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  1. Nanoparticle Development Set to Revolutionize Cancer Treatment

    A new nanoparticle developed by scientists of the Trabolsi Research Group at NYU Abu Dhabi could change the future of how drug delivery systems are used in the treatment of cancer.

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    How Research in Political Science is Rapidly Evolving

    Experimental research has expanded markedly in political science over the past 30 years.

  3. Startup Central

    Got a great business idea, or some extra cash to support one? Get started on your startup adventure with startAD at NYU Abu Dhabi.

  4. NYUAD Chemist Brings Digital Courseware to Schools in Kenya

    NYUAD Chemist Helps Bring Digital Courseware to Schools in Kenya

    Learning science is about to get a whole lot cooler for hundreds of high school students in Kenya. An international project co-led by an NYU Abu Dhabi chemist will deliver digital education materials such as interactive modules, online simulations, and even virtual chemistry experiments to many classrooms.

  5. Resident Expert Curating Art in the Digital Age

    Resident Expert: Curating Art in the Digital Age

    “Screen media — whether films, television or web series, video games, augmented-reality (AR) apps, and so forth — have important insights to contribute to ongoing discussions in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.”

  6. Massive Study Aims to Understand Rising Rates of Disease Among UAE Nationals

    The UAE has one of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in the world but the reasons for this are unclear. Until now, there have been no studies done in the UAE that can provide reliable answers as to why these diseases are so common in UAE Nationals.

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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.

  8. Smoking shisha at home puts non-smokers at risk, researchers warn

    Smoking Shisha at Home Puts Non-Smokers at Risk, Researchers Warn

    Shisha smokers have another reason to huff and puff. A new study by the NYU Abu Dhabi Public Health Research Center has revealed that secondhand smoke from shisha is more harmful than secondhand smoke from cigarettes. Their findings are based on data collected from smokers’ homes in the UAE.

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    Resident Expert: Unexpected Causes of Slow Economic Development

    NYU Abu Dhabi Global Professor of Economics François Bourguignon, who was the chief economist of the World Bank from 2003-07, has spent decades studying the benefits and sources of equality of incomes – and the roadblocks to it. Bourguignon, one of the planet's leading experts on the subject, has launched a huge study of how institutions – political, social, and otherwise – can alter a country's income equality level and slow down development.

  10. 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.

  11. NYUAD Students to Build Eco-Home Ideal for Rural UAE Living

    NYUAD Students to Build Eco-Home Ideal for Rural UAE Living

    NYU Abu Dhabi students will design and construct a solar-powered, high-efficiency home on campus as part of a regional competition to create sustainable homes for people who live in the UAE's non-urban areas.

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    Resident Expert: How Oceans Are Helping Us Predict Future Weather

    Shafer Smith and other scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling are developing sophisticated computer models to help improve climate prediction and bring more certainty to what the Earth's weather will look like in the future. Smith, associate professor of mathematics, focuses on variables in our oceans and the significant role that oceans play in global climate change.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. The Conversation: Fighting Malaria

    NYUAD scientists are looking for new insights into the study of malaria, a complex disease that killed 438,000 people in 2015, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers traveled to Burkina Faso to figure out how genetics might be responsible for the wide variation in the severity of the disease.

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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.

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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.

  18. 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.

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    Research for a Healthy Future

    NYU Abu Dhabi is leading a collaborative initiative to study long-term health trends in the UAE. Called the UAE Healthy Future Study, the project will track the health and lifestyle of Emiratis over the course of their lifetime, and it may offer insights into why the Emirati population has such a high rate of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The project is one of the first of its kind in the Arab world.

  20. 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.

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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).

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    Students Build LED Touch Art to Vitalize Abu Dhabi Walkways

    The future of pedestrian life in Abu Dhabi seems far from pedestrian.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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    Student-built App Tracks Road Conditions, Bad Driving

    Driving can be dangerous and frustrating no matter where you live in the world. In fact, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million people die in road crashes every year—a disturbing statistic.

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    Diving Drone to Transform Exploration of Coral Reefs

    With nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface covered by water, the need to understand the oceans and seas is vital. Many underwater organisms and ecosystems have yet to be fully understood or explored, and chief among them are coastal reef systems.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Unravelling the Mysterious Genetic History of the Date Palm

    Scientists Unravel Evolutionary History of Date Palm

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    The origin of the date palm has long been a matter of debate by farmers, historians, and scientists. Like one’s affinity for a football team, allegiances can be determined by geographic proximity. Those with ties to North Africa claim the shores of the Mediterranean as the origin, while others argue that the advent of the sweet fruit occurred in the soil between the Tigris and Euphrates.

  35. US Election 2016

    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.

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    Guest Expert: Islam in Global Perspective

    "I'm trying to disrupt the conventional narrative that Muslims are a new, post-colonial occurrence in Europe. It's historical amnesia to say that Europe has never dealt with this before. That's fiction."

  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.

  38. NYUAD, University of Baghdad Sign Research Agreement

    NYUAD, University of Baghdad Sign Research Agreement

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    The 100 Dates! research group at NYU Abu Dhabi has signed an agreement with the University of Baghdad that will advance collaboration between the two universities on an initiative to sequence the genome of hundreds of date palm varieties.

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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?

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. NYUAD Professors Publish First Emirati Arabic Textbook

    NYUAD Professors Publish First Emirati Arabic Textbook

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    NYU Abu Dhabi professors have published the first-ever modern standard Arabic language textbook for the Emirati dialect. Titled Ramsah, which means "talk" in Emirati Arabic, the 352-page workbook and audio guide will serve as a resource for educators and students in the UAE and beyond.

  43. UAE Innovators

    UAE Innovators

    By NYUAD Public Affairs

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

  44. Resident Expert: What Drives National Identity?

    Resident Expert: What Drives National Identity?

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    Humanities Research Assistant Matthew MacLean studies the spatial transformation of the UAE and Trucial States in the second half of the 20th century, in particular how the development of the UAE's infrastructure — housing, roads, and ports — made possible the emergence of Emirati national identity.

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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.

  47. The Conversation: Arabic Collections Online

    By Matthew Corcoran, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    Arabic Collections Online is a publicly available digital library of Arabic language content, from poetry to religious writings to the scientific. Ginny Danielson is director of libraries for NYUAD, responsible for all aspects of library operations including special and digital collections, and archiving.

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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?

  49. NYUAD Shines at UAE Undergraduate Research Awards

    NYUAD Shines at UAE Research Competition

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    Research taking place at NYU Abu Dhabi was center stage at the Third United Arab Emirates Undergraduate Research Competition, held at Abu Dhabi University on May 21.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

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    Graduate Wins Fulbright Scholarship to Research Farming in Brazil

    By Sue-Ann Lau, NYUAD Class of 2018

    At the age of 22, Matthew French (NYUAD '15) is already developing a seriously impressive CV: NYU Abu Dhabi graduate, future law school student at a US university, and now the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship that will take him to another part of the world to research drought conditions in rural Brazil.

  53. NYUAD Student Films to be Featured at Cannes Film Festival

    NYUAD Student Films Featured at Cannes

    From Abu Dhabi to the red carpet, a pair of NYU Abu Dhabi graduates are going to Cannes International Film Festival this month to show their capstone film projects. Adam, directed by Amani Alsaied, and Lost in Escapade, directed by Beso Turazashvili, were both accepted into Short Film Corner at Cannes, a networking and development initiative for aspiring filmmakers.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  65. 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.

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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.

  67. 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.

  69.  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.

  70. Alfred Bloom, Vice Chancellor

    Vice Chancellor Bloom Sits Down with The National

    NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Al Bloom recently sat down with The National to discuss the University's goals, achievements, and successes over the last four years. In the resulting article, "NYU Abu Dhabi set to bloom," published in today's paper, Bloom talks about the educational landscape, attracting Emirati students, the University's academic standards, and a few noteworthy milestones.

  71. 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."

  72. 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).

  73. NYUAD's Core Technology Platforms

    NYU Abu Dhabi has dedicated significant resources to developing one of the premier science and engineering research laboratories in the region. An integral component of the laboratories are the Core Technology Platforms (CTPs), which are shared facilities that support research activities across disciplines. Each CTP consists of a suite of research-grade equipment and is defined by the type of research it facilitates. The CTPs will continue to evolve and develop as new technology is added and new areas of research are conducted at NYUAD.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

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    Engineering Capstone Project Aims to Assist the Hearing Impaired

    For coverage of NYU Abu Dhabi's Engineering Capstone Festival, we focus on senior Tamas Aujeszky's Arabic sign language interpreter. With more than 120 million hearing-impaired people worldwide, the idea was born when Aujeszky realized that many of these individuals are hindered in their ability to communicate with hearing people. Salaam spoke with Aujeszky about the project earlier this month.

  77. CEO Challenge Win for NYUAD Students

    CEO Challenge Win for NYUAD Students

    In late March, four NYU Abu Dhabi seniors — Muhammad Awais Islam, Haoran Liang, Vivek Mukherjee, and Hyun Kyung Park — were announced as the winners of the P&G CEO Challenge. The team competed in four elimination rounds of exciting case study challenges against university students across the region, from the UAE, Bahrain, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

  78. Innovative Solution for Communicating Emotions Wins Top Prize

    Innovative Solution for Communicating Emotions Wins Top Prize

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) patients often have difficulty communicating emotions to their caregivers, and these bottled up feelings can lead to exploding tantrums, especially in children. Researchers have for years sought ways to help ASD sufferers connect with the world. Last week, a team of NYUAD students contributed to these efforts with a novel, high-tech solution.

  79. Creative Solution Inspired by the Namib Desert Beetle

    Creative Solution Inspired by the Namib Desert Beetle

    What can an industrious beetle that is found in some of most arid parts of Africa teach the Middle East about solar power? According to a trio of NYU Abu Dhabi students who have taken second place in the Siemens Student Award Competition, plenty.

  80. 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.

  81. Looking to the Clouds to Predict Future Climate

    NYUAD Scientists at Center for Prototype Climate Modeling Analyze Heavy Rains in the Gulf

    Scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM) have discovered the causes of the storms that brought high winds and flooding to the UAE in November.

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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."

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. NYUAD Sophomore Wins 2013 Student Design Challenge Visual Communication Contest

    NYUAD Sophomore Wins 2013 Student Design Challenge Visual Communication Contest

    Street vending is not something you see much of in Abu Dhabi, but it was nevertheless the theme of the 2013 Student Design Challenge, whose visual communication contest was recently won by NYU Abu Dhabi sophomore Arfa Rehman. Responding to the topic with an informative motion graphic, she explored street vending by conducting fieldwork in the capital, engaging with vendors to learn first-hand the ins and outs of their industry.

  87. NYUAD Freshman Wins Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award 2013

    NYUAD Freshman Wins Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award 2013

    For NYU Abu Dhabi freshman Shakhbout Al Kaabi, an unexpected call during finals week delivered some very good news. He had won the Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award 2013. Launched this year as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival — a four-week-long celebration of music and visual and performing arts — the award recognizes an Emirati undergraduate student or emerging artist who demonstrates outstanding creativity in an original piece of work. Al Kaabi was one of more than 160 students to enter the competition.

  88. 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."

  89. 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.

  90. NYUAD and NYUNY Students Awarded US State Department Critical Language Scholarships

    Congratulations to NYU Abu Dhabi junior Caroline Manela and NYU New York senior Chris Fanikos (currently an NYUAD Resident Advisor) who have each been awarded a US State Department Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). They will spend their coming summers in the Moroccan cities of Meknes and Rabat, respectively, for intensive Arabic language study.

  91. NYUAD Team Wins Resolution Fellowship During Clinton Global Initiative University

    NYUAD Team Wins Resolution Fellowship During Clinton Global Initiative University

    Addressing an issue near and very dear to their hearts, NYU Abu Dhabi junior Clive Miranda and freshman Mohamed Amine Belarbi recently participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) 2013, held earlier this month at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Their proposal was not only keenly heard by a distinguished audience of leading professionals, renowned global figures, and future leaders, but also awarded a Resolution Fellowship in The Resolution Project's Social Venture Challenge — run in conjunction with CGIU — which was designed to support student-launched social ventures that are sustainable and have measurable impact.

  92. Work of NYUAD Student Recognized by Visual Arabia

    Work of NYUAD Sophomore Recognized by Visual Arabia

    Before coming to NYU Abu Dhabi, sophomore Arfa Rehman had no plans whatsoever to study visual arts. Now, she's a designer with burgeoning talent whose work is featured in Visual Arabia's First Design Yearbook among selections from artists, designers, and media professionals worldwide. Hers is the only undergraduate student work presented in the book.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. NYUAD's Engineering Students Answer Superlab Challenge

    NYUAD's Engineering Students Answer Superlab Challenge

    They had just a fortnight to develop their ideas, but the 24 NYUAD students who took part in the University's Design & Innovation superlab did not disappoint. Forming six teams, the engineering students put their heads together to answer a challenge: to design a tool to enhance a human relationship, without the use of voice- or screen-based technology.

  96. Library of Arabic Literature Revives Arabic Classics

    Library of Arabic Literature Revives Arabic Classics

    Opening with an excerpt of an early Islamic love poem by Abu l-Harith Ghaylan Ibn Uqbah, Rym Ghazal, senior feature writer and columnist for The National, recently wrote about Classical Arabic Literature: A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology, the first book published by NYU Abu Dhabi's Library of Arabic Literature.

  97. Abu Dhabi Builds on International Reputation as Global Knowledge Center

    With last week's opening of Cranleigh Abu Dhabi — one of several international institutions to establish a presence in the capital in the last few years — The National has published an article focusing on Abu Dhabi's "mission to develop a diversified knowledge economy," wrote reporter Alice Haine. In it, NYU Abu Dhabi and sophomores Alf Lim and Shaikha Al Falasi are prominently highlighted.

  98. 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."

  99. Clinton's Case for Optimism Includes NYUAD Hult Challenge Winners

    In "The Case for Optimism," an article written by Bill Clinton for Time Magazine, the former US President discusses the positive developments taking place in the world today despite the "negative forces shaping our shared fates." Throughout the piece he focuses on the good, sharing examples of his optimism. One such example is the group of NYUAD classmates that comprised one of three winning teams in this year's Hult Global Case Challenge, an annual competition that pairs teams of students with leading NGOs to find solutions for global social challenges.

  100. Ozgur Sinanoglu, Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering, NYUAD

    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.

  101. 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."

  102. 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.

  103. NYUAD Team Wins Hult Global Case Challenge

    Last night, at the New York Public Library in New York City, an international team of NYU Abu Dhabi sophomores — Madhav Vaidyanathan (India), Songyishu Yang (China), Muhammad Awais Islam (Pakistan), and Gary Chien (Taiwan) — along with NYU alumnus Neil Parmar (Canada), took home first place in the energy track at the Hult Global Case Challenge for their plan to provide solar lighting to one million homes in Africa by 2013.

  104. 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.

  105. NYUAD Students Take Top Spots in Inter-university Photo Competition

    NYUAD students Jack Dickson, Nikolai Kozak, and Alberto Manca, swept first, second and third places respectively in the inter-university category of Murdoch University Dubai's 4th Annual Photography Exhibition, which was themed "UAE: The Future Discovered."

    Jack Dickson took first place for his image "Portrait of Worker" (the first photograph in the gallery below) a close-up image of the face of a construction worker near the central souk while on a work break.

  106. 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.

  107. NYUAD's CTED Highlighted in The National

    "Mobile phones have changed all our lives — but one of the areas where they have had the biggest impact was both unexpected and unintended." So begins Dr Ayman Shabra's piece in today's edition of The National, in which he highlights the research being conducted by NYUAD's Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED).

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. NYUAD Team Wins Third Place at International Hackathon

    Congratulations to NYUAD sophomores Katy Blumer, Alice Tessen, and Nishant Mohanchandra, who, along with Ali Taqi and Halim Lagrid from the American University of Kuwait, won third place in the NYUAD International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World.

  114. 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.

  115. NYUAD Institute Awards Grants to Abu Dhabi-based Research Initiatives

    Supporting research initiatives focused on the globally relevant themes of climate change, computer security and privacy, cloud computing, and computational cosmology and relativistic astrophysics, the NYUAD Institute has awarded grants to four Abu Dhabi-based research projects. A total of USD 16 million (UAE 58.8 million) will be invested over a five-year period.

  116. Catalyst's Innovative Concepts Revealed in The National

    This past weekend, Catalyst, NYUAD's recently established student-run entrepreneurship society, held its start-up event at the Downtown Campus. In addition to a gathering of inventive students from five local universities and a group of academic and professional panelists, The National's Manal Ismail was on hand to learn more about the organization and the participants' innovative ideas, which she covered in her April 17 article, "Gadgets of the future pitched."

  117. NYU Named One of 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education

    NYU is joined on the list by LinkedIn at number two, Discovery Education at number four, and OpenStudy — whose "mission is to make the world one large study group, regardless of students' locations or backgrounds" — at number seven.

  118. 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."

  119. A Class Apart

    "The experiment has begun," wrote Ed Lake, deputy editor of The National's Review section, in his September 24 cover story, "NYU Abu Dhabi — A Class Apart." Having spent time on the NYUAD campus — speaking with faculty, catching up with the students, enjoying a Marhaba Week iftar, and experiencing the air of excitement during the first week of classes — Lake got a feel for what the University aims to accomplish.