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Research News

UChicago scholars study how municipal IDs can reach marginalized communities

May 30, 2019—Over the last year, more than 30,000 Chicagoans have enrolled in CityKey, a new municipal ID card created to help marginalized communities. Along the way, University of Chicago scholars have closely studied the program, collecting survey data from more than 7,000 enrollees to illuminate its impact.

Renowned physician-scientist Eric Pamer to lead Duchossois Family Institute at UChicago Medicine

May 29, 2019—Following a national search, renowned physician-scientist Eric G. Pamer has been recruited to be the inaugural faculty director of The Duchossois Family Institute at the University of Chicago Medicine starting July 1.

Alaskan seashells reveal a changing Arctic

May 25, 2019—Climate change results in warmer ocean temperatures, melting glaciers and more extreme weather patterns. Scientists have also observed its effects on the clams, snails, worms, crabs, urchins, starfish and more living on and in the deep seafloor off Alaska, as the ecosystem shifted from arctic to sub-arctic within the last few decades. Now, scientists at the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences have found that seashells from these creatures show the same major regime change in Alaskan waters, where the ecosystem has shifted from arctic to sub-arctic within the last few decades.

Renewable energy mandates reduce carbon dioxide emissions—but at a cost

May 24, 2019—A new working paper co-authored by University of Chicago scholars found that popular programs at a state level—enacted in 29 states and the District of Columbia—are inefficient in reducing carbon emissions and come at a high cost to consumers. They found these Renewable Portfolio Standards increased prices by as much as 17 percent, making the policy’s cost of reducing carbon emissions more expensive than current estimates of the benefits.

Computer scientists design way to close ‘backdoors’ in AI-based security systems

May 23, 2019—It sounds like a plot out of a spy novel, with a touch of cyberpunk: An agent approaches a secure location, protected by a facial recognition system, accessible only to a head of state or CEO. Flashing an unusually shaped earring, the agent tricks the system into thinking they’re that VIP, opening the door and exposing the secrets inside. The key—an undetectable “sleeper cell” was placed inside the AI behind the security system months or years earlier to grant access to anyone wearing the specified jewelry.