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Welcome to the JANUARY/07 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.

The JAN–FEB/07 University of Chicago Magazine is in the mail--and it's also online at:

Here's a sampling from the issue:

* Fenced Out
A post–9/11 boom in immigration legislation hasn’t stemmed the border flow, but it has created a flood of new approaches, most with built-in paradoxes:

photo: philoso....therapy* Philoso....therapy
Philosopher and psychoanalyst Jonathan Lear finds the human soul in Aristotle, Freud, and the Crow Nation’s last great chief:

* Islamic Voice
Ingrid Mattson, PhD’99, converted to Islam in college. Now she’s the first female president of the Islamic Society of North America:

News from Chicago

* Center to Gather Data from CERN’s Collision Course
Massive quantities of data from the largest scientific instrument ever built will soon begin flowing into an international network of computer centers—including one operated jointly by Chicago and Indiana University. When the Large Hadron Collider begins operation at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, in late 2007, physicists at 158 institutions will harness its unprecedented power to study subatomic particles:

photo: changes at the top* Changes at the Top
Two vice presidential appointments have been announced.

Donald Levy, the Albert A. Michelson distinguished service professor in chemistry, has been appointed the University’s vice president for research and for national laboratories, effective January 1:

Kimberly Goff-Crews, currently dean of students at Wellesley College, has been appointed vice president and dean of students at Chicago. Her appointment is effective July 1:

* Close Shave for Hyde Park Hair Salon
After 80 years in the same 53rd Street location, a local barbershop that’s a city institution must find a new home. The University is selling its building, which also houses the old Harper movie theater, to a development company that plans to lease space to local and national stores and restaurants. Meanwhile University officials are working with the salon to find it a new home:

Research at Chicago

* Changing Pace: Slower Evolution of the Human Brain
Despite the explosive growth in size and complexity of the human brain, the pace of evolutionary change among the thousands of genes expressed in brain tissue has actually slowed since the split, millions of years ago, between human and chimpanzee. An international research team, led by Chicago professor of ecology & evolution Chung-I Wu, reports the finding in the December 26 PLOS Biology:

photo: surprise bubbles* Surprise Bubbles Up in the Physics of Fluids
When air bubbles rise from an underwater nozzle, they tear apart in sharp jerks instead of pinching off at a point. Chicago physicists Sidney Nagel and Wendy Zhang reported the phenomenon in the Oct. 6 Physical Review Letters, a finding that may help scientists understand mathematical explosions in the equations that govern everything from the bubbles of carbonated beverages to the venting of gas from oceanic fissures:

Today @ UChiBLOGo

* Cover-Girl Collage
The Magazine's Web log checks out a Smart Museum exhibit:

From the Magazine

* Haiku Deadline Looms. Syllable by Syllable, the Theme: Chicago.
January 15 marks the deadline for the Magazine’s haiku contest—your chance to win a haiku-sized measure of fame and fortune:

From the University of Chicago Alumni Association

* A New Year of Alumni Events
From Chicago faculty lecturing in your town to evenings at the theater, afternoons cheering Maroons basketball, happy hours for young alumni, or family tours of your local zoo, to groups discussing everything from books to investments strategies—Chicago alumni clubs in your region offer a variety of activities you can enjoy in company with old friends and new. Check the searchable calendar for events near you, and check back regularly as new activities are planned through the winter and spring:

* Resolve to Volunteer
Do you want to help choose the next generation of Chicago students? Would you like to talk about your profession or career? Or to help organize alumni events in your city? Can you use a smart young person as an intern in your company? Do you have some good ideas for your next reunion? Chicago has many volunteer opportunities that will bring you in contact with students and alumni and take advantage of your special talents. To see what’s available:

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