December 18, 2015
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This Week's Stories

IMA Students Impress with Creative Tech

December 11 - With courses like Interaction Lab, Communications Lab, Creating Immersive Worlds, Developing Web, Expressing Data, Introduction to Robotics, Solar Solutions and Shanghai Street Food & Urban Farming, it’s no surprise that about 100 Interactive Media Arts (IMA) students turned out 70 intricate, entertaining and impressive projects for the end of semester show.  “We really ask our students to focus on what they are curious about and to reflect on what they want to investigate. We then work with them to reach those goals,” said Matt Belanger, Assistant Professor of Interactive Media Arts and Associate Director of IMA. >> Read more

Montoya Named Next A&S Dean

December 15 - Vice Chancellor Lehman issued  a statement announcing  the appointment of Maria E. Montoya as Dean of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1, 2016.   In the announcement, Lehman said, "Maria has been a tenured member of NYU's history faculty for almost a decade, after having previously held tenure at the University of Michigan. Her research addresses a range of issues concerning the development of the American West, particularly issues around land and water development, as well as the experiences of workers, women, and ethnic minorities. She has also just completed a forthcoming U.S. history textbook, Global Americans: A History of the United States. A popular teacher and invited lecturer ...   >> Read more    

Lehman on Higher Education in China

TheTimes Higher Education's David Matthews interviewed Jeff Lehman at the THE BRICS and Emerging Economies Summit in Delhi, on how NYU Shanghai tackles the challenges of being a university in China. >> Read more

This Semester's Most Read Perspectives

Itmum Momin '18 on the Value of Coaching

December 4 - Stern's renowned performance coach Diane Lennard led 21 lucky NYU Shanghai students in a workshop focused on techniques for creating and strengthening physical and vocal presence. The following is what Itmum Momin '18, one of the lucky ones, had to say about the experience.  >> Read more

The Semester's Most Clicked Stories

Venturing into Cleaner Air

December 8 - NYU Shanghai’s  Xiaoyue Gong ’17, Yuting Gong '17 and Yu Zhou'17, and Stern’s Andrew Chee '16  won the 2015-16 NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge (CmC) for their ingenious Aeolian Air Butler ... >> Read more

Hamilton at NYU Shanghai

November 23 - NYU’s President-Designate, Andrew Hamilton, visited NYU Shanghai to meet his new colleagues.  >> Read more

HackShanghai 2015

November 7-8 - NYU Shanghai students hosted the 2nd HackShanghai 2015 (Hack上海), attracting 250 students from top schools, including Harvard, MIT and Tsinghua to the intense 24 hour marathon coding competition. >> Read more

First Pop-up Class 

November 4 - Last Wednesday and Thursday, Kristen Sosulski, professor at the NYU Stern School of Business, led the first pop-up class in the NYU Shanghai Program on Creativity and Innovation. >> Read more

New Evidence for Short Term Memory Theory

October 24 - In an example of innovative scholarship, featured in this month Journal of Neuron, Chuck Kopec (Princeton University), Jeffrey Erlich (NYU Shanghai), and their colleagues ... >> Read more

Clay Shirky on Xiaomi

October 16 - 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 weighs in ... >> Read more

Students Take iGEM Silver

October 9 - Over the break, NYU Shanghai students clinched the silver medal at the 12th annual iGEM Giant Jamboree in Boston.  >> Read more

Win at Higher-Ed Makers

September 20 - Competing with students from other local universities at the 2015 Higher-Ed Makers Exhibition, NYU Shanghai students won first prize for its project, DANCING ORIGAMI. >> Read more

Novel way to measure a kilogram?

September 18 - Because of the difficulty in measuring absolute mass, the kilogram is the last physical constant that is still defined in terms of a material prototype. This may all be about to change. >> Read more

The Hottest Invitation of the Semester!

The Qin Feng Solo Opening

Tell Us What Makes NYU Shanghai Special?

Winners to be announced at the start of the Spring semester

What: Submit your own 3 minute video about what makes Shanghai special to you.  
How: Use an iPhone (or another video recording device) and follow these suggested guidelines to create your video. 
When: All submissions must be received by Monday, January 4th 2016 at 5pm EST to
If you have any questions, please contact

The last word...for 2015!

The Gazette wishes you a great holiday wherever your travels may take you, and a very happy new year!

The Gazette will resume publication on January 29, 2016.