In an exploration of why Americans don’t pursue STEM professions at a rate to meet market demand, GoodCall.com cites Hui-Yin Hsu, chair of the Teacher Education Program in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies & Education, on the topic of teaching to various learning styles.
For some students, it’s easier to memorize solutions to specific problems than to learn the concepts the solutions are based on. To see the connection, Hsu says, “students need time to digest the concept itself and to practice the concept in various contexts.” Teachers can help by approaching the concept via a wide range of examples. Eventually, she says, “The students will be able to make connections or association to the concept even outside familiar contexts.”
Reader's Digest Features Dietary Advice from School of Health Professions Faculty Member Mindy Haar
Jun 06, 2017
In the online article, “13 Small Diet Changes to Look (and Feel!) Great in Your 40s”, Reader’s Digest includes expert nutrition advice from Mindy Haar, Ph.D., director of Academic Management for NYIT’s Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, for women in their 40s to minimize the effects of premenopausal symptoms through their diet. In addition to adjusting caloric intake, Haar discusses the critical need for women to be mindful of their daily calcium requirements, which can help to prevent painful osteoporosis. As featured in the article:
“Women in their 40s should be sure they are getting the recommended 1200 milligrams of calcium each day," says Dr. Haar. "One cup servings of low-fat milk and yogurt or non-dairy substitutes usually have 300-400 mg per serving."
Martinez Op-Ed Discusses the Imminent Health Dangers Associated with Proposed Federal Budget Cuts
Jun 02, 2017
In his Newsday Op-Ed, “A cut in research would wound U.S.”, Luis R. Martinez, Ph.D., associate professor of Biomedical Sciences, NYITCOM, discusses how proposed budget cuts by the White House administration could threaten our nation’s ability to research and develop treatments for disease, maintain technological leadership, ensure a more prosperous energy future, and train the next generation of scientists and innovators. In addition to explaining the economic benefit that research and development provides through job creation, Martinez argues that the proposed cuts would impede advancements to studying microbial diseases, preventing the necessary development of effective diagnostics, drugs, and vaccines, stating:
“Despite our advancement in the control of microorganisms, the eradication of infectious diseases remains a challenge. Microbe-related diseases kill thousands of Americans each year, while incapacitating thousands more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies Acinetobacter baumannii infections as a serious threat and estimates that 12,000 infections occur in the United States each year. Nearly 7,000 of these infections are multidrug-resistant, resulting in about 500 deaths.”
Hampton on the Emerging Role of Data Scientists in Education
Jun 02, 2017
For education to make good on the promise of a data-driven future, a new role needs to emerge within the leadership ranks – that of “data scientist,” according to an article in Converge, published by the Center for Digital Education. In higher education, the article notes, data scientists are going beyond tapping metrics to improve student outcomes; schools also are using data to better manage their facilities, fine-tune online courses and allocate their course offerings. For example, Mark Hampton, NYIT vice president for planning, analytics and decision support, has tapped into analytics to find more classroom space. With campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, where space is always at a premium, data can make a difference.
“It’s not like we can just pitch a tent. We need to have a very concrete plan, and absent this data, we haven’t been able to do that,” he said. A recent dive into the data showed that classes in the health professions are among the school’s strongest performers. “As a direct result of these analyses, the conversations have turned to be about getting them more space.”
The New York Times Features NYIT First-Generation Students Who Refused to Give Up
May 30, 2017
The college experience can be challenging for nearly any student, but for first-generation students, it is an experience they must learn to master largely on their own, without the advice or guidance from parents to provide reassurance. The New York Times asked five first-generation journalism students, including NYIT journalism student Nicole Pereira, to interview other first-generation students at their colleges about the challenges they have faced for an article titled, “I Won’t Give Up: How First-Generation Students See College”. In the article, Pereira interviews Agnes Gyimah, a nursing student from Ghana, and Vasiliki Sgourdou, a journalism student from Greece, on overcoming the obstacles of being the first in their families to attend college.
“In Ghana, we were poor and my parents couldn’t afford to raise me, so they sent me to America to work,” Gyimah states in the article. “I pursued my education here, regardless of not knowing how to read or write. I worked to get my G.E.D. Then, I had children and had to take care of them. That was the hardest part: being a mother while getting an education.”
“I’ve done many things that my parents couldn’t have imagined for themselves, or for me,” said Vasiliki, who moved to New York to become a journalist. “My parents came from poor families and needed to have a standard monthly income. Going to school wasn’t as important as finding a job. They didn’t want that worry for their children.”
Nada Anid Op-Ed Published by Forbes.com
May 25, 2017
In an op-ed published by Forbes.com, Nada Marie Anid, Dean, NYIT School of Engineering and Computer Sciences, discusses the need for the Trump administration to stand behand women in STEM, stating that no matter who is in the White House, addressing this challenge must be a key priority.
Anid makes the case for women in STEM, stating that while women hold nearly 60 percent of the nation's bachelor’s degrees, they account for only 13 percent of computer science graduates, with computer science consistently having the lowest share of female bachelor's degree-earners of any STEM field. This alarming disparity comes at a time when the skills of computer science graduates are needed to combat threats to cybersecurity, says Anid.
“The effects of the STEM gap on our national security are just as troubling. At a time when our power grid, financial institutions, and even our political system are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack, more than 200,000 cybersecurity positions remain unfilled throughout the country,” says Anid. “And yet, computer science consistently has the lowest share of female bachelor's degree-earners of any STEM field. Women, in other words, represent an extraordinary reservoir of untapped talent for countering the threats posed by cyber warfare.”
Rock Steady Boxing NYIT Makes Headlines in Newsday
May 20, 2017
Newsday recently featured Rock Steady Boxing NYIT on the cover of LI Life, a section in its Sunday newspaper. Following the workout of boxer, Rosilind “Ros” Drukker, the story, which also included a photo essay and onlinearticle (subscription required), demonstrated how the non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum empowers Parkinson’s disease patients to fight back against the debilitating illness. In addition to interviews with Drukker, first-year NYITCOM student Kirtan Patel and Adena Leder, (D.O. '99), assistant professor, NYITCOM and director of the Parkinson’s Treatment Center at the Old Westbury campus, discuss the impact of the program on the lives of patients.
“A lot of Parkinson’s patients don’t want to do physical therapy because it makes them play the ‘sick’ role,” Leder said. The program, which began in September with five patients and has grown to nearly 90, “gives them somewhere to go,” she said. “Many of these patients are socially isolated, and some of them don’t leave their house. Many of them have formed bonds with one another, and they’ve made connections.”
Fairbairn Offers Summer Travel Advice
May 17, 2017
Alan Fairbairn, associate professor in the School of Management, is featured as a tourism expert in a WalletHub post about summer travel within the United States. Fairbairn offers general advice about factors to consider when seeking a travel destination, mistakes to avoid, airline frustrations, and other questions.
“By all indications,” he says, “the U.S. travel industry should do well this summer, with hotels and airlines enjoying high occupancies and full flights.”
La Grandeur Discusses Job-Stealing Robots in Letter to The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 12, 2017
In a letter published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, NYIT English Professor Kevin La Grandeur, Ph.D., discusses the threat of automation to American jobs. In his letter, La Grandeur emphasizes the need to distinguish between the dangers of technological unemployment in the short term and the long term, citing relevant examples from previous technological revolutions and what other governments are currently doing to address potential technological unemployment.
"In the three industrial revolutions we have had since the 18th century, the process of creative destruction kicked in only after a generation of worker suffering — about 25 years," says La Grandeur. "So we need to have short-run fixes for that kind of interval now."
La Grandeur's letter was also featured on the artificial intelligence blog, Hack Education.
Farajidavar’s Research Featured in Innovate LI, Medical Xpress
May 10, 2017
NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences assistant professor Aydin Farajidavar’s first-of-its-kind portable wireless device that can monitor the stomach’s bioelectrical activity is featured in an Innovate LI article, “Belly up: NYIT Monitor is a Gastric Breakthrough.” According to the article, the system includes a portable module that wirelessly transmits data to computers that can display the information in real time and store it for future analysis. It was developed by Farajidavar and gastroenterologists from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, with the help of three NYIT graduate engineering students and a postdoctoral fellow.
“From an engineering perspective, we know that the wireless device works effectively,” Farajidavar said. “The system can help us to better understand the effect of electrical stimulation on gastric contractions and to examine a variety of hypotheses about the gastric activity.” He presented the study’s findings at a poster session the world's largest gathering of physicians, researchers, and industry in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal surgery.