Thursday, April 30, 2009


That's right, what do you get when you combine neuroscience with filmmaking? Neurocinematics!

Join the NYU School of Continuing & Professional Studies, and the Office of the Dean of Sciences at NYU, as a panel of experts on the brain and cinema draw an interdisciplinary connection between film and neuroscience.

David Heeger, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University will be joined by colleages Uri Hasson of the Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University, Barbara Knappmeyer of the NYU Computational Neuroimaging Laboratory, Nava Rubin of the NYU Center for Neural Science, and Michael Grabowski, NYU Adjunct Instructor in Film, Video, and Broadcasting.

David J. Heeger received his PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, a research scientist at the NASA-Ames Research Center, and an Associate Professor at Stanford before coming NYU. His research spans an interdisciplinary cross-section of engineering, psychology, and neuroscience, the current focus of which is to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to quantitatively investigate the relationship between brain and behavior. He was awarded the David Marr Prize in computer vision in 1987, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in neuroscience in 1994, the Troland Award in psychology from the National Academy of Sciences in 2002, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences from New York University in 2006.

For more information or to register please click here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We're Twittering and Tweeting...Follow Us!

We recently joined the Twitterverse (Is that even the right word?) and you can follow us @artsandscience.

And while we're on the topic of Twitter, New York Magazine has provided us with a Twitter Approval Matrix, letting us know whose Tweets are worth following. NYU's own, Jay Rosen has made the list. Be sure to follow his updates as well @JayRosen_NYU.

Have some news you want on the blog? Did you start a business you want the NYU community to know about? Email us!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In In The Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff (GSAS '02)


Stefanie Pintoff's debut novel, In The Shadow of Gotham, hits bookshelves today. The turn-of-the-century mystery has gotten rave advance reviews and she is already signed for two sequels.

Pintoff's book was among 500 entries for the Mystery Writers of America's Best First Crime Novel award; the prize was a $10,000, one-book deal at Minotaur Books, a division of St. Martin's Press.

For more information and to hear Stefanie read from her novel, click >here or visit Stefanie's >website.

>Purchase In The Shadow of Gotham.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Margarita Levieva (CAS '01) on Stage and Screen


The following is taken from a recent article by Nick Axelrod that appeared in Women's Wear Daily (WWD) about NYU alumna, Margarita Levieva.

Margarita Levieva didn't follow the typical path of a Hollywood actress, but now that she's become one, she has a wealth of life experience to draw from. Not only was the Russian-born actress once one of the top rhythmic gymnasts in New York, but she also majored in economics at NYU, while supporting herself (and her studies) with a job as a fashion buyer. Starting Friday, she appears in “Adventureland,” a comedy from “Superbad” director Greg Mottola. Oh, and she's currently making her Broadway debut alongside Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in “Impressionism.” Here, Levieva, 29, explains how it all happened...

For the complete article please click here.

We have reached out to Margarita and hope to have an interview for this blog soon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Head of BBC Multimedia Newsroom, Mary Hockaday (GSAS '86)


Mary Hockaday has been appointed head of the BBC Multimedia Newsroom which comprises the BBC News website, the radio summaries and bulletins (except for Radio 1), BBC World Service news, BBC News 24, BBC World, BBC Breakfast and the bulletins on BBC One at 1, 6 and 10, among others.

Mary has been Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom since 2007 and was central to the creation and leadership of the Multimedia Newsroom, which went live officially in April 2008. She led the On-Demand, Radio and Mediawire teams. Before that, she was deputy Head of BBC Radio News, and from 2001 to 2006, she was the Editor of BBC World Service News and Current Affairs, which, under her leadership, won a Special Sony Gold award in recognition of its 9/11 coverage and its global reputation.

For more information click here for the BBC Press Release.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Majora Carter (GSAS '97) Sustainable South Bronx Founder

Sustainable South Bronx founder Majora Carter (GSAS '97) is among EBONY magazine's list of the 150 most influential African-Americans.

Sustainable South Bronx is a community organization "dedicated to environmental justice through innovative, economically sustainable projects and has worked tirelessly in pursuit of resources and ideas to move under-performing communities into healthy and productive economic condition."

In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhood suffer most from flawed urban policy. Click below to watch.

For more information on Majora Carter and Sustainable South Bronx click here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

FAS Wedding Report

Here is this weeks FAS alumni wedding anouncement! If you'd like to be included in the next Wedding post please email Evan at

Congratulations to Michelle Walker and G. Derek Musgrove (GSAS '05).

And our congratulations also to NYU alumna Maxine L. Margolis who is professor emerita of anthropology at the University of Florida, and was named a fellow in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences today.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Bryant Terry (GSAS '01) in the Vegan Soul Kitchen


Bryant Terry has written a new cookbook, Vegan Soul Kitchen.

Bryant Terry is an eco chef, food justice activist, and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen (VSK): Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine (Da Capo/Perseus March 2009). For the past nine years he has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system and has used cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity. His interest in cooking, farming, and community health can be traced back to his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents inspired him to grow, prepare, and appreciate good food.

Bryant is currently a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program, a national project of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He has garnered many honors and awards for his work including receiving the inaugural Natural Gourmet Institute Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Food Education and being selected as one of the 2008 “Hot 20 Under 40” in the San Francisco Bay Area magazine 7×7. Bryant’s first book (coauthored with Anna LappĂ©, foreword by Eric Schlosser), Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Tarcher/Penguin 2006), is a winner of a 2007 Nautilus Award for Social Change.

For more information on Bryant Terry please visit his website at

He also has a blog.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Arthur Carter: Sculpture and Drawings

Arthur Carter, Untitled, 2008, Aluminum painted red and blue, 33 x 33 in.

New York University’s wonderful own Grey Art Gallery currently has a benefit exhibition featuring work by Arthur Carter called “Arthur Carter: Sculpture and Drawings,” the proceeds from which will benefit the exhibition space, which is right on Washington Square Park.

From The New York Observer Article:
Created in his Roxbury, Conn., studio, Mr. Carter’s sculptures are stunning geometrical and fluid forms, often constructed from stainless steel. Highlights from the exhibition include Octacube (1996), an angular silver and copper work that manages to look like a gorgeous piece of space junk (or a deadly weapon) while also revealing the mathematical understanding at its core. Another, Continuous Elliptical Loops (2005), is a smooth, flowing work that evokes fun and joy and silliness. Preliminary sketches and drawings will also be shown, offering a glimpse of Mr. Carter’s process.

In addition to the exhibition, on view through April 29, a retrospective book, Arthur Carter: Sculptures, Paintings and Drawings, will be published in May.

For more information please visit the Grey Art Gallery Website.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Yuka Hoshino (WSC, '92), President of Gaga Communications

We were very excited to see that Yuka Hoshino has been appointed president of Gaga Communications, a distributor of foreign films in Japan. Yuka is the first female president of the company and is the only woman topping any midsized-to-large Japanese distributor.

Gaga's lineup for this year and next includes "Che Part 1," which has so far pulled in $9 million; "Burn After Reading"; "Streetfighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"; "Final Destination IV"; "Oceans"; "My Sister's Keeper"; and local thriller "MW," based on a classic comic by Osamu Tezuka. In other words, the usual Gaga mix of indie and mainstream product.

For more information be sure to read this article from Variety.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert (WSC '91) Still Going Strong on the New York Times Bestseller List


We know you or someone you know has read Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which details her year-long trek around the world and has continues to have a strong presence on the New York Times Best Seller List after 114 weeks. Columbia Pictures is turning the book into a film starring Julia Roberts slated for a release date in 2010. Gilbert has also just finished her next book, a historical look at marriage that's scheduled for publication within a year.

Due to Elizabeth's hectic schedule we have been unable to schedule an interview with her for this blog. We do hope to get an interview with her in the near future.

For more information please visit

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Interrupcion Fair Trade Founder Rafael Goldberg (CAS '03)


Today we're continuing celebrating some wonderful NYU Alumni Social Entrepreneurs. Today's featured alumnus is Rafael Goldberg who, along with Rachel Sterne, has been named one of

America's most promising social entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek.

Interrupcion works with some 250 family-owned farms and 2,400 rural workers to make sure they are getting livable wages and access to health care and education. In order to do that, the company charges what it calls a "social premium" on every item it sells—products that include Patagonia cherries, organic olive oil, and wildflower honey. Interrupcion sells its products to supermarkets like the Food Emporium and Whole Foods (WFMI) among others.

For more information please visit Interrupcion

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Alicia Polak, Founder of the Khaya Cookie Company

It's always nice to hear about passionate entrepreneurial NYU alumni who are determined to make the world a better place. Alicia Polak is one such alumna. She is the founder of the Khaya Cookie Company.

Rachel Sterne (CAS '05) Named One of America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs

David Yellen/Redux

In 2007, CAS alumna Rachel Sterne launched GroundReport, a website that enables anyone to publish news and opinion stories, as well as streaming video reports. BusinessWeek has just named Rachel one of America's most promising social entrepreneurs. Congratulations, Rachel!

Click here for more information on GroundReport.

Monday, April 6, 2009

NYU Arts and Science Weddings

We have received some requests to start putting wedding announcements on the Arts and Science Blog and we're thrilled to bring you our first one!

A big congratulations to Valerie Durollari (CAS '06) and Ken Biberaj, who recently tied the knot in New York City. Here are the details about how they met and the big day.

(Photo: Katie Orlinsky for The New York Times)

If you have a wedding announcement or any other type of announcement you'd like to appear on this blog, please email Evan.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Writers in Conversation: Jonathan Safran Foer Interviews Zadie Smith

We've mentioned the numerous events always taking place at NYU. You could probably fill every night of the week with a great NYU event, and we encourage you to do just that! Here's an upcoming event not to miss!

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Writers in Conversation

Jonathan Safran Foer Interviews Zadie Smith
Acclaimed British writer Zadie Smith's first book, White Teeth, won a number of awards, including the Guardian First Book Award and the Whitbread First Novel Award. Smith's second novel, The Autograph Man, won the 2003 Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Fiction. On Beauty was published in 2005, and won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Jonathan Safran Foer is the best-selling author of Everything Is Illuminated, which won numerous awards, including the Koret Award for best work of Jewish fiction of the decade, and, like White Teeth, the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, was a finalist for the IMPAC Prize. Foer joined the NYU Creative Writing Program faculty in 2008, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Date: Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South

Details about this event and numerous others coming out of The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House can be found here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

NYU Mathematician Mikhail Gromov Named Winner of Abel Prize


Third NYU Winner of “Nobel Prize” of Mathematics In Five Years

Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, a professor at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences since 1996, was today awarded the Abel Prize in Mathematics by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for “his revolutionary contributions to geometry.” In its announcement, the Academy described Gromov as “one of the leading mathematicians of our time” whose work “will continue to be a source of inspiration for many future mathematical discoveries.” He is expected to receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty, King Harald V of Norway, in Oslo on May 19. The honor is accompanied by a prize of NOK 6,000,000 or approximately $950,000.

To read the rest of the Press Release please click here.