Research & Innovation articles filed under 'Science'

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    Historical Move For Sciences in the UAE

    In 1876, the American Chemical Society (ACS) was established at NYU in Manhattan. One hundred forty years later, an ACS chapter was founded at another NYU campus — this time in Abu Dhabi.

  2. 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.

  3. Surgery Without the Incision

    Cell Surgery Without the Incision

    It's been quite a year for NYU Abu Dhabi senior Farah Shamout. She was on the winning team at the International Hackathon for Social Good, received the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship from the University of Oxford, and now, as an undergrad, she's a published researcher in the field of biomedical engineering.

  4. From Abu Dhabi to Gran Sasso

    NYUAD undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in fantastic summer research projects that take them around the world. Several students traveled to Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy to participate in the effort to understand dark matter, that mysterious substance that theoretically accounts for more than 80 percent of the total mass of the universe.

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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.

  6. Out of This World Internship for UAE Students

    Out of This World Internship for UAE Students

    It marks a new frontier of collaboration between NYU Abu Dhabi, the UAE, and the Italian Space Agency.

  7. Substantial Recognition for NYUAD Chemistry Research

    Substantial Recognition for NYUAD Chemistry Research

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    A leading science journal has published award-winning chemistry research by a student from NYU Abu Dhabi that could revolutionize how energy is generated and consumed.

  8. 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.

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    An Idea for the Future of Science

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    If you could invent something to make life easier, what might it be? NYU Abu Dhabi postdoctoral associate in Chemistry Idrees Mohammed has a bold idea in his field of science that has been selected as a standout entry for a thought-provoking and humorous special feature in Science Magazine.

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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.

  11. 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.

  12. 100 Dates! Project Wins Prestigious Prize

    100 Dates! Project Wins Prestigious Prize

    The 100 Dates! Project, led by Michael Purugganan, has won the Khalifa International Date Palm award in the category of Distinguished Researchers and Studies. Purugganan and his team, which includes NYU Abu Dhabi Postdoctoral Associates Khalid Hazzouri and Jonathan Flowers, were honored with the prize for carrying out a full genome sequencing of 62 varieties of date palms local to areas stretching from North Africa to Pakistan.

  13. 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.

  14. Mohamed Al Sayegh Wins Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Excellence

    Mohamed Al Sayegh Wins Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Excellence

    Postdoctoral Associate Mohamed Al Sayegh recently won the Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Excellence. Sponsored by the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association, the prize is given to Emirati researchers who have excelled in academics. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, presented the award to Al Sayegh at a ceremony in Dubai.

  15. Antibiotics and Obesity

    Antibiotics and Obesity

    Intestinal bacteria are essential to human health. These little gut bugs help digest food, regulate the absorption of nutrients, and fight off infections. But this complex set of microbes — or microbiome — is also vulnerable: antibiotics and stomach illnesses can wipe out colonies of beneficial bacteria that live inside us.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Professor Andrew Majda Wins Award for Contributions to Applied Mathematics

    Andrew Majda, principal investigator of NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM) and Samuel Morse Professor of Arts and Science at NYU New York's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded the Lagrange Prize from the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) for his outstanding scholarship in the field of applied mathematics. The prize is awarded to scientists who have made an exceptional contribution to applied math throughout their careers.

  19. 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.

  20. Long-term Study of Emirati Health

    Long-term Study of Emirati Health

    The UAE has one of the world's highest rates of diabetes, but the causes of this high rate of disease are not clear. Now NYU medical scholars are seeking the answer to that and other public health questions through a long-term study of Emiratis' health.

  21. Profiling Optic Lobe Neurons in the Fruit Fly

    What makes one cell develop differently from another? Postdoctoral Associate Katarina Kapuralin is working to answer that question at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology. With Professor Claude Desplan's lab, Kapuralin is trying to learn how optic lobe neurons develop their specificity in the fruit fly brain.

  22. Investigating India's Evolving Monsoon

    Investigating India's Evolving Monsoon

    A team of scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi have published a paper arguing that monsoon winds that provide rain to the west coast of India may shift northward in the future, leaving southern areas of the country drier than they are now. The work was led by Ajaya Ravindran, senior scientist at the Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM), and was published in the journal Climate Dynamics.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. Designing Compounds to Target Cancer

    Designing Compounds to Target Cancer

    Shahienaz Hampton, a postdoctoral associate in the Dore Lab at NYU Abu Dhabi, is part of a team investigating Ras proteins, which function as molecular switches and are involved in transmitting signals within cells. When Ras is switched on, this subsequently turns on genes involved in cellular processes including cell growth and cell proliferation. Consequently, mutations in Ras genes, also known as oncogenes, result in the production of overactive Ras that may ultimately lead to cancer. As such, oncogenic Ras is implicated in and accounts for approximately 20 percent to 30 percent of human cancers, primarily pancreatic and colon cancers.

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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.

  27. Studying Alternative Approaches to Target Cell Signaling and Cancer

    Studying Alternative Approaches to Target Cell Signaling and Cancer

    Human cells are constantly developing, dividing, and dying. In a healthy individual, these processes are kept in balance; proto-oncogenes promote cell growth, while anti-oncogenes suppress it. Mutations in either type of gene can lead to cancerous cell growth.

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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.

  29. Cosmic Relations and Dark Matter

    Cosmic Relations and Dark Matter

    Through their observations of the sky, astrophysicists try to determine the distance of cosmic objects like stars and galaxies from Earth and the relationship of these objects to one another. But the task is not always easy. Viewed in a 2D image created by a telescope, stars may look close together because they overlap in the image, when in fact they exist at great distances from each other in space.

  30. Using Synthetic Dyes to Understand Biological Development

    When most people hear "dye," they likely think of colorful fabrics and Easter eggs. But for synthetic chemist and NYU Abu Dhabi Postdoctoral Associate Matthew O'Connor, dyes are a tool to study genetic development in organisms.

  31. Genetic Diversity of the Date Palm

    Genetic Diversity of the Date Palm

    As a traditional staple of the Arab diet, dates have long had a central place in both the agricultural economics and the culinary repertoire of the UAE. Now Khaled Hazzouri, a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at NYU Abu Dhabi, is working to discover the genetic origins of this iconic fruit.

  32. Using Chemistry to Create Smart Materials

    Using Chemistry to Create Smart Materials

    NYU Abu Dhabi rising senior Selbi Nuryyeva (Class of 2015), from Turkmenistan, is a busy undergraduate with a packed schedule. For two years, she has spent summers and semesters as a research assistant intern in both Abu Dhabi and New York, and has published two papers and presented her work at international conferences. "Research is important because no matter how thick the textbooks are, there is still a huge chunk of science that remains unknown and undiscovered," Nuryyeva said.

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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.

  34. 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.

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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.

  36. Observing Ephemeral Objects in the Sky

    Astrophysicists look to the sky to study a variety of entities. There are familiar planets and stars, and the black holes and pulsars that are compelling due to their peculiar properties and behavior. But Aquib Moin is intrigued by transient objects that appear in the sky for seconds — and disappear.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39.  Thinking Arabic at NYU Abu Dhabi's Neuroscience of Language Lab

    Thinking Arabic at NYU Abu Dhabi's Neuroscience of Language Lab

    Meera Al Kaabi is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in linguistics at NYU New York, but her path to a doctoral degree started right here in the UAE. This spring, she is back in Abu Dhabi to conduct research on Emirati Arabic speakers at NYU Abu Dhabi's Neuroscience of Language Lab.

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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.

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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.

  42. NYUAD Students Teach Local Kids about Science at Abu Dhabi Science Festival

    NYUAD Students Teach Local Kids about Science at Abu Dhabi Science Festival

    Students from NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and other local universities recently brought a little bit of winter spirit to sunny Abu Dhabi.

  43. 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.

  44. NYUAD Junior Explores Future of Surveillance During CSE Internship

    NYUAD Junior Explores Future of Surveillance During CSE Internship

    By Umair Saad, NYUAD Class of 2015

    At the end of NYU Abu Dhabi's spring 2013 semester, after the most academically and personally demanding term of my undergraduate career came to a close, I had but two days to relax before my summer engineering classes began. The courses — Computer Systems Programming and Advanced Digital Logic — engaged me like no others. I was interested in the things I was being taught and enjoyed exploring the topics. I wanted to know the boundaries of the concepts.

  45. NYUAD's Marc Michael Analyzes Birth Imbalances in the Caucasus

    Sex selection of children, which results in imbalances in the ratio of males to females in a given society, is known to be a common practice in Asian countries like China and India. But this practice is not only a problem in Asia: it has also led to dramatic discrepancies in the birth ratio of boys to girls in the Caucasus. Indeed, in a recent paper, NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Social Research Marc Michael found that sex selection in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia has resulted in birth ratios that exhibit imbalances that are greater than or equal to those of China or India.

  46. NYUAD Junior Continues Chemistry Research During CSE Internship

    NYUAD Junior Continues Chemistry Research During CSE Internship

    By Selbi Nuryyeva, NYUAD Class of 2015

    When I was a child I dreamed of becoming a "mad scientist" like the ones in the cartoons, making loud and colorful experiments, inventing machines, or finding a cure to a disease that would be of benefit to the entire world.

  47. NYUAD Junior Receives Award for Creativity in Computer Science

    NYU Abu Dhabi junior Juan Felipe Beltrán has received the Max Goldstein Prize for Creativity in Computer Science, an award given each year to a New York University undergraduate who has used computing to creatively enhance the academic, cultural, or social life of the NYU community. "I am very humbled by being recognized," Beltrán said. "It pushes me to work much harder in the future."

  48. 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.

  49. NYUAD Public Health Program Hosts Trip to Ethiopia

    NYUAD Public Health Program Hosts Trip to Ethiopia

    For five itinerary-packed days during spring break, 11 NYU Abu Dhabi students explored the topic of public health on location in Ethiopia. The third installment of the University's Public Health Program, the trip included hospital visits, workshops, volunteer work, and the exploration of Ethiopian culture.

  50. 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."

  51. 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.

  52. 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.