Research & Innovation articles filed under 'The Conversation'

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.