Features Archive: 2010


December Homepage Features

Actress enriches craft with liberal arts

First-year Rae Gray decided her prominent roles in Chicago theater would benefit from broad thinking.
Homepage 12.27.2010

rae gray

Alum aimed higher after scaling Everest

The late Barry Bishop, PhD'80, carried on spirit of adventure as explorer and scholar.
Homepage 12.20.2010

barry bishop climbing mount everest

Eckhardt Center to foster precision science

Innovative building will enrich tradition in physical sciences and house trailblazing new institute.
Homepage 12.13.2010

eckhardt center rendering

Telling the life stories of words

Love of English language takes alumni on a lexical journey.
Homepage 12.06.2010

Ben Zimmer and Jesse Sheidlower

November Homepage Features

Five students awarded Rhodes, Marshall Scholarships

With interests ranging from history to oncology, students continue College tradition of scholarly achievement.
Homepage 11.24.2010

Matthew Jones, Ben Umans, and John Scotti

Economist seeks lessons from crisis

Raghuram Rajan, who predicted 2008 financial collapse, warns in new book that income inequality still threatens economy.
Homepage 11.15.2010

Raghuram Rajan

Young poets set Chicago scene abuzz

Graduate students in English Department balance critical and creative work.
Homepage 11.08.2010

UChicago graduate students

Photographer paints UChicago in new light

Microbiologist Justin Kern, AB’04, PhD’10, captures evocative portraits of campus.
Homepage 11.01.2010

Photograph of a reflection in the main quads of the University of Chicago

October Homepage Features

Brain key to ‘choking’ under pressure

Sian Beilock studies why good performers fail—and how they succeed.
Homepage 10.25.2010

Sian Beilock

Scholars revive China’s broken treasures

Historical sleuthing and digital techniques help Smart Museum recreate Buddhist cave temples.
Homepage 10.18.2010

Katherine Tsiang explains how a team of Chinese collaborators scanned and imaged the Xiangtangshan cave sites using 3-D technology.

Fossil work beckons young scientist

Fourth-year Sara ElShafie’s meticulous research yields scholarly paper on ancient turtles.
Homepage 10.11.2010

Sara ElShafie

Helping the world’s poor claim legal rights

Gary Haugen, JD’91, founded International Justice Mission to aid the poor in developing nations with few lawyers.
Homepage 10.04.2010

Gary Haugen with kids

September Homepage Features

Blogger battles teen stereotypes

First-year Jamie Keiles gains national following with a smart critique of teen-oriented media.
Homepage 09.27.2010

Jamie Keiles

Finding what makes constitutions endure

After comparing more than 900 constitutions, Law School team gleans lessons for nations worldwide.
Homepage 09.20.2010

Tom Ginsburg

Center in Beijing opens with focus on collaboration

The University’s new China home hosts formal opening this week, building on a legacy of research in the region.
Homepage 09.13.2010

Ribbon cutting at the opening of the new Center in Beijing on Sept. 15

Campus gardens fulfill Olmsted’s vision

In a neighborhood with a rich history of landscaping, botanical gardens showcase the beauty of biology.
Homepage 09.07.2010



August Homepage Features

Political thinker Levin passes final test

A PhD defense can be nerve-wracking, even for Yuval Levin, conservative author and former Bush administration staffer.
Homepage 08.30.2010

Yuval Levin

Summer Shakespeare makes campus a stage

Graduate students extend examination of contemporary life to broader literary audience.
Homepage 08.23.2010

Caroline Gelber professes love for Rosalind, as the character Orlando.

The Point: Filling the appetite for ideas

Graduate students extend examination of contemporary life to broader literary audience.
Homepage 08.16.2010

Etay Zwick, Jonny Thakkar, and Jon Baskin

Tracing Justice Stevens’ intellectual roots

As Lab student, College standout, and Law School lecturer, Justice John Paul Stevens, AB'41, shaped his mind at U of C.
Homepage 08.09.2010

Justice Stevens

Student artists find summer inspiration

With projects ranging from short film to a musical score for a circus, students get creative with Summer Fellowships.
Homepage 08.02.2010

adama wiltshire

July Homepage Features

Minow leads push for corporate reform

Nell Minow, JD’77, is shaping a national debate on executive salaries and accountability.
Homepage 07.26.2010

Nell Minow

New names of ancient minerals honor scientists

Andrew Davis and Lawrence Grossman pioneered study of the solar system’s chemical origins.
Homepage 07.20.2010

Andrew Davis and Lawrence Grossman

Doc Films brings the classics and the kitsch

With august roots as the nation’s oldest student film society, Doc screens something for everyone.
Homepage 07.12.2010

students at doc films watching space jam

Public school students forge path to top colleges

The first graduating class of Collegiate Scholars has set a national example.
Homepage 07.06.2010

Roderick Baker (2006 alumnus) and Fabiola Salazar (2009) both participated in the Collegiate Scholars program as high-schoolers.

June Homepage Features

Nussbaum finds the drama in philosophy

Martha Nussbaum develops creative ideas about social justice and the humanities.
Homepage 06.28.2010

At a recent Law School conference on Gender, Law, and the British Novel, Martha Nussbaum displays her vocal talents to colleagues and students by singing a duet with Xiaorong Jajah Wu, JD’10, from Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.

Broad outlook brings success for Disney leader

Leading the finances of the world’s biggest entertainment company takes creativity, says Jay Rasulo, AM’82, MBA'84.
Homepage 06.21.2010

Mickey Mouse and Jay Rasulo

Odyssey Scholarships help more students dream big

For 1,000 College students, the aid funded by a $100 million gift opens new possibilities.
Homepage 06.08.2010

Brandy Le and Jonathan Rodrigues

Becker builds on a career of original thinking

Eighteen years after winning a Nobel, this year’s Alumni Medalist still pushes frontiers.
Homepage 06.01.2010

gary becker

May Homepage Features

Passion for writing connects students, teachers

Mentors such as author James Fallows help students explore their craft.
Homepage 05.24.2010

James Fallows with students

Nano-level collaboration yields big results

Elena Shevchenko (left) and Dmitri Talapin lead the search for new materials with technological promise.
Homepage 05.17.2010

Elena Shevchenko

Artist-scholars create space for theory and practice

Faculty and students prepare for the Logan Arts Center's unconventional May 12 groundbreaking.
Homepage 05.10.2010

brush on canvas

Students debate global challenges with Gates

Discussion leads to questioning of assumptions and a fresh look at global poverty, education, and public health.
Homepage 05.03.2010

Bill Gates

April Homepage Features

Medical volunteers help bring healing to Haiti

Amid enduring trauma from the Jan. 12 earthquake, Medical Center teams provide much-needed care.
Homepage 04.26.2010

Richard Cook, an anesthesiologist at the Medical Center, gives treatment to a malnourished Haitian infant whose mother died during the earthquake.

Student-led lectures thrive on pure curiosity

Grassroots “tea room” series offers a stage for intellectual passion, from math theorems to food science to Shakespeare.
Homepage 04.19.2010

Dan Ioppolo

Searching for relics from the dawn of urban life

Oriental Institute’s exploration of 6,000-year-old Syrian site reveals evidence of social inequality, technology.
Homepage 04.10.2010


Opera scholar salvages long-lost Italian masterpieces

Philip Gossett’s investigations for critical editions enrich today’s opera performances of the 19th-century repertoire.
Homepage 04.05.2010

Philip Gossett

March Homepage Features

Religious study crosses cultures, disciplines

Divinity School student examines common themes among Jewish and Islamic scholars from medieval period.
Homepage 03.22.2010

Shatha Almutawa

Tracing scholarly values leads author to Chicago

A new book spurs lively exchange about the University of Chicago's culture of constant questioning.
Homepage 03.15.2010

UChicago campus

Troupe toasts 50 years of musical merriment

With wit and good cheer, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company draws new converts to comic operettas.
Homepage 03.08.2010


Film veterans trace success back to Chicago

For alums like Anna Chlumsky, AB’02, the path to acclaimed movies included a rigorous liberal arts education.
Homepage 03.01.2010

Anna Chlumsky

February Homepage Features

Putting human rights ideas into action

Students in innovative program use liberal-arts training to confront global challenges, prepare for their future.
Homepage 02.22.2010

Julia Coburn

Seeking the roots of primate personality

Biologist Dario Maestripieri interprets DNA, environmental clues to help explain behavior of monkeys and humans.
Homepage 02.15.2010

Dario Maestripieri

Scientists explore the future of high-energy physics

Niobium-based superconducting devices could lead to smaller, more efficient linear colliders.
Homepage 02.08.2010

Niobium-based superconducting device

Student bassist discovers a new world of music

Orchestral tour of China brings third-year Kirsten Paige a global view of music theory and performance.
Homepage 02.01.2010

Kirsten Paige

January Homepage Features

Mysteries of nature move artist

Insect dances inspire Julia Oldham, MFA’05, in video pieces that explore the basis of human communication.
Homepage 01.25.2010

Julia Oldham

Oriental Institute’s founding tale full of adventure

Exhibition relives James Henry Breasted’s dangerous but fruitful 1919–20 journey to the Mideast.
Homepage 01.20.2010

James Henry Breasted

Starlit memories lead scientist back to his roots

Observatory designed for Greek youth fulfills Thanasis Economou’s lifelong love of space exploration.
Homepage 01.11.2010

Thanasis Economou

Students’ book transforms classics into ‘tweets’

Second years in the College satirize great literature and modern culture in their new book, Twitterature.
Homepage 01.04.2010

Alex Aciman and Emmett Rensin