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An Egyptian Evacuation

Jul 12, 2013

NYU TravelerIn October 2012, NYU – like most of Lower Manhattan – had to deal with the impact of Hurricane Sandy: housing, feeding, and helping a community of many thousands for several days when the electricity went out. But as a university with a global presence, we need to be prepared for more than what happens in our neighborhood or city.

That brings us to what occurred last week in Egypt.

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Tech and Entrepreneurship

Jul 10, 2013

Entrepreneurs festivalThe NYU Entrepreneurs Festival

Since Professor Samuel F. B. Morse (inventor of the electric telegraph) joined NYU in 1831 as one of the 14 founding faculty members, entrepreneurship has long been a defining aspect of NYU’s character. But for a long time it seemed that anything remotely hip or cool in technology had one source: Silicon Valley. Honorable mentions often went to Austin, Seattle, and Boston.

Now, just as new markets emerged over time along the Silk Road, serious tech innovation is finally being associated with New York City—and especially NYU.

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Tots and Seniors: Creating Community Spaces on the Superblocks

Jun 28, 2013

Going beyond what was required in its agreement with the city for the approval of its development plans, NYU is creating space for not one, but two local nonprofit groups in the University’s Washington Square Village complex. We’ll soon be retrofitting spaces for a new childcare facility and a senior outreach group in ground floor locations.

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Pell Kvelling

Jun 8, 2013

On May 30th, in the context of a coming U.S. Supreme Court decision on race and affirmative action that virtually everyone in higher education is anticipating, the New York Times had an article about socio-economic diversity in higher education.

Eligibility for federal Pell grants – which is determined by a government formula -- is considered the key sign of a student's – and a student's family's -- economic need. The piece, by Richard Pérez- Peña, examines how widely the percentage of Pell-eligible students varies among universities.

A chart that accompanies the story has some surprises – not just variation between public university systems, but also the fact that some schools with the reputation for the most generous financial aid do not end up with highest percentage of Pell-eligible students.

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Faculty Books: The Global Pigeon

Jun 7, 2013


Around Washington Square these days, it's been all Hawk Talk, what with the first flight of a trio of red-tailed hawks that had hatched outside the window of John Sexton's office.

But perhaps no creature is more synonymous with urban life than another, less glamorous, bird: the pigeon.

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Endless Education

Jun 6, 2013

Last week, NYU once again partnered with the World Science Festival, which held dozens of events across the city—offering titles such as "Spooky Action: The Drama of Quantum Mechanics," "Cheers to Science! A Drinkable Feast of Beer, Biotechnology, and Archaeology," "Cellular Surgeons: The New Era of Nanomedicine," and "Multiverse: One Universe or Many?" As they have been since 2008, many of these lectures and discussions were centered across Washington Square.

Even for those of us now more than a few years (or, well, decades) removed from school, we could attend these sessions, sit in those smallish seats, and be transported back to a time when nothing was asked of us but to discover, process, and draw our own conclusions. Of course, the real world demands far different things on a typical day, but being inspired and challenged shouldn’t end when our academic careers do.

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Getting to Know You…

Jun 5, 2013

Chelsea Garbell
Chelsea Garbell

We know—you've heard this all before. The idea that the only way to really understand someone is to, as Harper Lee wrote, walk around in their shoes for a while. But in a recent Commencement speech by Steinhardt graduate Chelsea Garbell, who founded the club Bridges: Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue@NYU, it all rang so true as she discussed the notion that she—as an Orthodox Jewish girl from Seattle—wasn't supposed to be leaving college with so many Muslim friends.

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Inventing a Better Rat Trap

Jun 4, 2013


An opened “bait station” – a device for delivering poisoned food (or “bait”) to rats; this one is fitted with a mechanical snap-trap mechanism instead of poison. 

From the first two weeks in March, when the red-tailed hawks who nest outside John Sexton’s office first lay their eggs, until August, when the parents and juvenile birds have a wider range for their hunting, both the NYC Parks Department and the University stop putting poisoned bait around Washington Square to minimize the chance of the hawks eating a poisoned rat.

It appears to have worked: None of the Washington Square hawks have gotten sick over the past three years. Some fellow hawks uptown haven’t been so lucky.

No story is ever that simple, though. It turns out that no other methods work nearly as well in controlling rats as baiting.

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Split Decision: A Vote of No Confidence at Social Work Doesn’t Pass, and One at Tisch Does

Jun 3, 2013

Since the faculty of the Gallatin School voted, two other school’s faculties took votes of “no confidence”: the Silver School of Social Work (May 28, 2013), and the Tisch School of the Arts (May 20, 2013).

The School of Social Work defeated the “no confidence” measure: 12 faculty voted for “no confidence,” 20 voted against it, and 9 abstained. At Tisch, 93 faculty voted for the “no confidence” measure, 76 voted against it, and 16 abstained.

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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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