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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.

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