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Welcome to the MAY 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 MAY–JUNE/08 University of Chicago Magazine is almost in the mail—and it’s also online at:

Here’s a sampling from the issue


If Robert Lesser, AB’50, AM’53, were the subject of a racy paperback, the cover blurb might read: “One Man’s Determined Quest to Find—and Frame—Pulp Art!”

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Maroon
When the Magazine asked readers what made their wedding a truly Chicago experience, we heard from dozens of alumni with stories to tell:

Sally Marks the Spot
With a patch over one eye, titanium legs, and a bite to match his bark, math professor Paul Sally runs a tight ship:

News from Chicago

Our Man in Washington: Chicago’s Federal Presence
A. Scott Sudduth heads the University’s new Washington, D.C.–based Federal Relations Office. As associate vice president for federal relations, Sudduth—who had led similar efforts for the University of California system since 1988—will represent the University’s perspective on higher education and research policy to Congress and the executive branch:

Rev. Elizabeth Davenport

Coming to the Chapel: Rockefeller’s New Dean
Rev. Elizabeth Davenport has been named dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Davenport, an English-born Episcopal priest who moves to Chicago from the University of Southern California in July, will provide pastoral care, supervise weekly religious services, oversee musical programs, and develop special events:

Stamp of Approval: Astronomer Edwin Hubble Honored
The Chicago unveiling of the American Scientists U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating astronomer Edwin Hubble, SB’10, PhD’17, took place before the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics’ weekly colloquium:

To view a video of the April 30 ceremony—including a lively tribute by department chair Rocky Kolb:

Research at Chicago

Don’t Worry, Get Older
With age comes happiness. That’s the conclusion Chicago researchers reached after a 36-year study—published in the April American Sociological Review—examining thousands of Americans’ satisfaction with their lives. Interviewing people from all ages and racial groups, a team at the University-based National Opinion Research Center found that on average whites are happier than blacks, women are happier than men, and other generations are happier than baby boomers. As subjects age, though, these differences narrow:

Genetic Link to Asthma
Medical Center scientists have uncovered a genetic variation that significantly raises susceptibility to asthma. Focusing their studies on South Dakota’s Hutterites, a genetically isolated religious community, they found that asthma sufferers had higher levels of YKL-40, an immune-system protein that triggers inflammation. Publishing their results in the April 17 New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers traced YKL-40 to a minute variation in an associated gene and tested that variation in a wider population. The discovery could influence future asthma treatments:

Today @ UChiBLOGo

Pond Patrons
The Magazine’s Web log attends the dedication of Botany Pond:

From the University of Chicago Alumni Association

Alumni Weekend: June 5-8, 2008

Alumni Weekend is for You
All alumni are invited back to campus June 5–8 for the annual celebration of the Chicago experience. Most events are free; all are popular. So don’t miss out—register now:

Alumni Weekend

Family-friendly events include the Young Maroon Procession across campus, led by the University’s bagpipe band; storytelling; parties; an invertebrates lab; and a tour of the Museum of Science and Industry. For the Young Maroon program of events visit:

On Saturday, June 7, special reunion gatherings include house and hall tours; a multicultural reception; and an alumni and student discussion and evening party hosted by LGBTQ. Check the full schedule:

Mildred Dresselhaus, PhD’59, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an expert in nanoscience, will give the address at Saturday’s Alumni Convocation, where the 2008 alumni awards will be presented:

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