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December 6, 2016

UChicago Short List
News, careers, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
Light to matter and more in Inquiry
Using the quantum Hall effect, physicist Jonathan Simon is blurring the line between matter and light. Read "Mirror Image" and more stories from the Physical Sciences Division in the Fall/16 Inquiry »
1. Think outside the gift box
Forget the sweater, says Chicago Booth's Amit Kumar. Giving experiences, like a vacation or a dinner out, leads to more grateful recipients. More »
Read how one professor says the election will affect holiday spending.

2. Cracked case
A chance observation at an Italian museum helped Egyptologist W. Raymond Johnson, PhD'92, solve a millennia-old art history mystery. More »
See artifacts from the Oriental Institute's Egypt collection.
Attend a lecture, film screening, or family event at the OI this winter.

3. They've got the power
Bipartisan energy reform is possible. Sam Ori, executive director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, identifies the areas where Congress can come together. More »
Hear scholars debate Donald Trump's effect on the coal industry.
Learn what EPIC’s faculty director will bring to the Becker Friedman Institute.

4. Where the need is greatest
This past June, orthopedic surgeon Samer Attar, SB'98, MD'02, spent two weeks treating civilians in the last hospital (since destroyed) in Aleppo, Syria. More »
Read Attar's account of his time in Aleppo.

5. A starchy surprise
During the 70th Latke-Hamantash Debate, faculty members Wendy Freedman (astronomy), Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer (classics), Anne Rogers (computer science), and David Nirenberg (history) all came to the same conclusion. More »
Watch a video of this year's debate.
Read eight of the best arguments from previous debates.
PLUS . . .
UChicago to invest in campus start-ups . . . J.K. Rowling's net worth . . . Alumni receive Rhodes, Marshall scholarships . . . Happy spouse, healthy house . . . A career built from LEGO . . . Auto-Tune on steroids.
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Career opportunities
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United Nations Development Programme
Chicago, IL
Assistant Editor
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Lagos, Nigeria
Business Development
DeeCla Services Limited
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In memoriam
Character actor Fritz Weaver, 1926-2016
What a character
From The Twilight Zone to The Thomas Crown Affair, actor Fritz Weaver, EX'51 (1926–2016), took on roles both serious and surreal. More »
Watch a clip of Weaver in The Twilight Zone.

Upcoming events
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Charlotte, NC:
Taste of Spain Wine Tasting
7-10 p.m.
Holiday Party
7:30 p.m.
LGBT Alumni Network Group Outing to I Am My Own Wife
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Lite of the mind
Hughes or UChicago?
Sixteen questions
Ferris Bueller or UChicago? See if you can tell which lines are from a College uncommon admissions essay prompt and which are from a classic John Hughes flick. Take the quiz »
Read Roger Ebert's (EX'71) 1985 review of The Breakfast Club.
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