The NYU Monthly Roundup: October 2019

There’s a lot going on at NYU. Here are some recent highlights.

Bird's-eye view of Washington Square Park.

What is NYU? Three degree-granting campuses, 12 global academic locations, plus 10 schools, colleges, and programs in New York City. NYU has great reach, and our community is always up to something interesting or innovative. While it’s hard to keep up with everything that goes on, the NYU Monthly Roundup is here to give you the highlights. Here’s your update of what’s happening in the wide world of NYU.

A collage of the NYU Monthly Roundup. Image one: A close-up of piano keys. Image two: A fish made out of computer hardware parts. Image three: President Andy Hamilton smiling in front of a microphone. Image four: NYU votes logo. Image five: an Emmy award. Image six: A group of students holding large checks reflecting the award they won. Image seven: Two people in astronaut Halloween costumes.

Volunteer at Our Cutest Event of the Year

At the annual Children’s Halloween Parade, NYU works with Manhattan Community Board 2 to host a kid-friendly parade around Washington Square Park. The costumes never disappoint, and neither do the marching bands. The procession is followed by a street fair with games and activities, live music, and plenty of treats (no tricks).

It’s Kickoff Season for Your Start-Up

The annual $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge, which is hosted by the W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs at NYU Stern, opens this month. The challenge runs the length of the academic year and serves as a springboard for many NYU start-ups. Any NYU student with a great idea can apply. While it is a competition, the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge is an invaluable learning opportunity at its core. Not only do participants complete eight months of boot camp–style development, they also participate in team-building sessions, business development workshops, industry expert Q&As, branding classes, and, of course, presentations and pitch-offs. During the awards ceremony in May, winning teams take home a portion of the prize money to help launch their idea. But everyone leaves the experience with a strong portfolio of skills.

“Register to Vote—and Then Vote!”

You’ll hear this call all across campus in October thanks to the NYU Votes initiative. That’s because November elections will be the first time that many first-year students are eligible to cast their ballots. NYU holds registration events, providing information on how to register in any state or while studying abroad, because our community holds this civic duty in the highest regard.

Did You Catch the “Emmy Awards”?

If so, you saw 15 NYU alumni win big this year, including Greg Spence, a producer for Game of Thrones; Charlie Redd, a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; Rachel Bloom, who wrote the music and lyrics for her own show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; and Marina Reti, a costume designer for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Can Robots Save Our Fragile Ecosystems?

NYU Tandon professor Maurizio Porfiri is exploring this very real possibility. His team developed robotic fish that strike fear into the hearts of devastatingly invasive mosquitofish. It turns out that fear might lower their reproduction rate and keep them in check.

Music Has the Power to Heal

That’s why NYU Steinhardt invested in a state-of-the-art renovation of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, which reopened last month. Here, music therapists, students, and musicians come together to learn. And patients—many of whom are children with autism or sensory impairments—can engage in creative music therapy.

NYU Faculty Are Changing the World

Catch them in conversation with NYU President Andy Hamilton as he interviews them on his Conversations podcast. Not only will you be inspired by their work, you’ll also get a glimpse into what it means to be part of the NYU community.

That’s it for this edition of the NYU Monthly Roundup. Check back in November for updates on all things NYU.