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Scientists examine ‘perfect storms’ fueling vast tropical biodiversity

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 14:02
Biodiversity on earth is greatest in the tropics with the number and variety of species gradually diminishing toward the poles. Understanding exactly what shapes this pattern, known as the latitudinal diversity gradient, is not just key to knowing the nature of life on Earth, but it also could help scientists slow biodiversity loss and protect areas of the globe that generate a disproportionate variety of species. David Jablonski, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor of...

UChicago startup turns renewable energy into natural gas

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 16:15
One of the biggest challenges to wider adoption of wind and solar power is how to store the excess energy they often produce. A technology developed at the University of Chicago, and now being commercialized by a University startup, is addressing the intermittent nature of these renewable sources. It uses a selectively evolved, unicellular microorganism that helps convert electricity into methane gas. That gas can be stored, transported and used wherever natural gas is used, including for the...

Rhodes scholar to examine higher education policy in southern Africa

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 15:30
Lilian Dube, AB’15, has won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford next fall. A native of Zimbabwe, Dube is the 51st student from the University of Chicago to receive the award and the second to win this year, joining Law School student Joshua Pickar. She will pursue two master’s degrees at Oxford—one in education and the other in English—with an eye toward higher education policy and curricula in southern Africa, particularly the tensions that exist between...

Marshall scholar to explore technology’s civic potential

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 14:30
Erin Simpson, AB’15, has won a Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Oxford next fall. The highly competitive scholarships, which were announced Nov. 28, annually enable up to 40 American students to study at the graduate level in any field of their choosing. Simpson will pursue a pair of one-year master’s degrees in science at Oxford: one in the social science of the Internet, at the Oxford Internet Institute; followed by a master’s in comparative social policy...

UChicago to open Francis and Rose Yuen Center in Hong Kong

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 22:30
A $30 million grant from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, a non-profit institution and Hong Kong’s largest community benefactor, will support the construction of the University of Chicago’s new center in Hong Kong, establishing a hub for education, research and collaboration. It adds to and complements the University’s centers in Beijing and Delhi, expanding the University’s work and engagement in China and Asia.  The new facility will be named the...

Walter E. Massey, Taft Armandroff to lead Giant Magellan Telescope board

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 09:00
The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization on Nov. 16 announced the appointment of Walter E. Massey and Taft Armandroff to the positions of board chair and vice chair, respectively. Continuing their involvement in new leadership capacities, Massey and Armandroff will guide the GMTO Board, overseeing the construction of the 24.5-meter Giant Magellan Telescope in the Chilean Andes and working to complete the partnership of universities, research institutions and private donors who will contribute...

Fighting pollution in the world’s pollution capitals

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:12
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories on UChicago research centered around sustainability issues. One of the greatest threats to human health is air pollution, with a recent International Energy Agency study showing it results in an estimated 6.5 million deaths annually. The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago is working to identify approaches to lower the death toll in the world’s air pollution capitals. Through partnerships in Asia, researchers are finding...

Fighting pollution in the world’s pollution capitals

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:12
One of the greatest threats to human health is air pollution, with a recent International Energy Agency study showing it results in an estimated 6.5 million deaths annually. The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) is working to identify approaches to lower the death toll in the world’s air pollution capitals. Through partnerships in Asia, researchers are finding new ways to strike a balance between urgently needed economic growth and improved air quality. “Many of the...