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Thought leader
Philosopher Jonathan Lear has been appointed the Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

Language bearer
A German student, a South Asian language, a UChicago career.

Animal studies 101
UChicago scholars Heather Keenleyside, AM'03, PhD'08, and Joela Jacobs offer two views of a burgeoning field.



Associated Press (October 5, 2014)
Losing dad: A teen finds purpose in grief
The family of the late Don Liu, surgeon in chief at Comer Children's Hospital, finds support in each other--and offers it to those who have suffered similar losses.

Atlantic (October 3, 2014)
"I couldn't smell, and then I died"
UChicago's Jayant Pinto leads a study that makes an ominous connection between the loss of the sense of smell and the risk of death.

Economist (October 3, 2014)
Future, imperfect and tense
Chicago Booth PhD candidate Yanping Tu's research into
productivity shows that "the key step in getting things done
is to get started."

NBC News (October 1, 2014)
How one gene gives monarch butterflies the power to migrate
Evolutionary biologist Marcus Kronforst finds that a single gene determines whether monarch butterflies have the muscle efficiency to fly long distances.

Washington Post (September 30, 2014)
Our infant mortality rate is a national embarrassment
Economist Emily Oster attributes the rate of infant deaths in the United States--worse than 27 other wealthy nations--to "high mortality among less advantaged groups."



Thursday, October 9
Phoenixphest Toronto 2014
7-9 p.m. | Toronto

Saturday, October 11
Tom of Finland: Gay Liberation and the Shaping of Homoerotic Desire in Post-WWII America
2-5 p.m. | Los Angeles

Sunday, October 12
Connecticut Film Club: October Meeting
Time TBD | New Haven, CT

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The regulars
Listen to Susie Allen, AB'09, read her essay about the human drama and sitcom qualities of the Reg's One True Floor.

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If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium
Did you study abroad when you were in the College? What was your most exhilarating, embarrassing, or life-changing experience? Send your travelogues to


Off the presses and online
The Sept-Oct issue of the Magazine is in the mail and available online.

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Considering UChicago?
Dean of the College John Boyer, AM'69, PhD'75, will host an October 13 open house and reception for alumni families with prospective students.

 Sign-up by October 8.