Week 1


Find interesting research topics and bring 2-3 ideas to class, written on individual index cards



[1] Climate Change Lessons from Arabian Gulf Coral Reefs

Coral in the Arabian Gulf have adapted to temperatures that can top 97 degrees Fahrenheit. NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are working to understand how. [LINK]

  • Coral and Symbiotic algae have genetically adapted to extreme temperatures – corals could cope with future climate change(?)
  • Cross-breeding would introduce thermotolerant species like the coral in Arabian Gulf have, boosting their survival chances
  • Interactive in finding possibilities of breeding game *


[2] Junk Food Tax is Legally and Administratively Viable, Finds New Analysis [LINK]

NYU College of Global Public Health and Tufts’ Friedman School Examine Options for Categorizing, Taxing Junk Food Link.

  • Applying junk food taxes might reduce the disease burden from unhealthy food and drinks consumption
  • “One advantage of a manufacturer excise tax is that food companies may be incentivized to reformulate their products if nutrition criteria are incorporated into the tax,” Pomeranz said.
  • Finding how much we costing our health, with the food taxes (?) *


[3] Studying Bird Calls to save lives

A research project called Birdvox is working to remedy the problem of plane struck into a flock of birds. With the support of Google Foundation, the project is being conducted by the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL) at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

  • Bird Migration Patterns (rely on weather surveillance radar and birdwatchers only)
  • Refine emerging machine -listening technologies that will identify different species of birds during migration
  • Real time migratory information on exactly when, where, and which specific birds are migrating over the sensed area *
  • Predictors of environmental shifts


[4] Untangling New York City Traffic

To solve roadway snares, parking, cities must be able to gather and analyze massive data at traffic hot spots. But Kaan Ozbay, a professor in Tandon’s Department of Civil and Urban Engineering and the Center for Urban Science and Progress, is working to prove that a cost-effective network of sensors for data-driven decision making is within reach.

  • Video processing for detection of vehicles, pedestrians
  • Noise sensors for noise pollution
  • Emissions sensors for environmental impact in neighborhoods
  • Infrared sensors for counting
  • Wifi/bluetooth for wireless access to data streams
  • Critical data in real time on parking for smart cities.




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