1. 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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    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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    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.

  5. Nanoparticle Development Set to Revolutionize Cancer Treatment

    A new nanoparticle developed by scientists of the Trabolsi Research Group at NYU Abu Dhabi could change the future of how drug delivery systems are used in the treatment of cancer.

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    How Research in Political Science is Rapidly Evolving

    Experimental research has expanded markedly in political science over the past 30 years.

  7. Startup Central

    Got a great business idea, or some extra cash to support one? Get started on your startup adventure with startAD at NYU Abu Dhabi.

  8. NYUAD Chemist Brings Digital Courseware to Schools in Kenya

    NYUAD Chemist Helps Bring Digital Courseware to Schools in Kenya

    Learning science is about to get a whole lot cooler for hundreds of high school students in Kenya. An international project co-led by an NYU Abu Dhabi chemist will deliver digital education materials such as interactive modules, online simulations, and even virtual chemistry experiments to many classrooms.

  9. Resident Expert Curating Art in the Digital Age

    Resident Expert: Curating Art in the Digital Age

    “Screen media — whether films, television or web series, video games, augmented-reality (AR) apps, and so forth — have important insights to contribute to ongoing discussions in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.”

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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    Resident Expert on Philosophy: Like Math, But With Words

    Gabriel Oak Rabin, assistant professor of philosophy, is interested in the relationship between the mind and the body, and their relations to consciousness. In this Q&A, he talks about the discipline of philosophy, some of the questions philosophers address, and ways that consciousness can (or can’t) be explained.

  14. NYU Abu Dhabi's Universe of Virtual Galaxies

    At first glance, it’s almost like staring at a desktop screensaver: seemingly random bursts of color pulsate and sway on screen, as points of light spin, collide, and explode. But this is no screensaver. It's the simulated birth and evolution of a virtual galaxy — billions of years of space activity condensed into 120 seconds — created on a supercomputer by scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi.

  15. 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.

  17. 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?

  18. Abu Dhabi Students Launch Math Education Program in Uganda

    Abu Dhabi Students Launch Math Education Program in Uganda

    Three students from NYU Abu Dhabi — one senior and two alumnae — have launched an education program in Africa designed to get resource-strapped teachers and students excited about mathematics.

  19. 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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    Resident Expert: Unexpected Causes of Slow Economic Development

    NYU Abu Dhabi Global Professor of Economics François Bourguignon, who was the chief economist of the World Bank from 2003-07, has spent decades studying the benefits and sources of equality of incomes – and the roadblocks to it. Bourguignon, one of the planet's leading experts on the subject, has launched a huge study of how institutions – political, social, and otherwise – can alter a country's income equality level and slow down development.

  21. 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.

  22. NYUAD Students to Build Eco-Home Ideal for Rural UAE Living

    NYUAD Students to Build Eco-Home Ideal for Rural UAE Living

    NYU Abu Dhabi students will design and construct a solar-powered, high-efficiency home on campus as part of a regional competition to create sustainable homes for people who live in the UAE's non-urban areas.

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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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    Resident Expert: How Oceans Are Helping Us Predict Future Weather

    Shafer Smith and other scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling are developing sophisticated computer models to help improve climate prediction and bring more certainty to what the Earth's weather will look like in the future. Smith, associate professor of mathematics, focuses on variables in our oceans and the significant role that oceans play in global climate change.

  26. Specialized Lab Aims to Advance Liver Disease Research

    Specialized Lab Aims to Advance Liver Disease Research

    Kirsten Sadler Edepli, associate professor of biology, says NYU Abu Dhabi's "beautiful genomics center" is vital to the promising liver research projects she will be pursuing on campus.

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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.

  28. 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.

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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. Resident Expert: Michael Harsh on UN-NATO Cooperation in Afghanistan

    Resident Expert: Afghanistan at a Crossroads

    Peace and redevelopment efforts in Afghanistan were dealt a major blow on July 22 when a suicide attack in Kabul killed 80 peaceful demonstrators and injured another 231, the city's deadliest attack in more than 15 years.

  31. 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.

  32. Students Pursue Research That Could Help Save Lives

    Students Pursue Research That Could Help Save Lives

    Giving back to local and international communities runs deep in the hearts of students at NYU Abu Dhabi — from every day volunteer work in the UAE to building houses for families in Thailand.

  33. Surviving the Heat

    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.

  35. 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.

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    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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  42. Resident Expert: Getting to the root of China's forest policy

    Resident Expert: Getting to the Roots of Chinese Forest Policy

    Competition for raw materials is nothing new, as historian Mark Swislocki knows. He's studying conflicts over forest resources in China's Yunnan province, as far back as the 18th century.

  43. 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.

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    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.

  45. 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.

  49. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. Engineering Corn of the Future

    There's more corn grown in the world than any other crop. Douglas Cook, assistant professor of Engineering, runs a lab that is working to improve the strength of corn stalks by understanding why they break or fall over during heavy storms. The project has great potential to increase the yield of this important crop that feeds billions of people around the world.

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    Resident Expert: The Untold Story of OPEC

    The UAE is one of 13 member nations of the only major global organization developed specifically to advance the economic interests of countries whose primary export is oil — the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

  55. 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.