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Stay overnight on an Antarctic ice shelf, and you may feel the shaking from thousands of tiny quakes as the ice re-forms after melting during the day. In a recent study , UChicago scientists placed seismometers on the McMurdo Ice Shelf and recorded hundreds of thousands of tiny “ice quakes” that appear to be caused by pools of partially melted ice expanding and freezing at night. The phenomenon may be able to help scientists track glacier melting—and to help explain the breakup of large ice...
The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Obama Foundation recently announced the second cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars , rising leaders from around the world who will study at Harris for the 2019-2020 academic year and participate in one-of-a-kind experiences led by the Obama Foundation. Launched in 2018 in partnership with the University of Chicago and Columbia University, the Obama Foundation Scholars program aims to empower emerging leaders with a proven...
A year after traveling across China together, a group of 10 students recently shared their distinct journey of retracing the steps taken by pioneering educator John Dewey a hundred years earlier. The high schoolers—from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools , the UChicago Charter Schools , and from Lab’s Beijing partner high school, RDFZ—spoke with educators, policymakers and scholars during the Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then & Now. They discussed how even though they could learn...
Jay Schrankler, a technology commercialization expert and former business executive, has been appointed associate vice president and head of the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation . His appointment is effective Aug. 1. In this new role, Schrankler will oversee the Polsky Center and work closely with deans, faculty, and other University leaders to develop and execute a comprehensive innovation strategy that integrates entrepreneurship and scientific...
Three University of Chicago students were preparing to graduate in 2016 when they had a unique vision for how to combat global health issues: using edible insects as a sustainable food source. That spring Elizabeth Frank, Joyce Lu and Gabby Wimer co-founded Mealflour , a social venture established through the Polsky Center’s College New Venture Challenge , which aimed to provide nutrition in underdeveloped communities. Working with indigenous communities in Guatemala, Mealflour taught them how...
A $24.1 million gift from Nassef Sawiris, a University of Chicago trustee and College alumnus, will support the education of Egyptian students through an expanded scholars program at the University and a new executive education program serving government officials and business leaders in Egypt. Of the overall gift from the Nassef Sawiris, $18.1 million will support the Sawiris Scholars Program, which enables academically talented students from schools and universities in Egypt to attend UChicago...
Deep under an Italian mountainside, a giant detector filled with tons of liquid xenon has been looking for dark matter—particles of a mysterious substance whose effects we can see in the universe, but which no one has ever directly observed. Along the way, however, the detector caught another scientific unicorn: the decay of atoms of xenon-124—the rarest process ever observed in the universe. The results from the XENON1T experiment , co-authored by University of Chicago scientists and published...
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business will relocate its current campus in London to a new, larger space in the heart of the historic city of London, allowing the top-rated business school to expand its activities and presence in the region. Booth’s enhanced presence in London will foster increased engagement with the London business and finance community on vital issues, allowing Booth to leverage the city’s corporate and financial power and its connections to market-oriented...
The University of Chicago will expand its presence in Paris through the construction of a new building designed by Studio Gang, growing opportunities for education, research and scholarly engagement across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Expected to open in 2022, the project will double UChicago’s space in Paris and replace the University’s existing Center, which has experienced tremendous growth in interest and programming since opening in 2003. The Center in Paris was UChicago’s first...
The University of Chicago will host its fourth annual U.S.-China Forum on Nov. 1-2, during which academic and policy leaders from the United States and China will gather for a series of discussions and debate. Organized by the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics in collaboration with UChicago Global and supported by the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation, the forum will explore topics including China’s global economic strategy, risks associated with its financial stability, and trade dynamics...