February 17, 2017

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Campus News

Rooster Ready!

Some 160 NYU Shanghai students spent an afternoon immersed in cultural activities for Chinese Lantern Festival, including traditional paper cutting and Chinese character painting at the annual Yuanxiao Fair.

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Journey To A War

Through a reading of sonnets and prose on Feb 14, Professor Stephen Harder offered a unique glimpse of China in chaos and despair, witnessed by two celebrated British literary figures -- poet W.H. Auden and writer Christopher Isherwood in 1938.

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Activism on the Big Screen

On February 16, Emmy Award winning filmmakers and social activists Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson joined the NYU Shanghai community in a conversation about their efforts to promote diversity and equality in gender, sexuality and culture through movie-making.

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Quick Takes

  • The Center for Data Science and Analytics, in collaboration with the Library, has launched Chinese Datasets Archive 1.0, aiming to help students and scholars search for data on China. The data can be accessed as either downloadable microdata, online analysis tools, or aggregate statistics.

  • Li Li, Associate Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, jumpstarted this semester’s STEM seminar series with a talk on February 15 about Virtual Reality and its application in the sciences. Check out the spring semester schedule here.

  • MinPy, an open-source machine learning framework initiated by Professor Zhang Zheng, was released in January. It is the newest research branch of MXNet. Contributed by student developers from top universities, including several top CS undergraduates from NYU Shanghai, MinPy brings significant performance and programmability improvement to MXNet. Professor Zhang encouraged students to participate in the open-source initiative.

  • On February 13, Dr. Luca Di Gennaro Splendore, a former statistician for the EU’s Election Observation Missions, talked the objectives and procedures of the EU missions, including his own observation experiences in Kenya, Nigeria and Honduras. He said electoral observation helped promote democracy, deter fraud and build public confidence in the electoral process.


Public Events


Global Histories of Medicine

Julie Livingston, Jeremy A. Greene, Cornelius Borck, Richard Keller, Nancy Chen, Rob Kirk and Rhodri Hayward

9:30 ~ AB Room 1429Read more


The Quantified Self in the Smart City

Arlene Ducao

18:00 ~ AB Room 1505Read more

Student Events


I Am Limitless Conference

11:00 ~ AB 15FRead more

Research Events


From Microcircuits to the Global Brain of Cognition

Xiao-Jing Wang, NYU and NYU Shanghai

16:45 ~ AB Room 210Read more


Hippocampus and Decision-Making

Min Whan Jung, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

16:00 ~ AB Room 1504Read more

In the Media


NYU Shanghai Hyperloop Team Advances

Shanghai Daily interviewed the NYU Shanghai student team about their promising design of a Hyperloop line between Shanghai and Hangzhou. They have advanced to the semifinals of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge.

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Chancellor Yu as a Father

Shanghai Observer interviewed Chancellor Yu Lizhong about his experience as a professional educator as well as a father. He also revealed insight on how students can alleviate the burden of studying.  

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The Myth of Singlehood

The New York Times and Wenhui Daily reported on Professor Li Xuan’s research findings on the sociological and cultural causes of the large number of unmarried people in Chinese society. Li indicated that panic over “leftover women” and “bare branches” is unfortunate as the percentage of married people in China is actually higher than in other neighboring countries.

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A Vision for Global Health

What makes NYU Shanghai the perfect place to study global health in a humanistic way? The Gazette talks to Todd Meyers, Associate Professor of Anthropology and the founding director of the Center for Society, Health and Medicine, NYU Shanghai’s newest research center. Having written widely on global health issues, Meyers shares his latest research and vision for the center.

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Notice Board

                   Dates and Deadlines:

Are you interested in student research? The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF) awards funding to NYU Shanghai students for summer research in any field of study. Don't miss the deadline for submitting your proposals by March 15.

What does local food really taste like? Can you describe the flavors in Chinese? RSVP to attend the Local Food Challenge Night - Chinese Language & Cultural Activity 1 on February 21 to test your vocabulary (and stomach)!

NYU's biannual travel magazine is looking for travel writing and photography! Please contact with a pitch of what you plan on covering by March 3. Narratives, restaurant and museum reviews, photo essays, and lists are welcomed!

Info Corner:

Did you know that the library has access to over 1000 databases? Come to the Spring 2017 Library Workshop to develop your research skills and explore some of our most popular resources! View the workshop schedule here.

Photo of the Week

The High Road

No sleepy streets but steady flows of traffic on the winding paths of the Yan'an Elevated Expressway in Puxi, Shanghai. By NYU Shanghai student Sinjen Patel.

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