For the NYU News team, this was the year we took to the red carpet to rub elbows with prominent Tisch alumni and peeked into Steinhardt's teaching kitchen to see scholars preparing fish sauce from ancient recipes. We celebrated Philip Glass at 80, looked back at 100 years of communist thought, considered the beauty of the brain, and let professors make videos begging students to attend office hours (free espresso, anyone?). After another busy year of chatting with star athletes, experimental artists, and top researchers who graciously endured our very elementary questions, we can't wait to see what weird and wonderful NYU stories next semester will bring. But before we start our summer projects (who has reading recommendations?!), here's a quick look back at 10 our of most popular (by page views) articles and videos from 2017-18.

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In advance of Valentine's Day this year, the NYU News editors put out a call for stories from couples who met on campus—and were soon overwhelmed by the response. If there's a theme that unites these stories, it's that you never know who you might meet here: The student next to you in economics class, a couple doors down in your residence hall, or in a nearby study carrel at Bobst might just turn out to be your soulmate.

'I Found My Soulmate at NYU'


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In 2018 Rachel Morrison (TSOA '00) became the first woman nominated for an Academy Award in cinematography and Dee Rees (TSOA '07) became the first African-American woman nominated for writing an adapted screenplay. Susan Sandler, professor and faculty advisor for Tisch's Fusion Film Festival, celebrates their achievements and discusses the state of women and people of color behind the camera in Hollywood.

Historic Oscar Nods for Two Women Grads


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Men have unwanted sex with women in order to conform to gender expectations and to avoid "awkward" or "weird" interactions, research by NYU sociologist Jessie Ford found.

Why Do Men Have Unwanted Sex?


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There are, no doubt, many devoted fans who’ve hummed along with Hamilton enough to boast that they know every line in every song. But chances are that they’ll never have to prove it. Steinhardt assistant professor Ana Flavia Zuim, however, has found herself in the unusual position of having to do that and more—not in some stage fright–inducing nightmare, but for her actual job as one of the show’s rehearsal pianists.

Hamilton's Secret Weapon


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Picture a woman in a black top, black pants, and black flats, and it’s hard to know whether you’re looking at a scene from the 1960s, the ’80s, or last week. But take a look at her eye makeup. Are the brows thin or full; the eyelids shaded in earthy browns or vibrant blues? "The outfit would be appropriate in many different decades,” says Lauren Richter-Suriñach, one of seven student co-curators of The Eye of the Beholder: Decade-Defining Lids, Lashes and Brows at Steinhardt’s 80WSE Gallery. "But from the eye makeup alone, you can immediately tell whether she’s from, say, the ’50s or the ’90s."

Our Lashes, Ourselves: Eye Makeup and the American Woman


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As head of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Marine Biology Lab, John Burt conducts his research in some of the warmest waters on record—the Arabian Gulf, also known as the Persian Gulf. And, as the world contemplates rising sea temperatures caused by climate change, his work there has wide-ranging implications.

Climate Change Lessons from Arabian Gulf Coral Reefs


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SustainableITP—a committee of Tisch artists dedicated to environmental issues—has developed Climojis, emojis designed to inspire action and conversation around the global problem of climate change.

'Literally Drowning': Climojis Bring the Threat of Climate Change into Your Daily Texts


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'The important thing is not to stop questioning," Albert Einstein once said. "Curiosity has its own reason for existing." In this series, we turn to NYU faculty—specialists in their fields—to address the general questions that we all encounter as we move through the world. Here, Michael Gilraine, assistant professor of economics, tackles the question: Does class-size reduction improve student achievement?

One Question: Does Class Size Reduction Improve Student Achievement?


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Whereas in the past the term “addiction” was reserved for those struggling with substance abuse, NYU professor Adam Alter expands the definition, arguing that many digital experiences are engineered to create psychological effects similar to those of drugs—and can be seriously detrimental to our well-being over time. Between online shopping, Snapchat, Netflix, email, and the ever-present Candy Crush, such temptations are everywhere, with a whopping 41 percent of us harboring at least one behavioral addiction and the average smartphone user spending three hours a day on the device, studies show. And because it’s viewed as normal (if not essential!) to carry the internet with us wherever we go—the average office email is opened within a mere six seconds of being sent—quitting cold turkey is rarely an option.

Is Resistance Futile?


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Drug addiction has often been thought of as a problem primarily affecting inner cities, but the current crisis is most visible in rural communities. So the race is on to adapt strategies that have been effective in curbing drug-related urban death rates to a new landscape. That’s where researchers like NYU’s Holly Hagan, a co-director of the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research and professor at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing, come in.

An NYU Nurse-Epidemiologist Tackles Opioid Crisis Myths and Facts