Faculty Fellows Recipients

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Cohort Three — Academic Year 2021-2022

Pedro Monaville
Duncan Yoon

Kinshasa’s Ambiance: Remembering T.K. Biaya

Fellows

  • Pedro Monaville, Assistant Professor of History, NYUAD Arts and Humanities
  • Duncan Yoon, Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU

Abstract

Our project for the Fellowship brings together a series of initiatives: two online events, a co-authored translation, an artistic installation, and the preparation of a journal issue dedicated to the memory of the Congolese scholar Tshikala Kayembe Biaya. These activities all concur to investigate the intersections among artistic creation, social criticism, and scholarship in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Jemima Frimpong
Alden Lai

Project: Proactive Work Behaviors in Health Care: Fostering a Managerial Perspective and Directions for Future Research

Fellows

  • Jemima Frimpong, Associate Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, NYUAD Social Science
  • Alden Lai, Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy and Management, NYU School of Global Public Health

Abstract

Proactive behavior is defined as behavior that is self-starting, future-focused, and change-oriented. It also long entered mainstream discourse as a positive trait that is valued at work. However, emerging research suggests that proactivity is not always viewed favorably, which generates a need to better understand and identify organizational conditions that are the most suitable for proactive behaviors (vs. those that will not). 

Because managers often act as observers and assessors of proactive behaviors among those they supervise, we propose to study proactive work behavior by focusing on the perspectives of managers. 

Situating our project in the health care industry, we aim (1) to conduct a pilot study that examines how health care managers define, observe, and assess proactive behaviors among employees; and (2) to convene a panel of scholars and practitioners to identify future research directions for integrating proactivity theory into health care management research, as well as strategies for implementing evidence-based findings from this stream of research into practice. By building on the latest research from psychology and management science, we expect our project to foster a managerial perspective on proactivity at work, and to identify a set of research directions that scholars can consider to ultimately improve the job satisfaction and wellbeing of health care workers.

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Cohort Two — Academic Year 2020-2021

Sarah Paul
Daniel Fogal

Project: Believing What We Want to Believe

Fellows

  • Sarah Paul, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean for Research and Professional Development, NYUAD Arts and Humanities
  • Daniel Fogal, Assistant Professor of Global Public Health, NYU School of Global Public Health

Abstract

The objective of our project is to better understand the nature of good reasoning about what to believe. To what extent should this kind of reasoning be influenced by our practical goals and values? This topic is significant in its own right, but also has important applications to a variety of real-world contexts. We focus on medical and political situations in which it is common for people’s beliefs to be shaped by factors other than truth and attempt to offer an account of what distinguishes good reasoning from bad in such cases.

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David Russell
Maryam Modjaz

Project: Understanding the Birth of Black Holes and Neutron Stars from Exploding Stars

Fellows

  • David Russell, Associate Professor and Program Head of Physics, NYUAD Sciences
  • Maryam Modjaz, Associate Professor of Physics, NYU Arts and Science

Abstract

Black Holes (BHs) and Neutron Stars (NSs) are the densest objects in the Universe — indeed, BHs are so dense that even light, the fastest thing in the universe, cannot escape their superstrong gravitational pull — but how exactly they are born is still an outstanding question. We know they are produced during the deaths of massive stars, but whether they are produced from different kinds of massive star explosions called core-collapse supernovae (CCSNe), or from gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), which are extremely energetic explosions, is still highly debated. 

This project combines the expertise of two professors in a new way, for the first time, to attack this question in a two-pronged approach. This approach will impact many fields of astrophysics and answer fundamental questions about which kinds of stellar systems undergo which kinds of death, i.e., explode as which kind of SNe and which kind of remnants they leave behind. This is a low-risk, high-impact project as the majority of the data are already in hand. All code and data products are open-access, as is done with prior work by the NYU Modjaz SNYU group, which is in line with NSF’s mission for reproducible science.

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Cohort One — Spring 2020

May Al-Dabbagh

Project: Migrant arrival on the margins: Mobility, promise, and the politics of difference in sites of exclusion

Fellows

  • May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, NYUAD Social Science
  • Natasha N. Iskander, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Service, NYU Wagner School of Public Policy

Abstract

Research on migration flows to marginal socio-economic areas, broadly construed, is underdeveloped in the migration literature. To understand how these grassroots social and political processes unfold, this project develops a collaborative research exchange and a motivating theoretical framework to understand arrival at the margins. Operationally, this research exchange is supported by three components: a workshop, a colloquium, and the definition of a theoretical framework and special issue in a top migration journal — the workshop, entitled “Arrival on the margins: Mobility, promise, and the politics of difference in sites of exclusion,” held at NYU Accra, the colloquium, held at 19 Washington Square North, NYUAD’s home on the Square. The special issue includes the papers presented at the workshop and refined through the discussions that take place there.

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John Burt
Mary Killilea

Project:  Monitoring Changing Mangrove Cover in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Fellows

  • John Burt, Associate Professor of Biology, NYUAD Science Division
  • Mary Killilea, Clinical Professor in the Departments of Biology and of Environmental Science, NYU Arts and Science

Abstract

Mangroves are an important ecological and cultural resource in Abu Dhabi. These ecosystems have undergone periods of expansion and contraction throughout their history in Abu Dhabi. Our research works to quantify the amount of change experienced in these ecosystems at various time periods. Quantification of these changing coastal ecosystems is the first step to further understanding the ecological and social drivers that underpin mangrove conservation and management.

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Felix Hardmood Beck
Peder Anker

Project: Designing with Heat Waves — this project was impacted COVID-19 and was not completed

Fellows

  • Felix Hardmood Beck, Assistant Professor of Practice of Design, NYUAD Engineering
  • Peder Anker, Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Abstract

This project investigates how the architecture and design community in the Middle East has responded to the climate challenge, including design projects in the United Arab Emirates. It results in an exhibition featuring architectural drawings, design, and art to frame and advance this vitally important conversation, with contrasting examples of design to show efforts to find solutions for our current state of planetary peril.

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