March 3, 2017

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Campus News

Exploring Careers

Around 180 freshmen and sophomores found career inspiration and guidance on Saturday at NYU Shanghai’s second “I AM LIMITLESS” student conference, hosted by both the Career Development Center and Academic Affairs.

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Theft or Appreciation?

Discussion about whether clothing can be offensive led to a lively debate about cultural appropriation and political correctness on Tuesday. The open dialogue, organized by the Ad Hoc Committee on Critical Inquiry, aimed to help students apply critical thinking to real-life situations.

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Quick Takes

  • Hot off the press: a new magazine for and about the NYU Shanghai community will be appearing around campus next week!  NYUSH Magazine will be published three times a year in Fall, Spring and Summer and aspires to be a must-read for faculty, students, staff and very soon for our future alumni following their history-making graduation in May.  Pick up your copy on campus, or email to receive the digital edition in your inbox.

  • To increase awareness of sexual misconduct, President Hamilton this week shared the findings of a university-wide survey, carried out in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. About 84 percent of students who responded believed that effective measures have been taken in preventing assault on campus. To find out more about steps NYU is taking, visit the NYU Sexual Respect website.

  • Spoken word performer and NYU artist in residence Regie Cabico was on campus this week performing slam poetry about Asian-American identity, gender and sexuality. He was joined by poet Mary Sherman Willis who read from her collection Appogiatures (Grace Notes)--translations of poems by Jean Cocteau--while NYU Shanghai professor Paul-Andre Mellies read along in French.

  • On Tuesday, PC+I hosted award-winning graphic designer & artist Lu Yiying, creator of the iconic Twitter Fail Whale. In a three-hour workshop, Lu showcased her creative practices for global companies and organizations, and shared her expertise in cross-cultural communication.

  • On February 25, Professor Liu Yuning gave a talk at the Pudong Library on how math describes our world. He explained that the more we inspect our surroundings, the more mathematical intricacies will be revealed. 

Graduation Spotlight

Mark West:Through the Eyes of a Globetrotter

The “inner voice” that propelled Mark West ‘17 to sail across the Pacific to Shanghai in 2013 -- that also pushed him to explore Africa two years later -- is now leading him to further his dreams in Europe.

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Public Events


Colloquium on Supporting the Liberal Arts in Global Contexts

Gerard Postiglione, James Barber, Jeff Lehman and Karin Fischer

14:00 ~ AB Auditorium and 15FRead more


Exhibition -- BORDERS: US and THEM

17:30 ~ AB Art GalleryRead more

Student Events


The Future Female with Screening

Lena Scheen, Jennifer Tomscha

18:30 ~ AB Room 1505Read more

Research Events


Questions About A Hierarchical Renormalisation Model

Zhan Shi, University Pierre et Marie Curie

11:00 ~ GEO Room 264Read more


Spatial Probability - a Brief Introduction

Vladas Sidoravicius, NYU Shanghai

16:45 ~ AB Room 210Read more

In the Media

Spirit of Landmark Agreement

Xinhua News Agency raised NYU Shanghai as an example of booming China-US educational exchanges in an article that celebrated the groundbreaking development of China-US relations since the release of the Shanghai Communique in 1972.

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Diversity on Campus

People’s Daily interviewed Chancellor Yu Lizhong, who extended his greatest hopes to NYU Shanghai’s first class of upcoming graduates. He encouraged higher education institutions to provide diversified paths for students to achieve success.

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Culture Gap

Literary Hub wrote about Visiting Professor of Literature Gish Jen’s new book: The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap, which taps into the cultural divide between Chinese interdependent family traditions and American individualism.

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Celebrating Women in STEM

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, The Gazette speaks to four inspirational female students planning careers in STEM fields, where women are still underrepresented today. Here, Autumn, Lathika, Susan, and Kalkidan share what led them to pursue science majors, their personal achievements and plans for the future.

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Notice Board

Commencement Countdown:

The countdown is on! Thursday marked 88 days until NYU Shanghai’s first graduation. Visit the Commencement website for latest information about the event.

Share your NYU Shanghai story: the Magnolia Moments video booth has landed at the 2nd Floor Cafe! Drop by to record your graduation reflections and they could be featured in the University’s Class of 2017 tribute video. The booth is also open to underclassmen, faculty and staff who would like to record congratulatory messages. Read more.

Help fund an NYU Shanghai dream: the 2013 Fund provides support for need-based scholarships for aspiring NYU Shanghai students. To celebrate the Fund’s founding year, members of the NYU Shanghai community are invited to make a gift of $20.13 (135 RMB).  So far, a total of 29,933 RMB has been raised. You can donate at any time by visiting the Fund website or attending a 2013 Fund event.

Dates and Deadlines:

The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF) awards funding to undergraduates at NYU Shanghai for summer research in any field of study. Get the details here. If you have any questions, please email and don’t forget to submit your application before March 15.

NYU’s student-published travel magazine Baedeker is looking for submissions for this semester! Take this opportunity to share your travel photos or articles with the rest of the community. Send submissions and questions to before March 11.

Register here to attend Stupid Hackathon Shanghai from April 21-22, where students can generate ideas and prototypes that are unusual, unnecessary, impractical, and stupid, using the tools and skills learned from their Interactive Media Arts and Computer Science courses.

Faculty Council Steering Committee Election:

The results are in! Your new faculty representatives are:

Arts & Humanities: Tzu-hui Celina Hung (Literature)

STEM: Zheng Zhang (Computer Science)

Social Science/Business: Rodrigo Zeidan (Business and Finance), Guodong Chen (Finance)

Photo of the Week

Pajama Set!

Flannel and fun on the 15th Floor for the NYU Shanghai Pajama Party organized by Student Life.  (Photo by: Wenqian Hu)

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