which the Graduate Medical Education (GME) system is not aligned with the direction that American health care is going," says Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee in an interview with The DO, the official magazine of the American Osteopathic Association.

Ross-Lee was the sole DO on an 18-member Institute of Medicine committee that released a special report on graduate medical education. The report called for freezing Medicare's $14 million GME support and using some existing funds to establish innovative programs that better reflect the culture and health demographics of communities.

"We need to establish residency programs in communities and develop incentives for students to stay in these communities and to go into the generalist disciplines of family medicine, pediatrics, and general internal medicine," says Ross-Lee.

Ross-Lee notes that osteopathic collaboratives now in place, which offer residents multiple locations to serve in institutions beyond large teaching hospitals, are a model for graduate medical education.

"I remember somebody on the committee saying, 'The DOs are doing what we're tryig to get the rest of the system to do.'" says Ross-Lee.

 
Dr. Hadjiargyrou on Race in Live Science
Aug 29, 2014

"...data show that the DNA of any two human beings is 99.9 percent identical, and we all share the same set of genes, scientifically validating the existence of a single biological human race and one origin for all human beings," writes Life Sciences Chair Dr. Michael Hadjiargyrou in an op-ed posted on online at livescience.com .  "In short, we are all brothers and sisters."

Hadjiargyrou says the notion of separate races is a social, rather than scientific, concept.

"Over centuries, people have used the word to divide us into black, white, yellow, red, and other distinctions in order to fulfill selfish goals and objectives," he writes. "Whether those goals were to subjugate various groups of humans, deem them inferior or simply discriminate against them, the reality is that billions of people have been directly affected as a result of the misuse of the word race. The end result, in its extreme form, has led to a plethora of existential crises such as segregation, slavery, violence, wars and genocides."

Hadjiargyrou says "society must be relentless" in eliminating the word "race,"

"We must all realize that the faster we eliminate the use of the word that drives a wedge between people, the better our world will be: More peaceful and prosperous and with equality and mutual respect"

 
Stan Silverman on Online Courses
Aug 24, 2014

Stan Silverman, director of NYIT's Technology Based Learning Systems, sounded a cautionary note in a Newsday story (subscription required) about the development and content of online courses at local universities.

"In looking at the landscape of online education, in bigger institutions they are hiring course designers to build the courses and then handing them off to faculty who teach off those courses," Silverman said.

At NYIT, where the number of online courses has grown from 133 in 2008 to 178 last spring, faculty members develop the content and design their own online and blended courses.

 
Newsday Reports on NYIT's National Science Foundation Grant
Aug 21, 2014

"With the help of this grant, nanotechnology, advanced materials science, and the microfabrication of labs-on-a-chip, implantable or wearable devices and sensors, are going to be integrated in the programs and engineering courses we offer," School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dean Nada Marie Anid said in a Newsday article (subscription required) about NYIT's $230,000 National Science Foundation grant.

The NSF grant will support the purchase of a sputtering system -- a special piece of equipment that allows NYIT researchers to develop and study wearable or implanted mini-sensors that measure a patient's health. 

NYIT will build a clean room -- the first in Nassau County -- to house the system in Harry Schure Hall. Other universities, including Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University, as well as local companies, will collaborate on projects that use the new facility.

 
Bloom on New York City Public Housing Woes
Aug 12, 2014
NYIT Associate Professor Nicholas Bloom, an expert in public housing, spoke to the New York Times about the severe economic and physical problems plaguing the New York City Housing Authority, which operates 2,600 buildings housing more than 400,000 people.
 
Federal funding for NYCHA has decreased dramatically in recent years, yet many buildings are in desperate need of major renovation to roofs, plumbing and heating, systems, and facades. Conditions are so poor that some buildings' equipment is at or beyond the end of its life.
 
“Basically,” said Bloom, "it’s a 1950s automobile that New York City is still driving. It’s like Cuba.”
 
 
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