UChicago Urban Research Review profiles prominent social scientists

The Urban Research Review profiles University of Chicago researchers whose work deepens our understanding of cities.  The latest edition of Urban Research Review spotlights three faculty members who have devoted their careers to urban education and marginalized communities.


Margaret Beale-Spencer

Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education, Social Sciences Division

Psychology Chair Susan Levine and co-investigators win 5 million dollar grant for math education research

A $5 million grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation to the the Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education Network, based at Stanford Graduate School of Education, will support a set of initiatives to identify more effective teaching practices, develop teacher-training resources, and provide free instructional materials for parents and early childcare providers to promote math learning during the preschool years. Two University of Chicago faculty — Susan Levine, chair of psychology, and Amy Claessens, a professor at Harris School — are members. 

New Microbiome Center to combine UChicago, MBL and Argonne expertise

The University of Chicago, the Marine Biological Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory announced on May 13 a new partnership called The Microbiome Center, which will combine the three institutions’ efforts to understand the identity and function of microbes across environments.
These microbial communities—bacteria, viruses and fungi—affect every ecosystem on earth, including human bodies, oceans, homes and the surrounding land.

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to speak on U.S. security

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will comment “On America’s Security Architecture.” Hagel will specifically address ISIS and the United States’ plan in Syria. Moderating the event will be Robert Pape, professor of political science and director of the Chicago Project on Security & Terrorism at the University of Chicago. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., May 12, in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall, 915. E. 60th St.

University hosts regional conference on housing and urban development

It was standing room only at Ida Noyes Hall on March 31, as more than 250 scholars, practitioners, government officials, advocates and local residents interested in improving affordable housing and addressing urban issues discussed a broad set of topics during a conference entitled “Learning from the City.”
It was the first of five national convenings to prepare for this fall’s U.N. Habitat III global summit in Quito, Ecuador. “Learning from the City” was also the...

President Obama returns to the Law School for conversation about Supreme Court

President Barack Obama returned to his academic roots at the University of Chicago Law School on April 7 to make the case for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in a wide-ranging, emphatic, and at times professorial conversation with law students, faculty, and other attendees.
Describing Garland as “an eminently qualified jurist,” Obama told the crowd in the Law School’s Harold J. Green Lounge that if the Senate does not give such nominees a hearing it would mean that...

Road closures and parking to be affected by April 7 presidential visit to UChicago

On Thursday, April 7, President Barack Obama will return to the University of Chicago Law School for a discussion with law students and faculty.
A ticket is required to attend the event, and it is not open to the public. A live webcast of the event may be viewed on Thursday at
The community should be prepared to experience daylong parking bans and intermittent street closures in the immediate vicinity of the Law School at 1111 E. 60th St.
There will be “...