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13 posts from May 2013

Science at Street Level: Professor Holland’s Opus

May 31, 2013


One of NYU’s architectural priorities over the past decade has been to open our buildings at street level.

Many of NYU’s buildings were not originally constructed for higher education. The area east of Washington Square was home to many commercial and light manufacturing businesses (including the Triangle Shirtwaist Company), and the buildings were constructed to house that kind of activity. Over time, as those businesses moved out of this part of Manhattan, NYU bought those spaces and re-purposed them for education.

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The 2013 Graduates Aren’t the Only Ones Getting Ready to Leave the Nest

May 24, 2013

Sitting on a window ledge outside John Sexton’s office are perhaps the most famous, closely observed red-tailed hawks in New York; Bobbie, Rosie, and their brood.

BabyHawksViewers of the NYU Hawk Cam will see that Bobby and Rosie’s three month-old babies -- Kiku, Archie and Judson – still spend a fair amount of their time sleeping and waiting for their parents to alternate food-delivery duties (usually a rat or a pigeon from Washington Square Park below). But, my, have they grown in just a short time…

They are also steadily increasing their wing flapping and exploration of the ledge beyond the nest. Their downy feathers are being replaced by firmer, more mature feathers. Growing bolder by the day, they hop closer to the edge of the windowsill and spend hours each day looking out over the park and the cityscape.

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Commencement 2013: Edith Windsor

May 23, 2013

Commencement13I attended my 16th NYU Commencement yesterday.

On our campus, Commencement is virtually the only day when people from across the extended NYU community—faculty, administrators, alumni, family members, and especially undergrads, grad students, and students in the professional schools – assemble in one place at one time.

And it’s a great day. Families are excited. Graduates are happy—glad to be done, eager to be on to what’s next. Faculty and staff—who come in large numbers as attendees or as marshals—are filled with pride.

Almost all the commencements I’ve attended have had some really singular moment. In May 2002, just eight months after 9/11, it was having the FDNY Color Guard carry in the flag, and an NYPD officer sing the national anthem. In 2011, it was hearing former President Bill Clinton speak.

Yesterday, it was when NYU awarded Courant Institute alumna Edith Windsor its Presidential Medal.

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If Only There Were a Way to Fast Forward the Speeches, Too…

May 20, 2013

Since 2008, when renovations began on Washington Square Park, NYU’s All-University Commencement has been held in Yankee Stadium.

Ever wonder how we change one of the world’s truly legendary sports stadiums into a space that appropriately honors our graduates and welcomes their proud families and loved ones?

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Correction Detection: Why We Issued the Year-End Memo from John Sexton a Second Time

May 17, 2013

Yesterday brought the annual year-end communication from John Sexton. But this year everyone received it twice. A second, corrected version was sent out about 90 minutes after the original.

We’ve gotten some inquiries asking, “What changed?”

In the original email, the section that described new institutes – the Global Institute of Public Health and Marron Institute – suffered from a formatting problem. So, it arrived in inboxes looking like this:


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A Message from John Sexton

May 17, 2013

John Sexton has sent out his annual spring communication to the NYU community, reviewing 2012-13, previewing the coming academic year, and detailing budget parameters for the coming year for tuition, financial aid, and annual merit increases for faculty, staff, and administrators.


If you’re curious why it was sent out twice, see the next post on the Public Affairs Blog.

--John Beckman

Yankees Welcome NYU But...

May 15, 2013

While the Yankees anxiously await the return of Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, and Curtis Granderson to the Bronx, the three stars took time out to offer congratulations to NYU graduates—and to remind all attending commencement to do as they say and not as they aim to do this season:  stay off the Yankee Stadium field.


Congrats Alex: NYU Student Wins Truman Scholarship

May 15, 2013

NYUAD-AlexWangThere are a handful of scholarships that are both so prestigious and well-known, they go by one name: Rhodes, Truman, Fulbright, Marshall. The competition around them is fierce, and when a student wins one, it’s a cause for bragging rights for both winner and his or her college.

Only 62 Truman Scholars were named this year, and an NYU student was one of that select number: Alexander Wang of Pennsylvania a junior at our three-year old NYU Abu Dhabi campus.

Congratulations, Alex… Let the bragging begin…

College Return on Investment

May 8, 2013

PayScale’s 2013 College ROI Report, released last week, ranked NYU-Poly third in return-on-investment. The report developed its rankings by linking the cost-of-attendance at more than 1,000 colleges to median alumni salaries, and NYU-Poly regularly makes PayScale’s top 10 list for the mid-career salary potential of baccalaureate alumni.

In the ROI report, NYU-Poly ranks behind only Harvey Mudd College and the California Institute of Technology. PayScale calculates that NYU-Poly graduates earn more than $1.6 million over 30 years, yielding an average 7.6 percent return on their educational investment of $214,000. PayScale also reports NYU-Poly’s mid-career graduates average $117,000 per year, and that starting salaries average $56,800. The earning potential is important for NYU-Poly graduates, where about half of students are Pell grant-eligible (the neediest families), and 38 percent of incoming students report that they are the first in their families to attend college.

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Gallatin’s Vote of No Confidence

May 8, 2013

The faculty of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study voted on a measure of no confidence concerning John Sexton’s leadership last week. The resolution passed, though -- when one takes abstentions into account -- a majority of Gallatin faculty didn’t support it.

Susanne Wofford, Gallatin’s dean, issued the following statement when the vote’s results were released:

“The Gallatin faculty has presented a divided vote on the ‘no confidence’ resolution regarding university leadership: 23 voted in favor of a statement of no confidence; 21 voted against the statement of no confidence, and 6 abstained.”

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