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

Evolutionary study finds neglected fin may have a function

March 10, 2014—Fin's emergence in many species challenges assumption that it’s a useless remnant

Gesturing with hands is a powerful tool for children’s math learning

March 10, 2014—Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to new research from University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology.

A single gene called doublesex controls wing mimicry in butterflies

March 7, 2014—A single gene regulates the complex wing patterns, colors and structures required for mimicry in swallowtail butterflies, report scientists from the University of Chicago in the March 5 issue of Nature. Surprisingly, the gene, named "doublesex," is already well known for its critical role in sexual differentiation in insects.

Arts Incubator Q&A with Theaster Gates

March 7, 2014—What is the purpose of Arts and Public Life? The Arts and Public Life initiative seeks to build artistic connections between the University of Chicago, local artists and the surrounding community that amplify the vibrant creativity already occurring in the area. The newly renovated Arts Incubator in Washington Park and the Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus are art-focused spaces that can make these connections happen.

University of Chicago announces program for the opening of the UChicago Center in Delhi

March 7, 2014—The University of Chicago will celebrate the opening of its Center in Delhi on March 28-30 with a series of panel discussions among distinguished scholars, on topics such as visual cultures, transnational innovation in science and public health, and early childhood education. - See more at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/03/05/university-chicago-announces-program-opening-uchicago-center-delhi#sthash.JJcfB2FS.dpuf