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Ultimate sacrifice
Pediatric surgeon Donald Liu died as he lived--putting children ahead of himself.

Be up front about it
Offering teachers advance bonus payments that can be revoked yields the best student performance, research shows.

Master of the house
A new residential house will be named in honor of English scholar and former dean of the College Wayne C. Booth, AM'47, PhD'50, and his wife, Phyllis, AM'66.



New York Times (August 10, 2012)
Rehearsal note:
That bad choice could be useful

New York director Daniel Aukin, AB'93, "has few contemporary rivals in finding texture and resonance in a play's stillness and silence."

Washington Monthly (August 8, 2012)
Beating up on welfare recipients
The biggest welfare problem is not excessive benefits, argues School of Social Service Administration professor Harold Pollack, but neglect of low-income families.

WBEZ (August 6, 2012)
Finding Chicago's first maps
Paul Durica, AM'06, leads a tour back in time to the city's original lakeshore.

Boston Globe (July 29, 2012)
How did 'Monday' become a racist slur?
Ben Zimmer, AM'98, explores how mild-mannered language provides cover for hateful speech.

The Economist (July 28, 2012)
The Chicago question
What would Milton Friedman do now?



Thursday, August 16
Twin Cities Happy Hour
4-6 p.m. | St. Paul, MN

Saturday, August 18
Summer Tango Social Dance
4-8 p.m. | Austin, TX

Tuesday, August 21
Entrepreneur Mixer
with French Food and Wine Pairing

7-9 p.m. | La Canada Flintridge, CA

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Sagan's message to Martian settlers
"Whatever the reason you're on Mars is, I'm glad you're there, and I wish I was with you."

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Journeys of the mind
Notes on a UChicago film class, Curiosity's landing, and George Melies's A Trip to the Moon.

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