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

Computer model explains sustained eruptions on icy moon of Saturn

April 21, 2016—The Cassini spacecraft has observed geysers erupting on Saturn’s moon Enceladus since 2005, but the process that drives and sustains these eruptions has remained a mystery. Now scientists at the University of Chicago and Princeton University have pinpointed a mechanism by which cyclical tidal stresses exerted by Saturn can drive Enceladus’ long-lived eruptions.

Human limbs may have evolved from gill arches in fish, study finds

April 19, 2016—Sharks, skates and rays are oddities among fish: They have appendages growing out of the gill arches, smalls cradle of bones that supports the gills. This anatomical peculiarity has led to the proposal that the paired limbs of humans, and before that the paired fins of fish, evolved from the transformation of gill arches in early fish.

New study reveals social thinking in the infant brain

April 12, 2016—An innovative collaboration between neuroscientists and developmental psychologists that investigated how infants’ brains process other people’s actions provides the first evidence that directly links neural responses from the motor system to overt social behavior in infants.

Research highlights racial and ethnic disparity in college graduation rates

April 12, 2016—Based on research showing the importance of where students enroll in determining the likelihood that they will graduate, the EdTalk Project has developed an up-to-date listing of college graduation rates. More than 1,800 colleges and universities are listed. The companion report, Beyond Enrollment Rates: The Gaping Disparity in Where Black, Latino and White Students Enroll, presents the racial and ethnic disparity in the historical graduation rates of the colleges where the last two freshman cohorts enrolled.

Sidney Nagel to present ‘Reflections on a Liquid Drop’ during April 20 Ryerson Lecture

April 11, 2016—Prof. Sidney Nagel will deliver the Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture at 5 p.m. on April 20 in the Max Palevsky Cinema of Ida Noyes Hall.