November 21, 2017

UChicago Short List
News, careers, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
75 years of the atomic age
1. 75 years of the atomic age
December 2 marks the 75th anniversary of Chicago Pile-1, the experiment under Stagg Field that achieved the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. The University of Chicago Magazine explores its legacy. More »
Read historian Richard Rhodes on the clashing personalities of the experiment's intellectual architects.
Learn more about the experiment's pioneers--and its inheritors.
Discover the origins of Henry Moore's Nuclear Energy sculpture.
Watch an interview with a lab assistant who helped build the pile.
Register for December 1 and 2 events featuring Rhodes, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and composer Augusta Read Thomas.

2. #fakenews
L. Gordon Crovitz, AB'80, and business partner Steven Brill have a plan to address media credibility. More »
Read about one of Crovitz's earlier ventures--paywalls.

3. Fantastic beasts
Two newly discovered species suggest that mammals hit their evolutionary stride much earlier than scientists previously thought. More »
Meet creatures that UChicago faculty have helped to introduce.
Learn how elephants evolved with a genetic defense against cancer.

4. Photo recall
Photographer Danny Lyon, AB'63, remembers curator and mentor Hugh Edwards and the golden age of Chicago photography. More »
Learn more about Lyon and his civil rights and biker photos.

5. Going Dutch
Ahead of Thanksgiving, read about Jeremy Bangs, EX'67, and his pilgrim museum in the Dutch town of Leiden. More »
Learn how Bangs's mother brought cranberries to Leiden.
PLUS . . .
Delhi's air pollution crisis . . . Are custom football helmets the answer? . . . Chicago charter students' transfer rates . . . If women ruled the world . . . Stranger Things needs a frog consultant, says Christian Kammerer, AB'03, SM'06, PhD'09.
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Alumni Weekend 2018

Job opportunities
Director, Operations and Internal Communications
UChicago Alumni Relations and Development
Los Altos, California
Senior Data Scientist
Univfy Inc.
Middletown, New York
Adjunct Faculty in Psychology
Fei Tian College
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Tyehimba Jess
Tyehimba Jess, AB'91
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet discusses his inspirations. More »

Upcoming events
Remembering 1942: Nuclear Reactions
Remembering 1942: Nuclear Reactions
November-December 2017
Log on to AlumniU as we join the University community in commemorating the 75th anniversary of Chicago Pile-1. Three special online offerings trace the effects of the nuclear age on the sciences, arts, and humanities.
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More events
7-9 p.m.
Thanksgiving Dinner
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Union League Club of Chicago Authors Group Presents Meg Jay
6-9 p.m.
Charlotte, NC:
Greater Charlotte Area Holiday Party
See more events across the country and around the world »

Lite of the mind
Pritzker student Shirlene Obuobi
The best medicine
Pritzker student Shirlene Obuobi takes a comic approach to medical school. More »
Learn cartooning from artist Ivan Brunetti, AB'89.
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