John U. Nef Committee Social Thought

Welcome 2014 Graduate Students

The first day of autumn brought a new chohort of graduate students to the Social Sciences Quad on Tuesday morning for the Division's 2014 Welcome Breakfast. Dean Nirenberg delivered a short address during which he offered context and some wisdom as they begin this transformative period of their lives. He reminded them, "We are known as the teacher of teachers but we are also the leader of leaders."

Breakfast was followed by a march where the students participated in a convocation on the main Quad. Classes begin Friday, September 29th. 

NSF Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. 

NSF Science of Organizations (SoO)

SoO funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate. Successful SoO research proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Funded research is aimed at yielding generalizable insights that are of value to the business practitioner, policy-maker and research communities.

SoO welcomes any and all rigorous, scientific approaches that illuminate aspects of organizations as systems of coordination, management and governance. 

NSF Research Coordination Networks (RCN)

The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries.  RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics.  Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especia

“Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects” by Richard Kurin, MA'74, PhD'81, includes wine by Warren Winiarski, AM’62

A wine created by famous California winemaker Warren Winiarski, AM’62, has been selected as one of the most influencial items in American history in a new book titled “101 Objects That Made America,” authored by fellow UChicago alum Richard Kurin, AM’74, PhD’81.

Winiarski rose to prominence when one of the wines crafted by him, as part of the 1973 Vintage of California Wines, bested French wines in the 1976 Paris Tasting. That victory not only introduced to the world the high quality of wine made in California, but also created recognition for American wine in general.

Faculty host reading to commemorate 150 years of the Gettysburg Address

UChicago faculty members will host a reading and offer commentary on the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s seminal Gettysburg Address. The event has been sponsored by the UChicago Institute of Politics and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.

Readings of the address by: Charles Newell and Christopher Huff.

Commentary by: Jane Dailey, Franklin I. Gamwell, John Mark Hansen, Dennis J. Hutchinson, Ralph Lerner, Eric Slauter and Rosanna Warren.

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University of Chicago Graduate and Professional Education Fair 2013

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, October 23rd to learn about the many graduate and professional school opportunities at the University of Chicago. You will be able to meet representatives from our graduate and professional programs, ask questions about the application process, and learn more about what to expect from our programs. We will also host a keynote presentation on the role of graduate education at UChicago and how it shapes the work that our students and alumni do in the world.