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January 2014 Community News and Announcements

New York has gone arctic! With “polar vortex” already the phrase of the year, it’s been a good time to hunker down and hibernate. Here at NYU, that has meant a chance to plan ahead for a year of great programs and events. Below, find news about some of the things that have been germinating beneath the snow, and about some notable stories from January.

See our January 2014 Community Newsletter or explore the stories below.

NYU Welcomes Back the Polytechnic School for Engineering

January 6, 2013

On January 1, 2014, NYU completed its merger with the former Polytechnic Institute. The re-launched New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering works to "create new knowledge for the future and turn it into wisdom through experience," according to Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, NYU Dean of Engineering. "We are equally aware of our responsibility to solve the problems of today, so we can be active partners in the growth and success of our local community, New York and, eventually, the world.”

Learn more about NYU Poly and what the merger means to the future of interdisciplinary research.

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Community Night at Coles Gymnasium, January 24

January 8, 2014

Come cheer on the NYU Violets as they take on the Emory University Eagles in an exciting night of men’s and women’s college basketball—free of charge for you and your family.

Seats are limited and reservations are required: reserve online or call 212-998-2400. Tickets must be picked up in person during normal business hours from the OGCA offices between Wednesday, January 22 and Friday, January 24. Visit OGCA at 25 W 4th Street, 5th Floor, Room 523. Learn more »


Regarding the Legal Decision on Elements of the NYU Core Plan

January 10, 2014

On January 7, a judge issued a ruling in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the City approvals that NYU received to build, over the coming decades, new University facilities on the Silver Towers and Washington Square Village blocks.

Read the memorandum send by the NYU Office of the General Counsel to the NYU community in response to the judge's decision »


Ari Shavit and David Engel Discuss "My Promised Land," January 30

January 12, 2014

Ari Shavit, senior correspondent at the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, will join Professor David Engel, chair of NYU’s Hebrew and Judaic Studies Department, in a discussion on today’s Israel, as examined in Shavit's new book My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, winner of the Natan Book Award and a New York Times Book Review "Best Book of the Year." Learn more »

Thursday, January 30, 5:00 pm
NYU Silver Center of Arts and Science
100 Washington Square East, Rm 408 (enter at Washington Pl)
Registration required


Aesthetics, Neuroscience, and Creativity, February 6-7

January 13, 2014

NYU and Columbia University will host a two-day symposium exploring how neuroscience underpins aesthetics and creativity. Leading neuroscientists will discuss the role of the brain’s Default Mode Network (DMN) in generating spontaneous thoughts, daydreaming, and creativity; explore developments in social neuroscience; and examine neurological disorders.

The Default Mode Network in Aesthetics and Creativity
Thursday-Friday, February 6-7
Various Hours and Locations

The symposium is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Learn more and see a complete schedule »


E. L. Doctorow Reading, January 30

January 14, 2014

Acclaimed author and NYU professor E. L. Doctorow will read from his latest novel, Andrew's Brain ("an enigmatic wonder" --Washington Post) in an intimate evening at the NYU School of Law.

Thursday, January 30, 7:00 pm
NYU School of Law, Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South

Email to reserve a space

Learn more about NYU's spring reading series, featuring Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout (Jan. 31), National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes (February 7), and others.

E.L. Doctorow

Accolades for NYU School of Engineering Incubators

January 16, 2014

The New York State Regional Economic Development Council has awarded official Certified Business Incubator status to the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering's business incubators, following their record contributions to local economic activity.

“We are gratified that New York State has honored our incubators with this official designation because it recognizes the important role that a university can play in the economic health of a community as well as its value to entrepreneurs,” said NYU Dean of Engineering Katepalli R. Sreenivasan. Learn more »


"Devotion: Excavating Bob Mizer" at 80WSE

January 22, 2014

NYU's 80WSE Gallery presents the world's first major solo presentation of trailblazing photographer Bob Mizer, father of "Beefcake" photography and a visionary documentarian of American subcultures from the 1940s to the 1990s.

From the New York Times review: "Some pieces could be mistaken for photographs by Diane Arbus, including one of a grinning little girl in a dance costume, holding a giant trophy.... If you didn’t know better, you might guess that the image of a nude man on all fours, with antlers rising from the top of his head, was a Mapplethorpe.... There are pictures from which Norman Rockwell could have made paintings, like one of four pretty young blond women, looking beseechingly at a policeman, who smiles as he writes a parking ticket for their car in the background.... The diversity ... defies generalization, except for one thing: They all share an optimistic spirit."

Ongoing through February 15
80WSE Gallery, 80 Washington Square East
Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

Update on Public School Commitments

January 24, 2014

According to the terms of the 2012 ULURP agreement between NYU and the City, the NYC School Construction Authority has the option to build a school which would be incorporated into the Bleecker Building. The SCA must provide NYU with notice of intent to build a school by December 31, 2014, and commence construction by July 1, 2018. NYU will provide the SCA with annual updates regarding NYU's anticipated construction schedule until the SCA's construction window has elapsed. NYU sent their second annual update letter to the SCA on December 12, 2013. Learn more »


A New Early Education Center Opens in Washington Square Village

January 28, 2014

Thirty sets of brightly colored boots tromped through this year’s first snowfall to their first day of preschool at the Creative Steps Early Care and Education Center—a wonderfully renovated, state-of-the-art community facility that opened January 6, 2014 in Washington Square Village.

"The new Center helps fill one of this neighborhood's most serious needs, bringing families better access to quality early education services,” says Council Member Margaret Chin, who secured the space during the City’s ULURP negotiations with NYU in 2012.

Learn about the new Center, see photos, and explore enrollment information at NYU in NYC »

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