Features Archive: 2011


December Homepage Features

Passion for education inspires diversity honorees

Shayne Evans and Sylvia Puente, recipients of 2012 Diversity Leadership Awards, say schools can foster equality.
Homepage 12.19.2011

Sylvia Puente

Campbell explores freedom’s untidy details

In authentic novels of rural America, Bonnie Jo Campbell, AB’84, draws from her own tales of farms and hitchhiking.
Homepage 12.12.2011

bonnie jo campbell

Pioneering WHPK keeps Chicago rap fresh

Radio station that hosted hip hop superstars like Common and Kanye West is a training ground for students and community
Homepage 12.05.2011

Mario Gage has been trying to get onto WHPK since 2006, when he began taking classes at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

November Homepage Features

Science pubs create lively intellectual exchange

UChicago speakers help bring informal research discussions to Chicago's suburbs.
Homepage 11.28.2011

Peter Doran

Peirce urges young artists to test limits

Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce, AB’90, says teachers like Prof. Lauren Berlant shaped her sense of artistic adventure
Homepage 11.07.2011

Kimberly Peirce

October Homepage Features

Dawson seeks change through political research

Michael Dawson sees flux in views about race and progress
Homepage 10.31.2011

Michael Dawson

Theaster Gates takes new leap as arts pioneer

Long ambitious in his artistic and civic vision, Gates will foster new connections as Director of Arts and Public Life
Homepage 10.25.2011

Theaster Gates

Eric Fischer’s social maps show world in a new light

In illustrations of social media usage and other trends, alumnus bridges art and analysis.
Homepage 10.17.2011


Mansueto Library emerges as a Chicago icon

Oct. 11 dedication at Harper Memorial Commons celebrates new library’s central role in campus life and scholarship.
Homepage 10.11.2011

mansueto library

Students study insects as ‘green’ food

Undergraduate-led company sees bugs as sustainable alternative to traditional meat. Can they convince consumers?
Homepage 10.03.2011

Chelsey Rice-Davis and Matthew Krisiloff

September Homepage Features

Pawar brings student’s focus to City Council

At age 30, SSA graduate student Ameya Pawar surprised everyone by winning a Chicago City Council seat.
Homepage 09.27.2011

Ameya Pawar

New Bucksbaum Institute fosters doctor-patient communication

Landmark pledge of $42 million from Bucksbaum Foundation to train physicians as trusted advisors and partners with patie
Homepage 09.22.2011

Carolyn 'Kay' and Matthew Bucksbaum

How medieval studies led journalist to Libya

Clare Gillis, AB’98, was taken prisoner as she reported from Libya, but her path began with academic interests.
Homepage 09.19.2011

Clare Gillis, AB'98

Soviet art retrospective goes citywide

University leadership sparked the Soviet Arts Experience, with 100 events around Chicago this fall.
Homepage 09.12.2011

University of Chicago Ph.D student Kat Hill-Reischl poses  while examining posters from the exhibit.

Metcalf fellows get vital career preparation

With rapid growth to 450 internships, program gives College students funding to pursue career options.
Homepage 09.06.2011

Jolyn Yao (right) spent her summer as an intern in Google's New York City office.

August Homepage Features

Hit Porgy and Bess points to Court’s future

Scholarly re-imagining of the Gershwins' classic musical brings unprecedented success, with plans for more.
Homepage 08.29.2011

Alexis J. Rogers as Bess and Todd M. Kryger as Porgy

How wine defined European colonialism

Anthropologist Michael Dietler studies interplay of trade, culture, and violence in ancient France.
Homepage 08.22.2011

The cover of Archaeologies of Colonialism depicts Princess Gyptis

Fujita’s tornado research stirs legacy

UChicago’s influence in geophysical, atmospheric sciences owes much to the late Ted Fujita, aka “Mr. Tornado.”
Homepage 08.15.2011

Ted Fujita

Smart exhibit blends art and technology

Organizers of Go Figure use touch-screen technology to engage visitors, tell artists’ stories.
Homepage 08.08.2011

Jessica Moss

Taking a hard look at health disparities

Monica Vela, MD’93, helps lead Medical Center education on health problems in underserved areas.
Homepage 08.01.2011



July Homepage Features

City students discover love of science

Project Exploration gives inner-city youths an inspiring look at research careers.
Homepage 07.25.2011

Junior paleontologists Rana and Juan get hands-on scientific experience in the field during a 2008 trip to Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota

Baseball ritual inspires anthem tour

Alumnus Joe Price is taking his research interest on the road, singing the national anthem at 100 games this summer.
Homepage 07.18.2011

Joe Price

Law alumni lead through the courts

Judges like Rebecca Pallmeyer, JD’79, say the Law School fosters public service and understanding of complex, conflictin
Homepage 07.11.2011

Rebecca Pallmeyer

China gives undergrads full immersion

Students at new Center in Beijing explore a diverse and complex nation.
Homepage 07.05.2011

Alexander Kramarczuk

June Homepage Features

Alum marshals data to fight Chicago crime

As CPD’s Chief Data Officer, Brett Goldstein, SM’05, uses predictive analysis to find trouble spots.
Homepage 06.27.2011

Chicago

“Heroic” dictionary project reaches goal

Now complete after 90 years, the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary details everyday life of ancient Mesopotamia.
Homepage 06.20.2011

Martha Roth, editor-in-charge of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, speaks with editorial board members Prof. Matthew Stolper and Prof. Emeritus Robert Biggs

At age 88, graduate completes College journey

After lifetime of discovery, retired doctor Albert Liebman finishes degree that began in 1939.
Homepage 06.13.2011

Albert Liebman

University announces Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry

Gift from Richard and Mary L. Gray to support novel program linking artists, scholars.
Homepage 06.06.2011


May Homepage Features

Mansueto Library creates new space for thought

Opening this week, the new library serves a “hybrid culture” of physical and digital holdings.
Homepage 05.20.2011

students studying in mansueto library on opening day

Ready, set…Scav Hunt!

Beloved campus tradition of Scavenger Hunt marks 25th anniversary—and shoots for a world record.
Homepage 05.11.2011

The 25th running of the Scavenger Hunt will begin at midnight Wednesday, May 4 and will culminate with judging at noon on Mother's Day. This year's competition hopes to set a Guinness World Record for largest scavenger hunt.

Terrorism research gains world’s attention

Following Osama bin Laden’s death, experts like Robert Pape and Jenna Jordan ponder nation’s next steps.
Homepage 05.09.2011

Jenna Jordan and Prof. Robert Pape address the Chicago media at a May 2 news conference, in which they pondered the effect of Osama bin Laden's death on the U.S. war on terrorism

April Homepage Features

Language quest turns to the brain

UChicago linguists use innovative tools to find the common features of languages.
Homepage 04.18.2011

Julian Grove, manager of the Language Processing Laboratory at the University, wears a cap that is used with an EEG machine.

Fighting tuberculosis in India’s slums

Sandeep Ahuja, policy alum from the Harris School, finds innovative ways to track and treat impoverished TB patients
Homepage 04.11.2011


Freakonomics ideas flourish in the classroom

Economist Steven Levitt’s national following has not dimmed his love of teaching undergraduates.
Homepage 04.04.2011

Steven Levitt

March Homepage Features

Real “Glee” inspires alum’s choir film

Sparked by a College course, Marissa Flaxbart, AB'05, creates a documentary on show choir at her former high school.
Homepage 03.28.2011

Marissa Flaxbart

UChicago nurtures city’s Internet start-up scene

With mentors from Groupon and other local companies, young entrepreneurs are joining Chicago’s burgeoning tech industry.
Homepage 03.21.2011

Brad Keywell

Opera gives voice to veterans’ memories

For Lyric Opera’s “Hercules,” famed director Peter Sellars reaches out to UChicago veterans and scholars.
Homepage 03.14.2011

Hercules performance

Molecular Engineering names founding director

Matthew Tirrell, currently head of bioengineering at Berkeley, will lead new program poised for far-reaching innovation.
Homepage 03.07.2011

Matthew Tirrell

February Homepage Features

Gilliam leads research to prevent teen pregnancy

With a 'visionary' approach to reproductive health, Dr. Melissa Gilliam seeks to change teens' perceptions and behavior.
Homepage 02.28.2011


Evolution of writing began with graffiti

Oriental Institute exhibition, running through March 6, explains origins of a seminal human invention.
Homepage 02.21.2011

This piece of an ivory box is incised with a personal name Hery-netcherw, his title, “Supervisor of the servants of the Ceremonial Beard,” and name of king Djet. The earliest writing in Egypt records names, titles, and geographic locations. From Abydo

Divinity alum gets Grammy nomination

Justin Roberts, AM'99, sings smart songs for children, and wrote a hit while studying Sanskrit.
Homepage 02.07.2011

justin roberts

Buried by blizzard, students seize the day

Last week's Groundhog Day Blizzard brought many chances to create art, serve others, or just join in a snowball fight.
Homepage 02.07.2011

student in snow

January Homepage Features

Digital tools broaden study of humanities

UChicago's ARTFL Project gives international scholars new insights on complex texts in art, literature, and philosophy.
Homepage 01.31.2011

Robert Morrissey

College prep starts early in UEI program

6to16 builds a web of support for Chicago students, from middle school through college graduation.
Homepage 01.24.2011

Chicago Public School student

Giant telescope could solve deep mysteries

Search for dark matter, dark energy, and origins of galaxies leads to Andes Mountains.
Homepage 01.18.2011

giant telescope

Jamison’s grace leaves artistic and social legacy

Judith Jamison, legend in American modern dance, is keynote speaker for University's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
Homepage 01.10.2011

Judith Jamison