In the News Highlights

Maysoon Zayid: Comic with can-do calibre

The National

Maysoon Zayid has already taught two guest lectures, given a half-hour interview and been briefly trapped in New York University Abu Dhabi’s underground parking garage by the time early evening rolls around. With her make-up washed off and hair up, she is wearing a T-shirt with the slogan “Angry Crip” and is ready to get down to business in the stand-up workshop she is leading Monday night, yalla-ing one of a half-dozen tentative, wannabe comics on stage.

Probing a new algae species for clues into plant adaptation

Nature Middle East

An investigation of the genome and phenome of a green alga called Chloroidium sp. UTEX 3007 has revealed, for the first time, certain adaptive traits that help algae acclimate to desert environments. But what sets apart this new species, which scientists at the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have discovered and sequenced, from other types of green algae?

New public programme deciphers UAE through food, sport and music

The National

Where can you get the best bread in Abu Dhabi for Dh2 or less? Where is the best place to eat Ugandan or Ethiopian food? Do you have what it takes to find fresh coconut water from Kerala, or are you only able to find the sort that comes from Sri Lanka? For the writer Deepak ­Unnikrishnan, who grew up on Abu Dhabi’s Hamdan Street, such questions are more than a matter of taste, memory or nostalgia, they’re one of the key techniques he uses to entice his students beyond the confines of New York University Abu Dhabi’s (NYUAD) Saadiyat Island campus.

Mourad Merzouki brings his Pixel dance creation to Abu Dhabi

The National

Kicking off the 2017-2018 season of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Arts Centre, Merzouki’s latest creation, Pixel, lives up to his ethos of continuously stretching the boundaries of hip-hop dancing.

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