By News Office staff | Main photo by Jean Lachat

It was a historic year for the University of Chicago, highlighted by economist Richard Thaler winning a Nobel Prize and UChicago commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first controlled, self-sustaining chain reaction. There were scientific breakthroughs in gravitational wave detection and a reusable sponge that could revolutionize oil spill cleanup. The Odyssey Scholarship Program celebrated its 10th anniversary, while the Logan Center for the Arts turned five. Below is a look back at 2017:

Originally published on December 19, 2017.