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Welcome to the APRIL 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: new french connection* New French Connection
This fall Chicago will be the first American university to offer courses by faculty from one of the world’s elite scholarly institutions, the Collège de France. In a program initiated by the U of C’s France-Chicago Center, at least two Collège de France scholars will come to Hyde Park each year to present a course or a lecture series. The 2007–2008 inaugural faculty are climatologist Edouard Bard, medieval literary scholar Michel Zink, and neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene:

* Moving On Up: Biosciences Graduate Programs
Two bioscience graduate programs—paleontology and ecology/evolutionary biology—were ranked No. 1 in the United States, and the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine climbed from a two-way tie for 17th to a three-way tie for 15th in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation's best graduate schools:

Research at Chicago

* A Star is Burned
Scientists at Chicago’s Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes have demonstrated—via 3D simulation—how to detonate a white dwarf star, work that may help illuminate the mystery of dark energy:

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photo: wanted - a few good monk parakeet watchers* Wanted: A Few Good Monk Parakeet Watchers
Chicago students know the legend: monk parakeets, the bright green birds that pop out of huge, bulbous nests and fill the air with shrill chattering, escaped from a cargo crate at O'Hare. But Chicago researchers want to know more. To generate a map of all active monk-parakeet nests stretching from Northwest Indiana into southern Wisconsin, they're enlisting the help of local residents. For more information:

Today @ UChiBLOGo

* Randal's Trump Card
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From the University of Chicago Alumni Association

photo: alumni weekend* Alumni Weekend is for You
All alumni are invited to attend the reunions, tours, classes, parties, receptions, ceremonies, and family-friendly programs at Alumni Weekend, May 31 to June 3. Many events are free, but most require reservations—and if you register by Friday, April 20, you'll receive a $10 discount. To find out more and to register online:

* Attention Alumni Authors
Have you written or contributed to a book? The Alumni Association would be delighted to add it to the collection of alumni and faculty publications in the Klowden Family Library at Alumni House. Your book will be displayed in the library, and a bookplate with your name, degree, and degree year will commemorate your gift. For mailing information and more information on Alumni House:

* Travel in Mind for Summer and Fall?
There’s still time to check your vacation calendar against the list of alumni travel offerings for 2007 and choose a faculty-led study trip to suit your interests. Summer and fall trips to the Black Sea, China and Tibet, Tuscany, the Galapagos, Poland, Turkey and the Greek Islands, and a family cruise to ancient sites in the Mediterranean are waiting to welcome you:

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