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May 30, 2018

UChicago Short List
News, careers, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
Faber Birren, color theorist
1. Shades of meaning
Twenty-nine years after his death, the work of color theorist Faber Birren, EX'23, still influences science, commerce, and public policy. More »
Read µChicago's issue on intersections of art and science.
Learn how one campus building connects art with business.

2. Meteoric rise
Before she became a university president and head of a corporate foundation, Reatha Clark King, SM'60, PhD'63, was one of the less hidden figures in the space race. More »
Hear King speak at Alumni Weekend on Friday, June 1.

3. The long founding moment
For law professor Alison LaCroix, the US Constitution opened rather than closed the book on such fundamental questions as the proper relationship between the central government and the states. More »
See how the Supreme Court just tipped the balance toward the states.
Learn why democratic constitutions are sometimes built to fail.

4. Stargazer's dilemma
Astronomer and astrophysicist Wendy Freedman's measurements of the Hubble constant are competing with an alternate take on the universe's expansion rate. More »
Hear Freedman discuss her new research into the birth of the universe on the Big Brains podcast.

5. Avant-garde historian
Art historian Wu Hung discusses the emergence of contemporary Chinese art at the end of the Cultural Revolution. More »
Learn about Wu Hung's 2019 Mellon Lectures for the National Gallery.
PLUS . . .
How UChicago marked Coalition Day for high schoolers . . . Teaching awards for faculty and grad students . . . How to build a start-up team . . . Dinosaur discovery's golden age . . . Studs Terkel's (PhB'32, JD'34) Chicago legacy.
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Career opportunities
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Data and Research Analyst
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Software Tester
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In Memoriam
Philip Roth
Philip Roth, AM'55 (1933-2018)
Novelist Philip Roth, AM'55, the author of more than 30 books, died May 22. More »

Upcoming events
8:30-11:00 a.m.
North Kenwood/Oakland Charter: Annual Junior Achievement Career Day
4-7 p.m.
Center for Identity + Inclusion: 10th Anniversary Celebration of 5710 S. Woodlawn
10 a.m.-noon
Guthrie Theater Backstage Tour and Reception
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Lite of the mind
Yanny vs. Laurel
Yanny vs. Laurel, demystified
Psychologist Howard Nusbaum, LAB'72, breaks down an internet meme, explaining the science behind why some of us hear "Yanny" while others hear "Laurel." More »
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