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.
NYUAD Provost Fabio Piano kicked off the conference by highlighting several of the school's successes from the past year. These included the winning of Rhodes and Falcon scholarships by undergraduates, major grants awarded to faculty members, and accolades received from literary journals for an NYUAD Institute project.
Piano noted that as the school grows so too does its academic output. In 2013, standing faculty published nearly 20 books and over 140 journal articles, participated in nearly 80 conferences, and applied for several patents.
Students experienced similar success by publishing and co-authoring papers that have appeared in leading journals, while members of the inaugural class have been accepted to top Ph.D., medical, and law programs.
Many of the panels featured research that is interdisciplinary in its approach. For example, Adam Ramey, NYUAD assistant professor of political science, fuses techniques pioneered by psychologists and computer scientists with his interest in legislative institutions. His talk, More than a Feeling: Social Media, Personality, and Voting in the US, argued that an analysis of American legislators' speeches and social media posts can provide insights about the legislators' personality, and that personality is closely tied to the way legislators behave in Congress.