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Welcome to the May issue of UCHICAGO.EDU, a monthly e-bulletin bringing you online news about the University of Chicago and its larger community of alumni and friends.


News from Chicago

photo:  Ellen and Melvin Gordon* Roll Out for Science Center
The Ellen and Melvin Gordon Center for Integrative Science--a $200 million facility designed to cross traditional boundaries between physics, chemistry, and biology--was dedicated in April, recognizing a $25 million gift from Ellen Gordon, president of Tootsie Roll Industries, and her husband, Melvin, the firm’s chairman of the board:

* New Disciplines for Old?
In the 2007-2008 school year, the University and the Franke Institute for the Humanities will open a new Center for Disciplinary Innovation. With a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the center will act as an incubator for developing a new model of flexible academic organization:


Research at Chicago

photo:  Birds do it too* Birds Do It Too
Although linguists have argued that certain patterns of language organization are the exclusive province of humans, researchers from Chicago and the University of California, San Diego, have discovered the same capacity in the common European starling. Their work, reported in the April 27 Nature, show that the starlings can be trained to reliably discriminate between two different rules for patterning the sounds they use to communicate:

* Gene Array Expert Joins Faculty
Kevin P. White, a pioneer in combining experimental and computational techniques to understand the network of factors that control gene expression during development and evolution, has been appointed director of the new Institute for Genomic and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, effective July 1:


Today @ UChiBLOGo

photo:  uchiblogo* The Black-White Education Divide
The Magazine’s Web log sits in on the inaugural Committee on Education workshop:


From the University of Chicago Alumni Association

* Alumni Weekend is for You
June 1–4 all alumni are invited back to campus for the annual celebration of the Chicago experience:
The UnCommon Core offers your choice of faculty-led lecture/discussion classes. To see this year's schedule:

Family-friendly events include the Young Maroon Procession across campus, led by the University's bagpipe band; storytelling; parties; a hands-on lab class where you'll learn about invertebrates; and chances to try your skills at Chinese ink painting and Chicago-style improv. For the Young Maroon program of events visit:

photo:  reunionOn Saturday, June 3, special reunion gatherings include house and hall tours; a multicultural reception; and a student presentation and evening party hosted by LGBTQ. Check the full schedule:

James Q. Wilson, AM'57, PhD’59, one of the nation's most influential political scientists, will give the address at Alumni Convocation, where the 2006 alumni awards will be presented. To find out when and where:

Most events are free; all are popular. So don't miss out--register now:


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photo:  umbrella* Share Our Umbrella
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