News, careers, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
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October 25, 2016

UChicago Short List
News, careers, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
College Class of 2020
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1. Pennants of the faith
Think the Curse of the Billy Goat will keep the Cubs from winning the World Series? Chicago Booth's Jane Risen explains that plenty of intelligent adults indulge superstitions--which may be evolutionarily advantageous behavior. More »
Learn how knocking on wood can undo a jinx.
Read why David Axelrod, AB'76, loves the Cubs campaign.
See Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, AB'88, MBA'93, react to last Saturday's win.

2. A conservative prediction
Historian Rick Perlstein, AB'92, discusses the evolution of modern American conservatism and how Donald Trump has reshaped the Republican Party. More »
Check Nate Silver's (AB'00) updated election forecast.
Get tips on talking to your kids about the election.
Read one assistant professor's take on big business and Trump.

3. Ghost stories
From supernatural Ming dynasty romances to ancient Roman funerary art, two scholars explore conceptions of ghosts in historical cultures. More »
Learn how UChicago researchers "digitally" unwrap mummies--and try it yourself.

4. Chicago-style careers
Thinking of a career change? Here's how lawyer-turned-fashion-boutique-owner Tina Kourasis, JD'96, found a job that fits. More »
Read how one alumna went from trading bonds to writing scripts.
Get job hunting tips from career coach Elatia Abate, AB'99, MBA'08.
Network with other alums at Career Month's Office Hours events.

5. Take it to the food bank
Free-market principles helped Chicago Booth's Canice Prendergast improve how Feeding America distributes donations to 200 food banks across the country. More »
Learn the most effective way to help the hungry.
Volunteer at a local food bank with DC-area alums on November 12.
PLUS . . .
Inherited loneliness . . . Bob Dylan's Americana . . . Paralyzed man regains touch with robotic arm . . . Remembering Islam scholar Marshall Hodgson, PhD'51 . . . Yoko Ono unveils Jackson Park installation . . . True cost of natural disasters.
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Career opportunities
San Mateo, CA
Financial Sr. Analyst/Manager
Analyst, Performance Management
Chicago Transit Authority
Manhattan Beach, CA
Credit Analyst
TriLinc Global
Program Manager
Blackstone Bicycle Works
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National Novel Writing Month founder Chris Baty, AM'97
A novel endeavor
Seventeen years ago Chris Baty, AM'97, challenged a group of friends to write a novel in 30 days. Now more than 400,000 would-be authors worldwide participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November. More »
Sign up for NaNoWriMo 2016.

Upcoming signature event
Career Month
Career Month
30 days, 12 cities, unlimited opportunity
Whether you are looking for a job or to hire fellow Maroons, interested in building your network or serving as a mentor for others, Career Month offers a variety of career-focused events for UChicagoans around the country and abroad.
 Find an event near you » 
More events
6-8 p.m.
The Art of Inspiration with Augusta Read Thomas
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Los Angeles:
Chicago Women's Alliance Networking Brunch
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Sao Paulo:
Cosmic Mysteries with Angela Olinto
See more events across the country and around the world »

Lite of the mind
Putting metal in the microwave
Don't try this at home
What happens if you put metal in the microwave? UChicago physicist David McCowan, SM'08, PhD'14, explains--and demonstrates. More »
Read about the New Venture Challenge-winning "smart oven" start-up.
Nominate an alum to the University of Chicago Alumni Association's advisory board »
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