The Academic Minute for 2018.05.28-06.01 – New York Institute of Technology Week


Academic Minute from 5.28 – 6.01

Monday, May 28th
Emily Restivo – New York Institute of Technology
Juveniles and the Prison System
Emily Restivo, received her Ph.D. and Masters in Criminology from the Florida State University in 2011, and her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2006. Her primary research interests focus on the impact of formal labeling on subsequent criminal behavior, juvenile delinquency, and the impact of parenting on adolescent crime and delinquency. She has published work in Justice Quarterly, Acta Criminologica, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. She currently volunteers her time as a researcher and data analyst for the New Jersey Parent Caucus helping analyze the data that they have collected over the past six years in regards to their Youth Justice Initiative program that began in 2009.

Tuesday, May 29th
Jeffrey Raven – New York Institute of Technology
Curbing Climate Change
Jeffrey Raven is a specialist in sustainable and resilient urban design whose research is applied through his professional practice and disseminated throughout the profession, government, and allied discipline.

As Director of the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Design, he has shaped the program to engage the fluid, interdisciplinary and global urban design profession that is practiced in the 21st century.

Wednesday, May 30th
Joanne Donoghue – New York Institute of Technology
Female Runners and Metabolism
Joanne Donoghue, Ph.D., has been involved in the development and supervision of the wellness program at NYITCOM for nearly 20 years. This program specializes in the rehabilitation of individuals with Parkinson’s disease and older adults. Her expertise is in exercise physiology and nutrition, which has been the focus of her clinical research for the past 10 years. In addition, Donoghue has served as a principal investigator on more than five clinical trials.

In 2012, she was awarded the Innovation Rapid Response Grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, observing the effects of tyrosine supplementation on autonomic dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. Donoghue presented her findings at the International Movement Disorder Society in Stockholm, Sweden. Her research spans many populations relating to exercise and health improvement in geriatrics, as well as in young athletes. Her knowledge of physiology and metabolic testing in healthy and diseased populations has lead Donoghue to teach first- and second-year NYIT medical students, as well as physical and occupational therapy students. Her work has led to novel ways to improve quality of life for all ages.

Thursday, May 31st
Kiran Balagani – New York Institute of Technology
Biometrics and Cyber Security
Kiran Balagani co-directs the cybersecurity laboratory in NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, and conducts research in behavioral biometrics, biometric security, privacy, anomaly detection, and applied machine learning. His research has appeared in several leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has three U.S. patents related to network-centric attack detection.

In addition, Balagani teaches graduate and undergraduate courses such as Computer Networks, Artificial Intelligence, and Network and Perimeter Security. He also created the new graduate course on Biometrics.

Friday, June 1st
Melanie Austin – New York Institute of Technology
Social Media and Satisfaction Among Students
Melanie Austin, specializes in Health Promotion and Behavioral Health for adolescents, young-adults, student-athletes, women and vulnerable populations. Melanie’s clinical and research interests focus on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors, sleep routines, purpose in life and meaningful success. Her work integrates traditional and integrative approaches with technology-based platforms for optimal emotional and physical well-being. She teaches courses in Community Health, Psychosocial Studies, Administration and Leadership, Advanced Clinical Practice and Research Thesis. She is a faculty associate at NYITs Center for Sports Medicine and NYITs Center for eSports Medicine and a research collaborator with NYITs Department of Experiential Education in partnership with local and national community organizations.