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May 5, 2009

Top Stories


When astronaut John Grunsfeld, SM’84, PhD’88, takes off on his third mission to refurbish the Hubble Space Telescope, he’ll take along a century-old basketball—used by Edwin Hubble, SB 1910, PhD 1917, in a Maroon victory over Indiana University.

Extreme makeover: lab edition

Workers are putting the finishing touches on a $49 million total renovation of the Searle Chemistry Laboratory building.

Swine flu at Chicago?

The University of Chicago Medical Center is investigating a small number of potential cases of swine flu among its staff. Meanwhile the University’s News Office offers updates and information online.

Chicago in the News

  • Time: The 2009 Time 100. The annual issue of short essays on 100 of “the world’s most influential people” includes physics Nobel laureate Yoichiro Nambu and fivethirtyeight blogger Nate Silver, AB’00—both in the “Scientists and Thinkers” category. (May 11, 2009)
  • New York Times: Why the earnings gender gap in business? Women work less. Research by Chicago Booth’s Marianne Bertrand and Harvard economists Claudia Goldin, AM’69, PhD’72, and Lawrence F. Katz provides a statistical explanation for why women with children earn less than men. (April 29, 2009)
  • Politico: Axelrod on Brooks: “true public thinker.” David Axelrod, AB’76, introduced a fellow New Yorker, journalist, and Maroon—David Brooks, AB’83—at the Week’s Opinion Awards, where Brooks was honored as columnist of the year. Blogger of the year was Nate Silver, AB’00. (April 28, 2009)
  • Newsweek: Generation Me. A new book by Jean Twenge, AB’93, AM’93, and W. Keith Campbell says we're in a narcissism epidemic. (April 27, 2009)
  • New York Times: Stubbornly practicing his principles of photography. Danny Lyon, AB’63, shares self-assigned—and largely unpublished—photos from the past four decades in his newest book, Memories of Myself. (April 27, 2009)
  • PC World: Meet Bump, the App Store’s billionth download. Bump, created by Chicago Booth first-years David Lieb and Jake Mintz along with friend Andy Huibers, was the one-billionth-application download at Apple’s online store. Find out what Bump does. (April 24, 2009)

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Your brain on food

In a Colbert Report interview promoting his new book, The End of Overeating, former FDA commissioner David Kessler, JD’78, explains why he wants Americans to eat less: “More people die of obesity than die of all infectious diseases and terrorism.”

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