Copy

NYU SHANGHAI GAZETTE

October 16, 2015
Submit a story or a photo

Top Stories

Happy Birthday, NYU Shanghai!

October 15th marks NYU Shanghai's third anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, a plaque (above) telling the story of the founding of NYU Shanghai will be placed this weekend in the main entrance of the Academic Building at the Pudong campus.

From Computational Neuroscience to Brain-inspired Intelligence

October 12-13, 2015 - NYU Shanghai successfully organized the 262th Eastern Forum of Science and Technology, jointly sponsored by the Shanghai Municipal Government, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The influential  forum agreed that understanding human intelligence and emulating it with machines are a great challenge for the 21st century. (more)

"Making Waves with
Moving Images"
First Screening:
DV-China 
by Zheng Dasheng

October 13, 2015 - The NYU Shanghai Art Gallery’s film program, Making Waves with Moving Images, held its first screening. Its curator, Qian Lin, introduced the program - a collaboration between NYU's Asian Film & Media Initiative and NYU Shanghai Art Gallery - and its first screening of DV China by acclaimed filmmaker Zheng Dasheng 郑大圣. The documentary tells the story of the making of a TV drama by a group of villagers in the rural area of Jiangxi province, led by Mr. Chou, the director of the local cultural center. With his crew, and eventually the whole village, they write, cast, shoot and edit their own homemade movie.  After the screening, Zheng Dasheng, along with Profs. Zhen Zhang and Angela Zito discussed the documentary. Zheng confided that the most difficult part of creating a documentary, is capturing the rawness of the moment because, once the camera is rolling, real people put up façades. 

Shanghai Colloquium in Neuroeconomics: “If I Can See So Much, Why Do I Miss So Much?”

October 15, 2015-- To kick off this academic year's Shanghai Colloquium in Neuroeconomics, Jeremy M. Wolfe, Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiology at Harvard Medical School presented “If I Can See So Much, Why Do I Miss So Much?”

Dr. Wolfe's research sheds light on how when a person observes a new scene, it only takes a fraction of a second to form an immediate understanding of the ‘gist’ of that scene. (more)

In the News

大学教授的双重生活
The Double Life of a University Professor

In a 25 minute interview on Pudong TV, Prof. Andrea Jones-Roy talks about her life as a performer on stage and as a professor at NYU Shanghai. The English interview is interspersed with segments in Chinese about Jones-Roy's life in Shanghai and at NYU Shanghai. (more)

China's Xiaomi's Is Changing the U.S. Too 

October 15, 2015 - In a CNN.org opinion piece, Clay Shirky discusses how Xiaomi, the subject of his new book, Little Rice, has emerged as the most important global phone manufacturer and the impact it is having on the future of smartphones worldwide. (more)

Xinhua Viewpoint:
Republic of Peers - Motherland and I Grow

CNC TV interviewed Chancellor Yu Lizhong as part of a series, Republic of Peers, Motherland and I Grow, capturing the recollections of "peers" born 66 years ago at the same time the People's Republic of China was established. Yu's interview starts at 11'31. "(more)

Barbara Edelstein's “Leaf in The Air” Exhibition Earns Praise 

In a review in the upcoming November 2015 issue of Sculpture Magazine, art critic Jonathan Goodman asserts that "perhaps [Barbara] Edelstein's work presents the natural world as it has been and as we would like it to be again.”

Perspectives

Beauty of Math in a Messy World

At a recent NYU Shanghai Faculty Lunch Seminar Series, Visiting Professor Irith Hartman talked about, “Network Science: Connectivity and Vulnerability in the Modern World”. The following exchange grew out of that presentation.
What is beauty and simplicity in mathematics?
When asked a similar question, the renowned mathematician Paul Erdös put it this way, "Why are numbers beautiful? It's like asking why is Beethoven's Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don't see why, someone can't tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren't beautiful, nothing is".  To me, what makes mathematics in general, and graph theory in particular, beautiful are its succinctness, simplicity, and depth.  (more

New Works by Faculty

Clay Shirky on Xiaomi

There’s this question that’s been asked constantly, which is, When does China acquire a sort of industrial design culture? With the current focus on China and smartphone technology, Internet guru and NYU Professor Clay Shirky, who has lived in Shanghai for the last year, weighs in on China’s move from a manufacturer to a global innovator. (more)

Events

October
19

China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
Kenneth Jarrett, President, Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce
Introduction by Prof. Pierre Landry 

 

17:30 - 19:30 ~ AB Room 101      (more)

October
20

Chinese Idyll of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Ronald Heiferman
Introduction by Prof. Pierre Landry 

17:30 - 18:30 ~ AB Room 102

October
21

Managing 'China's Rise': Lessons from Past Southeast Asia-China Relations
Anthony Reid
Introduction by Prof. Tansen Sen

17:30 - 18:30 ~ AB Room 101

October
23

Fall Entrepreneurship Speaker Series #3
Doug Han, Meet Boutique Hotels, Founder & CEO
Paul Howe, Oxbridge Capital, Partner

17:00 - 19:00 ~ AB Room 101

Campus Wire

Looking for an internship?  If you haven't yet, plan on attending next week's company sessions on October 23rd, between 14:00 and 15:00, at the 2F Cafe ... It's a great opportunity to talk to industry experts ... Want to help jumpstart the Halloween weekend? The NYU Shanghai Events Committee is looking for Volunteers to make the carnival happen. So, sign up here before October 19 Monday" ... 

Picture of the Week

Invitation in the Mail! Qin Feng Solo Opening October 25th

More information coming about the Art Gallery's opening exhibition