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Summer 2019 Dialogo: Recapping a Quarter of Innovation
Study creates framework for designing green infrastructure that improves mental health
Brain differences linked to how we process empathy and morality
Spring 2019 Dialogo: Democracy and Politics in the United States
Bystanders may be more likely to punish bullies than help victims
What nearly all languages have in common—whether you speak or sign
Sociology’s Kristen Schilt and Chase Joynt examine decades of trans history in Tribeca film debut
Angela Li
A research project about Detroit helped Angela Li launch a career in spatial data science
Politically polarized teams produce better work, analysis of Wikipedia finds
Winter 2019 Dialogo: International Social Sciences Research
Big Science & Technology Isn’t Always Better: Small Teams Produce More Innovation
Exploring children’s understanding of rules – and when they can be broken
Kenneth Pomeranz
Kenneth Pomeranz earns Dan David Prize for scholarship on East Asia
Finding fault lines in the next generation
Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Anne), Erik Hellman (Chris), Lanise Antoine Shelley (Tendikayi) and Jacqueline Williams (Margaret Munyewa) in Steppenwolf’s Chicago premiere production of Familiar by Danai Gurira, directed by Danya Taymor the Downstate Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. Performances run through January 13, 2019. Tickets are available at 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. Photo by Michael Brosilow. Images courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre.
Anthropology’s Kathryn Takabvirwa served as a cultural consultant for the Steppenwolf production of Familiar
Math app produces long-term benefits for children, parents
Fall 2018 Dialogo: Qualitative Research Offers Insights on Political and Social Systems
Psychology’s Ed Awh offers new insights into how short-term memory works
Sociology’s René Flores examines the cultural stereotypes that drive perceptions of illegal status
Lonely people stand farther from loved ones, study finds
People are more honest when using a foreign tongue, research finds
Staff Career Opportunities in the Division of the Social Sciences
Michele Friedner (Comparative Human Development) is fostering a new dialogue about disability rights
Usually, areas with higher rates of economic hardship and a lack of insurance also tend to fare worse in terms of health outcomes. However, in line with research on the “immigrant paradox” (Coll and Marks; Kolak) the figure illustrates that, while this is the case in areas with higher shares of African-American households in Chicago, it does not seem to hold in areas with higher shares of Hispanic households. The views in the figure are linked to reveal these relationships through spatial data exploration:
Spring 2018 Dialogo: Center for Spatial Data Science
Spring 2018 Dialogo: Archival Research in the Digital Age
Spring 2018 Dialogo Comparative Human Development’s Anna Mueller on youth suicide prevention
Howard Nusbaum (left) and James Evans Photo credit: Mark Lawton
Common Ground: Howard Nusbaum and James Evans
Graduate Student Profile: Sociology’s Pete Aceves
Alumni Profile: Peter McMahan, PhD’17 (Sociology)
Spring 2018 Dialogo: Big Data’s Big Influence
Zebra Finches
Lessons about learning from zebra finches
Alya Adamany Woods <br/>Photo credit: Daniel X. O’Neil
Graduate Student Profile: CIR alum Alya Adamany Woods, MA’02, on working towards economic and tech leadership
Amanda Woodward
Amanda Woodward named dean of the Division of the Social Sciences
Asya Akca at NATO in 2017
Asya Akca AB’18, MA’18 on Pursuing a Joint Degree and What Comes Next
Xi Song: Studying Social Status Across Generations
Brodwyn Fischer and Marco Garrido
Common Ground: Brodwyn Fischer and Marco Garrido
Emily Talen and Marc Berman
Common Ground: Emily Talen and Marc Berman
Winter 2018: Urban Research in Practice
2018 Dialogo: Urban Research in Practice
Historic Chicago
Sociology’s Robert Vargas on Gerrymandering and the Geography of Violence in Chicago
Alumni Profile: Ajay Mehotra, PhD’03
Graduate Student Profile: Psychology’s Jessica Bregant
Fall 2017 Dialogo: The Social Meaning of Law
The Division of the Social Sciences has announced the 2018 recipients of the inaugural seed grants for its Social Sciences Research Center.
2018 SSRC Faculty Seed Grant Program Recipients Announced
Beginning in July of 2018, awards to five faculty in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, and the Harris School of Public Policy will facilitate research taking place on four continents.
Announcing CISSR'S 2018-2019 Faculty Fellows
New research shows that people are more willing to eat foods that they find disgusting if those foods are presented in a foreign language, such as "escargot" rather than "snails".
Describing certain foods in a foreign language reduces aversion
Garrido's research draws on fieldwork he conducted with supporters of Estrada during the election season in 2010. Speaking with poor residents around Manila and traveling with Estrada’s campaign, Garrido documented the candidate's encounters with the poor and their interactions with each other.
Sociologist Marco Garrido Calls for a Bottom-up Approach to Researching Populist Politics
Jane Dailey, Associate Professor of American history, the Law School, and the College; Affiliated Faculty, Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies; Faculty Board, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights
Historian Jane Dailey Offers New Account of America for the Digital Age
Adom Getachew (Political Science) and Robert Vargas (Sociology) are newly appointed Neubauer Family Assistant Professors, two of five across the University.
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor Program Supports Early-career Faculty
Aidan Milliff AB’15, MA’15 (CIR)
Graduate Student Profile: Aidan Milliff AB’15, MA’15 on graduating with a joint BA/MA from CIR
North Korea's ballistic missile - North Korea Victory Day-2013 by Stefan North Korea's ballistic missile - North Korea Victory Day-2013 by Flickr user Stefan Kraswoski, CC license.
Political Scientists Speak on Nuclear Weapons and International Relations
Poast’s new software represents a new step in quantitative IR. Supported by a National Science Foundation grant, NewGene’s development is an expansion of a popular data management program called EUGene that was released in 2000 by political scientists Scott Bennett and Allan Stam to ease calculation of a specific political/economic measure known as Expected Utility.
New Tools for Big Questions: Software Connects Data to the Study of International Relations
Income inequality within (and among the) feet of Wall Street.
Course Profile: Inequality: Origins, Dimensions, and Policy (ECON 24720)
Haniwa figures, 6th century (Kofun period), Japan, terra cotta (Tokyo National Museum)
Course Profile: A History of Japanese Visual Culture (HIST 24609)
New gift, second-largest in UChicago history, will bring Ken Griffin’s total giving to nearly $150 million
University of Chicago announces $125 million gift to support economic scholarship
Brooklyn Jamerson-Flowers, AB’20 (History, expected)
An Unpredictable Journey
Tegan Keigher, AB’19 (Economics/Psychology, expected)
Economics and the Science of Decision-making
Rebecca Julie, AB’19 (Sociology, expected)
Pursuing a Passion for Sociology into the Classroom
Madeleine Johnson, AB’20 (Economics/Statistics, expected)
Exploring an Unpredictable Variable: People
Karla Ruiz, AB’20 (Political Science, expected)
When in Rome...
Marianne Dolan, AB’19 (Psychology, expected)
The Childish Side of Serious Scientific Inquiry
Political Science PhD student Nick Campbell-Seremetis speaks about his paper "Fanatics, Fools, and Madmen: Perceived Misperception in International Politics" during a session on narratives, perceptions, and representation at the Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries workshop on September 22, 2017.
New Graduate Workshop Connects Students and Faculty Across Disciplines
Researchers propose that using a foreign language gives people some emotional distance, allowing them to take the more utilitarian action.
Communicating in a Foreign Language Takes Emotion out of Decision-Making
New study assesses both cognitive and affective empathy in medical students.
Study Challenges Perception that Empathy Erodes During Medical School
Prof. John List is co-author of a new paper recommending changes to the p-value standard.
Scholars Take Aim at False Positives in Research
The road from the Navajo town of Leupp to the Hopi reservation. Photo by Todd Henderson
Anthropology's Justin Richland Explores Native American Law
Burch (left) and Kivalina villagers pose with the spoils of a fishing trip. Even after injuries in a 1964 fire limited his participation in village life, Burch still hunted and fished with the men when he could. (Photography by Deanne Burch)
How Ernest “Tiger” Burch, AM’63, PhD’66, Changed Arctic Anthropology
Aubrey Christofersen spent the summer of 2017 working with the Division of the Social Sciences as part of a Metcalf Internship. He worked to create new content and designs for the Divisional website, and has contributed photographs for the Division’s social media.
Using the Long Lens of History to Understand Political Science
Josh Aaronson and Leah Shapiro combined their experience and passion in debate and education to found nonprofit organization Debate It Forward. Images courtesy of Debate it Forward, photo by Tu Nguyen
Students Teach Debate Skills to Help At-Risk Youth Succeed
Juvenile male zebra finches model their song structure on that of an adult ‘tutor’ bird—a process based on a memory they form of the tutor's song.
Bird Songs Provide Insight into How Developing Brain Forms Memories
FROM THE CURRENT ISSUE: In Chicago's schools and neighborhoods, social scientists continue to use the city as their lab to improve lives
Spring/Summer 2017 Issue: In the City, In the Field
New study finds positive feedback loop between loneliness and self-centeredness
Loneliness Contributes to Self-Centeredness for Sake of Self-Preservation
The Division of the Social Sciences boasts a formidable tradition of intellectual leadership since 1931. The longest serving Dean of the Division was Robert Redfield from 1934-1946.
Deans of the Division of the Social Sciences 1931-Present
Aerial photo of University of Chicago campus with city skyline.
UChicago charts future of ethnographic research
Book purchases of liberals and conservatives reveal partisan division
Moureen, a young mother of two children, is part of generation in Malawi that has grown up amid an HIV-AIDS epidemic in the east African nation.
Study Examines Public Understanding of Drug Rationing Amid AIDS Epidemic
Archival material in the Saul Bellow Papers at the Special Collections Research Center extends 141 linear feet and fills 254 boxes, reflecting his three decades at the University of Chicago.
Papers of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow open for research at UChicago Library
UChicago researchers find that the better a student does at math, the more strongly his or her performance will be dragged down by anxiety.
Anxiety Affects Test Scores Even Among Students Who Excel at Math
Chicago rapper Chief Keef, shown here performing at Lollapalooza 2012.
Research by Sociologist Forrest Stuart Explains How to Talk to Gang Members
Anna Tsouhlarakis, a Native American artist, is participating in the Neubauer Collegium project Open Fields.
Neubauer Collegium Selects New Faculty Research Projects for 2017-18
Vigil in support of the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.
Study Finds American ISIS Fighters Likely to be US Born, Engaged in Society
Prof. Terry Nichols Clark with the Alison Saarin sculpture, ”Monument to the Great Northern Migration,“ in Bronzeville.
Urban Readers Series to explore what makes a scene on Jan. 31
Prof. Sian Beilock
National Academy of Sciences honors Prof. Sian Beilock for psychology research
Study examines how parents can build interest of high schoolers in math, science, and other STEM fields.
Talking to Children About STEM Fields Boosts Test Scores and Career Interest
New study by Prof. James Heckman finds an even higher return of investment for high-quality early childhood development programs.
Investment in Early Childhood Programs Yields Robust Returns
Prof. Susan Levine speaks Nov. 17 at a conference on math fluency in young children. A number of UChicago scholars who study math learning spoke at the conference, which was hosted by the University’s Science of Learning Center.
Conference focuses on how families can improve math fluency
New study by Prof. Boaz Keysar examines how using a foreign language affects risk assessment, which has larger implications for fields like medicine and law.
Research examines impact of foreign language on risk perception, moral judgment
Prof. Emeritus Charles Bidwell
Charles E. Bidwell, scholar who studied sociology of education, 1932-2016
A new study finds exposure to simple perceptual features that make an environment look disorderly can influence deviant behavior.
The role of physical environment in the ‘broken windows’ theory
The above image shows an example of how cloud mapping platform GeoDa-Web can be used to explore spatial patterns in traffic accidents in Manhattan, N.Y. GeoDa-Web is currently under development at the Center for Spatial Data Science.
Center for Spatial Data Science opens at UChicago
Prof. Cacioppo and co-researchers find risk for loneliness linked to both genetic and environmental  factors.
Study examines whether loneliness could be heritable trait
Courtesy of Foto-Rabe.
Fighting Pollution in the World’s Pollution Capitals
David Nirenberg, Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences, says Lucas has “been applauded throughout the world” for the creativity with which he “has constructed theoretical models of the economy and…put mathematics at the service of practical economics.”
Nobel Laureate Robert E. Lucas Jr. to Receive Phoenix Prize
Economists at the University of Chicago and University of Oxford work with researchers at Uber to weigh consumer benefit against revenue of Uber drivers and company revenue.
Big data gives insight into appeal of services like Uber
Study finds a homogeneous culture and high degree of social connectedness in a community can increase suicide risk, particularly among teenagers.
Community matters in suicide prevention, study finds
Infants develop expectations about what people prefer to eat, providing early evidence of the social nature through which humans understand food, according to a new study conducted at the University of Chicago.
Infants develop early understanding of social nature of food
A UChicago study found experienced traders had reduced activity in an area of the brain often associated with pain and negative emotions, thus mitigating the role of bias in economic decision-making.
Market Experience Leaves People Less Susceptible to Economic Bias, Study Finds
Alysia Mann Carey, Marcus Lee, David Knight, and  Jennifer M. Jackson have been named APSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellows for 2016.
Four Political Science graduate students named 2016-2017 APSA MFP Fellows
16 Social Scientists have joined the Division of the Social Sciences in 2016. Three faculty members will have deferred start dates.
16 Social Scientists Join the Faculty of the Division in 2016
“Wisdom is not a myth or something lost in classical times, but rather a real aspect of human psychology,” said Howard Nusbaum, professor of psychology, who will serve as the center’s first director. “It is not a property of a certain rare few people, but rather a skill that can be acquired through experience.”
Center for Practical Wisdom becomes first research center to focus on wisdom
The study, part of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, is a major longitudinal survey of a representative sample of 3,000 people aged 57 to 85 done by the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. (Photo by: Mark Adkins, https://www.flickr.com/photos/76039842@N07/)
Overall Health Predicts Mortality Better Than Age, Study Finds
EPIC's Michael Greenstone examines human, economic costs of pollution, climate change.
Energy Research Makes Long-Term Impact
If people learn to gesture by watching other speakers of the same language, they hypothesized, then individuals who are blind from birth would not produce gestures similar to those of sighted speakers. But if people learn to gesture as a function of learning the language itself, then blind and sighted individuals who speak the same language would gesture in similar ways.
Seeing Isn’t Required to Gesture Like a Native Speaker
New research predicts babies’ response to cues through brain activity, linking infants’ neural responses from the motor system to overt social behavior.
New Study Reveals Social Thinking in the Infant Brain
A recent study from the University of Chicago Department of Psychology showed that use of abstract gestures is a powerful tool for helping children understand and generalize mathematical concepts.
Happy Pi Day: Latest Research Takes a Bite Out of Math Anxiety
Study finds that people who engage in physical practices such as ballet or meditation score higher on measures of psychological traits associated with wisdom.
Meditation and Ballet Associated with Wisdom, Study Says
The real story behind "Dialogo," the sculpture and the newsletter.
Serenity Out of Strife
Copernicus proposed his heliocentric theory in on the revolutions of the heavenly spheres (1543). This copy owned by special collections was published in 1566.
Universal Appeal
Judith Farquhar on Integrating Alternative Medicine: Recent Chinese Experience, UChicago Center in Beijing
Knowledge Through the Decades: Interview with Judith Farquhar, AM’75, AM’79, PhD’86 (Anthropology)
1890: The University of Chicago is founded, with plans for faculty and students of the arts and sciences to be grouped into three undergraduate Colleges and two graduate schools. Early departments are governed by “heads” who enjoy near-sovereign power over their jurisdictions.
Evolution of a Division: Highlights from 125 Years of Social Sciences
The Path More and More Traveled
Neuroscientists Ed Awh and Ed Vogel can read thoughts and tell the future. By studying concentration and memory, Vogel and Awh extend the scientific understanding of human attention.
Mind Readers
Profs. Ed Awh and Ed Vogel chat as postdoctoral scholar Tobias Feldmann-Wüstefeld (right) affixes the EEG to lab manager Brendan Colson (center).
New Space for Neuroscientists Ed Awh and Ed Vogel to Explore Working Memory
University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Angela Duckworth presents the inaugural lecture of the UChicago Science of Learning Center on Nov. 16. She discusses her groundbreaking research on “grit,” the tendency to pursue challenging goals over years with perseverance and passion.
UChicago Science of Learning Center Seeks to Remove Walls Between Research and Practice
UChicago psychologist and leading loneliness expert John Cacioppo has released a study shedding new light on how loneliness triggers physiological responses that can ultimately make us sick.
Loneliness Triggers Cellular Changes that can Cause Illness, Study Shows
UChicago-led research has found that children who used an iPad math app with their parents as little as once a week saw improvement in math achievement.
Math Story Time at Home Bolsters Achievement in School
On Nov. 12, 2015, we will open an exhibit exploring the discoveries, intellectual leadership, and milestones of our departments, faculty, and students. The exhibit will span the walls of the historic lobby of the Social Science Research Building, built in 1929.
Celebrating 125 Years of Big Ideas in the Social Sciences Nov. 12
31 new faculty members have joined the Division of the Social Sciences in 2015. Five faculty members will begin July 1, 2016.
31 Social Scientists Join the Faculty of the Division
Neuroscientists find that children as young as 12 to 24 months old have strong individual differences in perception of prosocial and antisocial behaviors, and that these differences are predicted by their parents’ sensitivity to justice.
Parents’ Views on Justice affect Babies’ Moral Development
One of the goals of the five-year project LandUse 6K is to understand how variances in land use, like dry versus wet crops (such as rice paddies), had different impacts on the climate.
Anthropology's Kathy Morrison Leads Global Effort to Improve Climate Change Models
In phase two of the project, Neuroscientist Jean Decety and his team will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural pathways through which martyrdom appeals evoke sympathy in the viewer. By using fMRI, researchers can see what areas of the brain “light up” when specific messages are heard.
UChicago Study Explores How ISIS Lights up the Brains of Recruits
A UChicago study lead by Psychology's Howard Nusbaum trained participants to identify piano notes by sound alone, demonstrating that absolute pitch can be a learned skill.
Study Finds Some People Can Be Trained to Have "Perfect" Pitch
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Daniel Casasanto, stands in front of the Think Tank, a mobile neuroscience lab on wheels. The Dean's Office Research Development team played a critical role in helping bring this project to fruition.
Social Sciences Research Development Team Critical in Helping Think Tank Hit the Streets
Professor John W. Boyer (PhD ’75) holds his honorary doctorate from the University of Vienna.
Dean John W. Boyer, PhD '75, Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Vienna
Margaret Beale Spencer, PhD'76 (Comparative Human Development) is the Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education.
Professor Margaret Beale Spencer, PhD'76 to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Northwestern University
Brain scans showed that students who took a hands-on approach to learning had activation in sensory and motor-related parts of the brain when they later thought about concepts such as angular momentum and torque.
Study Shows Hands-on Learning Fosters Deeper Understanding of Science
Donald Levine, Peter B. Ritzma Professor Emeritus of Sociology, discusses Ethiopian Art with students on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. Photo by: Heather Eidson
Donald Levine, sociologist and former dean of the College, 1931-2015
"Woman with banner" Photo credit: Virginia Blaisdell
Documentary Features Social Sciences Alumnae who Shaped the Women’s Movement
Photograph from Weddstock protest, 1992. Chicago Maroon. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf7-03580-001, Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library. Used with the permission of the Chicago Maroon.
Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago
Solar panels in Santo Antonio do Monte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Economist Michael Greenstone to Lead Urban Energy and Environment Lab
Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal (left) and Peggy Mason (right) demonstrated for the first time that empathy is not unique to humans.
UChicago researchers find rats demonstrate empathy and helping behavior
Michael Dawson, an expert on race and politics, was the Founding Director of The Center for The Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.
Joining forces: The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture nurtures cross-disciplinary research and programming
Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History Friedrich Katz.
International enterprise: UChicago honors its Latin American research roots
Numbers and neighborhoods: A grad student puts the Chicago school of sociology on data overdrive
Don Kulick’s new book, Loneliness and Its Opposite: Sex, Disability and the Ethics of Engagement (written with Swedish historian Jens Rydström), will be released in early 2015.
Anthropologist Don Kulick Explores Human (and Non-Human) Rights
Adrienne Thomas, Manager of the Division of the Social Sciences Local Business Center (in red sweater), received her 35 year pin at the  Division's Holiday Party on December 16, 2014.
2014 Staff Service Awards Include Two 35-Year Pins
In the new book How the Body Knows Its Mind, Prof. Sian Beilock provides the latest scientific evidence about the body’s influence on our psyche, drawing on work from her own laboratory and from colleagues around the world.
Psychology's Sian Beilock Shares Science of "How the Body Knows its Mind"
Members of the Local Business Center team poses in Harper Library, 2014.
New Year Brings Big Changes for Local Business Center
Cathy Cohen, chair of Political Science and the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science, is the first recipient of a Faculty Diversity Leadership Award, a new category added this year. A leading scholar on race and gender, Cohen is principal investigator for the Black Youth Project, which explores the attitudes, resources and culture of African Americans ages 15-25, and provides youths with a web forum where they can share new media, blogs and art.
Social Scientists Honored for Diversity Leadership
Linda Waite, the Lucy Flower Professor of Urban Sociology, is the principal investigator of a UChicago study that aims to understand how social life and health are connected as people age. It's part of the University-led National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.
Sociology's Prof. Waite to lead comprehensive study on health and aging
Neil Harris and Teri J. Edelstein
French artists explore WWI illustrations in a Special Collections exhibition
Protestors rally to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo.
Young People of Color Mistrust Police, Report Finds
Johanna Ransmeier, Assistant Professor of History, studies human trafficking in northern China in the late Qing and Republican periods (1870-1937) and is writing the first book on the subject.
Domestic Ties, Household Bondage, and Trading of People in North China
As Economist Arnold Harberger's Chilean students developed their own careers, the Chilean nation went through a difficult transition between democracy, military government, and finally in 1990, democracy again.  Those University of Chicago graduates, known as the “Chicago Boys” developed economic policies that guided the country through the transition and remain in use today.  These policies have encouraged trade, price stability, investment (both foreign and domestic) and economic growth.
Professor to World's Economists: Harberger's 90th Birthday Marks Decades of Influence
UChicago researchers analyzed eye movements and found patterns in how subjects experienced feelings of romantic love or sexual desire. In this image, a viewer’s eyes fixate mostly on the faces of a couple that evokes feelings of romantic love.
Eye Movements Reveal Difference Between Love and Lust
Grant McCracken worked with Netflix to analyze television binge watching.
Trend Spotter: Grant McCracken, AM’76, PhD’81, has Built a Career as an Observer of American Culture.
Leora Auslander, Professor in European Social History, is known for her teaching and mentoring of students. In her 27 years on the teaching faculty with the Department of History, she has been involved with more than 100 doctoral dissertations. Auslander says she learns a great deal from each of her students.
Social Sciences Faculty Honored with 2014 Teaching Awards
First Place Visualization: Making Indonesia by Nelson Auner, Student in the MS Statistics and BA Economics Joint Program
The First Annual DataViz Challenge Names Two Winners
Emily Osborn spent most of her leave in Chicago except for a couple weeks during which she attended a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana in Legon.
Research Reprieve: How a Break from Teaching Stimulates Research
Lars Hansen, who won the Nobel with Fama and Shiller, had to miss the rehearsal due to a case of viral pneumonia, but a Nobel doctor ensured he was well enough to receive the prize.
Lars Hansen: Doing Something Without Doing Everything
The Think Tank partnered with NEURO to engage students in experiments for Brain Awareness Week in March.
The Think Tank Dispatches Neuroscience from the Lab to the Neighborhood
When it opens this summer, the Saieh Hall for Economics will comprise 150,000 square feet of classrooms, seminar and conference rooms, and collaborative workspaces. It will accommodate the instructional and research needs of the Department of Economics, and facilities for the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, including offices and conference space.
University Names Saieh Hall for Economics in Honor of Donation
Indian voters listen to Lal Krishna Advani, the main opposition party's choice for prime minster, at an election rally in the western Indian city of Mumbai.
3CT to Host Teach-In on the Indian Elections May 21
A conference of The State as History and Theory, a project of the Neubauer Collegium for  Culture and Society. Cosponsored by the University of Chicago Department of History, Department of Political Science, and Department of Sociology.
Collegium Spring Conference: Many Hands of the State (May 15-17)
Francisco Ignacio Madero González (30 October 1873‒22 February 1913) was a Mexican statesman, writer, and revolutionary who served as the 33rd president of Mexico from 1911 until his assassination in 1913. An advocate for social justice and democracy, Madero was instrumental in creating the revolutionary movement that began in 1910 and led to the fall of the dictatorship of then-president, Porfirio Diaz.
Alumna Catherine Mansell Explores Secret Book by Leader of the Mexican Revolution
Prof. Dario Maestripieri has found that sleep patterns are linked with important character traits and behavior. Women who are night owls, for example, share a high propensity for risk-taking with men. Image by Rob Dray of lincolndisplayimages.com
Night Owls, Unlike Early Birds, Tend to be Unmarried Risk-Takers
Neuroscience research demonstrates that the brain regions underpinning moral judgment share resources with circuits controlling other capacities such as emotional saliency, mental state understanding and decision-making.
Brain Scans Link Concern for Justice with Reason, Not Emotion
A student works independently at the Chicago Heights Early Childhood Center, a program unaffiliated with the study, which is based on an innovative curriculum that teaches 3-5 year olds both cognitive and behavior regulation skills.
Research Shows Quality Early Childhood Programs Help Prevent Adult Chronic Disease
“The GS-55 makes it both accessible and affordable for food service operators to measure, track, verify, and improve upon their sustainability efforts,” said Eloise Karlatiras, President and CEO of GCRC.
Program on Global Environment Shapes National Green Restaurant Certification
Whiskey sleeping at the Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Photo by Yves Cosentino
Anthropologist Megan Edwards Explores the True Irish Spirit
A recent study from UChicago researchers, including James Iveniuk, PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology, shows that a husband’s agreeable personality and good health are crucial for preventing conflict among older couples who have been together a long time.
Husband’s Health and Attitude Loom Large for Happy Long-term Marriages
Martha Van Haitsma, Co-Director of the University of Chicago Survey Lab, has been named the 2014 recipient of the John M. Kennedy Achievement Award.
Survey Lab's Martha Van Haitsma, PhD'94, Receives Prestigious Leadership Award
Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to new research from the University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology.
Gesturing with hands is a powerful tool for children’s math learning
AAAS 2014 session: A New Era for Urban Research: Open Data and Big Computation
The Future of Urban Research: Three Dimensions of City Data
From the cover of Russell Tuttle's book, Apes and Human Evolution (Harvard University Press, 2014)
Anthropologist Russell Tuttle's Book Shows Apes and Humans Evolved Side by Side
Stephanie Cacioppo, Research Associate (Assistant Professor), runs the Department of Psychology’s High Performance Electrical Neuroimaging Lab, where she and John Cacioppo, the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychology, study the spectrum of human emotions that range from love to loneliness.
Psychology's John and Stephanie Cacioppo: Love on the Brain
“Magicians are naturally historians,” says Rovang. “History is an extension of their craft. A lot of the tricks are very proprietary."
Historian Dana Rovang Explores the Odd Partnership of Science and Magic
A large number of foreclosures in one’s neighborhood can be an important risk factor in depression among older adults, researchers have found.
Sociologist Kate Cagney Publishes Study Showing Impact of Foreclosure on Depression
Paul Staniland will partner with fellow political scientist Benjamin Lessing and sociologist Forrest Stuart to study how citizens and the government navigate issues of violence and social control. The team will undertake field research in three very different areas—Latin America, Southeast Asia, and L.A.’s skid row—and hold public workshops on campus.
Neubauer Collegium’s 2014 Research Projects Tackle Complex Global Questions
Research on the benefits of early childhood education by University of Chicago Nobel prize-winning Economist James Heckman figured prominently in the State of the Union Address delivered Tuesday evening.
UChicago Economist James Heckman’s Research Helps Shape Early Education Policy
Funded by the Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization, the “Successful Pathways from School to Work,” initiative will support research on making public education in Chicago and urban centers effective in bringing students successfully to the work place and to productive lives.
Major Gift Funds Research on the Path from School to Work
The Allegorical Figures of Reason and Wisdom by Pietro Testa, 1630 (pen and brown ink). The original work resides in Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Reflections on Wisdom in Education
ECON 42800: Creativity
Gabriella Coleman examines classical anthropological questions in the heart of technology.
Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman Studies an Elusive Tribe: Computer Hackers
Professor Robert Pape lectures during the 'Geopolitics and Beyond' conference at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing.
US-China Policy Reaches Delicate Phase, Scholars Say
The flagship red wine is named "Cask 23" and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from the SLV and Fay vineyards. The first vintage of this wine was produced in 1974, after Winiarski noticed that a specific cask, numbered 23, stood out from the other casks produced that year. It is not produced every vintage, but only in years that are viewed by the winemaking team as producing excellent quality fruit.
“Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects” by Richard Kurin, MA'74, PhD'81, includes wine by Warren Winiarski, AM’62
James Evans, Associate Professor of Sociology, and other metaknowledge researchers develop tools that allow them to harvest and synthesize data at unprecedented scale and from diverse sources, including scientific journals, online encyclopedias, Twitter and blog posts, news articles, books and patents.
James Evans: Let Knowledge about Knowledge Grow from More to More
Chris Dunlap will travel to Argentina and Brazil to investigate how scientists influenced their countries’ nuclear policies.
Social Scientists Top the List of this Year's Fulbright-Hays Fellowship Winners
 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Faculty Host Reading to Commemorate 150 Years since Lincoln Delivered the Gettysburg Address
Roger Lewis and Harry Olsen. Jazzin’ the Cotton Town Blues. New York: M. Witmark & Sons, 1917. John Steiner Collection.
Chris Dingwall, PhD Candidate in History, Curates Art Exhibit Exploring Race and Consumer Culture
Original 1945 caption: “"This is the brass that did it. Seated are Simpson, Patton (as if you didn't know), Spaatz, Ike himself, Bradley, Hodges and Gerow. Standing are Stearley, Vandenberg, Smith, Weyland and Nugent."”
History 32906: Thinking Total War
Daniel Casasanto's research addresses two related questions: how do mental simulations of physical experiences contribute to the instantiation of concepts online, and how does perceptuo-motor experience contribute to conceptual development?
Psychologist Daniel Casasanto: Our Body and Our Language Shape How We Think
A favela ("shanty town") in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where 11.4 million urban poor live (as reported by 2011 census data).
Brodie Fischer on Creating New Narratives: Urban Poverty in Latin America
Donald Levine, Peter B. Ritzma Professor Emeritus of Sociology, discusses Ethiopian Art with students on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Sociologist Donald Levine Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Interpretation of Simmel
Robert J. Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago, delivers welcoming remarks to the crowd of friends, family, colleagues, and reporters at the Nobel press conference.
Lars Peter Hansen, Dept. of Economics, wins Nobel Prize for Trendspotting in Asset Markets
Robert J. Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago, delivers welcoming remarks to the crowd of friends, family, colleagues, and reporters at the Nobel press conference.
Lars Peter Hansen, Dept. of Economics, wins Nobel Prize for Trendspotting in Asset Markets
John List's new book explores hidden motives behind discrimination, philanthropic giving, and the price of wine.
The Why Axis; Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life
Siberian Hamsters Show What Helps Make Seasonal Clocks Tick
Tango, 2013 Indian ink, charcoal, chalk and collage on found book pages 91 x 180 cm
Division of the Social Sciences Celebrates the Launch of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
Culture Remixed: Professor Jennifer Cole Explores Marriages Between Frenchmen and Malagasy Women
The spontaneous movements that we produce when we talk––our gestures.
Psychology 43550: Gesture
A thermal scanning image used at airports to check for the flu and to ensure the welfare of our citizens and the security of our borders.
Collegium Project Explores Organized Power and the Democratic State
The University of Chicago News Office produced a news story about the release of Coase's 2012 book, How China Became Capitalist, co-authored with former student Ning Wang, PhD’02.
Encounter with Ronald Coase, the Accidental Economist
Dolphins have the longest social memory for a non-human species, according to a new UChicago study that examined more than 50 bottlenose dolphins. Jason Bruck, a UChicago postdoctoral scholar, found that dolphins could remember the signature whistles of former tank mates for more than 20 years.
Jason Bruck, PhD'13, discovers dolphins keep lifelong social memories, longest in a non-human species
UChicago sociologist Kate Cagney is studying the impact of the new Lakeside development on surrounding neighborhoods.
Investigating Social Impact of Large-Scale Urban Change
Neil Harris, Preston and Sterling Morton Professor of History and Art History Emeritus at The University of Chicago, at his book launch in 2008.
Jazz Age Magazine ‘Chicagoan’ Rediscovered by Neil Harris Now Lives Online
Robert W. Fogel, Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions and Director of the Center for Population Economics
Robert W. Fogel, 1926 - 2013
The Accidental Provocateur: Betsy Sinclair
Fione Dukes Retires after 51 years.
Neubauer Collegium selects inaugural research projects
Drawings for the Basement of Beecher
Building Plans: Kelly-Beecher-Green
Undergraduate Jennifer Nudo in Cape Town
Spotlight on African Studies
Site marking deaths along Tijuana border
History 26213: Migrations and the Americas, Conquest to Present
Renovation of 5757 S. University Ave. enters new phase
Professor Mario Small Appointed Dean of the Social Sciences Division