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A groundbreaking study by University of Chicago scholars could have a profound impact on the lives and futures of children in poverty-stricken communities of rural China. Prof. James Heckman, a pioneering economist and Nobel laureate, led an innovative early childhood trial that evaluated the long-term impact of providing nutritional support and psychosocial stimulation to at-risk children in China—tens of millions of whom are left alone in their rural communities when their parents travel to...
Asst. Prof. Rachel DeWoskin has visited Shanghai every summer for nearly a decade, walking along streets that more than 18,000 Jewish refugees once called home. Spanning roughly a square mile, those blocks were where they established schools and businesses, rebuilding their lives in one of the few cities that accepted World War II refugees without visas. DeWoskin’s years of research culminated in the January publication of Someday We Will Fly , her fictionalized account of a young Jewish girl...
The Neubauer Collegium has selected seven new projects for 2019-20, deepening the breadth and depth of humanistic research collaborations at the University of Chicago. The new projects build upon the Neubauer Collegium’s mission of bringing together researchers from different fields to find novel approaches to complex questions. The Collegium has sponsored dozens of projects through its first seven years, challenging assumptions, breaking down traditional barriers between disciplines, and...
From parrots to lizards, hundreds of animal species could be at risk of extinction because of a policy process that responds slowly to scientific knowledge, according to a new study in Science . The study suggests concrete steps policymakers can take to speed up a wildlife protection process that can take more than two decades. “New trends in wildlife trade can develop quickly, with some species going from common to near extinction in just a few years,” said study co-author Eyal Frank, an...
A University of Chicago scholar who is one of the world’s foremost experts in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has been honored with an award named for the renowned German intellectual. Prof. David E. Wellbery will receive the Golden Goethe Medal , in recognition of his role in transforming scholarly understanding of a pivotal cultural period in early 19th-century Europe. Known for his interdisciplinary approach to analyzing Goethe’s work, Wellbery will receive the medal from the Goethe Society on...
When Danya Taymor was hired by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company to direct the new comedy, Familiar , she knew that she had to get the cultural elements exactly right. The play, which focuses on a Zimbabwean-American family preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter, hinges on the conflict between Shona culture of Zimbabwe and American society. In need of expert help, Taymor sought out Kathryn Takabvirwa, a member of the anthropology faculty at the University of Chicago. Takabvirwa grew up...
Excavation work led by the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute team has unearthed a large urban villa dating back to the early New Kingdom, about 1500-1450 B.C.E. The findings at the site of Tell Edfu in southern Egypt include a large hall containing a rare and well-preserved example of a domestic shrine dedicated to family ancestors. “It has been more than 80 years since such a shrine for the ancestors was discovered in Egypt, and the ones we did have were rarely within an undisturbed...
An exhibition from the recently concluded Venice Architecture Bienniale that was co-commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago is coming to Chicago early next year. Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos , the official U.S. entry at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, will be on view for the first time in the United States from Feb. 15 to April 27, 2019 at Wrightwood 659 in...
The Galápagos Islands remain one of the most biodiverse spots on the planet—with tortoises, finches and iguanas dotting just 3,000 square miles of land. But the volcanic archipelago that once inspired Darwin is also home to nearly 30,000 people, not to mention the tens of thousands of tourists who visit each year. Those two forces have created a delicate balancing act, and a difficult question: How can residents live and flourish without wrecking the ecosystem that makes their islands so iconic?...
Devshi Mehrotra believes that computer science education can provide crucial skills for securing employment in an increasingly tech-centric, globalized world. Dedicated to public service, the fourth-year College student has led efforts at UChicago to promote just and equitable advancements in technology. As co-director of the student group compileHer , she has helped middle school girls interested in computer science find educational opportunities. “The activities I have taken part in over the...