Research & Innovation articles filed under 'Faculty'

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    Space Science With Earthly Ties

    Scientists at the Center for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi are onto something that seems out of this world: the idea that modern techniques used by astrophysicists to study the inside of the Sun can improve the way geophysicists on Earth image oil and gas reservoirs.

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    Engineering to Protect Coastal Cities

    As climate change raises sea levels, feeding storm surges, coastal cities are increasingly at risk. How can vital transportation networks be protected in such scenarios? NYU Abu Dhabi's Samer Madanat, dean of engineering, is working with researchers at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), where he once taught, to help answer that question.

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    Research That Starts By Building Trust

    Every kind of scholarly research can be intensely demanding at times, but few disciplines are as immersive as ethnography. Just ask Zeynep Ozgen, assistant professor of social research and public policy at NYU Abu Dhabi. As a political sociologist, Ozgen studies “religious social movements, and the relationship between culture and politics more broadly.”

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    Resident Expert on Philosophy: Like Math, But With Words

    Gabriel Oak Rabin, assistant professor of philosophy, is interested in the relationship between the mind and the body, and their relations to consciousness. In this Q&A, he talks about the discipline of philosophy, some of the questions philosophers address, and ways that consciousness can (or can’t) be explained.

  5. Littering Experiment Challenges Popular Theory on Bystander Intervention

    Littering Experiment Challenges Popular Theory on Bystander Intervention

    What would you do if you saw a stranger disregarding common rules of conduct in society like talking on a mobile phone during a movie or littering in public? Would you confront them? Call them out to deter them from doing it again? Or just let it slide?

  6. The Conversation: The Unpredictability of the US Election 2016

    Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, professor of political science at UAE University and the chairman of the Arab Council for Social Sciences, chats with Adam Ramey, professor of political science at NYU Abu Dhabi, about the upcoming US presidential elections, and compares how Donald Trump or Senator Hillary Clinton would be received by Middle Eastern leaders if elected to become president of the United States in November.

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    Chemists Develop “Breakthrough” Crystal That Can Self-Repair Overnight

    Imagine a future where buildings and roads can self-repair cracks; cogs installed deep inside complex machines can independently heal structural wear and tear; smartphones can automatically mend their broken screens; all without human intervention.

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    Finding Culturally Sensitive Ways to Study Social Behavior in the Middle East

    Designing meaningful experiments is a familiar challenge for scientists. In the fast-growing field of experimental social science, however, researchers may encounter difficulties quite different from those facing white-coated laboratory investigators.

  9. The Conversation: Melting Glaciers and Rising Seas

    David Holland and his team of researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Global Sea Level Change are trying to figure out how melting ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland will influence global sea level. Since many of the world’s cities are built at sea level or slightly above it, rising seas will reshape the coastlines as we know them today.

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    Understanding the Complex Science of Human Development

    One of the great mysteries of life is the process by which organisms begin as one cell and develop into creatures composed of many. Think about it — a human, who started as a single cell, is made up of trillions in adulthood.

  11. Resident Expert: Michael Harsh on UN-NATO Cooperation in Afghanistan

    Resident Expert: Afghanistan at a Crossroads

    Peace and redevelopment efforts in Afghanistan were dealt a major blow on July 22 when a suicide attack in Kabul killed 80 peaceful demonstrators and injured another 231, the city's deadliest attack in more than 15 years.

  12. Low Income Earners Less Trusting, Study Finds

    Low Income Earners Less Trusting, Study Finds

    Trust is an important element of every society. From business, to politics, to personal relationships, trust plays a critical role in allowing these institutions to function smoothly.

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    Surviving the Heat

    Ocean temperatures are rising and this change will have huge consequences — not only for life in the ocean, but for humans as well.

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    Researchers Build Secure System for Encrypted Cloud Computing

    The "cloud computing" we hear so much about is cheap and efficient, but it's not completely secure. Encrypted data — payroll information, for example, or hospital records — can easily be stored on servers run by Google, Amazon, Oracle, or another company. But only non-encrypted data can be processed "in the cloud" and that creates an obvious security risk in our era of hacks, exploits, and cybercrime.

  15. Resident Expert: Getting to the root of China's forest policy

    Resident Expert: Getting to the Roots of Chinese Forest Policy

    Competition for raw materials is nothing new, as historian Mark Swislocki knows. He's studying conflicts over forest resources in China's Yunnan province, as far back as the 18th century.

  16. What Makes Us Human?

    Gabriel Rabin, a philosopher, makes a seemingly paradoxical statement. He says that the mind — something familiar, part of us — may be one of the last great frontiers of humanity's quest for knowledge. “Like deep space, or the bottom of the ocean, we know surprisingly little about what’s going on up there,” Rabin said.

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    Breaking New Ground

    We may not have flying cars today — even if we do have hoverboards — but some of the work currently being done in the life sciences at NYU Abu Dhabi sounds like it’s straight out of the future, such as insects that can tell time.

  18. Engineering With Human Impact

    NYU Abu Dhabi is a liberal arts college nested within a research university. At the same time it is a hub of innovation and technology that has produced developments ranging from drones to potential cancer treatments.

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    A Region With a Story to Tell

    In the 175 years or so since photography's inception, a rich history has been accumulating in the Arab World that has yet to be written.

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    Not Just a Technology Problem

    From your Facebook page to global financial markets to nuclear power plants, modern life demands robust security for electronic information systems. Yet threats are everywhere, and never stop mutating.

  21. Responding Locally to Global Problems

    An increase of even a few degrees in the Earth’s climate will have tremendous consequences for billions of people. Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi are trying to determine how climate change will affect humanity's collective future and how to better understand changes that are taking place.

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    Strategic Research for Global Challenges

    The breadth of research in the social sciences at NYU Abu Dhabi uses data to help historians, economists, NGOs, and governments better understand human behavior — and improve people’s lives.

  23. Resident Expert: Social Activism in Mauritania

    Resident Expert: Social Activism in Mauritania

    When she visited Mauritania in January, Erin Pettigrew was surprised to note a revival of interest in the history of the Kadehiin, an underground leftist movement active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Surprised and pleased, since the movement is the subject of her current research.

  24. Engineering Corn of the Future

    There's more corn grown in the world than any other crop. Douglas Cook, assistant professor of Engineering, runs a lab that is working to improve the strength of corn stalks by understanding why they break or fall over during heavy storms. The project has great potential to increase the yield of this important crop that feeds billions of people around the world.

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    Resident Expert: The Untold Story of OPEC

    The UAE is one of 13 member nations of the only major global organization developed specifically to advance the economic interests of countries whose primary export is oil — the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

  26. The Conversation: Gravitational Waves

    For the first time, scientists have observed the warping of space-time generated by two black holes a billion light years from Earth. The detection of gravitational waves has forever changed the study of physics and astronomy.

  27. Philosophy Professor Receives Prestigious Award in India

    NYU Abu Dhabi Professor Jonardon Ganeri has received the Infosys Prize in India for his contributions to the cross-cultural study of philosophy.

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    How Bilingual Brains Juggle Language

    For bilinguals, it's a common Abu Dhabi experience: you're speaking with a friend in English, and where appropriate, the friend switches into Arabic, peppering the conversation with Arabic phrases. It seems unremarkable enough, but there are some fantastic mental gymnastics that must happen to comprehend these leaps from one language to another.

  29. The Conversation: Syria, Children of War & Digital Diplomacy

    Marcel Kurpershoek, senior humanities research fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi, was a Dutch diplomat for over 40 years. Thomas Fletcher, NYUAD visiting professor, served as British ambassador to Lebanon.

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    Before Phones & Facebook: How Did Grassroots Political Causes Go Global?

    A hundred and fifty years ago there was no Internet, cell phones or 24-hour global news networks. But there were grassroots political movements that spread from country to country in a way that's not so different in today's age of instant information. It's hard to imagine how this was possible.

  31. The Conversation: Home Sick

    What is home? Is it a place? A feeling? Joanne and Jim Savio discuss a film they made about Joanne's upbringing in a suburb outside of New York and her attempt to connect with her roots in Lebanon.

  32. Yoda, R2D2 and Hollywood's Cinematic "Others"

    Yoda, R2D2, and the "Others" of Hollywood Movies

    In the movies, anything can happen when worlds collide. In films like Star Wars, The Gremlins, and Jaws, the line that separates what's possible from impossible is becomes blurred when humans meet non-humans, whether an alien in space or a creature in the ocean.

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    Resident Expert: Growing Up Muslim in America

    NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy John O'Brien spent three and a half years conducting ethnographic fieldwork with a group of young Muslim friends who grew up together in post-9/11 America. In his upcoming book, Growing Up Muslim in America he explores questions of cultural difference and discrimination faced by young American Muslims.

  34. Scientists Launch World's Most Sensitive Tool to Find Dark Matter

    Scientists Launch World's Most Sensitive Tool to Find Dark Matter

    Dark matter is one of the basic ingredients of the universe. There is five times more dark matter in the universe than normal matter, the atoms and molecules that make up everything we know, yet it is still unknown what this dominant dark component actually is. Searches to detect it in laboratory-based experiments have been conducted for decades. However, dark matter has been observed only indirectly via its gravitational interactions that govern the dynamics of the cosmos. Scientists believe that dark matter is made of a new, stable elementary particle, which has escaped detection. So far.

  35. The Conversation: Sculpture & Architecture

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    Assistant Professor of Arts Practice Sandra Peters creates sculptures influenced by architecture. In this video, Peters explains how a house in Los Angeles, designed by architect Rudolph Schindler, inspired her recent work in Abu Dhabi.

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    Resident Expert: US Politics & the Personality Factor

    NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Political Science Adam Ramey is writing a book on the role personality traits play in American politics. In his research he looks at how personality influences the way voters choose candidates, and how legislators' personalities influence they way they behave in Congress. We caught up with Professor Ramey to ask him about the upcoming US presidential election on November 8, 2016.

  37. Samer Madanat, Dean of Engineering Division, NYUAD

    Resident Expert: Transportation and Environmental Sustainability

    NYU Abu Dhabi Dean of Engineering Samer Madanat specializes in transportation infrastructure management. He's an expert in developing optimal transportation policies and solutions to improve the sustainability of transportation systems in cities, including highway and public transit networks. In other words, he develops efficient ways for people to get around with an eye on protecting the environment.

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    Resident Expert: The Dark Matter Mystery

    Dark Matter is one of the biggest scientific mysteries of our time. Most of the universe is made up of it, but we still don't know its nature. What is the strange, unknown, invisible matter that holds the universe together? Why is it so hard to detect?

  39. NYUAD Center Wins Grant from Indian Government to Study Monsoon

    NYUAD Center Wins Grant From India to Study Monsoon

    Weather prediction, even over a short period of time, is extremely difficult. There are so many variables in the atmosphere that it's impossible to say for sure what the weather will be like next year, next month, or even tomorrow. But that doesn’t mean that forecasters can’t try, and advancements in both data collection and computer modeling have dramatically improved prediction.

  40. The Conversation: Mohamad Eid on Haptics

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    Haptics is the study of human-computer interaction through touch. Mohamad Eid, assistant professor of practice of Electrical Engineering, has developed an interactive tool to help teach the writing of Arabic script. Devices like these may help improve instruction in the future.

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    UAE Innovators

    By NYUAD Public Affairs

    They're not just NYU Abu Dhabi professors and researchers. They're UAE innovators.

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    A Detector Shines in the Search For Dark Matter

    By NYUAD Public Affairs

    A team of international scientists is making progress in the long-elusive search for dark matter, and NYU Abu Dhabi is playing a critical role.

  43. Scientists Find Hidden Interactions Among Tiny Ocean Organisms

    Scientists Find Hidden Interactions Among Tiny Ocean Organisms

    By Matthew Corcoran

    A teaspoon of seawater is home to a thousand algae cells and a million bacteria. These tiny critters are fundamental to life on Earth. Ocean algae produce much of the oxygen in the atmosphere and form the base of the marine food chain, while bacteria release carbon dioxide that is converted into organic molecules by algae — and plants — during the process of photosynthesis.

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    UAE Innovation Week Coming This Fall

    This week, the UAE government announced a new nationwide initiative called Innovation Week, to be held in November. In recognition of this important educational and entrepreneurial event, Salaam: NYUAD News revisits a few of NYUAD's most significant Research & Innovation headlines from the past year.

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    Professor Michael Harsch: Srebrenica Massacre 20 Years Later

    NYU Abu Dhabi Faculty Fellow of Social Science Michael Harsch appeared on HuffPost Live's World Brief program to discuss the state of modern day Bosnia, 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb troops.

  46. Watching Ice Melt: Sea Level Change

    Watching Ice Melt: Sea Level Rise Through Iceberg Calving

    By Kate Chandler, Associate Director of Public Affairs

    Researchers David and Denise Holland from New York University (NYU) and the Center for Sea Level Change at NYU Abu Dhabi, have filmed an enormous slab of ice breaking off the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland and floating into the ocean.

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    Resident Expert: On Ramadan

    As a long-time instructor of the Arabic language, NYUAD Senior Arabic Language Instructor Nasser Isleem applies studies to his teaching that examine the impact of incorporating Arabic culture integration into a student's course work. Who better then to share what Ramadan is all about?

  48. The Conversation: Kwame Anthony Appiah on Honor and Cultural Practices

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer and Multimedia Producer

    Kwame Anthony Appiah, NYU professor of Law and Philosophy, is interested in moral conversations across societies. In this video, he talks about the practice of foot binding in China, and how respectful exchanges with outsiders led to the abandonment of the practice.

    The Conversation is a video series that presents short talks by NYUAD researchers on topics ranging from Astrophysics to Art History.

  49. Resident Expert: Marilyn Booth on Early Arab Feminist Writing

    Resident Expert: Early Writings in Arab Feminism

    By Brian Kappler, NYUAD Guest Contributor

    Marilyn Booth is a Senior Research Fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi and the author of Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces: Writing Feminist History through Biography in fin-de-siècle Egypt, published in early 2015. The book brings focus to Zaynab Fawwaz, a journalist, novelist and playwright, who immigrated from Ottoman Lebanon to Egypt and established herself as distinct from most Arab women writers of her time.

  50. Naumov Lab Studies Intriguing Flexible Crystals

    Naumov Lab Studies Intriguing Flexible Crystals

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    Crystals are typically thought of as being brittle, but new research done by the Naumov Group at NYU Abu Dhabi has gained insight into a special class of crystals that exhibit an odd property — they can bend like plastic. The research was published in Nature Chemistry.

  51. The Conversation: Youssef Idaghdour on Genes and the Environment

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    The incidence of diabetes in the Emirati population is extremely high. But what is the cause? Assistant Professor of Biology Youssef Idaghdour talks about the relationship between genes and the environment, that old debate of nature versus nurture.

  52. The Conversation: Andrew Eisenberg on Nairobi's Still Alive Studio

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    Digital technology changed music production and distribution in Kenya — and around the world. During his field research, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Andrew Eisenberg sat in on a session at Nairobi's Still Alive studio where he watched producer Timothy Boikwa record a song by local artist Profesa. Hear Eisenberg discuss Boikwa's production techniques and thoughts on how the industry has changed.

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    Resident Expert: UN-NATO Cooperation in Afghanistan

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    In his new book, Faculty Fellow of Social Science Michael Harsch examines the fraught relationship between two of the most important international organizations: the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United Nations (UN). The book, The Power of Dependence: NATO-UN Cooperation in Crisis Management, was recently published by Oxford University Press.

  54. The Conversation: Joseph Gelfand on Pulsar Wind Nebula and Magnetars

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    In this episode of The Conversation, Assistant Professor of Physics Joseph Gelfand discusses some of the strangest objects in the universe, pulsars and their odd cousins, magnetars.

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    NYUAD Hosts Annual Conference on Genomics and Systems Biology

    The fifth annual Conference on Genomics and Systems Biology at NYU Abu Dhabi brought together scientists working at the forefront of this rapidly progressing field and featured over 30 talks by researchers from NYU New York, NYUAD, and many other universities. The three-day event held February 17-19 was capped by a public lecture from Randy Schekman, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for his work on the way cells secrete proteins.

  56. The Conversation: Marilyn Booth and Özge Calafato on the Egyptian Collection

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    In this feature, Dr. Marilyn Booth and Özge Calafato investigate a collection of photographs that were taken in the early 20th century. Booth and Calafato examine dress in wedding portraits and try to tease out family connections in search of the elusive Kawkab.

  57. Computational Neuroscience Workshop at NYUAD

    A workshop on Experimental and Theoretical Neuroscience recently held at NYU Abu Dhabi reflected the breadth and variety of work that is happening in the field of computational neuroscience, an interdisciplinary field that examines the way the brain processes information.

  58. Photography’s Shifting Terrain

    Photography’s Shifting Terrain

    The history of photography has until very recently focused on the European and American traditions, says Shamoon Zamir. But that's changing rapidly now, and a major conference at NYU Abu Dhabi in March will contribute to that change.

  59. Crowdseeding in the Congo: Using Cell Phones to Collect Conflict Data

    Crowdseeding in the Congo: Using Cell Phones to Collect Conflict Data

    By Matthew Corcoran

    High-quality information about what happens on the ground during war is difficult to collect. In the attempt to solve this problem, NYUAD Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter van der Windt and Macartan Humphreys of Columbia University have developed a system that uses cell phones to collect real-time data from areas plagued by violence.

  60. The Resident Expert: Insurgency in Nepal

    Resident Expert: Insurgency in Nepal

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    Professor of Politics at NYU New York Michael Gilligan taught a class at NYU Abu Dhabi in January on the topic of insurgency. The course mixed reading and classroom learning with a trip to Nepal to interview people who fought on both sides of that country's Maoist insurgency, which ended in 2006.

  61. The Conversation: Alexis Gambis on Science and Film

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    This spot features Alexis Gambis, NYU Abu Dhabi Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Film, and New Media, as he talks about his transition from lab bench to film set.

  62. Rational, but not too Rational: Hervé Crès on Decision-Making in the Corporation

    Rational, but not too Rational: Hervé Crès on Decision-Making in the Corporation

    By Brian Kappler, NYUAD Guest Contributor

    Economics — the theoretical kind, with lots of advanced mathematics — meets sociology and philosophy, as well as political science, in the work of Hervé Crès, dean of social science at NYU Abu Dhabi and a professor of economics.

  63. The Conversation: Cyrus Patell on Emergent U.S. Literatures

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    In this episode, NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of Literature Cyrus Patell considers how marginalized strains of American literature can be thought of using Raymond Williams's concept of the "emergent." Watch him discuss American literature on the margins, including the writing of Maxine Hong Kingston.

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    Resident Expert: What is Religion?

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU New York. This January, he is teaching a J-Term class at NYU Abu Dhabi called What is Religion? We checked in with him to ask about his course and how it addresses the topic.

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    Resident Expert: The Science of Sandstorms

    The sandstorms that can complicate life in Abu Dhabi are part of a complex weather pattern that also provides India with the monsoon rain essential to the crops that sustain one billion people, NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are learning. Olivier Pauluis, professor of mathematics and co-principal investigator at NYUAD's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling, explains how that works.

  66. Trabolsi Lab Wins Grant for Nanopartical Research

    Trabolsi Lab Wins Grant for Nanopartical Research

    The Trabolsi Research Group at NYU Abu Dhabi received a grant from the Al Jalila Foundation that will support two years of research on a system that may improve the effectiveness of a commonly used anti-cancer drug. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ali Trabolsi leads the group.

  67. Arabic Collections Online: A Digital Archive

    Arabic Collections Online: A Digital Archive

    By Brian Kappler, NYUAD Guest Contributor

    A digital archive sponsored by NYU Abu Dhabi is repatriating some of the Arab world's written heritage, one book at a time. Some 200 scholarly works are already online, with many more to come.

    Arabic Collections Online (ACO), a digital library of public domain Arabic-language content, was the brainchild of NYU's Dean of Libraries Carol Mandel, who conceived the idea during the planning of NYU Abu Dhabi's library facilities. Today the project sponsor is Ginny Danielson, director of libraries at NYUAD.

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    The Varied History of the Arabic Novel

    Literary scholars believe The Book of Khalid to be the first Arab-American novel. Published in 1911 and written by Ameen Rihani, an immigrant to New York from what is modern-day Lebanon, the book claims to be based on an ancient manuscript composed by the enigmatic Khalid, a mystic-like character who traveled to America and later returned to his homeland.

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    A Study of Modern Architecture in Abu Dhabi, 1968-1992

    Guest post by Brian Kappler

    The astounding pace of current urban development in Abu Dhabi is obscuring the architecture of the preceding decades. But with a new book, and a panel discussion this week, NYU Abu Dhabi Professor Pascal Menoret and his students are documenting some of the city's built environment of the years from 1968 to 1992.

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    Discovering the Precision of German Engineering

    Guest post by Brian Kappler

    It is a long way from basic machine parts such as screws and shafts to the USD 500,000 mask aligners required to produce integrated circuits. But for engineers, selecting the exact part for a given task is simply good practice, however simple or complex the project may be.

  71. Political Systems and Civil War

    Political Systems and Civil War

    Over the last half century, the world has learned a great deal about how costly civil wars can be — they devastate economies, take millions of lives, and cause mass displacement. A scholar at NYU Abu Dhabi is studying the politics of civil war and the way in which political institutions mediate social conflict more generally. His findings could hold lessons for many countries around the world struggling with violence and social unrest.

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    Resident Expert: Crisis in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    Reports of revolution and civil war in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine have dominated the media this year. Salaam checked in with NYU Abu Dhabi Professor of Social Research and Public Policy Georgi Derluguian to ask how a social scientist might think about these geopolitical events and what might motivate young people to take part in these conflicts.

  73. The Resident Expert: Fall of the Berlin Wall

    The Resident Expert: Fall of the Berlin Wall

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of History Martin Klimke studies the intersection of political, cultural, and diplomatic history, with a focus on the exchange of ideas between the United States in Europe in the 20th century.

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    Resident Expert: Smoking and Tobacco Use in the UAE

    Q&A with Dr. Raghib Ali, director of the Public Health Research Center at NYU Abu Dhabi.

  75. The Unexpected Outcomes of Direct and Indirect Punishment

    The Unexpected Outcomes of Direct and Indirect Punishment

    Individuals who directly confront violators of social norms aren't rewarded by their peers for disciplining the violator, a new study finds. Data also showed that females who littered were nearly five times more likely than were males to be chided for the infraction. These findings result from the first experiment to test the prevalence of direct and indirect punishment in the field, and are part of broader research that seeks to understand how humans cooperate in one-time interactions.

  76. Studying Sea-level Change in Greenland

    Studying Sea-level Change in Greenland

    When days lengthen and ice begins to melt, Professor David Holland and his team of researchers head for an unlikely summer destination — Greenland. Holland, principal investigator of NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Sea-level Change, works to understand how marine-based ice sheets will contribute to rising sea levels in an age of global climate change. Greenland, which is home to a massive glacier, is a critical site for the Center's work. Check out the photos below from a recent trip to this giant island of the north.

  77. The Phenomena of Exploding Crystals

    The Phenomena of Exploding Crystals

    Science can progress in unexpected ways, and the recent work of NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of Chemistry Panče Naumov is proof of this. Naumov has been studying a fascinating characteristic of crystals: when exposed to UV light, the crystals explode and jump.

  78.  From New York to Abu Dhabi: A Program by NYU Filmmakers

    From New York to Abu Dhabi: A Program by NYU Filmmakers

    The annual Abu Dhabi Film Festival is right around the corner. Starting on October 23, participants will attend film screenings and take part in a wide range of special events, including workshops and talks with directors. This year, a special program titled From New York to Abu Dhabi: a program by NYU Filmmakers will feature the films of three NYU community members: Of Many, a documentary short by Linda Mills; Watermark, a narrative short by Gail Segal; and Return to the Sea, a narrative short by Alexis Gambis. Salaam caught up with the three directors to learn more about their films.

  79. NYUAD's Professor Cook Awarded NSF Grant

    NYUAD's Professor Cook Awarded NSF Grant

    The broad plains of the American Midwest and the arid desert of Abu Dhabi have little in common, but together they form the research milieu of NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Engineering Douglas Cook, who conducts forensic engineering analysis on corn stalks.

  80. The Complex Interplay of Genes and Environment

    The Complex Interplay of Genes and Environment

    Youssef Idaghdour's "eureka moment" on the old issue of nature vs. nurture came when he was back in his native Morocco, examining genetic expression in a small sample of Berber individuals for his dissertation.

  81. Political Systems and Civil War

    Over the last half century, the world has learned a great deal about how costly civil wars can be — they devastate economies, take millions of lives, and cause mass displacement. A scholar at NYU Abu Dhabi is studying the politics of civil war and the way in which political institutions mediate social conflict more generally. His findings could hold lessons for many countries around the world struggling with violence and social unrest.

  82. The New York Times on NYUAD's First Executive Artistic Director

    "Six years ago, Bill Bragin, the music programmer whose hyper-multicultural lineups put Joe's Pub on the international map, surprised the New York arts world by moving uptown to Lincoln Center. Now he is making an even bigger move, to Abu Dhabi."

  83. Strong Pull of Black Holes

    Every second, intense beams of maser emission (like laser emission but at radio frequencies) arrive on Earth from clouds of water vapor orbiting supermassive black holes (SMBHs), millions to billions of times the mass of the Sun, at centers of galaxies hundreds of millions of light years away. Ingyin Zaw, assistant professor of Physics at NYU Abu Dhabi, is using the largest and best radio telescopes in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres to tease out information from these maser systems in the attempt to unravel the nature and behavior of their host SMBHs.

  84. "Lab-on-a-chip" Diagnostic Device to Detect Disease Biomarkers

    While working on developing new 3D-printing techniques for his Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Rafael Song became interested in building smaller objects. "I started learning about microfabrication techniques, which allowed me to build things on a micro-scale level," said Song. "I realized there is a huge market potential to develop compact, portable, biomedical devices." When the application of microfabrication to biomedical areas became popular during his time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it spearheaded Song's career toward a convergence of biology and engineering, also called bioengineering.

  85. New Hardware Architecture for Security and Privacy

    New Hardware Architecture for Security and Privacy

    Michail Maniatakos began creating software — and selling it — at the age of 14. Since then he has moved on to computer problems far more complicated than the scheduling software he sold to hairdressers and the archiving software bought by photo studios in Athens, where he grew up.

  86. Gift of the Face

    Gift of the Face

    Shamoon Zamir's new book, The Gift of the Face: Portraiture and Time in Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian, offers a reconsideration of the most influential photographic record of the Native Americans of the United States. Curtis dedicated himself to the project for 25 years, during which time he took more than 40,000 photographs — just less than 2,500 of these were published and almost half of them are portraits.

  87. Follow the Digital Footprints

    Follow the Digital Footprints

    It's a contemporary cliché in almost every field of endeavor: we're drowning in data. From the simplest Google search to the most recondite statistics for scholars, the new flood of information must be filtered and channeled and managed.

  88. At the Interface of Mathematics and Physics

    At the Interface of Mathematics and Physics

    In the higher reaches of physics, says Federico Camia, the border with mathematics has become remarkably porous. And he is living proof of that: holder of a Ph.D. in physics from NYU New York, he is today a visiting associate professor of Mathematics at NYU Abu Dhabi.

  89. Virtualization of Touch

    Virtualization of Touch

    Mohamed Eid lights up with enthusiasm as he expounds on the future of "tangible interfaces." No wonder: from computer gaming to wheelchair control, his work promises to expand users' computer experiences beyond the keyboard and screen, beyond just sight and sound, to touch, gesture, and more.

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    Computational Modeling of the Human Brain

    "The human brain is an intriguing and complex system. Understanding it not only presents profound implications of our existence, it also provides an important endeavor for scientific and medical research," said David Cai, principal investigator of NYU Abu Dhabi's Computational Modeling of Normal and Abnormal Cortical Processing Project and professor of Mathematics and Neural Science at NYU's Courant Institute.

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    Diversifying Linguistic Theory

    The presence of a world-class neurolinguistic laboratory based in Abu Dhabi has an important significance for the field of linguistics; it means evidence-based research in a field currently dominated by English and other Western languages will increasingly be more inclusive of different, and often underrepresented, languages.

  92. Engineering Stronger Crops

    Engineering Stronger Crops

    "Geneticists have had a lot of success with corn," said Douglas Cook. "The kernels are bigger, the ears are bigger, the yields are bigger."

  93. Voting-salaam

    Understanding Voting Through Experimentation

    By definition, scientists do experiments. Increasingly, that truism now applies to political scientists, just as it does to chemists or biologists. Rebecca Morton, a professor of Politics at NYU Abu Dhabi, is at the forefront of the development and growing recognition of this new aspect of an old discipline.

  94. The Resident Expert: On Dates

    Resident Expert: On Dates

    All about dates, the iconic fruit of the Middle East, with Michael Purugganan, principal investigator of the 100 Dates! project at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB).

  95. The Illusive Whole Theater Moment

    The Illusive Whole Theater Moment

    In theater there are rare moments when something electric happens, so that people in the audience are suddenly fully engaged — "visually, aurally, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually," as Rubén Polendo puts it. Those "whole theater" moments, as he calls them, are the goals that inspire his work.

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    Modeling Future Climate

    Understanding our planet's climate, and how it is changing, is growing increasingly urgent. But the task is so enormously complex that today's best computer models are still insufficient, almost primitive. At NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM), mathematicians and scientists with several specialties are working together on the problem.

  97. Glacier-Fjord-Ocean Complex

    Glacier-Fjord-Ocean Complex

    Over the past two decades, ice loss from Greenland's shrinking ice sheet has contributed one quarter of the global rise in sea level. Retreating outlet glaciers were responsible for about half the ice lost. But understanding the dynamics of the calving front — a glacier's terminus, where icebergs split off — remains limited and "poorly understood for several reasons," said NYU Abu Dhabi Postdoctoral Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor Carl Gladish.

  98. House of Tweets: US Congress, Personality, and Social Media

    House of Tweets: US Congress, Personality, and Social Media

    Observers from across the political spectrum agree on one thing: the US Congress is too often victim to polarized partisan gridlock. No doubt these are contentious times in Washington, DC. But how did Congress get this way?

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    NYUAD's Hub of Advanced Genomic and Biological Research

    Whether researchers at NYUAD's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) are conducting drug screening in nematodes, studying neurons in fruit flies, analyzing the genetic development of date palms, or investigating the use of algae as a source of biofuel, the fundamentals of the science are the same. "We all use the technique of DNA and RNA sequencing, or deep sequencing, to address questions that are important to each of us," said NYU New York Silver Professor of Biology Claude Desplan.

  100. Psychology of Fandom

    Resident Expert: Psychology and Fandom

    Ever wonder why some people are such hardcore sports fans? NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of Psychology PJ Henry says one important psychological factor is that all human beings are driven by the need to belong.

  101. High-Performance Computing at NYUAD

    High-performance Computing at NYUAD

    NYU Abu Dhabi's high-performance computing cluster, named "BuTinah" after the marine-protected archipelago reserve off the coast of Abu Dhabi, has played a critical role in supporting the computational requirements of the NYUAD research community.

  102. A Varied Landscape of Humanities Research

    A Varied Landscape of Humanities Research

    A detailed history of OPEC, the complexities of land ownership in Kenya, and ethical positions of sonic practices and performance in Morocco — three areas of study being investigated by the first recipients of the NYU Abu Dhabi Humanities Research Fellowship Program — appear to be as far ranging as it gets. In a way, this is precisely the point. The program was established with the aim to create a rich and varied research landscape for the humanities at NYUAD, and to help establish a vibrant intellectual community, fed by and invigorated by research.

  103. Exploring the Mystery of Arabian Gulf Coral

    Exploring the Mystery of Arabian Gulf Coral

    Coral bleaching occurs due to a breakdown in coral-algae symbiosis, caused by stressful environmental conditions, such as extremes of light, temperature, or salinity. These environmental stressors result in the expulsion of algae that live in coral tissue, causing coral to appear bleached — they may even die due to starvation.

  104. Personal History in Image and Artifact

    Personal History in Image and Artifact

    Tarek Al-Ghoussein's latest creative work, a mixed-media presentation called K Files, is the autobiographical product of his unusual personal history: a Kuwaiti of Palestinian origin, he grew up largely in New York, Washington, DC, and Tokyo, and studied at NYU New York and in New Mexico. Before coming to NYU Abu Dhabi, he worked in Jordan, Cairo, and Sharjah.

  105. Migration and Transformation in the Western Indian Ocean

    Migration and Transformation in the Western Indian Ocean

    Travel has always been an important part of life for Nathalie Peutz, assistant professor of NYU Abu Dhabi's Arab Crossroads Studies, and it played a key role in developing her interest and career in cultural anthropology. Following her graduation from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Intellectual History, a bicycle trip from Central Europe to South Africa became the pivotal point in shifting her interests from Central Europe, Slavic studies, and history to the Arab world, East Africa, and cultural anthropology.

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    Mobile Technology for the Developing World

    From better prices for their crops to disease prevention, the world's rural poor are beginning to harvest a rich crop of benefits from cell phone technology — and NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are helping to lead the way.

  107. Arabic Classics in Contemporary Translations

    Arabic Classics in Contemporary Translations

    The Library of Arabic Literature (LAL) was founded with high ambition: to make the treasures of pre-modern Arabic writing accessible to the world's English speakers through high-quality parallel-text editions. In its first three years, the LAL has published nine volumes — on literature, law, religion, biography, and mysticism — and more are in production.

  108. Key Terms for Global Cinema

    Key Terms for Global Cinema

    It may sound like a truism to say that film is a global industry. Bollywood movies play in theaters in Los Angeles, while Hollywood movies play in theaters in Bombay. And many films, of course, are produced outside these two great hubs: pictures made in Thailand, South Africa, Egypt, China, Argentina, Finland, among many other countries, circulate on a global market and through the network of international festivals. But what — if anything — do these films share in terms of theme and content? What is "global cinema"? Does such a thing exist?

  109. First Prize for NYUAD Senior in UAE Undergraduate Student Research Competition

    At the end of NYU Abu Dhabi's spring semester, senior Haoran Liang had a packed schedule. In addition to sitting exams, preparing for graduation, and packing his bags for summer, he also competed in the Second United Arab Emirates Undergraduate Student Research Competition, held on May 22 at Abu Dhabi University under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE's Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. More than 530 students from 21 universities in the UAE participated, presenting research projects in six categories: Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Information Technology, and Natural and Health Sciences. It was in this latter category that Liang took first place.

  110. The Economist Reviews Work of NYUAD Professor of Middle Eastern Studies

    The Economist Reviews Work of NYUAD Professor of Middle Eastern Studies

    In its May 31 issue, The Economist included a review of a recent work by Pascal Menoret, NYU Abu Dhabi professor of Middle Eastern Studies. Titled "Fast and furious," the article discusses Menoret's book, Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt in Saudi Arabia.

  111. Invisible Hand of Generative Music Applications

    Invisible Hand of Generative Music Applications

    Carlos Guedes, associate professor of music at NYU Abu Dhabi, has composed for orchestras and pop musicians, and just about everything in between. But recently, he has been working on developing computer programs that produce their own music.

  112. Analyzing Light-Induced Motion in Crystals

    Analyzing Light-Induced Motion in Crystals

    Several years ago, Panče Naumov and a team of researchers observed a startling effect: certain microscopic crystals, when heated, leapt distances of up to a meter — the microscopic equivalent of a human jumping nearly two kilometers.

  113. Three-Day Display of Cutting-Edge Research at NYUAD

    Three-Day Display of Cutting-Edge Research at NYUAD

    Gamma ray spiders from outer space. Android apps that survey farms. Collaborations between human and non-human animals. The first annual NYU Abu Dhabi Research Conference showcased the diversity of academic work that is happening at the University by bringing together over 110 students and faculty from the Abu Dhabi and New York campuses. The three-day event featured talks, musical performances, and poster presentations.

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    Securing the Image

    From selfies to war photography, images are increasingly born digital. But as photographers snap and share, most don't realize that the images they post online can be traced back to them using digital forensics. If you're sharing a photo of your brunch on Instagram, this is of little concern. But if you're photographing in a war zone, the stakes are higher.

  115. NYUAD Students and Staff Race through Canyon at 22nd Wadi Bih Run

    More than 50 NYU Abu Dhabi students participated in a team relay race in the scenic Hajar mountains in Oman on February 7. The 22nd annual Salomon Wadi Bih Run kicked off from a beach just over the border of Oman's Musandam exclave. The out-and-back route followed asphalt and packed gravel roads through a rocky canyon, ascending a total of 1,000 meters over 36 kilometers before returning. Teams of five completed the 72-kilometer distance by alternating runners at checkpoints located every few kilometers: as one runner started a leg, a support vehicle drove the rest of the team ahead to the next checkpoint.

  116. New Film about the US Civil Rights Struggle Inspired by Work of NYUAD Professor

    New Film about the US Civil Rights Struggle Inspired by Work of NYUAD Professor

    A new two-hour documentary narrated by Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jr., and featuring a US congressman and a former US Secretary of State, was based on a collaborated research project by NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of History Martin Klimke. Breath of Freedom, which premiers in the US on Monday, tells the story of the black freedom struggle through the eyes of American soldiers stationed in Germany during World War II.

  117. First Fellows of NYUAD’s Research Project FIND Discuss UAE Projects with The National

    Yasser Elsheshtawy, Roberto Lopardo, and Reem Falaknaz, fellows of the NYUAD research organization FIND (Forming Intersections & Dialogues) spoke to The National about their projects, which portray a meaningful portrait of the UAE through artistic and scholarly projects.

    FIND, founded by NYUAD Associate Professor of Film and New Media Mo Ogrodnik, is an alliance for artists and scholars to explore and make projects about the diverse landscape of the UAE and its connections to the larger world.

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    Warming in Antarctica Tied to Changes in the Atlantic

    Many of the world's big cities are built near the ocean. This means that rising sea level caused by climate change threatens the homes and livelihoods of millions of people who live along the coast. According to Professor David Holland, the main sources of water that will lead to elevated sea level are the melting ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland. Holland and a member of his team from the Center for Global Sea-Level Change (CSLC) at NYU Abu Dhabi have recently published a paper in Nature that found that one of the most sensitive and critical areas of the Earth's ice in West Antarctica is being affected by changes in the north and tropical Atlantic, which has been warming for over 30 years.

  119. Analyzing Gender Imbalance in Wikipedia

    Analyzing Gender Imbalance in Wikipedia

    Professor Hannah Brückner is using her experience studying gender and sexual inequality to investigate a relatively new technological phenomenon and field of knowledge — Wikipedia.

  120. UAE Energy Minister Discusses Sustainability at NYU Abu Dhabi

    UAE Energy Minister Discusses Sustainability at NYU Abu Dhabi

    Roughly 50 NYU Abu Dhabi students started the first week of their J-Term semester with a conversation with the UAE Minister of Energy H.E. Eng. Suhail M. Al Mazrouei. A first for the University, His Excellency addressed students at the NYUAD Downtown Campus and spoke at length about the UAE’s commitment to investing in nuclear, natural gas, and renewable energy in order to develop sustainable energy sources and to minimize the country’s carbon footprint.

  121. Top Honors for NYU School of Engineering and NYUAD Researchers at Computer Security Conference

    Top Honors for NYU School of Engineering and NYUAD Researchers at Computer Security Conference

    Researchers from NYU School of Engineering and NYU Abu Dhabi won the award for the Best Student Paper at last month’s Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Computer and Communications Security, one of the world's top computer security conferences.

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    Controlling Serotonin with Light

    On the outside of our bodies, we look fairly symmetric, NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of Chemistry Timothy Dore explains. "We have two hands that are mirror images of each other, two eyes, and a nose and a mouth in the center. But internally, things are not so balanced. Your heart is a little to the left side; your aortic arch extends from the left to the right in your chest cavity; your liver is on the right side. So, internally, your organs are not symmetrically arranged."

  123. NYUAD Researchers and UAE High School Students Excel at Cyber Security Competition

    NYUAD Researchers and UAE High School Students Excel at Cyber Security Competition

    A team of NYU Abu Dhabi researchers recently won the Embedded Systems Security Contest at the 10th Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week in New York, the world's largest student contest in cyber security. The NYUAD team — the MoMA Avengers — consisted of Nektarios Georgios Tsoutsos and Charalambos Konstantinou, both PhD students at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) who work with NYUAD Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Michail Maniatakos at NYUAD's Modern Microprocessor Architectures Lab.

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    NYUAD Faculty Awarded Prestigious Research Grants

    Four new grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Embassy to the United Arab Emirates, and the NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute have been awarded to NYUAD faculty members, allowing them to continue their pursuits of pioneering research projects across the disciplines. As NYUAD Provost Fabio Piano said, "It is telling that these new awards span engineering, social science, the humanities, and arts — a recognition of the breadth of work being done at NYUAD."

  125. NYUAD Research Group Focuses on Nanoparticles for Delivery of Cancer Treatment

    NYUAD Research Group Focuses on Nanoparticles for Delivery of Cancer Treatment

    A defining feature of NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ali Trabolsi's office is the large whiteboard that looms on the wall. Decked in hexagons, subscripts, curt lines, and symbols, he uses this simple technology to illustrate the makeup of the complex chemical structures he and his team study at the University's Center for Science and Engineering.

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    Historian Heard-Bey On Why the UAE is a Federation

    At the end of the 18th century, two competing tribal powers ruled the Arabian Peninsula. The Qawasim, on the coast north of Dubai Creek, controlled a large maritime trade network, while the Beni Yas held sway over the southern oases near Liwa. A century and a half later, the two powers joined to form the Arab world's only federation.

  127. The Library of Arabic Literature: "More and Better"

    The Library of Arabic Literature: "More and Better"

    The Library of Arabic Literature, which is sponsored by a grant from the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, received strong praise from one of the world's premier literary reviews, the Times Literary Supplement.

  128. Scientists Develop Shared Research Methods at NYUAD Coral Conference

    In the effort to develop common research methods for monitoring the health of coral, NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Biology John Burt recently led a workshop that featured experts from the UAE, Kuwait, Australia, the UK, and the US.

  129. NYUAD Professor Drives Collaboration on Gulf Coral Research

    Scientists from around the world have increasingly been looking to the unique marine environment of the Arabian Gulf as a model of how coral reefs may fare as global sea temperatures rise.

  130. Embracing Global Performance Traditions for a Whole Theater Experience

    Embracing Global Performance Traditions for a Whole Theater Experience

    NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo was on the path to a career in science when he was asked to advise on a theater piece. This simple introduction to the stage quite literally changed his life. "What I witnessed in that room changed everything," he said. "My life up to then had been surrounded by protocol, hypothesis, and theory — and before my eyes there was creation, pure and simple creation."

  131. Engineering the Biofuel of the Future

    Engineering the Biofuel of the Future

    In the search for viable alternative energy sources, biofuels have been in the spotlight in recent years as strong candidates to lead the way for the future of clean energy. However, just as biofuels have been recognized for their potential, they have also been criticized for their limitations, including issues of scalability and for the significant land and agricultural resources they require that would otherwise be utilized in food production.

  132. Developing new techinques for cinematic expression

    Developing New Techniques for Cinematographic Expression

    What began as a pastime with childhood friends became a full-time passion for Dutch-Indonesian cinematographer, film director, and NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of Film and New Media Leonard Retel Helmrich. Armed with an 8mm camera at the age of 13, he explored Amsterdam, creating movies. "I've always loved film," he said.

  133. Enabling Network Connectivity in Developing Nations

    Enabling Network Connectivity in Developing Nations

    The Internet is so seamlessly integrated into modern life that it can be easily taken for granted. But when Jay Chen — now an assistant professor of Computer Science at NYU Abu Dhabi — stepped outside of the "bubble" of his US upbringing and got on a plane to Kerala, India, to participate in a Microsoft research internship while working toward his PhD, he experienced "a series of culture shocks" about network connectivity in the country that made a lasting impression.

  134. NYUAD Professor Discusses Interaction Between Humans and Robots in The National

    With her research on human-to-human social interactions firmly established, NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Psychology Susanne Quadflieg has expanded her focus to include interactions of a less conventional nature — those between humans and robots. She recently spoke to The National about this research and in its May 16 article, "Together in electric dreams: competing visions of the robotic future," Quadflieg shares some outcomes of her studies thus far.

  135. Recovering the Coral Reef Communities of the Gulf

    Recovering the Coral Reef Communities of the Gulf

    It wouldn't be a stretch to surmise that a childhood of summers spent on the water had something to do with NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Biology John Burt's chosen profession.

  136. Investigating Chemical Systems That Mimic Natural Processes

    Investigating Chemical Systems that Mimic Natural Processes

    Fireflies and other luminous organisms may be a rather unassuming subject for solid-state chemists, but the nifty in-built enzymatic process these insects use to emit a luminescent glow for elementary communication functions is of great interest to the fields of science and medicine. This natural process of energy conversion, from chemical energy to light, has use in biological imaging of live tissues, particularly in the role of detecting pathogens. However, as practical applications were being developed to leverage this chemical reaction in the field of medicine, the underlying processes and mechanisms of bioluminescence itself were not well understood.

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    Communicating Emotion in an Unconventional Way

    "It started with a pen," said NYU Abu Dhabi student Abdelrazak Al-Sharif (Class of 2014), who, along with classmate Mohammed Omar, has filed for a patent for a product they created in Design and Innovation, an engineering foundations course taught by NYUAD Associate Dean of Engineering Ramesh Jagannathan.

  138. Designing Electronic Chips for Excellence

    Designing Electronic Chips for Excellence

    Electronic chips responsible for data processing in digital devices like computers and phones weren't always high on the list in the war against counterfeiting. However, as chips have become more complex, and components of the design and manufacturing process are divided among different parties, control over the end product no longer lies in the designer's hands, which increases vulnerability in terms of safety and reliability.

  139. Member of NYUAD Community Wins Sheikh Zayed Book Award

    A member of the NYUAD community has won a 2013 Sheikh Zayed Book Award. Marina Warner, who taught an NYUAD January Term course during her time as a visiting professor of Literature and works with the University's Library of Arabic Literature, won the Arab Culture in Non-Arabic Languages category for her book, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights.

  140. Cultural exchange and education at the Arab crossroads

    Cultural Exchange and Education at the Arab Crossroads

    "In one sense, all of my work so far has been about forms of cross-cultural encounter," said Shamoon Zamir, NYU Abu Dhabi associate professor of Literature and Visual Studies. Indeed, for the past 30 or so years, this has been his primary academic focus. An Americanist working in the areas of literature, photography, and intellectual history, Zamir turned to cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural studies after studying with Professor Eric Mottram, a pioneer of American studies at the University of London and a key figure in the experimental poetry scene in the UK.


    Creating a New Class of Materials

    In the early 2000s, Ramesh Jagannathan, now associate dean of Engineering and professor of Chemical Engineering at NYU Abu Dhabi, was in Kodak's research labs in Rochester, New York, investigating a common efficiency problem in inkjet printing: the speed of printing was being significantly hindered by the amount of time required for liquid solvents, such as water, to evaporate from a printed surface. Jagannathan found himself in search of a solvent that had a density similar to that of water, allowing enough ink material to be dissolved in it, but that would evaporate by the time the ink was deposited so that no drying would be necessary. As he explored the use of supercritical CO2 — a unique phase of CO2 that at a certain pressure and temperature exhibits both gaseous and liquid properties — he not only found a solution that would advance printing technology, but also realized the unique properties of this solvent that would result in the generation of a new class of materials that could not readily be explained by the current theories.

  142. Understanding the Behavioral Forces at Work in Shaping the Macroeconomy

    Understanding the Behavioral Forces at Work in Shaping the Macroeconomy

    As a specialist in macroeconomics and econometrics — the application of mathematics and statistical methods to economic data — NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Economics Chetan Dave enjoys the precision of his discipline. "It is precise about assumptions and their implications, and about what it can and cannot do," he said. "It's a practical study of a very complicated, possibly dismal, constrained reality."

  143. Driving Economic Development Through Technology

    Driving Economic Development Through Technology

    When NYU Abu Dhabi Professor of Economics Yaw Nyarko met Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, assistant professor at NYU New York's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, they quickly realized they were working on different sides of the same puzzle. In addressing significant issues facing the developing world — Nyarko from the perspective of an economist and Subramanian through the lens of a computer scientist — they recognized that their areas of expertise were deeply interlinked.

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    Examining Person Perception from a Neural Perspective

    As humans, we try to make sense of other people every day. Based on our own judgments and stereotypes deduced from social information, interactions, and expectations, we categorize them, classifying, say, the woman next door as a gossip, the man at work as easygoing, or the new friend as kind. While this processing may come as second nature, most likely don't think about why we respond the way we do or what factors influence that response. For NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Psychology Susanne Quadflieg, understanding how we navigate our social world from a neural perspective is the focus of her current research. "I want to understand how the brain enables us to be a social species," she explained. "Everything you are stems from your brain. I find it the most fascinating thing!"

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    The Abu Dhabi New Generation Survey

    In what will be the first-ever youth-to-adulthood panel study in the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi New Generation Survey aims to discover the determinants of successful transitions into adulthood for Emiratis in the areas of education, career, family, and health.

  146. NYUAD and University of Southampton Scientists Make Surprising Discovery

    NYUAD and University of Southampton Scientists Make Surprising Discovery

    As reported in The National, a team of scientists from NYU Abu Dhabi and the University of Southampton in the UK have discovered surprising results during a study to identify the molecular mechanisms behind Gulf corals' resistance to high water temperatures.

  147. Projecting Global Sea-level Change

    Projecting Global Sea-level Change

    Along the low-lying beachfront of the city of Abu Dhabi stands a skyline punctuated with high-rise towers, beach clubs, restaurants, and cafes. As with many of the world's leading cities, much of Abu Dhabi's development sits at just above sea level, making the question of rising global seas a matter of critical self-interest for the city.

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    Looking to the Clouds to Predict Future Climate

    "Right now, we're using only 1 percent of the current data available from satellites to help us understand climate change," said Andrew Majda, founder and principal investigator of NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM). "The data sets are so massive that people don't know what to do with them, or how to explore them." Additionally, explained Majda, "many scientists feel that the 18 climate-change models by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change currently being used have major deficiencies." This is precisely where the CPCM comes in.

  149. Discovering the Neural Processes of Language

    Discovering the Neural Processes of Language

    NYU Abu Dhabi's Neuroscience of Language Laboratory, which opened its doors in April 2012, was designed with a unique proposition — to integrate linguistic theory and psycholinguistic models with observed neurological activity of the brain in an effort to better understand the way that the brain processes language.

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    Using Multi-level Genomic Approaches to Tackle Regional Issues

    "Among the most fundamental questions in the life sciences are those of how molecular systems are built from the interaction of molecular genetic elements," said NYU New York Silver Professor of Biology Claude Desplan. "How such networks adapt to new conditions, when and how they break down — as in diseases — and how natural selection works at the network level to enable living systems to adapt to very different environments," added Michael Purugganan, dean of science and Dorothy Schiff Professor of Genomics at NYUNY's Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS). These are the questions that lie at the heart of NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB), said Fabio Piano, NYUAD's provost and founding director of the New York CGSB. Established in 2012 to investigate and address such broadly and regionally based biological matters, the Center's team includes Piano, Desplan, and Purugganan.

  151. NYUAD Scientists Begin DNA Sequencing of 100 Date Palm Varieties

    "Nothing is known about date palms in terms of their genetic diversity and what the varieties look like genetically," Michael Purugganan, principal investigator of NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB), told The National. "So we thought this was a great opportunity to understand a completely different species that's also very important to a wide group of people." Also dean of science and Dorothy Schiff Professor of Genomics at NYU New York's Faculty of Arts and Science, Purugganan and his team have begun sequencing the DNA of 100 varieties of date palms "in a project they hope will enable them to develop tastier and more disease-resistant fruit."

  152. NYUAD Assistant Professor of Physics Awarded XMM-Newton AO-11 Grant

    Congratulations to NYUAD Assistant Professor of Physics Joseph Gelfand who has been awarded a USD 57,000 XMM-Newton AO-11 grant from NASA's Astrophysics Division. Using the funds and recently acquired data from the XMM-Newton — an orbiting x-ray observatory named in honor of Sir Isaac Newton — Gelfand aims to discover what is accelerating particles in SNR G5.7-0.1 — the name of a location in the sky: "SNR" for Supernova Remnant, which is what remains from a massive explosion that has blown up a star; "G" to designate a location in galactic coordinates; "5.7" for the galactic longitude; and "-0.1" for the galactic latitude.

  153. NYUAD Dean of Engineering Helps Bring Together UAE Engineering Deans Council

    NYUAD Dean of Engineering Helps Bring Together UAE Engineering Deans Council

    The UAE Engineering Deans Council (UAE-EDC) has been established to promote collaboration between UAE-based higher education institutions in an effort to advance engineering, information technology, and computer science education and research in the UAE.

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    NYUAD Professor Wins Research Grant from ATIC

    NYUAD Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering Ozgur Sinanoglu has been awarded a USD 200,000 grant by the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) to conduct a two-year research project in electronic chip testing in Abu Dhabi. The grant is supported by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), an international technology research consortium that provided technical support and expertise in the grant selection process.

  155. CTED Research Team forms Research Partnership with Ethiopia Commodity Exchange

    NYUAD Professor of Economics and Director of NYUAD's Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) Yaw Nyarko signed a three-year collaborative research partnership agreement between NYU's Development Research Institute (DRI) and the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) to evaluate the impact of the four-year-old exchange and to develop improved systems and information flow.

  156. NYUAD Professor Discusses Impact of Arab Revolts on Socotra in Middle East Report

    Drawing attention to the impact of the Arab revolts on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Socotra, NYUAD Assistant Professor of Arab Crossroads Studies Nathalie Peutz's article in the Middle East Report discusses the transformative nature of the Arab Spring on these Yemeni islands, located in what Peutz considers "one of the most far-flung and 'peripheral' regions of the Arab world."

  157. NYUAD Professor Discusses Gulf Coral Research in The National

    Coral reefs in the Gulf are able to survive at exceptionally high temperatures, a fact which may provide useful information for the fate of coral around the world as global sea temperatures rise, NYUAD Assistant Professor of Biology John Burt told The National.

  158. Opening of NYUAD’s Neuroscience of Language Lab featured in The National

    NYUAD opened a new Neuroscience of Language of Laboratory this week, featuring a sophisticated Magneto-encephalography (MEG) brain scanner, as covered in The National. The system, which has 200 sensors within a whole-head casing, is the first of its kind in the Gulf region, and is one of the few that has been produced in the world.

  159. NYUAD's Deputy Vice Chancellor Receives 2012 Architecture Award

    Chosen from a group of 40 individuals and practices nominated by the members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYUAD Deputy Vice Chancellor Hilary Ballon has been awarded a 2012 architecture award. The awards, established to honor American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction, or an American from any field who has contributed to ideas in architecture through any medium of expression, were announced today.

  160. Scientists at NYUAD's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology Create Genetic "Blueprint" of C. Elegans Roundworm

    As reported in today's edition of The National, Fabio Piano, NYUAD's provost and the founding director of the University's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, has, along with a team of other scientists, created "the world's first genetic 'blueprint' of the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode roundworm."

  161. NYUAD Professor Talks Politics at PSUAD

    Reflecting that 2012 is a presidential election year in both the US and France, the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi's Department of Philosophy and Sociology recently held a public conference, The 2012 Presidential Elections in France and the USA: Some Lessons from Political Science. NYUAD's Assistant Professor of Politics Adam Ramey, along with Assistant Professor in Political Science at France's Université Paris-Dauphine Jérôme Heurtaux, spoke at the event. Together, they presented two points of view — one French and one American — giving an overview of what the social sciences can reveal about presidential elections and highlighting the issues from a political science perspective.

  162. NYUAD Professor Discusses Islamic Architecture in The National

    One of more than 100 authors who will participate in the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai on March 8, NYUAD Visiting Professor of Art History Yasser Tabbaa was recently profiled in The National. As part of a series of profiles on those scheduled to speak at the festival, Tabbaa spoke to the publication about Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Emirates Palace, both of which, according to Tabbaa, "present a near-encyclopedic display of some of the most illustrious forms and features of Islamic architecture, from Spain to India." He also discussed the landmarks as "outstanding examples of an eclectic approach that combines western techniques with aspects of Islamic architecture," a style that "has been revived once again in several buildings in the UAE and Saudi Arabia," he said.

  163. Editor of Online Science Portal Visits NYUAD

    Editor of Online Science Portal Visits NYUAD

    NYUAD Associate Professor of Chemistry Panče Naumov recently kicked off the Science Seminar Series with a visit from Nature Middle East Editor Mohammed Yahia. Part of the Nature Publishing Group — which, among other things, publishes a variety of journals across the life, physical, chemical, and applied sciences — Nature Middle East is an online portal that covers emerging science in the Arab world.

  164. NYUAD Faculty Assists UAE Organizations in Research Capabilities Upgrade

    Created to support human capital core skill development and to establish Abu Dhabi as a destination for cutting-edge research education by bringing together international and local experts, NYUAD's Winter Institute of Social Sciences recently hosted 18 representatives from UAE governmental organizations, including the General Secretariat of the Executive Council - Abu Dhabi, Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi, and the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi. Together they completed an intensive, two-week professional course called Methods of Survey Research, during which NYUAD faculty trained the group — made up of research and data management professionals — on survey methods, interview techniques, questionnaire design, and research analysis tools. Faculty also offered their assistance to advise on work-based projects that participants would be undertaking over the next six months.

  165. CTED Conference Focuses on Role of Technology in Economic Development

    With the goal of bringing together relevant stakeholders to share and coordinate activities with regard to advancing the use of technology in developing regions, NYUAD's Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Trade, held its second annual conference, "Enhancing Economic Development through Technology: Focus on Africa and other Developing Regions," earlier this week.

  166. Experts Gather to Discuss Coral Reefs of the Gulf

    According to John Burt, NYUAD's Assistant Professor of Practice of Biology, more than 70 percent of the 3,800 square kilometers of coral reef in the Gulf has been lost, and only three percent of reefs are considered to be relatively undamaged. With statistics like that, it's no wonder that Burt created the Coral Reefs of the Gulf Conference, a three-day event that took place in Abu Dhabi last month. Proposed to the NYUAD Institute last year "as a means to open opportunities for collaboration and dialogue among scientists working on reefs in the Gulf, and to promote the regionally focused research that is going on here at NYUAD in my lab and with my collaborators at various government institutions in the region," explained Burt, the conference was the first of its kind in the region.

  167. NYUAD Research Featured in The National

    In just the past week, two NYUAD professors were featured in The National. Both Assistant Professor of Practice of Chemistry Wael Rabeh and Assistant Professor of Physics Joseph Gelfand spoke with the paper about the significant discoveries they've made in their fields.

  168. Bridging the Divide with Professor Zogby

    NYUAD Visiting Professor of Social Research and Public Policy — and founder and president of the Arab American Institute — James Zogby recently blogged for The Huffington Post about his NYUAD J-Term teaching experience in Abu Dhabi. His commentary was picked up by other outlets, including The National and The Gulf Daily News.

  169. Pance Naumov, Associate Professor of Chemistry, NYUAD

    NYUAD Welcomes Leading Chemistry Professor

    Panče Naumov, a leading chemistry academic, has joined NYUAD as an associate professor of chemistry. Previously an associate professor at Osaka University in Japan, Naumov has participated in a number of leading academic research projects in the field of structural chemistry, and most recently has been involved in a project with the potential — through the control of light emission from solid-state materials — to significantly improve the capacity and sensitivity of sensor technology. He also co-authored the research paper, "Making the Golden Connection: Reversible Mechanochemical and Vapochemical Switching of Luminescence from Bimetallic Gold―Silver Clusters Associated through Aurophilic Interactions," which was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

  170. NYUAD Professor Champions Recognition of Islamic Science Legacy

    After Justin Stearns, NYUAD assistant professor in Arab Crossroads Studies, attended the 1001 Inventions exhibition currently being held in Abu Dhabi, he put fingers to keyboard for The National's Opinion pages. In his commentary, titled "1001 Innovations and the living heritage of Islamic science," he discusses the focus of the exhibition, challenging its validity, and providing evidence that natural sciences were of great importance to the Muslim world after the 15th century.

  171. NYUAD Physicist Assists in Black Hole Discovery

    Cosmologists have calculated that, on occasion, a star's orbit will be disturbed in such a way that it passes very near the super-massive black hole at the center of its galaxy — but not so close that it is captured whole.

  172. NYUAD Scientist Plays Key Role in Algae-based Fuel Research

    NYU Abu Dhabi faculty member Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani has played a leading role in a noteworthy scientific achievement with the development of the first genome-scale metabolic model of an algal species. A four-year collaborative project supported by 11 experts from a range of international institutions has yielded an interpretive and predictive model that will act as a significant resource in the investigation of algae's potential as a source for biofuel and clean energy.

  173. Ivan Szelenyi, Dean of Social Sciences, NYUAD

    Dean's List: Iván Szelényi

    Having completed 29 marathons since turning 50 — until, he said, "my hip gave up on me" — NYUAD's Dean of Social Sciences Iván Szelényi knows a thing or two about endurance, perseverance, and good planning. And according to Szelényi, "Marathon running is good preparation for academic institution building." Indeed, within five years, he expects the Department of Social Sciences to have "some 25 faculty, some 300 undergraduate majors, and at least two masters programs."
  174. Examining Literature Through the Ages with Wolfgang Neuber

    Examining Literature Through the Ages with Wolfgang Neuber

    Wolfgang Neuber may be a visiting faculty member, but he feels right at home at NYU Abu Dhabi. On a leave of absence from the renowned Free University of Berlin where he teaches more than twice as many courses with several times the class size as NYUAD, Neuber relishes his ability to engage with students and finds that the UAE is the perfect place to do so. Abu Dhabi is "an excellent place for the world's honors college," he said. But while NYUAD and the UAE may be an ideal partnership for a top-notch education in Neuber's mind, this professor of literature is not about to let students rest on their laurels or allow complacency within his classroom.
  175. Building Literary Bridges with Sheetal Majithia

    NYUAD Assistant Professor of Literature Sheetal Majithia catches herself using the words "interdisciplinary" and "co-curricular" more than once as we sit down to talk about her work. "I don't mean to sound all the same!" she jokes. But what quickly becomes apparent is that these are much more than higher education buzzwords for Majithia; they are concepts that drive her each day inside the classroom, when engaged in research, and as a leading voice of Electra Street, NYUAD's arts and humanities journal.
  176. Living Language with Muhamed Al-Khalil

    NYUAD Director of Arabic Studies Muhamed Osman Al-Khalil is doing so much more than just teaching a few foreign language courses; he is helping both students and scholars navigate their long-term pursuit of both the Arabic language and culture. "The student of Arabic is a dedicated one who understands that studying this language is a lifelong vocation. You cannot just take a couple of courses or read a few books. Passion is essential," he eagerly points out. Indeed, it is Al-Khalil's own passion for language that has led him to engage in a multitude of active projects that continue to instill this value in others.

  177. Opening Minds with PJ Henry

    Opening Minds with PJ Henry

    NYUAD Associate Professor of Psychology PJ Henry is challenging preconceived notions about psychology. "Most parts of the world think of Freud and therapy, seeing the field as light and fluffy instead of involving data collection, theory, and research," he said. "Part of my goal here is to disabuse people of these ideas and hammer home that psychology operates under the same methods and ideals as any other science." While part of this takes place in the classroom, Henry is also developing his own research on a cutting-edge new theory that has caught the attention of some of the most important journals in the field of psychology.
  178. Paulo Lemos Horta, Assistant Professor of Literature, NYUAD

    Bridging Literary Borders with Paulo Horta

    NYUAD Assistant Professor of Literature Paulo Horta is doing things a little differently. "When 90 percent of comparative literature being taught and published in the United States pertains to European languages, we need to go beyond that," he said. Every day, in both his research and inside his classroom, he is part of a movement to change the landscape of world literature by rethinking the current theory in a more global way.
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    Behind the Scenes with Rubén Polendo

    NYUAD Associate Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo will make history this March by directing the first professional theater production conceived, rehearsed, and produced in Abu Dhabi. A co-production with the NYUAD Institute, the groundbreaking show will be performed by members of Polendo's New York City-based theater company, Theater Mitu. And while the piece, entitled Chaos, will be the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, its explorations into a variety of world theater traditions is an act very familiar — and integral — to the work of both Theater Mitu and Polendo himself.
  180. Take a Ride Down "Electra Street"

    NYUAD recently unveiled its newest publication, Electra Street, an arts and humanities journal coordinated by Cyrus Patell, associate dean of Humanities for NYUAD and associate professor of English at NYU. According to the website, the mission of the journal is to provide "a forum for journeys undertaken by today's academics and artists as they navigate the region and the globe, including the cities that host NYU's global network such as Accra, Paris, London, New York, and Shanghai."

  181. Library of Arabic Literature to Be the First of its Kind

    With the long-term goal of creating a major library of classical Arabic literature in English, the newly launched Library of Arabic Literature (LAL) is already on its way. Its initial plans to publish 35 English translations of great works in classical Arabic literature mark the beginning stages of achieving this goal, as well as establish the LAL as the first comprehensive library of its kind.

  182. Students Collaborate on ADFF 2010 Videos

    The students from the two universities partnered in small teams to create a series of short videos on the festival from a student's perspective. The students participated in production workshops with the two professors and Dan Carbone, NYUAD instructor of the Arts, and even had the opportunity to solicit feedback from NYUAD Associate Dean of the Arts Mo Ogrodnik, who conceived the initiative with the ADFF.

  183. NYUAD Professor Highlights Plight of Coral Reefs

    "There is much concern in marine science that coral reefs are reaching their 'tipping point'," said John Burt, marine biologist and NYU Abu Dhabi assistant professor of practice of biology, "when anthropogenic activities will push reefs from being diverse areas dominated by corals to low-diversity, low-abundance ecosystems dominated instead by algae."