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Academic Communicators Network Excellence Awards

October 5, 2023

The Academic Communicators Network (ACN) Excellence Awards recognize faculty and other academics who are actively and effectively communicating about their research and scholarship to target audiences. Nominate a UChicago academic now through November 1.

Announcing the UChicago Research Dissemination and Communications Program

March 7, 2023

The new UChicago Research Dissemination and Communications Program (UChicago RDCP) supports PIs in developing Broader Impacts dissemination and communication strategies. The program is offered in partnership with the Office of Research and University Communications.


New UChicago academic workshop guide

October 4, 2022

Check out this new resource for a listing of the University’s academic workshops, organized by Division and Institute. 

Exploring Chicago’s diversity of language: Neubauer Family Assistant Professor Sharese King analyzes variations of African American speech

April 19, 2022

King aims to learn about diversity across racialized speakers, perceptions of African American speech, and the social and political consequences of using racialized language patterns.

Breakthrough treatments for gynecological diseases: Professor Ayman Al-Hendy’s innovative research tackles fibroids and infertility

April 19, 2022

His current research focuses on why uterine fibroids disproportionately affect women of color and how new treatments can potentially improve patients’ quality of life. 

Academic Spotlight: Katherine Buse

April 19, 2022

The postdoctoral researcher at the rank of instructor uses methods from science and technology studies, science fiction studies, and the environmental humanities to study how science shapes and is shaped by its cultural milieu.


“ACN in Brief” video series offers best practices for effective communications

November 15, 2021

The short videos offer a brief snapshot of content covered in ACN workshops. 

Using the human body to fight cancer: UChicago’s Kunle Odunsi explores innovative immunotherapy treatments

November 15, 2021

Odunsi’s ovarian cancer research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of immune tolerance. 

Communication and community: Marisa Casillas investigates how culture affects childhood linguistic development

November 15, 2021

UChicago scholar explores how parental ideologies about how to talk to children shape the ways in which children learn language concepts and use language with others.

The electronic evolution

November 14, 2021

Associate Professor of Music Jennifer Iverson explores the synthesizer's cultural impact.

A neurological love connection

November 14, 2021

Assistant Professor Robert Carrillo examines the mystery of synaptic partner matching.

New UChicago faculty join a long tradition of inquiry

November 5, 2021

Like the scholarship they produce, UChicago faculty are diverse, provocative, and dynamic. Visit the new faculty website to learn about the individuals who most recently joined this distinguished group.

UChicago and Chapin Hall Announce 2021 Joint Research Fund Awards

August 5, 2021

The studies explore impact of pediatrician consultation on child welfare, pediatric primary care innovations for Latinx families, and community violence exposure assessments.

UChicago scholar exemplifies a commitment to community engagement through research, service, and teaching

May 20, 2021

Sonia Oyola, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, has dedicated her career to supporting and serving some of Chicago's most underserved communities.

Can computers model the human mind? Associate Professor Malte Willer examines potential AI shortcomings

May 20, 2021

How much does AI really understand the information it processes?

UChicago’s Polsky Center provides faculty with full spectrum entrepreneurial support

May 20, 2021

It serves as a central resource for transforming ideas and discoveries into new products, services, and ventures.

New dual careers and faculty relocation website supports incoming UChicago scholars

May 20, 2021

The website gives an overview of services offered by the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation.

Spring Quarter Resources for UChicago Parents

March 30, 2021

Check out these resources that are available to UChicago faculty who are caring for children.

Winter Quarter Resources for UChicago Parents

January 12, 2021

Check out these resources that are available to UChicago faculty who are caring for children.


Spotlight on COVID-19 Research

October 22, 2020

Learn about some of the many COVID-19 research projects currently underway across campus.

Hidden secrets uncovered from ancient texts

October 6, 2020

Professor Sofía Torallas Tovar translates pieces of history through papyrology.

Are all memories created equal? New research provides insights into memory formation and recall.

October 1, 2020

Assistant Professor Mark Sheffield sheds new light on how memories are created and accessed.

New inclusive pedagogy website helps academics create a more welcoming classroom environment

September 30, 2020

The site is designed to be a resource for educators who are committed to inclusive teaching.

Moving on—or not: UChicago biologist works to decipher the mystery behind the monarch butterfly migration

September 29, 2020

Marcus R. Kronforst is working to determine the factors that control monarch migration patterns

Summer resources for UChicago parents

June 18, 2020

UChicago has a number of resources available to support faculty who are caring for children over the summer.

Resources for teaching remotely

March 25, 2020

Multiple resources are available to assist faculty transition to remote teaching for Spring Quarter 2020

New workshop series connects UChicago faculty to community engagement opportunities

January 14, 2020

Learn about the workshops and how else to get involved with the Office of Civic Engagement

Faculty Spotlight: Robert B. Pippin

January 14, 2020

The 2019 Guggenheim Fellow shares information about his most recent book, another upcoming project, and what makes UChicago such a unique place to teach

Defying gravity

January 13, 2020

Professor Keith Ruskin conducts physiology research at 35,000 feet

UChicago researcher develops innovative treatment strategy for metastatic breast cancer patients

January 13, 2020

Professor Marsha Rosner is focused on patients who currently have limited treatment options

Learn about new REAL ID travel requirements

January 13, 2020

Prepare for business and personal travel that may be impacted by new REAL ID regulations


Academic Communicators Network helps UChicago faculty connect scholarly work with target audiences

October 30, 2019

The ACN prepares faculty to communicate effectively with external audiences  

Weighing economic costs and benefits: exploring the many sides of social insurance programs

October 30, 2019

Assistant Professor Manasi Deshpande explores the many sides of social insurance programs

New NIH-funded research projects investigate sleep apnea diabetes link

October 29, 2019

This work is being led by Esra Tasali MD, Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep Research Center

Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation welcomes incoming UChicago academics

October 29, 2019

This new resource is designed to help incoming faculty and their families acclimate to the campus and local community

UChicago launches new Academics with Young Children Network

October 29, 2019

The network serves to connect academics with young families to each other

Faculty Spotlight: Pedro Lopes

October 23, 2019

Assistant Professor Pedro Lopes uses a combination of computer science, engineering, and art to create interactive systems that borrow parts of the user’s body for input and output

Supporting homeless youth: Assistant Professor Shantá Robinson’s research helps young people succeed

July 29, 2019

Through organizational partnerships, Robinson amplifies the voices of marginalized young people and identifies pathways to their success

UChicago scholar brings game design to the forefront of academic research

July 20, 2019

Associate Professor Patrick Jagoda integrates games into multiple disciplines across campus

New resources help UChicago faculty navigate Chicago’s K-12 education options

July 17, 2019

Duane Davis works with faculty to identify the best educational options for their families.

Faculty Spotlight: John Schneider

July 15, 2019

John Schneider shares the latest research updates from the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination and explains how this work may soon make a state-wide impact.

A poetic experiment: UChicago professor’s new book grounded in dreamwork

June 29, 2019

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor Edgar Garcia's Skins of Columbus is a work of auto-ethnography.

Newly-tenured faculty retreat helps academics transition to the next phase of their career

April 17, 2019

The annual event celebrates faculty accomplishments and introduces valuable new resources.

Research on cell communication may help cure neurodevelopmental disorders

April 8, 2019

Assistant Professor Demet Araç studies the functionality of adhesion-type GPCRs and how they impact brain activity.

UChicago Inclusion Workshops offer unique approaches to improving communications

April 1, 2019

UChicago Inclusion Workshops combine behavioral science techniques with improvisational practice to help cultivate a more inclusive campus climate.

Smart to the Core: How the Feitler Center Brings Academic Inquiry to the Forefront of Fine Arts

April 1, 2019

The Feitler Center's Smart to the Core exhibition series is created in partnership with faculty and tied to the Core Curriculum.

Faculty Spotlight: C. Riley Snorton

March 26, 2019

C. Riley Snorton discusses the evolution of his research and how it led to his current book project tentatively titled Mud: Ecologies of Racial Meaning.

UChicago law professor explores whether constitutional rights really make a difference

March 6, 2019

Adam Chilton examines whether the act of constitutionalizing rights actually results in changing government behavior.

Why boredom is good for your brain

February 8, 2019

Prof. Sendhil Mullainathan explains how ‘self-driving mind’ stifles creativity and innovation

Faculty spotlight: Allyson Nadia Field

January 16, 2019

Faculty Spotlight: Allyson Nadia Field discusses a landmark film discovery and shares details of upcoming projects

Research sheds new light on how RNA targets foreign molecules

January 14, 2019

Heng-Chi Lee, assistant professor of molecular genetics and cell biology at the University of Chicago, leads a research team studying RNA molecules. 

Why do we want what we want? UChicago scholar’s new book explores the mystery of aspiration

January 11, 2019

Philosopher Agnes Callard, BA'97, explores the value acquisition process in Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming

Genetically modified skin grafts may aid in treatments for obesity and drug abuse

January 8, 2019

Assistant professor Xiaoyang Wu is part of a research team taking stem cell research in a new direction. 


Faculty members receive named, distinguished service professorships

December 27, 2018

Fifteen faculty members received named professorships or were appointed distinguished service professors. 

Blase Ur shares five ways to protect yourself against data breaches

December 19, 2018

The computer science faculty member discusses recent breaches and explains how companies and individuals can better protect themselves. 

UChicago scholar helps identify 1898 film as earliest depiction of African-American affection

December 14, 2018

Allyson Nadia Field, an expert on African-American cinema, helped identify the film and its historical significance.

Two UChicago scientists elected AAAS fellows

November 28, 2018

Faculty were honored for their ‘distinguished contributions’ to neuroscience and understanding of the solar system.

Sociologist Eve Ewing, AB’08, authors Marvel comic Ironheart

November 28, 2018

The new series tells the story of a South Side teen genius turned superhero.

U.S. Immigration and Hidden Abuse with Claudia Flores

September 17, 2018

Legal scholar Claudia Flores discusses her report on the abuse of migrant children, the history and future of immigration policy, and her career as a human rights advocate.

SCOTUS Nears Unimaginable Era with Geoffrey Stone

September 5, 2018

First Amendment scholar Geoffrey Stone discusses the Kavanaugh nomination, Roe v. Wade, and free expression at colleges. 

UChicago physicist Dam Thanh Son earns Dirac Medal for pioneering research

August 10, 2018

Physicist Dam Thanh Son is recognized for his contributions to revolutionizing human understanding of how quantum mechanics affects large groups of particles.

Juan de Pablo named UChicago Vice President for National Laboratories

August 2, 2018

De Pablo will provide leadership for the University’s stewardship of two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories—Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab—as institutions to advance science and technology in support of the nation’s interest.

Behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan to join Booth faculty as University Professor

May 21, 2018

Influential economics scholar Sendhil Mullainathan will join the University of Chicago Booth School of Business faculty on July 1, 2018, where he has been appointed University Professor.

2018 Quantrell and Graduate Teaching Awards

May 19, 2018

The Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards, believed to be the nation’s oldest prize for undergraduate teaching, reflect the College’s commitment to honor inspiring teachers.

Three UChicago faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 2, 2018

Three University of Chicago faculty members are among the 2018 inductees of the National Academy of Sciences, announced May 1: Profs. Joy Bergelson, Olaf Schneewind, and Richard Thaler.

Big Brains podcast premieres with what ancient fish reveal about humans

April 16, 2018

On the debut episode of Big Brains, University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin sat down to discuss his discovery of Tiktaalik, what it meant for the understanding of human evolution, and how it has impacted the future of genetic research.

Amanda Woodward named dean of the Division of the Social Sciences

April 4, 2018

Woodward, the William S. Gray Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology, has been appointed dean of the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.