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NYU SHANGHAI GAZETTE

Friday, March 18th, 2016
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Campus News

Petit Earns NYU's Distinguished Teaching Award
"...what an extraordinary teacher and mentor she is...."

For exceptional teaching inside and outside of the classroom setting,  Associate Arts Professor and Director of IMA, Marianne Petit, is being honored with this year’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Established in 1987, the award highlights New York University's commitment to teaching excellence and is given annually to a select group of outstanding faculty. >> Read more 

Hi & Lo Assistive Tech

March 12 and 13, 2016 - From 3D printed prosthetics, adaptive cardboard chairs, and tactile metro maps, the Assistive Technology Workshop brought together the NYU Shanghai community, international professionals, and individuals with disabilities to brainstorm low and high tech solutions for people with special needs. >> Read more

Sand Table: Playing Business

Over the past two weekends, (March 5 and 6 and March 12 and 13), more than 140 students from universities all over Shanghai were schooled on company operations and business knowledge at the 2016 "Golden Finance Cup" Sand Table Business Competition,an initiative  organized by students. The winning team, “Infinity”, was comprised of NYU Shanghai sophomore Lin Ye, and teammates from Fudan University, Jiaotong University, ECNU, and Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. >> Read more

Perspectives

Arkaraprasertkul: Lilong Life

Macau’s Revista de Cultura (Journal of Culture)  recently published an article by Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow, Non Arkaraprasertkul, entitled “The Death and Life of Shanghai's Alleyway Houses: Re-thinking Community and Historic Preservation.” The following exchange reflects some of his insights and personal experience having lived in a lilong, or alleyway house.

What is most rewarding about living in a lilong?
Every Shanghainese who lived in the city before the economic reform and opening up era of the 1980s-90s have memories of the lilong — a typology of western-styled low-rise rowhouses first built by the foreigners in the concession areas during the Treaty Port period (1842 - 1942). Houses built in this particular typology would become homes to most Shanghainese for decades. >> Read more

In the Media

Lehman: "US universities ‘have special global role"

The Times of Higher Education reports on Jeff Lehman's participation in a THE webinar. >> Read the article
 

Sand Table Competition Also Draws Media

Check out the coverage in Labour DailyPudong TimesShanghai Education News  and Pudong TV of the first Sand Table Shanghai Business Competition at NYU Shanghai. 

A Flourishing Void Media Coverage

You can check out the early coverage of Song Dong’s exhibition, A Flourishing Void, currently on show at NYU Shanghai's Gallery in  Art Newspaper  and Artron Art News

In Focus

Talking Across Cultures

Every month, the Intercultural Conversation Circle brings faculty and staff together to discuss new topics on the dynamics of culture and communication, in hopes to further articulate and describe what is regularly experienced at NYU Shanghai. >> Read more


Check it out!  Life in Motion - Creating your own Avatar
More below: Aly Rose will discuss the process combining dance and technology in the creation of  The ONE SHOW 

Upcoming Events

Mar
22

Life in Motion - Creating your own Avatar
Aly Rose
17:30 - 18:30 ~ AB Room 900

Mar
28

Dialogue between Jian-Jun Zhang and Yan Zhou
Barbara Edelstein
13:00 – 15:OO ~AB Room 1505     RSVP 
 

Mar
28

China’s Internet: A 20-year Retrospective
Kaiser Kuo
18:00 -19:00 ~ AB Room 1505   More Info 

Mar
29

High Speed Rail: Horses for Courses
John Foote
18:00/30 – 19:30 ~ AB Room 1505    More Info

Neuroeconomics Colloquium

Mar
22

An Overall Probability of Winning Heuristic for Complex Risky Decisions: Choice, fMRI, and Eye Fixation Evidence
John Payne, Duke University 
16:00 - 17:30 ~ AB Room 1504   More Info 

Campus Wire

- Danyang Yu has organized an opportunity on Tuesday, March 22  at 12:30 in room 203 for Wailing Xia to talk about the Role of Sirtuins in Cancer.
- IRB Training for Students: Ever heard of Institutional Review Board (IRB)? If you are considering gathering data from human subjects, please come to Training 101 to learn the minimum requirements that you need to fulfill for your projects, 5:15pm - 5:45pm, Thursday, March 24th, 2016, Classroom 310. 
IRB Training for Faculty: Advance training sessions for researchers will be offered at  4:00pm on Thursday, March 24th, in AB room 310, and at  9:30am on Friday, March 25th, in AB room 304.
IRB one-on-one meeting: One-on-one meetings are also available to address your IRB-related questions. Please make a appointment via this link
- Last Friday, students and local community members came together for NYU Shanghai’s first “Toy Hack,” organized by Leigh-Anne Russell, Co-founder of Nestworks. Students worked in pairs to “hack” remote controls for toy cars so that children with disabilities affecting their fine motor skills could use them. The newly hacked toys will be presented to children at the CereCare on March 26.
- Florian Schneider, Lecturer for the Politics of Modern China at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, explained last Monday how nationalist sentiments can develop over the internet.
- On Tuesday, Michael Puarugganan, NYU Dean of Science, gave a talk on his current research looking into which alleles result in which traits when it comes to the colors and sizes of certain foods. Did you know broccoli and cauliflower are the result of a genetic mutation that causes the plant not to flower when it matures?
- Thursday's Deans' Service Scholars Carnival Fundraiser had fun games, activities, food, raffles and great prizes in support of the five DSS groups who will travel around China and abroad during spring break to provide education, health, construction and environmental services!
- Check out Professor Jian-Jun Zhang's "Water Quintessence" exhibition opening March 26 at Shanghai's PearlLam Galleries. 
- Sign up to be a Go Green Week Ambassador! Green Shanghai and the Animal Rights & Herbivores Society are bringing to campus, April 11 to 18, Go Green Week to raise awareness of environmental, ethical and health issues that arise with the consumption of animal products and other 随便 human attitudes towards the environment.
- New Faces: Welcome to Lynn Zhao 赵琳,  who has joined us as EHS Specialist, and to Yin Zhu 朱茵our new Laboratory Animal Technician in the Office of Research.
 

The Literary Reading Series

US Novelists Kick Off NYU Shanghai Literary Series, Draw Big Crowds

LRS@NYU – the Literary Reading Series at NYU Shanghai – kicked off its 2016 Spring schedule with a pair of recent US American novelists: Jess Row, author of Your Face in Mine, and acclaimed US journalist, documentarian and filmmaker Leslie Cockburn, who read from her debut foray into fiction, Baghdad Solitaire

Quote of the Week

"...ready or not, a new age of AI is upon us..."

Our history is a history of making and using tools. Tools empower us, tool-making sharpens our mind. But, what if human intelligence is replaced by artificial intelligence? Whether we are ready or not, a new age of AI is upon us, more clearly than ever. In a 5-game match of the ancient Chinese board game Go,  AlphaGo -- the AI computer program developed by Google's DeepMind team -- defeated the world champion, Lee Sedol, with a sweeping victory of 4:1.  AlphaGo is a remarkable piece of science and art. Its relevance to research disciplines is unprecedented, ranging from psychology, neuroscience, math, computer science, and hammered together with ingenuous engineering.  This historical event is much more significant than that of DeepBlue defeating Kasparov almost 20 years ago. Go has evolved over 4 thousand years and was said to be the only game that could not be won by a machine. Its rules are simple and the total number of possible combinations exceeds the number of atoms in the universe.”

Zheng Zhang 张峥 Professor of Computer Science, NYU  Shanghai

Photo of the Week

A Flourishing Void

 Song Dong's work can be admired in the NYU Shanghai Art Gallery.