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Welcome to the SEPTEMBER/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 SEPT–OCT/07 University of Chicago Magazine is almost in the mail—and it’s also online at:

Here’s a sampling from the issue:

photo: epic quest* Epic Quest
Chicago’s Odyssey initiative will let students focus on the future, not debts:

* Take 2.0
Former PayPal executive and Hollywood producer David Sacks, JD’98, returns to the start-up world, harnessing Web 2.0 to build a collaborative family-tree site:

* The Sound and the Horror
Things that go bump in the night—and more. With the switch from silent to sound movies, says Robert Spadoni, PhD’03, a genre dawned: the Hollywood horror film:

News from Chicago

* College Sees Record Diversity
Of the 1,324 undergraduates enrolling this fall, African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, multiracial, and international students make up 43 percent of the class—an all-time high for the Office of Admissions. The College received 9 percent more applications than last year, and no students on the wait list were admitted:

* Arts and Sciences Both Reap Rewards
Two Chicago programs—one in the humanities, one in the physical sciences—received milestone gifts last month:

photo: henry luce foundationWith an anonymous $1 million endowment gift, the Civic Knowledge Project, which offers arts and humanities programming in local neighborhoods, will fund its core staff:

Aspiring female scientists get a boost from the Henry Luce Foundation, which has granted four one-year fellowships for women entering Chicago PhD programs in astronomy & astrophysics, computer science, mathematics, and physics:

Research at Chicago

* Sexual Healing
Both men and women remain sexually active past age 70, though as overall health declines, so does libido. Assistant professor of medicine Stacy Tessler Lindau, AM’02, and Edward O. Laumann, the George Herbert Mead distinguished service professor in sociology, conducted the first comprehensive survey of sexual attitudes, behaviors, and problems among older Americans:

* Baby Talk Is Monkey Business
When female rhesus monkeys interact with infants, they use specific grunts and vocalizations called girneys, finds Dario Maestripieri, associate professor in comparative human development. The noises resemble humans’ use of high-pitched, musical “motherese”:

Today @ UChiBLOGo

* Sons and Brothers
The Magazine’s Web log sits in on a Basic Program poetry reading:

From the University of Chicago Alumni Association:

* Athletics Hall of Fame Inducts Seven
On October 19 the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame honors seven new members for distinction in intercollegiate athletics and for contributing to athletics on campus.

To read about the 2007 inductees:

To learn about and register for the Hall of Fame dinner:

* Time to Nominate the Next Alumni Award Winners
Help the Alumni Association recognize achievement and outstanding service by nominating Chicago graduates for the 2008 Alumni Awards. Nominations are due October 15, and winners will be honored during the 2008 Alumni Weekend. For an online nomination form:

* Can’t Wait for Your Alumni Resource Guide?
Packaged with the Sept–Oct Magazine, the 64-page guide is filled with all the information about programs and services the University has waiting for you, compiled in a convenient, hands-on form with a nine-month shelf life. Until the guide arrives in your mailbox, you can access programs and services via the Alumni Web site:

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