November 13th, 2015
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Campus News

New Model Reveals Brain Temporal Hierarchy

Human beings are able to integrate and hold information across time, as well as rapidly and transiently respond to changing stimuli. For instance, to carry a conversation, our brain gets the meaning of words on a very short timescale, it integrates words to understand a sentence on a longer timescale, and finally it must also combine sentences to make sense of paragraphs and whole texts on even longer timescales. Read more 

Did King Arthur exist? If so, where?


November 11, 2015 – The myth and the truth behind King Arthur’s legend was the topic of this week’s Master’s Tea talk, given by Elizabeth Archibald, medieval studies scholar. The first stories about Arthur sprung up some 1500 years ago; and ever since, the legendary king and warrior of England has been increasingly popular not only among the British but also worldwide. Read more  

Executives Alumni Mentoring Program Off to a Good Start

The NYU Global Alumni Programs and NYU Shanghai’s Career Development Center held a launch dinner tonight for the second year of the NYU Alumni Executive Mentor Program. Read more

Top Women Executive Talk About Path to Success

November 10, 2015 - On Tuesday, the Career Development Center hosted a panel discussion featuring two leading women executives, Joan Ren, Managing Partner at Ample Harvest Finance, and Ren Li, Co-CEO of Orient Securities Asset Management Company Ltd.  Invited by NYU Shanghai's Senior Executive in Residence, Elizabeth Chen, the two successful executives shared their stories of risk taking... Read more

In the Media

HackShanghai Gets Media Attention

The HackShanghai, hosted by NYU Shanghai students last weekend is in the news. Here are a few hits: JF Daily: Hackers at the NYU Shanghai Hackathon ... shedunews: “骇客”马拉松激战24小时 首次全程双语化 ... Shanghai Live: Nightly news report ...  Sohu NYU Shanghai ignites the innovation engine with 24 hours of fierce competition ... Oriental TV broadcasts NYU Shanghai’s 24-hour HackShanghai competition ... Pudong Times: World’s elite gather in Pudong to compete in "Hacker Marathon"


Weekend Screening



Politics, Rumors and Ambiguity
Jason Q. Ng
Introduction by Prof. Pierre Landry
17:30 - 18:30 ~ AB Room 101


Intelligent Machines from the Street
David Li
Introduction by Anna Greenspan
17:30 - 18:30 ~ AB Room 101


Making Self and Others: Solidarities versus Moral Panics
Harvey Molotch
Moderated by Brandon Conlon
17:30 – 18:30 ~ Auditorium


PCI: Livestreaming from NYU Stern
Big Picture Finance + Investment Banking
Prof. Charles Murphy
20:00 - 21:00 ~ LiveLab in AB room 900


Fall Entrepreneurship Speaker Series #5
Jenny Zhu, Founder of OpenLanguage
Mark Maclntyre, Founder of
17:00 – 19:00 ~ Room 900, LiveLab

Neuroscience Lecture
Brain Mechanisms of Visual Form Perception
J. Anthony Movshon, NYU Center for Neural Science
Nov 17, 16:00-17:30 ~ AB Room 1504

Campus Wire

Check it out!

  • Lunch and Learn about Perfectionism and Procrastination. Join Yirui Wang, 王怡蕊, Health and Wellness Counselor, Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 12:30 in AB Room 101.
  • Other Octaves A Cappella Club welcomes faculty and staff to join and sing along with them! No prior experience is required! Prof. Dianna Heldman will conduct rehearsals. Every Thursday from 19:30 to 20:30, in AB Room 825C.
  • The Forum: Life at Jinqiao: Join David Yen, Keith Kraughto, Shara Yim and staff from Student Life to help make the dorm a better place! Tuesday, Nov 17, from 17:00 to 18:15 in the Auditorium.
  • It’s that time of the year … Dumpling Fest (饺子节) of course! Join in the celebration on November 19, 4-6 pm in the B1 cafeteria for some dumpling-themed games, souvenirs, and free dumplings!


  •  Yiluo Zhang, 张怡荦 has joined us on November 9, 2015 as Senior Associate for Graduate and Special Programs, reporting to Elisabeth Weir, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Special Programs.

Around Shanghai

 Visit to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

November 7, 2015 - A group of 40 or so faculty and staff visited the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum, White Horse Cafe and the surrounding neighborhood of Duolun Street where they were warmly received by local leaders. In addition to learning about Shanghai’s history, especially during World War II, the group also visited Hong de Tang  (鸿德堂) Church, named after George Field Fitch-- the great-grandfather of NYU Shanghai’s Dean of Arts and Sciences, David Fitch.

Quote of the Week

Zheng Zhang: The tipping point, or will there ever be one?

Can machines ever be creative? Do they have a soul? Do they have a personality?” People are asking these questions because they are looking for a boundary within which to feel safe. And if having a soul means a “device” looks inward, reflects backwards and plans forward, then many of our devices have already reached that point. But they cannot be human because the vast amount of data that evolution used to shape us has long since vanished. What cannot be undone, cannot be re-done.”

Photo of the Week

 A glimpse into Chinese Kunqu Opera 

Student and staff, with faces painted, learned to speak, walk, and laugh in the way of  Kun Opera's famous characters, Likui ( 李逵)and Caocao (曹操).