CBO Newsletter: October 2013

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Welcome to the New School Year!

The academic year is in full swing for most schools but at UChicago we just finished our first week of classes. Watching new and returning students move onto the campus inspired me to produce another spotlight issue of the CBO Newsletter. This month's spotlight: the sciences—our unique, invigorating and diverse interdisciplinary science options, in particular. I'm sure you counsel lots of students who want to be doctors or research scientists. The articles in this month's newsletter demonstrate how UChicago students are free to spice up their traditional science studies with unexpected disciplinary intersections and unusual research projects.


Colin Melinda Johnson
Director, CBO Outreach & Media Engagement

Katen Scholars and Inaugural UCIHP Fellows Shine

Katen Scholars and UCIHP Fellows at symposium UChicago Careers in Health Professions Katen Scholars and Fellows in Community and Social Medicine closed out their summers of research with a symposium at the end of August. The students concentrated their research on community health and the intersection of medicine and the social sciences.
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The Data Science for Social Good Fellowship allows students interested in analytics to have a social impact.

DSSG Data Slam Event The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellowship is a University of Chicago program that, in partnership with non-profit organizations and government agencies, brought 40 undergraduate and graduate students to Chicago to build data-driven tools that will directly help society.
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Meet the inaugural DSSG Fellows »

Science Abroad: Spring Break fieldwork excursion to San Salvador enriches training in biology and geology.

Spring Break fieldwork excursion Chelsea Leu, a third-year in the geophysical sciences, spent spring break learning scientific field methods at San Salvador in the Bahamas with a group of UChicago students and faculty members. The trip followed weekly seminars that met during the Winter Quarter. Read her account of the excursion.
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Other UChicago News

The UChicago community welcomes incoming students: Orientation Week features celebration and tradition for Class of 2017

Orientation Week Ceremony The Class of 2017 arrived on campus this week for orientation, joining a UChicago community that they will call home for the next four years. President Robert J. Zimmer, John W. Boyer, dean of the College, and other University leaders gave the students and their parents an official introduction to UChicago during the Opening Convocation. Parents and students then bid goodbye during a bagpipe processional. The older students who volunteer during O-Week were on hand to cheer for their new classmates, through a sea of hugs and tears.
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Erin McDermott named Athletic Director at UChicago

Erin McDermott Erin McDermott, Deputy Director for Athletics at Princeton University, has been appointed Athletic Director after a national search. McDermott will provide strategic leadership for athletics, fitness, and recreational sports programs for the University of Chicago community. She will oversee the Department of Physical Education and Athletics, which sponsors 19 intercollegiate sports, more than 40 club sports and an intramural sports program with thousands of student participants annually.
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SCAV 2013 Redux

Scav Hunt Traditional Banner The much-beloved University of Chicago tradition and Guinness World Record-holding Scavenger Hunt (Scav) returned May 8-12, with a list of 318 items as well as a 10-event Scav Olympics competition. This four-day tradition, created and judged by Scav Hunt (an official student organization), encourages teams of students to create and find more than 300 unique items on campus and in the city of Chicago. This was the 27th year for the event.
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October 2013


October 3 - Neubauer Collegium for Culture & Society Celebration: William Kentridge, “Listening to the Image”

October 5 - South Side History Bike Tour

October 7 - From Birmingham to Barack: The Politics & Progress of the Civil Rights Movement, 1963 to 2013

October 10 - Institute of Politics Fellow Miguel Silva: “Peace and War: An Election Defined by Peace Negotiations”

October 10 - Masterclass with pianist Daria Rabotkina

October 14 - Memories of Memories: Films by Terence Davies & Hou Hsaio-Hsien

October 17 - Smart Gallery Lecture Series: “Ethnography and Architecture in the City at War”

October 17 - “Blacks In and Out of the Left:” A Discussion with Michael C. Dawson, MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the College, Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture

October 22 - Central Europe Workshop Series—Germans into Swahilis: Showbiz Imperialism and Czech Nationalism at the 1891 Prague Jubilee Exhibition

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Featured Faculty Expert: Kenneth Warren

  • Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor
  • Department of English
  • Committee on African & African-American Studies
  • Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities
Ken Warren

“My scholarship and teaching focuses on American and African-American literature from the late nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth century. I am particularly interested in the way that debates about literary form and genre articulate with discussions of political and social change.”

Artist William Kentridge delivers inaugural Neubauer Collegium lecture on Oct. 3

South African artist William Kentridge, who has earned international acclaim for a versatile body of work that includes animated films, prints, drawings and opera, will deliver a lecture to launch the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, an ambitious initiative designed to expand the boundaries of humanistic inquiry and focus resources on questions that transcend any single discipline or methodology.

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