Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A New Way to Relieve Stress


Everyone handles stress differently. Whether you eat, exercise, read, or watch your favorite movie we all have activities that work for us. But how many of you ever relieved stress in college by playing with a dog? This is just what Tufts University is doing for stressed-out students. NYU alumnus Michael Bliss who is currently resident director at Tufts came up with the idea of bringing dogs for stressed-out students to play with after participating in a similar program at New York University.

To read the recent article about this form of dog therapy, please click here.

A New Way to Relieve Stress


Everyone handles stress differently. Whether you eat, exercise, read, or watch your favorite movie we all have activities that work for us. But how many of you ever relieved stress in college by playing with a dog? This is just what Tufts University is doing for stressed-out students. NYU alumnus Michael Bliss who is currently resident director at Tufts came up with the idea of bringing dogs for stressed-out students to play with after participating in a similar program at New York University.

To read the recent article about this form of dog therapy, please click here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hispanic Media and Marketing Star Lucia Ballas-Traynor


In July of 2008, Lucia Ballas-Traynor (Washington Square College) was named publisher of People en Español. She was previously Senior Vice President and General Manager of MTV Tr3s; she helped re-brand the network (formerly called MTV Español) and established it as the most widely-distributed TV network dedicated to serving bicultural Latino youth. In 1999, she was named general manager of Galavisión, the cable television network owned by Univisión. She grew the network's coveted 18-34 year old demographic and nearly doubled the distribution, making it one of the most popular Hispanic networks in the United States for teens and young adults. She has been widely credited for helping to establish the Spanish TV network and placing it on the cable TV landscape. Ms. Ballas-Traynor has been named a "Media All Star" by Adweek's Marketing Y Medios, one of The Hollywood Reporter's "Latino Power 50," and a top "Women in Music" by Billboard magazine, among other accolades. She is a member of the Hispanic Initiative Advisory Council at Junior Achievement of New York, Inc.

Ballas-Traynor is a graduate of New York University and joins an impressive list of Arts and Science alumni currently working in publishing/marketing.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

NYU Creative Writing Program Reading Series Podcast

If you're looking for great events to attend on campus, be sure not to miss the NYU Creative Writing Program's Reading Series. These events bring some great writers to campus for evenings filled with reading and discussion. Good news too for those of you who are reading this and are not in New York City. You can experience these events online by listening to the Reading Series Podcast. Please click here for a lineup of upcoming events. If you'd like to listen to past events please click here for a list of available podcasts.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Clay Shirky to Become Professor at Carter Journalism Institute

Clay Shirky, who is a leading authority in Internet technologies and their effects will join New York University as a full-time faculty member. Shirky is currently an associate teacher at Tisch's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at the Tisch School. In his full-time position, Shirky will be teaching at both Tisch and at the Carter Journalism Institute. Shirky will hold the title Distinguished Writer in Residence and will teach in both the Studio 20 graduate concentration and the Media Criticism course sequence for undergraduates. For more information please click here.

Friday, December 3, 2010

NYU Chemistry Professor Explains NASA's Discovery of New Life-Form


According to the NASA website, "Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake is California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic." This discovery has raised questions about what this microorganism means for extraterrestrial life. To shed some light on this find, interviewed NYU Chemistry professor, Robert Shapiro. Shapiro is very interested in life's origins on earth and its potential existence in outer space. Click here to continue to the interview.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Science Fiction Author and Alumnus Scott Westerfeld (GSAS '89)


Imagine "a world in which everyone has an operation when they turn sixteen, making them supermodel beautiful. Big eyes, full lips, no one fat or skinny. This seems like a good thing, but it's not. Especially if you're one of the uglies, a bunch of radical teens who've decided they want to keep their own faces." This world is one created in the Uglies trilogy by NYU alumnus Scott Westerfeld, one of the most popular sci-fi authors for young adults in the last few years. Currently, Scott is on tour with his recently released Behemoth book 2 of his Leviathan series. For more information on Scott please visit his blog.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Praise for Alumna Patricia Engel's Debut Novel


We were thrilled to learn that Patricia Engel's debut novel, Vida, was named to the New York Times' Editor's Choice list, along with Philip Roth's Nemesis and Edwidge Danticat's Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work). Her fiction has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, Boston Review, Guernica, and she has received numerous literary awards. Patricia earned her undergraduate degree in French and art history at NYU and her MFA in creative writing at Florida International University. For more information on Patricia please click here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Susan Shapiro, (GSAS '84) to speak at NYU on November 3rd

Are you looking to follow your passions, know your strengths (and weaknesses), and move toward the life you really want? If so, you wont want to miss this exciting opportunity with Susan Shapiro.

Join this renowned author of seven books, popular Manhattan teacher and mentor, and GSAS alumna for an evening of honest, amusing, and invigorating storytelling. Susan will share her unique perspective and expertise that will re-energize your pursuit of rewarding experiences.

Click here to register and be a part of this special event!

This event is co-sponsored by NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science Alumni Relations and the NYU Women's Initiative.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Interpol Releases New Album

interpol2010.pngInterpol’s new self-titled album was released on September 7 to critical acclaim. Founded in 1997 by three NYU students, Daniel Kessler (GAL ‘97), Paul Banks (CAS ‘00), and Carlos Dengler (CAS ‘99), as well as non-NYU student Paul Fogarino, Interpol has recently undergone some changes - Carlos Dengler has recently left the group to pursue other projects. This new album, however, is a return to the original sound of their 2002 debut, Turn On the Bright Lights. Though some are concerned about Dengler’s departure, the band is moving on, touring with the addition of David Pajo of Slint on bass and Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines on keyboards. Paul Banks, in a recent New York Magazine article addressed this change and how it has yet to affect their tour:
“We can hold our own, there is no weak link, and if there were, it wouldn’t work,” says Banks. “That’s what defines us.”

For the entire New York Magazine article, click here. For more information on Interpol and their new album and tour, check out Interpol’s official website.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Maria Bartiromo (WSC '89) - 15th Anniversary of Her First NYSE Broadcast


Maria Bartiromo, prominent CNBC anchor, was the first person to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Today marks the 15th anniversary of that broadcast and Ms. Bartiromo celebrated the occasion by ringing the opening bell at the NYSE.

During these last 15 years, Ms. Bartiromo has become an accomplished business reporter and she has witnessed the highs and lows of the financial industry. Her new book, The Weekend That Changed Wall Street: An Eyewitness Account, reveals her perspective on the historic weekend in September 2008 when the financial world collapsed. The book will be released in early September.

Please click here to read more about Maria Bartiromo and her experiences as a reporter on Wall Street.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

<em>Who Said I Can’t </em> – The Story of Ralph J. Moscato (WSC ’74)


When Ralph J. Moscato was just an infant, he was diagnosed with Cooley’s Anemia, a fatal genetic condition which required regular blood transfusions. He was not expected to live beyond the age of ten. However, with his strong spirit and determination, he lived beyond the age of 30 and he was able to develop his talent for art.

Dr. Marion Adinolfi, Ralph’s sister, recently published Who Said I Can’t, a biographical story of Ralph Moscato. It describes how Ralph lived with Cooley’s Anemia, his relationship with his sister and how he grew up in an Italian-American family in New York City during the twentieth century.

If you would like to learn more about the book, please click here to visit the official website.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Deborah Margolin (ARTS ’75)


Deb Margolin is a playwright and performance artist. She received the 1999-2000 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance and the 2005 Kesselring Playwriting Award for her play, Three Seconds in the Key. She is currently a Professor of Theater Studies at Yale University.

Her new play, Imagining Madoff, is a fictional work centered on Bernard Madoff. Despite many challenges and script changes, the play premieres this week at Stageworks/Hudson located in Hudson, NY.

To read more about Deb Margolin and her new play here.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Terence Winter (WSC ’84) and Martin Scorsese (WSC ’64, Steinhardt ’68, HON ’92)

Terence Winter, Emmy Award winning writer of The Sopranos, and Martin Scorsese, Academy Award winning director, have teamed up for a new television series on HBO called Boardwalk Empire. The show is based on the book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson and it deals with life in Atlantic City, NJ during the Prohibition era. It will star Steve Buscemi and Michael Kenneth Williams from The Wire. Stay tuned for the series premiere this fall.

Check out a recently released preview trailer below:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jacqueline Murekatete (CAS '07) - Youth Leader and Humanitarian


Jacqueline Murekatete (CAS ’07) is the founder and program director of Jacqueline’s Human Rights Corner, a genocide prevention program.

Ms. Murekatete was born in Rwanda and when she was not yet ten years old, she lost her entire family to the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide. She has used her experience to speak out for other victims and survivors of genocide. She started giving presentations while she was still in high school and she has now given over 300 presentations to schools, universities, the United Nations and other international forums. She has received many prominent awards such as the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from Friends of the United Nations, The Ina Kay Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the United Nations International Peace Ambassadors’ outstanding humanitarian award.

She was recently chosen as one of the nominees for The Do Something Award. This award honors those, 25 and under, who are the best world-changers. It is given by the nonprofit organization, Do Something, which is devoted to inspiring and empowering youths to improve their communities. The award winner will be chosen through public voting and will be announced on July 19 on VH1.

To learn more about Jacqueline or to submit your vote for The Do Something Award, visit .

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Micah Lasher (CAS '03) - Political Dealmaker & Policy Wonk

micah-lasher.jpgMicah C. Lasher, New York City native and CAS '03 graduate, is the chief negotiator for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Recently, while working in Albany to further Mayor Bloomberg's educational agenda, he helped to write a bill that would make it possible to increase the number of charter schools in New York. This is but one of his many accomplishments. He has been active in city politics since high school, and was the youngest member of a neighborhood club of Democrats, campaigning for candidates since his teens. According to the New York Times,

Mr. Lasher, still plump-cheeked and bright-eyed, has yet to get a driver’s license. Despite his age, however, he has built an impressive résumé. He was a secret weapon to Manhattan politicians as a teenager, and in college he created a powerhouse consulting firm.

That firm, SKDKnickerbocker, created fliers for Barack Obama’s campaign, as well as advertisements and materials for city-based campaigns. According to the Times, he helped to manage 76 political campaigns while at the firm, and was successful in the majority of them. Having been involved in politics and campaigns from a young age, he is considering a run for City Council in the near future.

You can read more on Micah Lasher in this recent profile.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Irving B. Guller (GSAS '62) – Forensic Psychologist


Dr. Irving Guller is one of the leading forensic, clinical psychologists in the country. He has served as a consultant to many police and criminal justice agencies around the world. He was previously a psychologist for the United States Army and the director of psychological training and research for the state of Maine. He is currently a Professor Emeritus at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the founder and director of the Institute for Forensic Psychology, one of the largest companies dealing with police and criminal behavior.

Dr. Guller has worked on a variety of cases and he still continues to accept assignments. Learn more about Dr. Guller including how he was able to help solve cases like “Murder at the Met” by reading a recent profile here.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dave Isay (WSC '87) – Founder of StoryCorps


Dave Isay will be receiving the 2010 Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award from the Rutgers Living History Society on Friday, May 14. Mr. Isay joins filmmaker Steven Spielberg, broadcaster Tom Brokaw and documentarian Ken Burns on the list of recipients of this wonderful award.

Mr. Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and its parent company, Sound Portraits Production. StoryCorps has helped people of all backgrounds and beliefs record and share their personal stories. Selected stories are broadcast every week on the public radio station, NPR.

Mr. Isay has received several broadcasting awards and honors including the MacArthur Genius Fellowship, Edward R. Murrow Award, Robert F. Kennedy Award and the Peabody Award.

You can read more about Mr. Isey here

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Regina Hall (GSAS '95) Stars in a New Movie

Regina Hall stars in the new movie, Death at a Funeral, which was released in theaters last Friday. She stars alongside comedians like Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, and Martin Lawrence. She is most recognized for her starring role in all four Scary Movie films. She has also starred in other films such as Love & Basketball (2000), The Honeymooners (2005), and King’s Ransom (2005). She was recently interviewed by the New York Daily News about her new movie. Click here to read the interview.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Eugenie Clark (GSAS '46, '50) – Distinguished Marine Biologist

euginie_clark_2005s.jpgDr. Eugenie Clark, a world renowned marine biologist, has studied marine life for 60 years. She is the founding director and senior research scientist at the Mote Marine Laboratory located in Sarasota, Florida. She has performed over 70 deep sea dives for her research on the behavior, ecology and physiology of deep sea sharks and tropical fish. She is known to many by her nickname, “Shark Lady,” which she earned through her love and dedication to shark research and conservation.

Dr. Clark, who is about one month shy of her 88th birthday, continues to be very active in her career. She released a new edition of her book, The Lady and the Sharks, this past January and she recently received the 2010 Diving Pioneer Award from Beneath the Sea, a nonprofit organization that strives to increase awareness of the earth's oceans and the sport of scuba diving. She was also inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame by Governor Charlie Crist last week.

For more information about Dr. Clark, please visit her website.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Scott Harrison (SCPS ’96, CAS ’98) – Founder and President of charity:water

scottharrison.jpgSeveral years ago, Scott Harrison was looking for a complete lifestyle change. He gave up his lavish and luxurious lifestyle as a New York City nightclub promoter to embark on a volunteer trip to South Africa with Mercy Ships, an organization that operates hospital ships in order to bring medical services to developing countries. He was deeply inspired by his experiences and he returned to New York City with a mission to provide clean water to poor countries. This is how charity:water was born. In less than four years, Scott has successfully raised $18 million from over 90,000 donors globally for his organization. He recently finished a tour of India, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Nepal to help assess how he can help bring clean water to these areas of Asia.

During his trip, he sat down with CNNGo to talk about Asia’s need for clean water. Click here to view a video of his interview.

Photo from charity:water website.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Emily Abt (CAS ’97) – President of Pureland Pictures

toetotoe.jpgEmily Abt is an up and coming director, producer and writer. She is also the Founder and President of Pureland Pictures Inc., a Brooklyn based film and commercial production company. Last year, she was chosen by Variety magazine as one of the “2009 Top 10 Directors to Watch.”

"TAKE IT FROM ME" (2001), Emily’s first documentary film, profiled four women who strived to pull themselves and their families out of poverty in New York City. It was aired nationwide on PBS`s P.O.V. season. Her second film, “ALL OF US,” was the 2008 World AIDS Day film and it premiered on Showtime.

Her most recent film, "TOE TO TOE," was featured at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic Competition section. It is also currently being released nationally and screenings have been scheduled for New York City on February 4th and in Los Angeles on March 12th. More screenings will be scheduled soon. If you would like to watch the film, visit the TOE TO TOE website for details about screening dates and locations.

Emily will be participating in a panel conversation at NYU on Wednesday, February 24. She, along with three Tisch alumnae, will discuss being a woman working in the film industry. For more information and to register, visit the event's website.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Cassidy Podell (CAS ’03) – World Renowned DJ

cassidy1_1296x864.jpgCassidy Podell, better known as DJ Cassidy, is the most desired deejay in the industry. He has deejayed for countless celebrities including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, and Jay-Z. His list of clients also include record labels, networks and designers. Last year, he was requested by President Obama to deejay for his Presidential Inauguration.

DJ Cassidy started deejaying at the age of eleven when his parents gave him two turntables and a mixer for his birthday. He continued to develop his talent as a junior high school student and he soon became the deejay of choice for many private school parties. While he was a student at NYU, he was able to find his style and an audience to appreciate the music. He has since been able to musically connect with everyone he encounters. As he says, “There is simply no crowd I can’t move and there is no better feeling than that.”

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Alexandra Mayzler (CAS '05) - Entrepreneur and Tutor Extraordinaire

Mayzler.jpgAlexandra Mayzler (CAS ’05) was recently profiled in the New York Times Business section. Thinking Caps Tutoring has grown from a business that Alexandra started in her NYU dorm room to a thriving company that employs 30 tutors and part-time employees. She is looking to expand so that the business can be her lifelong career. According to the Times,

"to carry itself for the next 40 years, Ms. Mayzler says, Thinking Caps must ‘become more of a stand-alone brand, not an Alexandra brand.’"

In addition to working as the Founding Educational Director of Thinking Caps, Alexandra had the time to co-author ''Tutor in a Book,'' which will be published by Adams Media in July.

To read the entire article, click here. For more on Alexandra Mayzler and Thinking Caps, visit their website.

Photo of Alexandra Mayzler from NYC Private Schools Blog.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lisa Drayer (GSAS '00) – Nutritionist and Weight Loss Expert

drayerbk.jpg Lisa Drayer, an alumna of the Masters Program in Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting at GSAS, is a nutritionist who has helped many individuals improve their health and achieve their weight loss goals. She was a regular contributor to CNN with her “Breakfast with Daybreak” segment. She has also made appearances on network morning shows, including the "Today" Show on NBC and ABC’s "Good Morning America." Lisa is the weight loss and nutrition expert for Women’s Health magazine, where she answers readers' diet questions in her monthly column. Her advice has appeared in several other national magazines and newspapers, including Elle, Fitness, McCall’s, Family Circle, Marie Claire, Bon Appetit, Seventeen, Natural Health, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune.

Lisa has written two books, most recently The Beauty Diet: Looking Great has Never Been So Delicious.

She is the recipient of the American Dietetic Association's 2005 Media Excellence Award, given on behalf of ADA's 70,000 members.

For more information on Lisa Drayer, check out her website.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Elizabeth Gilbert (WSC '91) - Following Up Her Bestselling Memoir

Committed.jpgElizabeth Gilbert’s (WSC ’91) hugely popular memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, chronicles her journey to Italy, India, and Bali after going through a divorce. While that book was about finding herself while traveling through three countries, her new book, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, is about doing something she never thought she’d do again – remarry. According to an article in O Magazine
“If [Eat, Pray, Love] was a response to Gilbert's brutal divorce, her stirring new book, Committed, is a meditation on marriage.”
If you’re in the New York City area on January 5, you can attend a reading by Ms. Gilbert at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square. For more information on Elizabeth Gilbert and her new book, which is being released today, visit her website.