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Welcome to the JULY/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 JULY–AUGUST/07 University of Chicago Magazine is in the mail—and it’s also online at:

Here’s a sampling from the issue:

photo: one letter at a time* One Letter at a Time
As the final volume of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary goes to press, Martha Roth, its editor for the past 11 years, heads to the Humanities dean’s office:

* Organs for Change
In the annual Ryerson lecture, medical ethicist Mark Siegler, MD’67, traces Chicago scientists’ contributions to organ transplantation—and the questions those advances continue to raise:

* Celestial Sphere
With its apogee as a center of astrophysical discovery now past, the 110-year-old Yerkes Observatory waits to see what’s in its stars:

News from Chicago

* Chicago’s IT Guy Honored
EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association that advances higher education through information technology, has presented its Leadership Award to Greg Jackson, Chicago’s chief information officer. The 16,500-member group cited Jackson for his “perceptive, frank analysis of complex issues and strong advocacy for IT in higher education”:

* The Power of the Press
The nation’s largest academic press has a new director. Garrett P. Kiely—an academic publishing veteran who’s currently president of Palgrave Macmillan (formerly St. Martin’s Press Scholarly & Reference Division)—joins the University of Chicago Press Sept. 1:

Research at Chicago

photo: Adam Cox and Thomas Miles* Partisan Interpretation
When the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was enacted to combat the disenfranchisement of African American voters, observers often worried that judges might enforce the act in a partisan fashion. In research to be published this fall, Law School assistant professors Adam Cox and Thomas Miles examined every case decided under Section 2 of the act since 1982—finding that partisanship and race are closely connected to how judges vote:

* Nubian Gold
Along the middle Nile, at a site about 225 miles north of Khartoum, Sudan, archaeologists from the Oriental Institute have discovered a gold-processing center that operated sometime between 2000 and 1500 BC. The center, along with a cemetery the team discovered, documents extensive control by the first sub-Saharan kingdom, the kingdom of Kush—a region also known as Nubia in ancient times:

Today @ UChiBLOGo

* Summer School in Ancient Athens
The Magazine's Web log drops in on Western Civ:

From the University of Chicago Alumni Association

photo: get spotted in africa* Get Spotted in Africa
Explore the Serengeti and Zanzibar with alumni and friends on the Alumni Association trip to Tanzania and the Spice Island of Zanzibar, February 29–March 9. You’ll visit some of the world’s richest and most unspoiled wildlife areas, including Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, the Olduvai Gorge, and Ngorongoro Crater. Leading the trip is evolutionary biologist Michael LaBarbera:

* Do You Love Your Job?
Whatever your answer, the Alumni Careers Network is the site to visit. If you want to share your insight and experiences with students and alumni curious about your profession, register to join the more than 15,000 alumni who have volunteered to be career contacts—it doesn’t take much time and you can choose how you’re contacted. Or if you are thinking about changing jobs, use the searchable database to find alumni contacts in the professions that interest you. Either way—you win:

And now a word from the Magazine....

* What you have that we can sell
Want to rent your Parisian apartment? Offer your services as a proofreader? Find a like-minded soul in Omaha? The Magazine's classified-advertising section offers reasonable rates and a discerning clientele. Classified advertisements for the September-October issue are due August 1. For more information:

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