November 19, 2019    
 
Short List
 
News for the UChicago community
 
 
 
With Thanksgiving near, here are some stories to share at your table. Learn about an alumnus who developed more than 40 vaccines, a recent study on tipping, and the living things inside your mouth (who are just as excited about Thanksgiving dinner as we hope you are).
 
 
       
  Top of mind    
 
 
1. Of poultry and prevention
 
As we face flu season, let's give thanks for prolific vaccinologist Maurice Hilleman, PhD'44 (1919-2005). Here's why his fight against infectious disease had some feathered friends to thank. More 
 
Watch the trailer for a film about how Hilleman's work changed the world.
 
Follow these easy steps to identify and ward off the seasonal flu.
 
 
 
2. Literature is freedom
 
A new biography of Susan Sontag, AB'51, reveals an intellectual who "made thinking exciting." More 
 
Learn how Sontag fits into an "unsentimental" school of thinkers.
 
 
 
3. Over tipping?
 
Economist John List tells Freakonomics Radio what makes the US practice of tipping workers strange, controversial, and unlikely to go away. More 
 
Get further insights from List's study of tipping among Uber riders.
 
 
 
4. Good life gone bad
 
What's happened to the American dream and the more basic idea of an American public sphere? English professor Lauren Berlant joins the Big Brains podcast to weigh in. More 
 
Read about Berlant's influence on cultural thought in the Trump era.
 
 
       
  Plus . . .    
 
 
Your mouth's microbiome  +  All-ages opera  +  Did Catholicism create the Western mind?  +  Same sex human reproduction  +  Mass surveillance is bigger than Big Brother  +  See more stories
 
 
       
  Places to be    
 
November 21 and 22
 
 
 
November 27
 
Watch the Chicago Bulls play the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco 
 
 
 
November 28
 
Have Thanksgiving dinner with the Alumni Club of Singapore 
 
         
         
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  On the job    
 
Job of the week
 
Field operations manager, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries 
 
         
         
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Professional development
 
November 21
 
Learn strategies for finding and keeping mentors 
 
         
         
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  UChicagoan    
 
 
Eve L. Ewing
 
 
The poet-sociologist's perspective
 
Advice for a brand-new Maroon and other thoughts from Eve L. Ewing, AB'08. More 
 
 
       
  Postscript    
 
 
The Rockefeller Carillon's greatest hits
 
The UChicago Guild of Carillonneurs reveals--and plays--their most-requested songs. More 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The University of Chicago Alumni Association
 
 
 
Inquiry and Impact
 
 
 
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