December 9, 2016

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Campus News

Globalization Pulling Back?

With growing political backlashes rolling across the developed world, Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Lehman and Dean of Business Yuxin Chen staged a timely debate on Thursday exploring the pros and cons of globalization.

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Flushed with Success 

A group of NYU Shanghai sophomores have beaten peer contestants to claim the first prize of a 24-hour hackathon, which sought to design a new type of “off-grid” toilet without connection to water, electricity or sewage systems.

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Can Urban Design Walk Off Obesity?

A panel of NYU Tandon and ECNU experts sat down this week to explore how urban design and technology might encourage lifestyle changes, including more walking, to combat China’s growing rate of obesity and chronic disease—currently responsible for 80% of deaths in the country.

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Other News

  • Zhenghan Zhang ‘19 will represent Shanghai after competing against college students from all over the city in The 22nd China Daily 21st Century Coca-Cola English Speech Competition, which ended December 3. Zhang will attend the national finals in Beijing.

  • “Why is the media no longer powerful enough to enforce a centrist view?” is one of the questions brought up by Professor Clay Shirky, during his live conversation on The Election & The Media, hosted by IMA on November 15.

  • The Chinese Language Program held the first "Hua Xia Cup" Chinese Language Speech Contest on November 19, 2016, where 33 contestants were selected from over 120 international applicants from 18 different countries. See video here.

  • On December 8, former White House aide and current Stanford law student Kevin Xu met with students to share his experience working behind the scenes in politics. Xu noted that as long as you “show up”, you will find opportunities to realize your dreams.

  • Liu Jinghui, director of the national China Scholarship Council, visited NYU Shanghai, on December 6, to talk about opportunities, open to NYU Shanghai students, to study around the world.



A Short History of the Silk Road Idea

Tamara Chin

12:30 ~ AB Room 1250Read more


Film Screening - Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

A Werner Herzog film

18:15 ~ AB AuditoriumRead more


Research | Unraveling the Catalytic Mechanism of Enzymes by Structural and Computational Biology

Jiahai Zhou, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

14:00 ~ GEO Room 264Read more


Research | Moiré Pattern in Crystals and Hofstadter’s Fractal Butterfly

Pilkyung Moon, NYU Shanghai

16:45 ~ AB Room 310Read more


Research | How do self-interest and other-need interact in the brain to determine altruistic behavior?

Xiaolin Zhou, Peking University

12:00 ~ GEO Room 385Read more

Q & A

Perspectives on Chinese Fathers

This week, The Gazette taps into the mind of Assistant Professor of Psychology, Xuan Li, whose recent Faculty Lunch Speaker Series talk delved into the changing roles of fathers since the end of the Qing dynasty. The following exchange grew out of that presentation.

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In the Media

Distinguished Guest to NYU

China Daily and People’s Daily reported on Fu Ying, Head of China’s NPC Foreign Affairs Committee, who joined former US Ambassador Stapleton Roy to talk about he future of China-US relations, moderated by Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Lehman at NYU Law in New York City.

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The Value of Creativity

Hurun Report interviewed Professor Zhang Jianjun on how he connects contemporary life with Chinese traditions in his artistic creations.

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Tech Improves Lives of Urban Village Children

Shenzhen Overseas Chinese News and carried pieces about PCI's Christian Grewell leading an NYU Shanghai student team to an urban village in Shenzhen that is the home of migrant workers. The students designed products and services to improve the quality of life for local children.

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Schwarzman Stars!

Parent Space, a public account on, reported on NYU Shanghai seniors Jacko Walz and Roxanne Roman's selection as 2018 Schwarzman Scholars. 

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Notice Board

End-of-Semester Shows

It's end-of-semester show season! First up, students from EAP's content based classes will be showcasing their work through posters, videos, and business pitches on Monday, December 12, 6pm to 7:30pm in the 9th Floor Writing quad, PCI room and IMA quad.

Come explore the exciting range of creations by IMA students in their Fall 2016 End-of-Semester Show on Tuesday, December 13. The event takes place on 8th and 9th floor spaces from 5:30pm to 8pm

And make sure you head on up to Rooms 1502-03 at 6:30pm to catch Sink Back Into the Ocean, the dance show by Aly Rose's dance and choreography classes, also showing on Tuesday, December 13! See poster here.

Video of the Week

Street Art 

Walls, a collection of photos of Shanghai, is a piece inspired by graffiti and other types of wall-related art. Created by student Amber Adams, the piece is on show in the Art Gallery along with other works featured in this semester's Projects in Studio Art.

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