Alpha Five Tattler

Volume II Edition V

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Quote of the Week!

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The Professor's Recommendation

This week's recommendation comes courtesy of the NYUAD Institute. (Are you on their mailing list? Do you follow them on social media? They're a great source of programming for the broader Abu Dhabi community and most events are only steps from your room! All programs are free and most are open to students as well as the general public.)

Tuesday, check out the lecture on "Digital Humanitarians" by Patrick Meier, author of Digital Humanitarians (CRC Press, 2015) and Director of Social Innovation, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). Here's a description of the presentation:

The information overflow that occurs in the wake of a disaster can paralyze humanitarian response efforts. Making sense of this flash flood of information, or "Big Data" is challenging for traditional humanitarian organizations. Aid groups are more adept at dealing with information scarcity than overflow. To address this problem, organizations are turning to Digital Humanitarians: tech-savvy volunteers who craft and leverage ingenious crowdsourcing solutions with insights from artificial intelligence. This talk discusses the rise of Digital Humanitarians and how their innovative solutions are changing humanitarian action.

Date September 29, 2015

Time 06:30pm - 08:00pm

Location NYUAD Saadiyat Campus, A6 Conference Center

For more information and to RSVP:
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College Recipe of the Week! Suprise your friends with a great breakfast!

Spinach and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches


  • 12 eggs, scrambled
  • 2 cups baby spinach (if you got the dining dirhams!)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6-8 ounces cheese, grated
  • 12 whole wheat English muffins
  • Meat(sausage, bacon optional)

To get that classic Egg McMuffin shape to the egg is kind of tricky. Oh wait. No it’s not. Just grab a muffin tin and and very lightly oil each spot in the tin with either butter or spray oil (I used a very small amount of butter on a paper towel.)

After about 10-15 minutes, you’ll have these perfectly cooked, perfectly shaped eggs. These are just asking to be put on a sandwich!

I also decided to toast up all my English muffins. Given that I was making a bunch, I just sliced all of my muffins in half and laid them all out on a baking sheet. After about 10 minutes in the oven (you can toast these at the same time as your eggs are cooking), they’ll be toasty and ready to go.

Bake these guys at 350 degrees for about 20-22 minutes and they should be perfectly cooked. Be sure to check them to make sure the very centers are cooked through. If they aren’t, then cook them for a few extra minutes.

Once they cool for a few minutes, the egg cups should easily slide out of the tins.

Making the sandwich

This is not rocket science people. Take half of a muffin, add some cheese, add an egg, and apply the top half of the muffin.

If you’re so inclined, add a tiny smear of butter onto the top half of the muffin, just for some added flavor. You could also hit the sandwich with some pepper if you wanted or even some hot sauce!

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Attitude Dance Society Presents: Body Voices 2015

Enjoy watching or performing dance? Ever wondered what purpose dance serves in propagating social movements, creating a communal identity, and in making larger political statements?

The Attitude Dance SIG has been working hard to organize NYUAD's first dance conference. The conference will be a two-day event that features four speakers from around the world, spanning a variety of dance and cultural backgrounds. The conference, "Body Voices 2015: Reimagining Culture, Community and Politics" will take place at NYUAD on October 16-17, and includes dance workshops, lectures, and discussion panels featuring the four dance scholars.


  • Aparna Ramaswamy (Co-Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of Ragamala Dance Company)
  • Terry Bright Ofosu (Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Dance Studies, University of Ghana)
  • Sharaf DarZaid (Project Manager at Popular Art Centre, Palestine)
  • Ali Chahrour (Choreographer and dancer, Lebanon)

Following each speaker's lecture will be a dance workshop conducted by the speaker, including diverse styles such as contemporary, Bharatanatyam and Ghanaian Azonto. The conference will be open to a limited number of NYUAD students, as well as students from NYU Shanghai and other universities in Abu Dhabi.

Look out for the upcoming application form that will open on Sept. 23! The application process will be competitive. If you have any questions, more info will be posted soon, or you could email We are so excited to share this conference with the NYUAD community!

Introvert Appreciation Day!

Susan Cain: The power of introverts
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Book of the Week!

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking is a 2012 non-fiction book written by Susan Cain. Cain argues that modern Western Culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to "a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness."

The book presents a history of how Western culture transformed from a culture of character to a culture of personality in which an "extrovert ideal" dominates and introversion is viewed as inferior or even pathological. Adopting scientific definitions of introversion and extroversion as preferences for different levels of stimulation, Quiet outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each temperament, emphasizing the myth of the extrovert ideal that has dominated in the West since the early twentieth century. Asserting that temperament is a core element of human identity, Cain cites research in biology, psychology, neuroscience and evolution to demonstrate that introversion is both common and normal, noting that many of humankind's most creative individuals and distinguished leaders were introverts.

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Give Feedback on Vegatarian Options in Dining Hall

Craving different veggies at the East Dining salad bar or have ideas for the new Feel Good station? ADNH Compass is working with students to improve their meatless options - we welcome responses from everyone on campus! Give feedback in this survey by ADNH Compass and Veggie Might. Give anonymous feedback or enter your NetID and dietary preferences for statistical information. Thank you!

Intercultural Competence Core Training

Wednesday, September 30

Intercultural Competence Core Training

Upperclass students - sign up for the ICC trainings on September 30! The Office of Intercultural Education and Spiritual Life has designed a customized curriculum to support students in developing intercultural competence, and we want YOU to participate! This four-module program will expand your knowledge and skill around the fundamental competencies of curiosity, flexibility, and authenticity. Email to sign up.

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