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February 17, 2016

UChicago Short List
Must-reads, job listings, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
The Odyssey continues
1. The Odyssey continues
The University of Chicago is launching a $100 million enhancement of support for lower-income students with outstanding potential through a $50 million gift and challenge from writer Harriet Heyman, AM'72, and her husband, investor Sir Michael Moritz. The new five-year commitment is part of a $350 million investment by the University in the Odyssey Scholarship Program.
Plus: This initiative increases by nearly 40 percent the number of Chicago Public Schools students in UChicago's Collegiate Scholars Program, which prepares them to excel in college.
Reread how the anonymous alumnus Homer, a humanities major from a modest background, established Odyssey in 2007.
Learn why a Chicago Booth alum endowed an Odyssey Scholarship.
Revisit Harriet Heyman's essay on becoming an acrobat.
Give to the Odyssey Scholarship Challenge.

2. A ripple in space-time
UChicago physicists played an important role in determining that two detectors had observed gravitational waves for the first time, confirming that black holes are real and confirming Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.
Watch physicist Daniel Holz, SM'94, PhD'98, explain the discovery.
Hear professor Michael Turner on this "Galileo moment."
Read a primer on black holes.

3. Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016
Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice and former professor at the Law School (1977-82), died February 13.
Read tributes by Geoffrey R. Stone, JD'71, and David Axelrod, AB'76.

4. Why the workforce needs PhDs
As presidential candidates call for "more welders and less philosophers," UChicago psychologist and vice provost Sian Beilock explains the value of a PhD in the economy.
See why everyone wants to hire Booth alumni.
Hear Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts's (AB'88, MBA'93) career advice for undergrads.
Learn how Jacqueline Edelberg, AB'89, AM'91, PhD'96, transitioned from super volunteer to start-up newbie.

5. Graphic success
Graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, LAB'79, author of Ghost World, has been working for five years on his latest book, Patience, which comes out in March. Still, Clowes feels "like I'm about 20 years away from getting where I want to be."
Learn about the Special Collections exhibit on Clowes's process.
Take note emerging artists: It's time to apply for the Edes Prize.
PLUS . . .
Plans for a new ER . . . Statement from the provost on sexual misconduct . . . Campus and Student Life message on an inclusive campus . . . How to end fossil fuels reliance . . . Why probiotics are a sham.
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Eddie Bocanegra, AM'15
Eddie Bocanegra, AM'15
Eddie Bocanegra, AM'15, connects Chicago teens with veterans, helping both process trauma. He did similar work as an SSA student. More »

24Hour Impact: February 24-25

Upcoming events
2-3 p.m.
Preparing for the Post-Graduate Job Market
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Life Sciences Career Networking
2-4 p.m.
Harper Lecture with Sian L. Beilock
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Graham School Summer Session

Lite of the mind
3D-printed trilobite
Ever want to hold a trilobite?
‪‎Biochemist Allan Drummond did. That's why he started 3-D printing the extinct arthropods in his spare time. More »
Revisit physicist Riccardo Levi-Setti's unexpected expertise on trilobites.
Hear paleontologist Paul Sereno describe his work as "adventure with a purpose."
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