August 29, 2017

UChicago Short List
News, careers, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
We are thinking of UChicago community members affected by Hurricane Harvey. We hope you and your families are safe.
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1. Evergreen
For 20 years Richard Bumstead has tended the University's botanic garden. Where did he once envision putting a giant fountain? And why does it stink by Botany Pond? More »
Learn how the Quad Club's garden feeds this summer recipe.

2. Busting barriers
Two College students made it their mission to create a campus monument to Georgiana Simpson, AB 1911, AM 1920, PhD 1921, the first African American woman at UChicago to earn a doctorate. More »
Learn more about Simpson and other African Americans in UChicago's early history.

3. Human capital
Nobelist Gary Becker, AM'53, PhD'55, made people's abilities a central part of economic theory. More »
Read more about Becker, who died in 2014.
Learn how one undergrad came to count Becker as a mentor.
See how Denise Shull, AM'95, untangles Wall Street traders' emotions.

4. Lexicographer (noun)
Orin Hargraves, AB'77, explains why he works on dictionaries, even though "the pay is not great." More »
Learn why using a foreign language strips emotion from decision making.
PLUS . . .
UChicago responds to Charlottesville . . . How arsenic is poisoning a nation . . . Why partners cheat . . . How academic opinion polling works . . . How opioid overdoses tax ICUs . . . Why some videos satisfy us.
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Job opportunities
Probation Officer
US District Court
Los Angeles
Compass Lexecon
Oakland, CA
Business Development Manager
Kaiser Permanente
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Jennifer Atala, AB'02
Middle East peacemaker
Jennifer Atala, AB'02, forges Israeli-Palestinian business partnerships as a means toward change. More »

Homecoming 2017

Upcoming events
Various cities, India:
Book launch for I Do What I Do: On Reform, Rhetoric, and Resolve
6:00-8:30 p.m.
New York City:
Panel Discussion: Immigration and America
7:20-9:00 p.m.
Hartford, CT:
Get a Clue! Mystery Tour
See more events across the country and around the world »

Lite of the mind
The world's first fidget spinner?
The world's first fidget spinner?
Well, no. But an Oriental Institute artifact, mislabeled a "spinning toy" for decades, gained lots of attention from an excited Reddit user. More »
Take a virtual tour of the OI.
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