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

Talking to children about STEM fields boosts test scores and career interest

January 17, 2017—A new study finds parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields.

Flexible ferroelectrics bring two material worlds together

January 16, 2017—Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with researchers at Northwestern University, have pioneered a new class of materials with advanced functionalities.

Study of microbes reveals new insight about Earth’s geology and carbon cycles

January 13, 2017—Tiny microbes play a big role in cycling carbon and other key elements through our air, water, soil and sediment. Not only do microbes capture and release carbon, contributing to a cycle that is central to life on Earth, they also release compounds that can change existing minerals and form new ones — in turn shaping the geology of the world around us.

Seeing vape pen use boosts desire to smoke among young adults

January 12, 2017—Although they look less like cigarettes than first-generation e-cigarettes, a new study found that the newer generation e-cigarette vape pens (also known as vaporizers) stimulate the urge to smoke as powerfully as watching someone smoke a “combustible” tobacco cigarette.

New study aims to determine origin of ovarian cancer

January 10, 2017—UChicago researchers work to determine the points of origin and eventual metastatic trajectory of high-grade serous ovarian cancer, the most aggressive and deadly type of the disease.