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Welcome to the DECEMBER 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

* Rhodes to Success
Two recent graduates and a fourth-year student in the College are among 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars this year:

* Going Up: Applications to the College
When Harvard and Princeton dropped their early-admission programs this year, Chicago expected the number of high-school students applying via the College's non-binding early action program to go up. But, reports the Chicago Tribune, it didn't expect a 45-percent increase:

photo: Amadou Cisse* In the Wake of Tragedy
Amadou Cisse, a 29-year-old chemistry graduate student from Senegal, was walking to his off-campus apartment when he was fatally shot on November 19. The shooting was the first time a student has died as the result of violent crime on or near campus since 1977. For a full report on the incident, and its aftermath:

* Made in America: New Center to Study American Culture
A multimillion-dollar gift from Karla Scherer, AM'99, will fund the Humanities Division's new center for the study of American culture. Scherer's gift will support faculty and graduate student research, endow a professorship, and showcase the study of American culture through public conferences and symposia:

Research at Chicago

* This Sauropod Knew How to Suck It Up
In mid-November Chicago paleontologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Paul Sereno unveiled a 110 million-year-old dinosaur found in the Sahara in 1999. Known as Nigersaurus taquet, the plant-eating dinosaur had a mouth that worked like a vacuum cleaner:

* Where Cosmic Rays Come From
Still under construction, the Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory--an international collaboration begun in the early 1990s by Chicago's James Cronin, SM'53, PhD'55, and Alan Watson of the University of Leeds--has produced its first major discovery, tracing high-energy cosmic rays to the cores of nearby galaxies:

Today @ UChiBLOGo

* The Art of War
The Magazine's Web log visits the current Renaissance Society show:

From the Magazine

photo: magazine contest* " ...and yes I said yes I will Yes" I will Enter this Contest
Answer an uncommon essay question in four PowerPoint slides and win $500 in the latest contest for Magazine readers:

* Go Deep into the Core
The Core, the College magazine of the University of Chicago, is now available online. Published each May and November, the Core offers a closer look at the life of the College both on and off campus, as well as alumni profiles and student and alumni voices. To read the Autumn 2007 issue:

* Make a Gift, Get a Book

A $100 gift ($75 tax-deductible) to the Magazine in its centennial year gets you a copy of a new book of campus photographs by Dan Dry. Make your gift online today:

From the University of Chicago Alumni Association

* Send Holiday E-Cards with a University of Chicago Stamp
A selection of campus scenes (in warmer weather) is ready for you to use in greeting old friends during the holiday season. First, find your friends via the online alumni directory at

Then send them e-cards:

* Plan Now for Alumni Weekend
Every year at Alumni Weekend, thousands of alumni, friends, and families from around the world return to campus to celebrate all things Chicago. Alumni Weekend 2008 will take place June 5-8. Plan to return for four days of lectures, tours, parties, exhibitions, and performances--many of them free. For more information, visit the Alumni Weekend Web site:

Make a Difference: Seeking Alumni Leaders
* The Alumni Board of Governors, your voice on campus, elects new members in April. The 30-member board is an action-oriented, dynamic group that sets policy for the University of Chicago Alumni Association and advises the University on matters of interest to the alumni community. Nominations (self-nominations are welcome) are due January 15. To learn more about board responsibilities and to submit a nomination, go to:

Questions? Contact Nominating Committee Chair Vincent Hillery, AB'81, JD'84:

Attention Alumni Authors
Have you written or contributed to a book? Send us a copy for the collection of alumni and faculty books 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:

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