Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jennifer Egan: Rewiring the Real (Conversation at Columbia, 2/7)

Columbia University is sponsoring a conversation with the author Jennifer Egan. Read on for an event description and links to further information.


Jennifer Egan: Rewiring the Real

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
420 West 118th Street

A conversation with Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad as well as Look at Me and The Keep. Moderated by Willing Davidson, fiction editor of The New Yorker.

Rewiring the Real is a yearlong series of conversations with writers about the interplay of literature, technology and religion, including Mark Z. Danielewski on April 24.

Recycle Your Old Cell Phones, Glasses, Greeting Cards at NYU in February!

Dear Members of the NYU Community,

The NYU Administrative Management Council’s Community Service Committee is running a recycling items collection drive during the months of January and February for the NYU community.
Drop Off Collection Items being sought include:
old cell phones
holiday, birthday, and general greeting cards — only the front of the cards, please — please rip the back of the card off before donating it.
Collection Item sought for that will be picked up include:
canes, crutches and walkers
Please see the following web location for further information, including drop off locations :

Please circulate this information within your area to others.

Apply for GSAS’ Second Annual Threesis Challenge for MA Students – TODAY Jan 31

Today is the long awaited Threesis Challenge deadline. Draper encourages applications to GSAS’ second annual Threesis Academic Challenge for Master’s students. Eight of Draper’s students participated in last year’s challenge and two of our students were semi-finalists. More information about Threesis is below or is available on the GSAS website here. The application is attached, or can be picked up in hard copy in Draper’s office.

As the information states below, “submit your application today.”

Best of luck!

Save the date and submit your Application today for the 2012 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge will be held on March 30th (qualifying rounds) and March 31st (final rounds)

The application for the 2012 GSAS
Threesis Academic Challenge is open! This academic competition is for GSAS Master’s Students. Students present the work of their thesis or final project (eg. creative project, science experiment or research paper) to a panel of judges in accessible language a non-expert can understand in three minutes or less. Competitors are judged on how well they grasp the subject of their thesis, their ability to discuss the topic to non-experts and presentation skills. Students compete for a grand prize of $1,000 and other prizes while learning to organize ideas and speak about them persuasively in a fun, academic atmosphere.

Look at what one competitor had to say about last year’s experience:

The Threesis encourages students to take a step back from their research to see how it sits in a world outside of academia. It is about explaining what you are writing about in a way that grandma and grandpa, mom and dad and the random person that you meet on the street can understand. It is the opposite of what were are trained to do in our masters work and that’s what makes it so challenging.

Jailee Rychen 2011 GSAS
Threesis Winner

Have you submitted your 2012 Threesis application? To submit your application, send the application and your abstract to Applications are due by January 31st!

Watch the highlight video from last year’s competition here:

Dalai Lama Fellowship Available, 2012 – 2013

New York University is one of eight universities to offer the Dalai Lama Fellowship, an international program of the Dalai Lama Center.

One fellow will be chosen from each university to receive up to $10,000 toward a year-long project of his of her design in one of four focus areas:
1. diminishing violence;
2. mitigating income and wealth inequities;
3. encouraging cross-cultural and inter-religious communications and understanding;
4. promoting environmental sustainability.

All full-time students – undergraduate, graduate and professional students – who will be enrolled at NYU in Academic Year 2012 – 2013, are invited to apply. Dalai Lama Fellowship Application

Application Deadline: February 21, 2012

Please direct any inquiries to or 212 998-2329.


Monday, January 30

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 802
Free; Open to public; photo ID required for entry into Kimmel

Attend this conversation about the face of immigration and reform in 2012. The event coincides with the release of the book, Green Card Stories. Panelists are Saundra Amrhein (journalist and Green Card Stories author), Stephen Yale-Loehr (immigration lawyer and Cornell professor), and Randolph Sealey (orthopedic surgeon and green card holder). Photo ID is required for the Kimmel Center. For more information, click here. Co-sponsored by Umbrage Editions and the NYU Office for International Students and Scholars.