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Welcome to the OCTOBER 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

* Big Gift, Big Impact
A $25 million commitment from the Neubauer Family Foundation to establish an innovative program to attract some of the nation's most outstanding young faculty, has pushed the University's $2 billion capital campaign, the Chicago Initiative, over its goal:

photo: medical research* $23 Million Grant Puts Medical Research on a Faster Track
Using a five-year, $23 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, a team based at the University of Chicago Medical Center will bring together basic scientists from the biological, physical, behavioral, and social sciences; physician-scientists from the medical school; and faculty from the schools of public policy, social service administration, and business. The goal: to speed the transition of new knowledge from laboratory bench to patient bedside; push the boundaries of personalized medicine; and improve the health of Chicago's South Side community:

* University Puts the Science in Chicago
As part of the second annual Chicago Science in the City celebration, a panel of scientists and educators drew up a list of the city's Top Ten scientific achievements-six took place at the University, while a seventh occurred at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory:

Research at Chicago

photo: mighty mouse* Mighty Mouse for Stem Cell Research
By injecting embryonic stem (ES) cells from a wood mouse into the early embryo of a house mouse, a team of scientists from the University of Chicago, Sun Yat-sen University, and the University of Liverpool has produced normal healthy animals made of a mixture of cells from each of the two distantly related species. "This interspecies approach," the researchers note, "may be the only way to study ES cells of some species, such as human ES cells, in an in vivo context":

* Why Doctors Don't Feel Your Pain
Brain scans show that physicians apparently learn to "shut off" the portion of their brain that helps them appreciate the pain their patients experience during treatment and instead activate a portion of the brain connected with controlling emotions. Because doctors sometimes have to inflict pain on their patients as part of the healing process, they also must develop the ability to not be distracted by the suffering, said Jean Decety, professor in psychology and psychiatry at Chicago and coauthor of "Expertise Modulates the Perception of Pain in Others," in the Oct. 9 Current Biology:

Today @ UChiBLOGo

* Time's a-ticking
The Magazine's Web log checks the setting of the Doomsday Clock:

From the Magazine

* Pictures from an Institution: A New Book of Campus Photographs by Dan Dry
To mark its 100th year of reporting on the University scene, the University of Chicago Magazine is publishing a book of campus scenes by Magazine photographer Dan Dry. The book, available for a $100 donation ($75 tax deductible) can be previewed and pre-ordered online:

From the University of Chicago Alumni Association

photo: International Forum* International Forum Recap
The International Forum-several days of Chicago-style inquiry and conversation-was held in London, Sept. 27-29. More than 450 alumni, parents, and guests from 20 countries met to explore business, economic, social, and scientific topics. To view photos from the event:

* East or West, Chicago's Coming to You
Two autumn alumni caucuses-one in San Francisco, one in New York-offer an opportunity for Chicago alumni, parents, and friends to get campus updates from faculty and administrators and for University volunteers to attend workshops and network. The keynote speaker at both events is Kimberly Goff-Crews, the University's new vice president and dean of students. For more information and to register:

West Coast Alumni Caucus, October 12-13, in San Francisco:

East Coast Alumni Caucus, November 16-17, in New York:

* Or You Can Come to Chicago....
...where Homecoming, Family Weekend, and the fifth annual Athletics Hall of Fame celebration will all be held on campus the weekend of October 19-21.

Learn about the 2007 inductees into the University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame:

Register for Homecoming events:

For more information on Family Weekend:

* Travel in Mind for the Year Ahead
Join Chicago faculty experts for guided trips around the world. In February biologist Michael LaBarbera leads a ten-day exploration of the Serengeti and Zanzibar. Other 2008 offerings include a cruise in the Mediterranean, visits to China, Oxford, Italy, and a family excursion to Ireland:

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