March 24, 2017

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Campus News

AI and Neuroscience Talk

Over three days this week, NYU Shanghai hosted a stream of high profile speaking events featuring prominent intellectuals from neuroscience and artificial intelligence (AI), offering hundreds of science enthusiasts an opportunity to embrace advancing future technologies.

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Bertrand Russell in China

On March 22, Dr. Louis Greenspan, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Religious Studies McMaster University shared how British philosopher, mathematician and social critic Bertrand Russell shaped the discourse on China in the early 1920s.

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Quick Takes

  • On March 18th, Tisch graduate Matthew Zhao by screening his film A Test — featured at the annual Sundance Film Festival,the leading American film festival featuring independent filmmakers. Joe Pichirallo, Chair of Tisch’s Undergraduate Film & Television program presented and led a discussion on what it takes to make it in the film industry.

  • On March 21st, Robert Percival, Director of the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, gave a talk on how to communicate complex legal and policy issues while producing environmental films. Percival shared his experience in the US government, as litigator for EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) one of the first modern environmental NGOs, and in developing the environmental law program at the University of Maryland.

  • Thursday night, fifteen IMA students sounded off their wearable symphonies, touchable harmonies and interactive noise at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) concert. Watch their performances.  

  • So far, the 2013 Fund received 239 Gifts totaling 65,690RMB. Special thanks to all contributing NYU Shanghai ​students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni ​donors. Your incredible generosity helps make this community more accessible to future students. Make your meaningful gift here.

Graduate Spotlight

Jialing Wang: From study to work, from Zero to One

Although she has yet to graduate, Jialing Wang ‘17 already knows where she will be starting her career. The business and finance major has been offered a position with ZhenFund, a Beijing-based seed fund that aims to promote innovation among youth in China, and will be working in the company’s new East China office based in Shanghai.

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Public Events


Wise Mentors and Innocent Babes: A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Intergenerational Relations

Vanessa Joosen and Cong Zhang

17:30 ~ AB Room 1505Read more


US China Relations during the Early Stages of the Trump Administration

Ni Shixiong

16:30 ~ AB Room 1505Read more

Research Events


Making Economic Choices: How Our Brain Decides

Xinying Cai, NYU Shanghai

16:45 ~ AB Room 210Read more


International Conference on Moving Interfaces and Related Phenomena in Mathematics and Physics

9:00 ~ AB Room 1504Read more

In the Media


Spirit of Experiment

World Education Magazine interviewed Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Lehman about NYU Shanghai’s unique practice in admissions, major setting and student development, centered on creativity and multicultural effectiveness. He said NYU Shanghai was a great example of the ‘Spirit of Experiment,’ a major characteristic of Chinese higher education during the past 15 years.  

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High-tech Ambition

Financial Times acknowledged NYU Shanghai Assistant Professor of Physics Tim Byrnes as an example of a trend attracting young foreign researchers to China following its rapid growth and huge investment in high-tech fields. Professor Byrnes said he is working to develop new technologies that will ultimately help deliver the “holy grail” of a quantum computer.

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Changes in Admission Policy

Wenhui Daily published Assistant Dean of Admissions Zhou Hong’s comments on new adjustments to college admission policies in Shanghai. He said the new changes will provide students with more options and increase their chances of being accepted by their dream universities.

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Crafting Tradition from the Heart

Former NYU Shanghai Global Academic Fellow Jen Hyde returned to China this month for the city’s Literary Festival. Speaking alongside her mentor, acclaimed poet and visual artist Jen Bervin, at the Literary Reading Series at NYU Shanghai, Hyde spoke about the inspiration for her first collection of poems Hua Shi Hua (华诗画) Drawings & Poems from China (Ahsahta Press, 2017), and her upcoming project, Murmur, a 2016 finalist for the Creative Capital Grant in Literature.

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Videos from the Booth

Alexander Mayes '17 shares his Shanghai Memories!

You can do the same by dropping by Video Booth in the 2F Cafe and record your reflections. They could be featured in the Gazette and even in the university’s Class of 2017 tribute video. 

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Notice Board

Dates and Deadlines:

Having trouble making time to work on your writing project? Tired of writing in solitude?  On March 27, come work on your project in the company of other writers at the second Writer's' Retreat. RSVP here.

Student Government Events Committee is now recruiting performers and photographers for SPRING FORMAL, an exciting event celebrating the end of our school year and the graduation of our senior students! Please don’t hesitate to email by March 29 if you would like to participate.

Seedstars supports startups set upon defying the status quo. Join the 4th edition of the Seedstars Summit, on April 6 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Click Seedstars Summit to be a part of it.

Photo of the Week

To Towering Achievement

A gull wintering by the Yellow River flies high over the elevated skylines of Lanzhou, Gansu Province. (Photo by: Wenqian Hu '19)

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