Congratulations to WINS members

Nicolette Payne and Cindy Tsui received their President's Service awards on April 22. Nikki and Cindy received this prestigious award for their distinguished achievements in the promotion of learning, leadership, and quality of student life at New York University. We are proud of them!

The 2015 Application is Available

Second-semester freshmen, rising juniors, and rising seniors are eligible to apply. The deadline for applying for admission to the WINS program for Fall 2015 is May 29, 2015. Acceptances will be sent out in June 2015.

Undergraduates from NYU-Poly and Abu Dhabi can use the same application form:

WINS 2015 Application

Featured Women in Science

NYU Female Social Scientist of the Month: Robin Nagle


WINS Profile:

Dr. Robin Nagle first came to New York University as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Academic services within the Graduate School of Arts and Science after finishing her Ph.D. in anthropology at Columbia University in 1994. Since 1996, she has been the Director of the Draper Program at NYU, which is an interdisciplinary master’s program that explores the humanities and social sciences. Dr. Nagle teaches several classes for both graduate and undergraduate students, such as Garbage in Gotham: the Anthropology of Trash (her first class at NYU), The Invisible Metropolis (examining elements of cities people are not aware of), and Human Society and Culture (an introduction to anthropology class).

Dr. Nagle’s research focuses on discarded material culture, more commonly known as garbage or waste. Her previous work explored the labors of waste and what it means to be a worker committed to this stigmatized profession that is essential to the way our world works. Following this line of work, Dr. Nagle was named the anthropologist-in-residence at the Department of Sanitation in New York City. Not only did she follow the lives of NYC sanitation workers, but she became one herself! In 2013, Dr. Nagle published a book based on these experiences called Picking Up: One the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City. She also gave a TED talk in September 2013 on what she discovered in her experiences with New York City trash. Currently, she is expanding on these research ideas now asking how people deem things to be disposable and why something considered trash by one person can be a treasure to other people such as collectors and hoarders. She is also working with colleagues and other graduate students at DSNY and NYU to organize the Department’s archives, to establish an on-going Oral History Project, to create a Wall of Honor for city Sanitation personnel killed on the job, and to found the city’s Sanitation Museum.

When asked who her female inspiration was, Dr. Nagle cited Mierle Laderman Ukeles. An artist for the Department of Sanitation known for her feminist and service-oriented artwork, Dr. Nagle was inspired by her passion, seriousness, eloquence, and her status as an artist revolutionary. She also found that she and Ms. Ukeles asked similar questions: Who cleans up after us? Why is it ignored? How might the public become more aware of the importance of the work and of the people who do it?

Dr. Nagle encourages young women to follow their passions, no matter how odd those passions may seem to others. She didn’t start her garbage and material culture research until she came to NYU. “Even though your subject is not commonplace, and even if people would consider it a little quirky, go for it. Do not hold back because you think other people will think this is too unusual or weird. If your passion is pointing you towards something that is so clear in your heart this is where your curiosity is pushing you, just go,” Dr. Nagle said.

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