CBO Newsletter: April 2014

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Sensational Events & Student Success: UChicago Opportunities Open Doors

This issue of the newsletter features highlights from UChicago's Winter and early–Spring Quarters: new undergraduate engineering options, more Nobel Prizes for our economics faculty, filmmaking internships during the on–campus filming of Divergent, and great events at UChicago's Institute of Politics and Neubauer Collegium for Culture & Society. This is also a time when many of our current students' successes have been recognized through prestigious awards and scholarships for advanced studies. This newsletter connects you to some of their academic stories. I hope these stories inspire your students to learn more about the University of Chicago!


Colin Melinda Johnson
Director, CBO Outreach & Media Engagement

UChicago to Offer New Undergraduate Minor in Molecular Engineering in Fall 2014

Immunobiogeneering conceptual drawing

Immunobioengineering will become an increasingly powerful way to understand, stimulate, and eventually control the immune system to address many conditions ranging from cancer and infections to allergies and auto–immune diseases.

The University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering will offer its first undergraduate course in the autumn 2014 quarter as part of a newly available minor in molecular engineering. Students will soon have available to them an array of new courses that will focus on the approaches and tools molecular engineers use to develop advanced technologies including quantum computing, water purification and regenerative medicine.
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Economics Nobel awarded to Professors Eugene F. Fama and Lars Peter Hansen

Professor Eugene F. Fama

Professor Eugene F. Fama (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

Professor Lars Peter Hansen

Professor Lars Peter Hansen (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

University of Chicago professors Eugene F. Fama and Lars Peter Hansen have been awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2013. “In their work, Gene Fama and Lars Hansen have demonstrated the University's mission to address the complex challenges facing society with innovative scholarship. In doing so, they have helped shape the study of economics and the nature of today's financial markets,” said Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago.
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VIDEO: Lars Peter Hansen on Winning Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

Four Truman Scholars Make History

UChicago's four Truman Scholarship winners for 2014

The University's 2014 Harry S. Truman Scholars (from left): Yusef Al–Jarani, Ava Benezra, Andrea Haidar, and Erin Simpson. All four students are pursuing careers in public service. (Photo by Brett T. Roseman)

Four College students have received Harry S. Truman Scholarships—the most in school history—tying a record that only two other institutions have attained since 2001. The selection of third–years Yusef Al–Jarani, Ava Benezra, Andrea Haidar, and Erin Simpson brings to 34 the number of UChicago students selected as Truman Scholars since the fiercely competitive program was created in 1975. All four students will receive up to $30,000 for graduate education.
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UChicago Welcomes Prominent Leaders and Thinkers from Around Globe

Vice President Joe Biden addresses UChicago students.

Vice President Joe Biden addresses UChicago students during his visit to the Institute of Politics (IOP). (Courtesy of the Institute of Politics)

Autumn Quarter brought abundant opportunities for scholars and students to interact with prominent leaders and thinkers from around the world. From Vice President Joe Biden to Chinese Vice Premier Madame Liu Yandong, in just three months the University of Chicago hosted a remarkable number of distinguished guests who came to share their expertise in art, history, literature, journalism, international relations and politics.
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VIDEO: UChicago Students Reflect on their IOP Experiences

Sarah Peluse Earns National Mathematics Award

Fourth–year Sarah Peluse.

Fourth–Year Sarah Peluse. (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

Sarah Peluse started college at age 15 and transferred to the University of Chicago two years later in search of more challenging coursework for her skill level in mathematics. Now a fourth–year student, Sarah has joined a tradition of UChicago mathematicians supporting each other as they reach the top of their demanding field—all while running on the women's cross–country and track teams as an All–Academic athlete. In January, mathematicians from around the country recognized her accomplishments with the national Schafer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Woman.
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April-May 2014


April 29 - “When The Levees Broke: A History of Un–Civil Rights in America:” A Lecture by Carol Anderson.

April 29 - Beyond the Checkbox: Multiracial Identity—A Discussion with Dr. Josh Singh

April 29 - Film Screening: The Silences of the Palace
(This is the third film in a six–part series entitled “Intimacy in Africa.”)

May 1 - GALLERY TALK—Silk Road and Indian Ocean Traders: Connecting China and the Middle East

May 1 through 31- Exhibit: Black Ink Book Exchange
(At the Arts Incubator.)

May 4 - CSRPC Presents: Annual Public Lecture featuring Danny Glover

May 16 - Institute of Politics Presents: The Branding of American Politics

Visit UChicagoEvents for details

Cinema and Media Studies students Stephanie Zelaya, AB'13, and fourth–year Vicente Fernandez

Students Learn about Feature Filmmaking with “Divergent” Internships

Judy Hoffman, professor of practice in Cinema and Media Studies, secured internship spots for fourth–year Vicente Fernandez and Stephanie Zelaya, AB'13, on the set of Divergent, which is set in Chicago and was shot almost entirely in the city.

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Keynote Tami Sagher, AB'95

Alumni Offer Undergrads Career Advice through Taking the Next Step Program

Since 1998, Taking the Next Step has brought together students and alumni to discuss their guiding passions and the career opportunities that await them. This year, some 900 students and 200 alumni representing fields from health care to urban planning to entrepreneurship gathered at the Chicago Hilton for informal lunchtime conversations and panel discussions.

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Fourth–year Samuel Greene

From Odyssey Scholar to Rhodes Scholar

“I've always known that I wanted to do research related to the environment,” fourth–year chemistry student Samuel Greene says. “I think one of the reasons I chose the University of Chicago was because there are so many opportunities to be involved in research as an undergraduate.” His interest in chemistry and the environment got a boost on Nov. 23, when Greene was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to continue his studies at the University of Oxford next fall. He is the 49th Rhodes scholarship winner from the University of Chicago.

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