December 16, 2016

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Campus News

The Grand Finale

NYU Shanghai brought the semester to a close with a flurry of performances and exhibitions. From bilingual songs and business pitches to choreography and virtual worlds, the end-of-semester shows captured student talent in its many creative forms.

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Challenge Accepted

Han Xu'17 and Greta Solomon'20 sold over 200 self-designed t-shirts within two hours last week as part of a challenge designed by Professor Eliot Gattegno to tap into students’ entrepreneurial potential.

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In Other News

  • Professor of Computer Science Zhang Zheng is helping Amazon guide its deep learning strategy with MXNet, an open-source deep learning framework he co-founded with developers from top global universities. Some of NYU Shanghai’s leading CS students contributed to the follow-up project MinPy, soon to be in its beta mode. Read more.

  • Food for thought: Students from this year’s Foundation of Science (FoS) Biology Lab, taught by Professor Wenshu Li, shared the findings from their GMO tests on local produce on December 8. Their results showed corn and tomatoes from NYU Shanghai’s canteen to be GM-free, but cautioned that papaya from the local store was found guilty of genetic modification.

  • On December 10, Michele Geraci, Adjunct Professor of Finance at NYU Shanghai, was formally awarded the Cavaliere knighthood by the Italian Ambassador at a reception in Beijing, also attended by Italian President Matterella. Geraci later gave a talk in Shanghai on “China Economy in Trump’s Era,” at an event organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce.

  • And the Center for Global Asia's Silk Road Lecture Series came to a close on December 12 with Tamara Chin, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature from Brown University, giving a short history of the Silk Road Idea. Her talk focused on the Cold War period, when China’s diplomacy with the newly decolonized world reimagined an Afro-Asian Silk Road that was at odds with the Silk Road of the West and Japan.

Q & A

Empowerment on the Road

Krista Young ‘17’s NYU journey has taken her from Shanghai to Florence and New York to Ghana. The Gazette caught up with the Finance major, who was fresh back from a World Bank Youth Summit in Washington DC, to talk about her passion for social entrepreneurship, her idea for a tortilla business, and why she chose to study at NYU Shanghai.

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In the Media

Mathematician Highlights Undergraduate Courses

Xinhua News Agency, Wenhui Daily and First Education interviewed Professor Charles Newman about why he has taken on the commitment of teaching basic undergraduate courses at NYU Shanghai.

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Nobel Laureate Offers Insight on Chinese Market

China Business Herald Lujiazui Magazine talked to Nobel Prize Laureate, NYU Professor of Finance, Robert Engle on the sidelines of the second VINS annual conference in mid-November. Professor Engle shared his observations on the Chinese stock market.

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Double The Art

Shanghai Family Magazine carried a piece about Professor Barbara Edelstein and Professor Zhang Jianjun discussing their joint life of art creation. Check out how JJ met Barbara in the first place, finding her as attractive as her works.

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Brazil Might Help Ease Refugee Crisis

Bloomberg published an op-ed co-authored by Professor Rodrigo Zeidan, who suggested that Brazil could help solve Europe's refugee crisis.

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Notice Board

Dates and Deadlines

Research Grant Opportunity: the 2017 NSFC-NRF Scientific Cooperation Program, sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), is now open for application. Detailed information can be found on the Research Grants Website.

Interested in translation and interpreting? Pit yourself against other students in the 6th International Translation Competition held by Beijing Language and Culture University. RSVP here before December 24.

Global Awards

Don't miss the January deadlines for these fellowship applications. For more information about opportunities and how to apply visit the Global Awards homepage:

Humanity in Action Fellowship Deadline: January 4

NYU Shanghai Writing and Speaking Fellowship Deadline: January 9

Udall Scholarship Deadline: January 9

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Deadline: January 13

Future Global Leaders Fellowship Deadline: January 31

Internal Employment Opportunities

What's new?  Associate Director, Admissions, Associate for Graduate and Special Programs, Administrator of IMA, Senior Associate of Assets Management, Finance. See more full-time positions.

Photo of the Week

Mr. Mischievous

As the year comes to a close, we leave you with this photo montage created by NYU Shanghai student Oliver Lan for his Introduction to Photography class - one of many photographs capturing the spirt of Shanghai.

Finally, wherever your travels may take you, we wish you the merriest of holidays and a Happy New Year from everyone here at The Gazette!

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