Research

With a commitment to free and open inquiry, our scholars take an interdisciplinary approach to research that spans arts to engineering, medicine to education. Their work transforms the way we understand the world, advancing fields of study, and often creating new ones. Generating new knowledge for the benefit of present and future generations, UChicago research has had an impact around the globe, leading to such breakthroughs as discovering the link between cancer and genetics, establishing revolutionary theories of economics, and developing tools to produce reliably excellent urban schooling.

Research News

UChicago, Yale scientists look to living cells to develop novel self-actuating materials

July 7, 2014—Scientists from the University of Chicago and Yale University will collaborate on a new $6.25 million project intended to create novel, biologically inspired synthetic materials that can generate and respond to forces in the same way that cells do. Such materials could autonomously stiffen, change shape or self-heal in response to mechanical forces.

John Maunsell appointed director of Grossman Institute for Neuroscience

July 3, 2014—John Maunsell, a pioneering researcher in the neuroscience of vision and editor-in-chief of the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience, has been appointed inaugural director of the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior at the University of Chicago. He assumed his full-time responsibilities July 1.

New lab to study parenting at intersection of policy, behavioral economics, neuroscience

July 2, 2014—In an effort to identify cost-effective ways to close the “parenting gap” between rich and poor families, two professors at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy have launched a new lab to evaluate parenting approaches that help children thrive.

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions must be priority in mitigating climate change, study says

July 1, 2014—Politically expedient solutions will have little effect on climate change without real steps to rein in carbon dioxide emissions, according to a comprehensive new study by Raymond Pierrehumbert, the Louis Block Professor in Geophysical Sciences.

Massive 30-ton MicroBooNE particle detector moved into place, will see neutrinos this year

June 24, 2014—The MicroBooNE dectector—a 30-ton, 40-foot-long cylindrical metal tank designed to detect ghostly particles called neutrinos—was carefully transported by truck across the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab site, from the warehouse building it was constructed in to the experimental hall three miles away.