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Connecting talented and ambitious people in the world’s greatest cities, our mission is to be a top quality institution.

Join our more than 40,000 students studying in hundreds of programs on six continents all around the globe.

Our world-class students, faculty, and scholars expect high achievement in pursuit of engaging the world’s diverse challenges.

An institution without walls, we draw spirit from our cities and their famous cultural institutions and professional opportunities.

Being at the forefront of their disciplines, our faculty shape the understanding of an enormous range of academic fields.

Paused for two years, the curated exhibition is back with innovative games related to family dinners, tactile communication and the future of foosball.

The NYU Game Center presents No Quarter 2022, the annual exhibition of new games that returns for the first time since 2019, when it was interrupted by the pandemic. The 11th installment of the popular event is set for Nov. 18 from 7:00 — 11:00 p.m. at 370 Jay St. in Brooklyn.

For 10 consecutive years, the NYU Game Center appointed a curator who commissioned new work from established and emerging artists working in games and adjacent fields.

For No Quarter 2022, it has enlisted Marie Foulston, a game design expert who has collaborated with the V&A in London, Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, Netflix and PlayStation.

Foulston has chosen four designers and design teams – Jenny Jiao Hsia and AP Thomson, Claire Kwong, Douglas Wilson and Melissa McGlensey and Videogamo – to create what she describes as an eclectic arcade of games that challenge our expectations of what it means to play together.

No Quarter has been a staple of the New York independent game scene for over a decade and so it means a lot to see it return after a two-year hiatus,” Foulston said. “During those years many people turned to online games and play, even if it was just a family quiz over Zoom, as a way to stay connected.”

Hsia and Thomson, an award-winning duo based in New York City, have previously studied and taught at the NYU Game Center and have been featured at conferences and museums. Currently, they are working on Consume Me, a semi-autobiographical game about Hsia’s high school years. For the exhibition, they will present Leisurely Eatery,

a competition set at a family dinner that allows players to work with their family members or to sabotage them.

Kwong creates interactive experiences encouraging people to communicate with and touch each other. Now based in New York, she has exhibited in Berlin, Amsterdam and London. Her project, Between, is an experience for two players that uses light, movement and touch to explore the space that exists between them.

Wilson and McGlensey live in Australia, where they tap their love of reality television to create collaborations at the intersection of game design and live performance. Their piece, Factions: The Podcast (Season 0), is a competition podcast series that invites listeners to play along as the 10 contestants talk, lie, negotiate and vote each other out.

Videogamo is an Argentine studio specializing in dedicated hardware games including NAVE Arcade and DOBOTONE. Their commission, GOL-E-GOL, is a custom-built foosball table crossed with a video arcade machine.

No Quarter, a reference to the 25-cent coin that traditionally fed arcade games, attracts independent designers, players and scholars for an event that stretches the definition of games, said Naomi Clark, chair of NYU’s Game Center.

“It’s an artform, a meaningful part of our culture,” Clark said. “No Quarter brings together the New York game community, and draws attention to the people who are fashioning new experiences of play.”

No Quarter started in 2010 and over the next decade featured artists including Zach Gage, Kevin Cancienne, Mark Essen and Margaret Robertson and launched such games as Terry Cavanagh’s At A Distance and Catt Small’s Breakup Squad. Past exhibits included board, digital and spectator-friendly games.

The return of the curated show is especially anticipated after the pandemic, Foulston said.
Unlike any time that has gone before, the pandemic showed us just how essential the experience of playing together can be in our lives,”  said Foulston, co-founder of the UK-based alternative game collective, Wild Rumpus. “This year’s No Quarter is a celebration of the inspiring creatives who work in the game space, but also a way to give them creative freedom to create new work that explores the many different ways games can bring us together
No Quarter 2022 is free but a reservation is required.

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Where Tech Talent Goes To Thrive

here is a worldwide shortage of digital skills. In a world increasingly reliant on technology, demand for technological skillsets is rising by as much as 50%. Meanwhile, nearly three-quarters of today’s workers don’t feel equipped to learn the digital skills needed by businesses.

The most acute shortage is in advanced skills like programming, especially for new technologies like AI and blockchain.

This demand gives skilled tech workers, entrepreneurs, and leaders the pick of where to base themselves. As cities and nations compete to attract tech talent, what makes these prized individuals choose one place over another?.

Initial Attraction
In a survey of ‘tech migrants’, Boston Consulting Group identified a mixture of short-, medium-, and long-term levers businesses and cities could use to attract talent.

The initial attraction is often brute economics: higher pay and lower taxes. That’s certainly what brings people to Dubai, says Vladimir Vrzhovski, Tech and Digital Lead at Mercer: “Dubai pays about 30% higher than most of the mature tech hubs around Europe and Asia.” It also has a lower cost of living, especially when its 0% income tax is taken into account.

Businesses operating in the city’s free zones – like the tech-focused Dubai Internet City (DIC) and Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Innovation Hub – also benefit from 0% corporation tax. BCG credits the incentive with bringing big names like Amazon, Google, and Oracle to the emirate.

It is an echo of London’s rise to tech prominence, offering tax relief on tech investments via its Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) to funnel the city’s vast pools of finance towards digital businesses.

The presence of blue-chip names affords another major draw for tech talent: opportunities.

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Adding exercise into treatment may reduce substance use, study shows

One key to fighting addiction may be exercise, according to a new study.

Researchers undertook a review of the existing literature around physical activity and its relationship to substance use, and they found that regular exercise was associated with lowered use in about 75% of the studies investigating that question, according to the analysis.

The review, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at 43 studies with more than 3,000 total participants. In addition to a reduction or cessation in substance use, the studies also found improved markers of physical health and decreased depressive symptoms, the study said.

“People think that during treatment people should only do psychotherapeutic treatments … but that’s not what we’ve seen in our study,” said lead study author Florence Piché, a doctoral student and researcher at Université de Montréal in Canada. “It’s very beneficial to do physical activity in addition to the treatments.”

There are limitations to the findings. The review found that most of the studies the researchers examined had a high risk of bias, meaning more research is needed to confirm their findings, said Dr. Aaron Kandola, research fellow at Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at University College London.

The studies were also not directly comparable enough to build a comprehensive and generalizable understanding of the relationship, Kandola said in an email. Kandola was not part of the research.

However, the findings were still significant and useful, he added.

“Substance use disorders are a major public health problem lacking low-cost, evidence-based solutions,” he said, adding that substance use disorders are worsening in many high-income countries — including the United States.

Finding more accessible solutions to this disorder is especially important because it often occurs with other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, which disproportionately affect people with fewer socioeconomic resources and areas with higher deprivation, he said.

Physical activity may be a useful and accessible part of a treatment plan for substance use disorder, said Dr. Mark Smith, professor of psychology at Davidson College in North Carolina. Smith was not part of the research.

“I think there’s now a sufficient amount of data to indicate that various forms of physical activity and exercise are generally effective at reducing substance use in individuals seeking treatment,” he said.

What exercise does
Most people can benefit from engaging in physical activity, Kandola said.

One benefit the studies found is improvements in physical health such as cardiovascular endurance or muscle strength, Smith said. And although that may not be the primary goal of the research, he said this finding is important because it shows the physical activity is doing its job to promote physical health.

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Blood sugar drug tirzepatide also leads to substantial weight loss in diabetes patients, Eli Lilly says

There’s more evidence that the injectable drug tirzepatide helps people with diabetes lose weight as well as control their blood sugar, according to the drug’s manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Company.

In a new study, more than 900 adults with obesity and diabetes took the drug for a year and five months, and those on the highest dose lost an average of 34 pounds, or nearly 16% of their starting weight. It also helped people reduce their blood sugar, the company said in a news release. The data has not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a medical journal.

“We have not hit 15% in any other phase three trial for weight management in this type two diabetes population,” said Dr. Nadia Ahmad, an associate vice president at Eli Lilly and medical director of obesity clinical development for the company.

Ahmad said the company was pleased with these results, given how hard it is for people with type 2 diabetes to lose weight.

Tirzepatide is currently sold as Mounjaro and approved to help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar.

Lilly says it will use the new study, along with results from an earlier study of weight loss in people without diabetes, to ask the US Food and Drug Administration to fast-track approval for tirzepatide purely for weight loss, which would make it a direct competitor to the blockbuster obesity drug Wegovy.

Plenty of people aren’t waiting for the FDA’s nod.

“I am aware of and I’ve heard, you know, it being sort of used off label for weight loss and individuals who do not have diabetes,” said Dr. Kimberly Gudzune, medical director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Gudzune was not involved in the tirzepatide study.

Gudzune points out that once a drug is FDA approved it can be prescribed for any reason a doctor sees as medically necessary.

Tirzepatide, along with several similar types of drugs taken for diabetes, went into shortage last year as success stories posted on social media fueled runaway demand for their weight loss benefits. The shortages made the medications difficult for patients with diabetes to get.

Tirzepatide works by mimicking the action of two different gut hormones. When blood sugar rises after eating, the drug stimulates the body to produce more insulin, which lowers blood sugar. It also slows down the movement of food from the stomach, making people feel fuller for longer. In clinical trials, people who took tirzepatide experienced more nausea, vomiting and diarrhea compared with those who took a placebo injection.

Semaglutide, manufactured by Novo Nordisk, has also been approved as a weight loss medication for overweight adults with at least one associated health problem since 2021. When prescribed for weight loss, it is sold under the brand name Wegovy. When prescribed for diabetes, the injection is sold under the brand name Ozempic.

High demand, coupled with manufacturing problems, threw Wegovy into shortage for much of the last year. That shortage then rippled into shortages for diabetes patients as doctors began prescribing other diabetes medications off-label for weight loss.

There has already been a lot of buzz about tirzepatide’s potential as an obesity medication. In a clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine last year, people who were overweight or obese, but did not have diabetes, lost an average of 52 pounds on the highest dose of the drug, or more than 20% of their starting weight.

“In the last year has been really exciting just to have more tools in the toolbox, so to speak. And tools that, you know, we’re seeing really achieving outcomes that patients for the longest time have been hoping to achieve,” Gudzune said.

If those results hold up in the real world, that would make it the most potent of the injectable weight loss medications.

Indeed, this week Lilly aims to begin a study that will test Mounjaro against Wegovy head-to-head in 700 participants at 61 sites in the United States and Canada, according to The study will conclude in February 2025.

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