Research & Innovation articles filed under 'Research'

  1. Bedouin Nabati Poetry in the Arabian Peninsula

    For centuries, Nabati poetry has been a touchstone of identity and tribal values in the Arabian Peninsula.

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    Experts Test Game Theory On World's Top Tennis Players

    John Wooders, professor of economics at NYU Abu Dhabi, doesn’t play tennis, and as a fan he most enjoys watching his son on the court. But he does have a professional interest in the sport: Wooders has found a way to use the performance of the world’s top tennis players to test game theory.

  3. Scientists Examine Coral Reef Health in the Arabian Gulf

    NYU Abu Dhabi, on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island, sits only about a kilometer away from a massive coral reef that's trying to survive some of the most extreme environmental conditions in the world.

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    How Smart Cities Can Beat Their Traffic Troubles

    Everybody talks about traffic congestion, and yet it just seems to keep getting worse. But now three NYU Abu Dhabi engineers are laying the groundwork for a new form of data-driven cooperation with police and municipal authorities, designed to move vehicles around the city more efficiently.

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    Voices of a Generation

    Two years ago when Ayisha Khansaheb, research assistant at NYU Abu Dhabi, started work on a historic study about the personal histories of elderly women in the UAE she wasn’t quite sure how she would get in touch with her research subjects.

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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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    Rhyme or Reason

    Scholars already know that societies present and past, everywhere in the world, make music and move to music because rhythm is largely biological, it’s simple human nature. But the role of culture in this seemingly universal experience is not yet fine tuned.

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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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    "Fieldwork is essential"

    Melina Platas, assistant professor of political science, spends several months per year conducting research throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Fieldwork, she said, is essential in her line of work to gain first-hand insights about unique social and political processes.

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    “Abu Dhabi is an exciting place to be a social scientist"

    Morgan Hardy, assistant professor of economics, spends about one quarter of each year conducting fieldwork in various regions of Ghana. Her primary interest is in development economics, with a topical focus on firms, labor markets, and social networks.

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    Research Subjects “more willing to work with me” Because of NYU Abu Dhabi

    Daniel Karell, associate professor of sociology, travels a few times a year to places like Afghanistan and Pakistan to visit historical archives and interview local people about their life experiences.

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    NYUAD an “ideal place for a scholar working in Africa”

    Jonathan Andrew Harris, NYU Abu Dhabi assistant professor of political science, says “being in the field and understanding the day-to-day of my informants helps me build a more complete theoretical picture of governance problems in Kenya.”

  14. 10 Capstone Projects That Prove NYUAD Students Are Global Thinkers

    10 Capstone Projects That Prove NYUAD Students Are Global Thinkers

    NYU Abu Dhabi students come to the UAE from all over the globe with unique perspectives, educational goals, and career aspirations. Capstone projects by the graduating class often reveal how personal experiences can be combined with four years of education in Abu Dhabi to address vital challenges in our increasingly globalized society.

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    Student Research Explores Emirati Men's Gendered Experiences of State-Promoted Women's Work in the UAE

    Lauren Clingan, social science major, spent four months tracking down two dozen Emirati men to ask about their gendered experiences of state-promoted women's employment in the UAE.

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    NYUAD Student Research Tackles Issues of Real Importance for the UAE

    Over four years of study, many NYU Abu Dhabi students from all over the world become champions of innovation and progress for the UAE, choosing Capstone research that can make a real difference, in the real world around them.

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    What Kind of Boss is the Best Motivator?

    In many workplaces today, diversity is ubiquitous. NYU Abu Dhabi psychology major Dinara Mukhayarova, Class of 2017, grew up in the UAE has worked in many diverse employee pools as an intern. These workplace experiences, she said, inspired her to pursue Capstone research that explores the relationship between team diversity and employees' willingness to comply with demands from a supervisor.

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    NYU Abu Dhabi is Research “Headquarters” For Improving Life in African Communities

    Yaw Nyarko, professor of economics and native of Ghana, is the director of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), a comprehensive research center devoted to the study and application of innovative and cutting-edge technologies that can significantly improve economic growth in developing countries around the world.

  19. 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.

  20. Who Am I? The Fascinating Science of Self-Identity

    Who Am I? The Fascinating Science of Self-Identity

    One of the main ways individuals come to understand their lives — and their identity — is through the creation of personal narratives.

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    Chemists Use Superabsorbent, Reusable Powder to Remove Oil From Water

    Efficient removal of contaminants like oil and toxic dyes from water sources is an issue of global importance. Oil spills can be devastating to both the environment and the economy because cleanup is costly and damage to the ecosystem is sometimes irreparable.

  22. New Climate Model Captures Key Features of Central Pacific El Nino

    New Climate Model Captures Key Features of Central Pacific El Niño

    Scientists working at NYU Abu Dhabi have developed a sophisticated new theoretical model that may lead to more timely, accurate forecasts of the central Pacific El Niño (CP El Niño), an important global weather-maker.

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    Sizing up a Distant Star With Astonishing Precision

    The science of figuring out what stars are actually shaped like has taken a giant leap forward.

  24. 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?

  25. 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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    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.

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    Voter Anger May Cloud Judgment on Key Election Issues, Study Finds

    Common sense says the most important issue in American elections is the state of the economy. If the economy is good, voters stick with the incumbent party or politician; if it is bad, they vote for change. Or so the thinking goes.

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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.

  30. 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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    Historic UAE Research: Rare Interviews, Untold Stories

    NYU Abu Dhabi is working across borders and disciplines to tell the story of the UAE and Middle East region as it has never been told before and also developing important programs that will contribute to the country’s next chapter, particularly for young Emirati scholars.

  33. 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.

  34. Ramadan Recipes

    Ramadan Recipes

    The Holy Month of Ramadan is an occasion of fasting but also a special time for loved ones to share Iftar meals each day. NYU Abu Dhabi graduate Mariko Kuroda brings to life some of the special culinary moments of Ramadan — from dinnertime menus to after-dinner memories — for her final Capstone research project called Ramadan Recipes.

  35. Student Research Provokes Thought, Growth for UAE

    Student Research Provokes Thought, Growth for UAE

    NYU Abu Dhabi students come to the UAE from all over the world with different perspectives, experiences and interests. But after living in Abu Dhabi for four years, many students across disciplines become invested in the region and choose to focus their final project — the Capstone — on an issue particularly relevant to the UAE.

  36. Powerful Art Project Challenges UAE Stereotypes

    Powerful Art Project Challenges UAE Stereotypes

    I've always been interested in exploring what it means to be an Emirati contemporary artist who can push boundaries and stimulate constructive, healthy and thought-provoking discussions. What better way to do so than to think of clever ways to break stereotypes?

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    Student Research Links Political Scandal and Celebrity News

    Scandals are costly to the social and professional lives of politicians. It seems like whenever there's news about celebrity relationships in South Korea, the comment section of the news is flooded with public conspiracy theories about major political events, such as government corruption.

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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.

  40. 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.

  41. Experimenting With Life in the Lab

    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.

  42. 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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    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.

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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.

  46. 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.

  48. Meet the 2016 Hackers

    Meet the Hackers

    Get to know some of the judges, mentors and hackers taking part in NYU Abu Dhabi's annual International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World.

  49. 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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    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.

  51. 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.

  52. Six Signs You Were Born to be a Scientist

    Six Signs You Were Born to be a Scientist

    For some of us, it takes several years (sometimes decades) to figure out what we love to do and build a career around it. Majors change, jobs are won and lost, and career paths often go sideways. But for others, like NYU Abu Dhabi science majors Priyanka Lakhiani and Alvaro Yanez, passions bubble to the surface a lot sooner.

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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.

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    NYU Abu Dhabi's Top Ten Innovations of 2015

    2015 is the Year of Innovation not only in the United Arab Emirates but also here at NYU Abu Dhabi. This year, many students and researchers alike have earned international attention for a range of groundbreaking and even life-protecting inventions.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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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    Drones For Good or Bad?

    In 2015, a group of NYU Abu Dhabi engineering students won the UAE Drones for Good competition with a desert-flying apparatus designed to protect the lives of UAE rangers. Wadi Drone made it possible for the rangers to conduct conservation work without having to navigate the unforgiving desert terrain.

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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?

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    My Archaeology Internship in Uzbekistan: Journals From The Field

    NYU Abu Dhabi sophomore Chaeri Lee, Class of 2017, had been digging around the internet for an internship idea when she happened upon a ground breaking opportunity: an international archaeological research collaboration in Central Asia, in an area known as one of the main crossroads of the ancient world.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  66. 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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    Student Researcher Asks, "Why Can't Robots Cook Like Grandma?"

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    Computers can do a lot of remarkable things these days. Understanding a recipe, however, isn't among them. Recipes, as they're commonly known, are simply lists of measurable ingredients followed by step-by-step cooking instructions. They are relatively easy for humans to follow and, under normal circumstances, we are able to predict the outcome of combining specific ingredients and exposing them to heat or cold. So why can't computers?

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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.

  69. Historic Turkish Photos Show Rapid Societal Transformation

    Historic Turkish Photos Capture Societal Transformation

    By Özge Calafato, Akkasah: Center for Photography

    The Akkasah: Center for Photography collection from Turkey offers a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a rapidly Westernizing society, and provides a fresh perspective on the nation-building process seen through the lens of daily and private life.

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    The Fascinating Link Between Art Heritage and Nuclear Physics

    By Brian Kappler

    Allen Magnusson's summer in Florence has been more than the usual mixture of museums, antiquities, and la dolce vita. The NYU Abu Dhabi Physics major is spending two months in the Tuscan capital as an intern at the renowned Laboratorio di Tecniche Nucleari per i Beni Culturali, or Laboratory of Nuclear Techniques for Cultural Heritage.

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    Students Participate in UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Germany

    By Norbert Monti (Class of 2018), Louis Plottel (Class of 2016), and Julia Saubier (Class of 2016)

    Three NYU Abu Dhabi students who are passionate about the environment have returned from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Bonn, Germany with a renewed commitment to sustainability education among their peers at NYUAD.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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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    NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center a Legacy Partner on Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future Project

    The NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center joins lead partner Carnegie Hall and an adventurous list of legacy partners on an ambitious multi-year commissioning initiative with Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association.

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    Finding Green Solutions: Sila Connection Abu Dhabi 2014

    With an expert panel of advisers, judges, and professionals, the winning team of this year’s Sila Connection Abu Dhabi was able to create a project for the American Community School that would positively impact the learning environment as well as the students overall wellbeing.

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    A History of Plagues: From Bubonic to Ebola

    Guest post by Brian Kappler

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the worst outbreak of the disease in history, but deadly plagues are as old as society, says Professor Daniel Malamud.

    A specialist in infectious diseases at the NYU School of Medicine, Malamud will develop that theme in a talk at NYU Abu Dhabi this evening. Salaam caught up with him about the talk.

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. Using Economic Games to Improve Instruction

    Can a teacher's performance on an economic game help researchers to understand how she will perform in the classroom? Petrus Bosa Layarda (NYUAD '15), who is majoring in economics, spent last summer working on a project that aims to answer this question. The project is sponsored by Ras Al Khaimah's Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, and is led by NYUAD Assistant Professor of Economics Chetan Dave.

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. Lightweight Cement Syntactic Forms

    The summer following Joseph Juma's (NYUAD '14) junior year was a busy one. During his semester abroad at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in New York, he was engrossed in a project on lightweight cement that contains styrofoam balls and worked under the tutelage of Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nikhil Gupta.

  93. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97.  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.

  98. 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.

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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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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."

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. US Department of Defense Internship Allows NYUAD Junior to Turn the Tides

    US Department of Defense Internship Allows NYUAD Junior to Turn the Tides

    By Lan Duong, NYUAD Class of 2015

    A research internship at the US Department of Defense provides the opportunity to work at the intersection of worlds — non-profit and for-profit, civilian and military, informal and formal — where the subject matter does not always fall into clear subject categories in the way that university curricula does. Yet sometimes, it is precisely these types of experiences that help us learn in ways classrooms never do.

  108. 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.

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    Understanding Oceanography on a Research Expedition to Greenland

    By Tina Skorjanc, NYUAD Class of 2015

    As I made my way to the Abu Dhabi airport, I could not believe it had been more than four months since my interview with New York University Abu Dhabi Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Carl Gladish.

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    The Social Science Experimental Laboratory

    The Social Science Experimental Laboratory at NYU Abu Dhabi is an interdisciplinary center in which experimental work in the social sciences, including economics, political science, and sociology, is conducted. The Lab is equipped for interactive human decision-making experiments that are designed to test theoretical predictions and the properties of proposed or existing models of economic, political, or social institutions.

  111. 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."

  112. 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.

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    BuTinah: NYUAD's High-performance Computer

    As NYU Abu Dhabi's researchers set about solving a range of scientific problems related to climate change, molecular structures, genome composition, and the like, there is one thing they have in common — the requirement to conduct highly complex numerical calculations.


    The Center for Science and Engineering

    About 12 miles southeast of NYU Abu Dhabi's Downtown Campus, in an area of Abu Dhabi called Mussafah, a modern glass building stands surrounded by offices, manufacturing plants, automobile shops, and desert. Housed inside is the University's Center for Science and Engineering (CSE), a laboratory with more than 60,000 square feet of instructional and research space. Occupying three floors, the Center supports both advanced research and the laboratory sections for the University's science and engineering courses.

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  118. 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.

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    Illuminating Rural Africa

    For the NYU Abu Dhabi team competing in the 2012 Hult Global Case Challenge, the proverb "two heads are better than one" could only have rung more truly if "two" was replaced by "five." Indeed, bringing together five individuals, with five very different perspectives, to come up with actionable solutions to the global poverty crisis led to the team's eventual success. The world's largest crowd-sourcing platform for social good, the Challenge was created to foster innovative ideas and solutions to global social issues. This year, thousands of students from 130 countries formed four- or five-person teams, each posed with tackling problems in one of three tracks: Energy, Education, or Housing.

  120. 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.

  122. 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."

  123. 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.

  124. NYUAD Juniors Present Musical Rhythm Analysis at ICPRAM

    NYUAD Juniors Present Musical Rhythm Analysis at ICPRAM

    For NYU Abu Dhabi junior Juan Felipe Beltran, presenting at the 2013 International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM) in Barcelona last month provided a glimpse into a possible post-NYUAD academic path. As the Computer Science major said, "While still determining my future career, doing research in different fields is definitely giving me the information I need to slowly narrow it down. At the moment, machine learning and pattern recognition does seem like a fantastic and rich field to work in."

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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.

  127. 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.

  128. The Resident Expert: Smoking and Tobacco Use in the UAE

    Addressing the Public Health Challenges of the Gulf

    With more than 20 years of tobacco control research experience in the US under his belt, Scott Sherman, associate professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center, turned his eyes to the global public health landscape with the realization that "most smokers aren't in the US." While there exists more than 50 years of research profiling cigarette smokers, mostly within Western cultures, there remain a lot of unknowns with regard to smokers and their behaviors in places like the UAE that have both higher incidences of smoking and different forms of tobacco inhalation — such as shisha and medwakh — than the US.

  129. 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.

  131. NYUAD Participates in World Future Energy and International Water Summits

    NYUAD Participates in World Future Energy and International Water Summits

    By Alistair Blacklock, NYUAD Class of 2014

    Politicians, academics, and corporate specialists from 150 countries congregated in Abu Dhabi from January 15–17 to take part in the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit, sharing ideas and innovations concerning the future of energy and water.

  132. 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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    Translating Arabic Literary Classics for a Global Audience

    For many literary enthusiasts it might be considered criminal to compile a list of the great classics without including among them the translated works of authors like Tolstoy or Cervantes. Yet, excepting the Arabian Nights, most would struggle to note
 any significant number of classics representing the Arab literary tradition. It is not for any lack of achievement of Arab writers, storytellers, philosophers, and poets during the pre-modern period — but simply that English-language readers remain unaware of the very existence of works that comprise the great body of classical Arabic literature.

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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.

  135. 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.

  136. 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."

  137. NYUAD Sophomore Presents at Conference on Water Sustainability

    NYUAD Sophomore Presents at Conference on Water Sustainability

    Earlier this month, NYU Abu Dhabi sophomore Andres Fernandez presented at the UAE-Swiss Research Day that focused on the topic of "Frontiers in Water, Energy, and Sustainability." The conference, held at Zayed University, provided a platform for the findings of research projects in the respective countries to be outlined and discussed and was attended by a number of notable attendees, including H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; H.E. Dr. Alain Berset, Swiss Minister of Education and Research; H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, special advisor to the president of the United Arab Emirates; and H.E. Mr. Pascal Couchepin, former president of Switzerland.

  138. NYU Students Collaborate, Establish First Student Journal for Public Health

    NYU Students Collaborate, Establish First Student Journal for Public Health

    NYU Abu Dhabi junior Jorge Zárate has quickly found his feet in his semester abroad in the Big Apple as the co-editor in chief of NYU's first student journal for public health. Named The NYU Torch: Journal for Domestic and Global Health, the first edition was released earlier this month and included a diversity of articles from NYU students studying all over the world. Zárate recognizes this potential. "The Torch is a great opportunity for different schools within NYU and across the global network university to collaborate since public health draws from the social and biological sciences, and everything else in between," he said.

  139. NYUAD Students Present at Doha Conference on Neural Information Processing

    NYUAD Students Present at Doha Conference on Neural Information Processing

    A driver looking for an empty parking spot and a car park with available spaces — it is a match made in heaven. Yet every seasoned driver will undoubtedly have experienced the frustration of not finding parking speedily enough, or on a particularly bad day, not at all.

  140. 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.

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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.

  142. 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.

  143. 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.

  144. 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.

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. F1 Workshops Fuel Career Aspirations of Local Students

    F1 Workshops Fuel Career Aspirations of Local Students

    There's nothing like a series of Formula One workshops to get students rethinking their majors. Of the more than 600 UAE university students who recently attended the Mastering Motorsport workshops at the Yas Marina Circuit — nine of whom were from NYUAD — there are more than likely a few now re-evaluating their career paths.
  148. 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."

  149. 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.
  150. NYUAD Institute Announces Fall Public Event Lineup

    NYUAD Institute Announces Fall Public Event Lineup

    Now in its third year, the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute — which serves as NYUAD's public forum and research arm — has announced its fall lineup of public programs. Beginning tonight with "Global Finance After the Crisis," a lecture led by Ingo Walter, vice dean of Stern School of Business and Finance at NYU New York, the lineup includes events that will examine a wide range of topics, such as information security and privacy, public policy in developing countries, and the role of ethics in science.