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.
—University of Chicago physicians Mark Ratain and Peter O’Donnell created the Genomic Prescribing System based on a simple hypothesis—that patients and healthcare providers would be eager to incorporate genetic information into decisions about prescribing medical treatments if they had the tools to do so. Their efforts recently received a boost when the University of Chicago Innovation Fund awarded the team $100,000 to support their work.
—The White House recognized the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab on Monday for their efforts to prevent youth violence, and announced $10 million in new funding for anti-violence research and programming involving UChicago scholars.
—This summer, 48 fellows from around the world have come to Chicago to tackle a variety of projects as part of the 2014 Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship—a University of Chicago program dedicated to making a better world through innovative data science projects.
—Since October 2013, more than 52,000 children, most from Central America and unaccompanied by adults, have crossed the Southwest border into the United States, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. That’s nearly double last year’s total and 10 times the number from 2009. Maria Woltjen discussed the latest crisis with UChicago News.
—The University of Chicago is creating a new professorship in tissue engineering to promote innovative work at the University’s Institute for Molecular Engineering and the Marine Biological Laboratory, supported by a $3.5 million donation from the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation.