February 5th, 2016
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Campus News

Tackling 'Sustainababble'

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - Professor Michael Maniates, Head of Studies of Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, delivered the first TALK of the semester about “The New Urgency of “Sustainability”, asking whether “this is the right way of battling the environmental issues the world faces? Or is it nothing more than ‘sustainababble’?” >> Read more 

Student leaders huddle to think about leadership

Last weekend, 35 student leaders from across the university, including athletic team captains, the Chinese Youth League and student government, took part in a weekend retreat to explore the value and challenges of leadership in today's complex and increasingly globalized society. The Office of Student Life hosted the two-day gathering, which was held in the Songjiang District of Shanghai.  >> Read More 

The Gunqin: Musical Poetry 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - Eight guqins, seven-stringed instruments of the zither family, waited patiently on the dimly lit stage as the audience filled the auditorium to near capacity. Dai Xiaolian, a distinguished professor of Chinese music at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, opened the evening concert with an overview of the history of the 3000 year-old instrument.  >> Read more   

In the Media

Foreigners Came to Eat Dumplings

Pudong Times interviewed NYU Shanghai's Almaz Zelleke and sophomore Nicholas Sanchez about their Chinese Spring Festival experience in Shanghai. >> Read more

Xiaomi's Global Growth Potential

PrimeTime Asia interviews Clay Shirky on Xiaomi’s  potential of reaching “people who are buying their first smartphone ever” in countries like Nigeria, Argentina and Brazil..." >> Watch the video.

In Focus

Students Shaping Community

Busy with projects and term papers, it’s hard to imagine NYU Shanghai students having time for much else. Yet, on February 2nd, many students flocked to the second floor Involvement Fair--where representatives from Student Government, Student Clubs and Organizations and Community Service partners greeted them with over 30 booths worth of extracurricular groups and volunteer options. >> Read more



Molecular Mechanisms of Embryo Formation from a Single Cell
Stephen Small
17:30 -18:30 ~ AB Room 101   (more)


The Idea of Ancient India
Upinder Singh
17:30 -18:30 ~ AB Room 1505 (more)


Gerald Pryor 
19:00 - 20:00 ~ AB Room 1505 


Exhibition  Reknown 
Gerald Pryor
17:30 - 19:00 ~ AB Art Gallery 

Research Meetings


Slow Movement of Biased Random Walks on Trees
Zhan Shi, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI
11:00 - 13:00 ~ GEO Room 264    (more)

Campus Wire

  • Open Student Dialogue on Diversity & Allyship in the Community, on Monday, February 15 from 16:15 to 18:00 ... and welcome to Monroe France, NYU Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity who is visiting NYU Shanghai, February 15 to 20.
  • Shanghai Summer Program: In 2016, we will offer the biggest summer program in the school's history with two 6-week sessions and some 20 Chinese language and content courses. Students will visit historical sites in Beijing during Summer Session I and Xi’an in Summer Session II ... For more information, check it out at
  • Vote ! The submissions are in for the 2016 Campus Store Clothing Design Competition. Vote for your favorite designs before February 25th and see who among your friends are among the top three winners on Feb. 25th!
  • The Case Centre ranked NYU Shanghai Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategy Eitan Zemel’s  August 2000 recall of Firestone tires case one of the top fifteen best-selling cases in Production and Operations Management. 
  • Join the Urban Garden Initiative to help transform the campus into a greener and more engaging space, and learn about urban agriculture, sustainable technologies, and green businesses!
  • New Faces:  Angela Yan joined us on February 1, 2016 as an Associate in Academic Affairs.
  • Public Safety suggests that the best way to enjoy a safe and happy holiday is to avoid heavy drinking, steer clear of fireworks - don’t buy or use them - and always collect a fāpiào from your cab driver! 

Works Faculty Recommend

Gojira by Ishiro Honda (1954)

Associate Director of the Writing Program and Lecturer, Jennifer Tomscha believes the Japanese original film, Gojira by Ishiro Honda in 1954, to be a darker, topical fantasy of uncommon power, important as a metaphor for the nuclear horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Ishiro Honda himself confided, “I took the characteristics of an atomic bomb and applied them to Godzilla."

Photo of the Week

Happy New Lunar Year!

The funky monkey IT crew performs a Bruno Mars song, as faculty and staff of the NYU Shanghai community ring in the Lunar New Year with song, dance, martial arts, performances and more.