December 5, 2017

UChicago Short List
News, careers, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
Saul Bellow's papers are now open for research.
1. An archive, Chicago born
Special Collections archivist Ashley Gosselar felt she got to know Saul Bellow, EX'39, while preparing his personal papers for public use. More »
Read about historian Elizabeth Wallace, a former College dean who wrote about her friend Mark Twain.
Hear what happened when Kurt Vonnegut, AM'71, walked into a bar.

2. A first, then and now
The first statue of a woman in the Reynolds Club: a bronze bust of Georgiana Simpson, AB 1911, AM 1920, PhD 1921, the first African American woman at UChicago to earn a doctorate. More »
Learn about Simpson and the two students who secured the statue.

3. Press freedoms head to court
Journalist Jamie Kalven, LAB'65, who first questioned the police account of the Laquan McDonald shooting, says he won't reveal the source of his information. More »
Meet Sonja West, JD'98, an expert on press freedom.

4. Yes, they have cyborg monkeys
Neuroscientists have not only taught monkeys to control robotic arms through their thoughts but also detailed the changes in their brains. More »
Learn more about Nicho Hatsopoulos and his brain research.

5. Orientation in alternate reality
This year's O-Week involved a mystery game spanning social media, virtual reality, and real life. More »
Hear more about the game from its UChicago faculty designers.
Watch the game's video trailer.
PLUS . . .
Four steps to financial success from Nobelists . . . Fossil named for profs . . . Your airline ticket's fine print . . . A free market for food banks . . . An app to reduce back-to-back teen pregnancies.
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2017 Alumni Achievement Award recipients

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Fellow, Research and Data Insights
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State University of New York at Oneonta
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In memoriam
Jean Harvey Lightfoot
Jean Harvey Lightfoot, MAT'69
The former Fisk University Jubilee Singers soprano and dean of students at Columbia College has died at 81. More »

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Alumni Club Annual Holiday Party
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Homewood House: A Tour and History of This Charles Village Mansion
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Alumni Book Club and Holiday Potluck
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Lite of the mind
Why are taxis yellow?
Why are taxis yellow?
How a UChicago study persuaded Yellow Cab Company founder John Hertz to paint taxis the color of sunshine. More »
Meet a cabbie turned University of Chicago Press author.
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