News, careers, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
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September 27, 2016

UChicago Short List
News, careers, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
Campus North Residential Commons
1. Open house
Three towers, two courtyards, eight houses, with 24-hour study spaces, a bike shop, a coffee place, and now 800 students. Explore the Campus North Residential Commons. More »
Listen to College dean John W. Boyer, AM'69, PhD'75, and architect Jeanne Gang discuss the new building.
View photos from Move-In Day and Orientation Week.
Watch the 2016 Aims of Education address.

2. Stranger than fiction
The dimension-hopping premise of Netflix's hit show Stranger Things isn't that far-fetched, says an Argonne National Laboratory senior scientist. More »
Read UChicago scientists' fact check of The Martian.
Learn how an alum keeps research realistic on The Big Bang Theory.

3. Network smarter
Having a large network of professional contacts is good for your career. Knowing how and when to engage with that network is better. More »
Get a step-by-step guide to making (and strengthening) connections.
Register for Career Month events in your city this November.

4. Lifelong life of the mind
Return to rigorous inquiry and stimulating discussion. Join a seminar on Plato's Meno, get faculty members' takes on the presidential race, share your thoughts in an alumni-led book group, and more through AlumniU, UChicago's new online learning platform. More »
Explore additional offerings on AlumniU.
Connect with faculty and alumni at a Harper Lecture near you.

5. Programming native language
UChicago linguists Lenore Grenoble and Salikoko S. Mufwene, PhD'79, help explain how new technology can help save indigenous languages. More »
Read how Mufwene uses economics and evolution to study language.
Hear Grenoble discuss how climate change affects Arctic languages at Humanities Day, October 15.
PLUS . . .
Why Uber is so popular . . . Earn like it's 1998 . . . ER expansion begins . . . How to spot a face in the crowd . . . Remembering physicist Deborah S. Jin, SM'92, PhD'95, 1968-2016 . . . A better to-do list.
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Homecoming Week 2016

Volunteer opportunities
Sunnyvale, CA
Tues., 11/15/16, 6-8 p.m.
Share your career expertise with other UChicago alums »
Interview prospective UChicago College students »
Cuddle babies in a neonatal intensive care unit »
Assist the Exoneration Project's liberated clients »
 Find more ways to volunteer » 

Banned Books Week founder Judith Krug, AM'64
Right to read champion
Librarian Judith Krug, AM'64, the founder of Banned Books Week, fought to keep all books accessible, including Kurt Vonnegut's (AM'71) frequently banned Slaughterhouse-Five. More »

Signature event
Harper Lectures 2016
Homecoming Week 2016
October 10-16, 2016
Homecoming week is an opportunity to reconnect with your UChicago alumni network and show your Maroon pride. Join us for student activities, music, and more. Register now »

More upcoming events
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Cambridge, MA:
Bookstore Crawl
2-4 p.m.
Los Angeles:
Math Learning Starts Early: How Families Can Help
6-8 p.m.
Alumni Career Conversations: Data Science Careers in Chicago
See more events across the country and around the world »

Lite of the mind
Jerry Coyne's squirrels
Aggressively cute
When evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne decided to put a little food out for the squirrels that climbed on his windowsill, he says, "Things got out of hand." See the photos »
Read about Heisman winner Jay Berwanger's (AB'36) squirrelly pet.
Hire a Maroon! Submit a job listing to the UChicago Alumni Career Programs job board »
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