Research & Innovation articles from '2017'

  1. Chip Can't Be Hacked

    Landmark achievements in IT security are happening at NYU Abu Dhabi. For the first time, researchers developed a computer chip with security implemented at the lowest possible level, the hardware level. "Logic-locked" chips can't be hacked or copied, providing future users with new guarantees of security for their devices.

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    How Do Coral Reefs Survive in the Hottest Sea on Earth?

    The Arabian region contains some of the most unique but understudied coral reef ecosystems on Earth. Corals in the Arabian Gulf survive extreme sea temperatures — 36 degrees Celsius or higher in the summer — and are more heat tolerant than any other corals on the planet.

  3. NYU Abu Dhabi is a Hub for Social Science Fieldwork

    NYU Abu Dhabi's unique location in the Middle East makes it an ideal headquarters for social scientists conducting field research in dozens of countries to better understand complex global societies, past and present.

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    NYUAD's First Airline Cargo Logistics Course Really Takes Off

    There’s a flurry of activity behind the large glass doors of the Madrid meeting room in Etihad Cargo’s head office in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City. The bright afternoon light streams in through large picture windows as students from New York University’s degree-granting campuses — eight from NYU Abu Dhabi, three from NYU Shanghai, and one from NYU New York— prepare to present interactive applications and product prototypes to senior Etihad Cargo officials.

  5. NYU Abu Dhabi Research Responds to Vital Local and Global Challenges

    NYU Abu Dhabi is pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge for the Middle East region. NYUAD, together with Abu Dhabi, is leading and growing as a global center of groundbreaking intellectual and artistic scholarship for the 21st century.

  6. 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.

  8. 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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    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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    "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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    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.”

  19. 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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    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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    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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    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.

  24. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.”

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  33. 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.