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Welcome to the OCTOBER 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.

Join the Celebration of Chicago’s 13th President

photo:  president zimmerOn Friday, October 27, 2006, distinguished mathematician Robert J. Zimmer will be inaugurated as the 13th president of the University of Chicago. Alumni and friends are invited to take part by attending the All-Campus Inaugural Celebration, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (rain or shine), in the Main Quadrangles. Attendees will enjoy picnic fare and entertainment throughout the celebration. For more information:

You are also invited to view the inauguration ceremony via live video feed in Mandel Hall (1131 East 57th Street) or Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 East 59th Street) beginning at 10 a.m. on October 27. A live Web cast will also be available —please check the University’s Web site for details on the morning of the 27th:

In November President Zimmer will travel to five major alumni communities to greet you in person. Receptions will be held in Chicago on Wednesday, November 8; Washington, DC, on Wednesday, November 15; New York City on Thursday, November 16; Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 29; and San Francisco on Thursday, November 30. To learn more about these regional events:

News from Chicago

photo:  new provost* New Provost Appointed
President Robert J. Zimmer has appointed Thomas Rosenbaum, the University’s vice president for research and for Argonne National Laboratory, as University provost, effective January 1, 2007. As Chicago’s second-ranking officer, Rosenbaum will oversee academic appointments, programs, and budgetary priorities:

* Arts Center on the Drawing Board
Although ground won’t be broken until $25 million of a projected $100 million cost has been raised, plans for a new creative and performing arts center just south of the Midway are under way. Five architects, including three Pritzker Prize winners, have been invited to submit models for the project, reported the October 4 Chicago Tribune, with a decision expected in January:

Research at Chicago

photo:  no storm is an island* No Storm is an Island
A severe storm in Alaska generated an ocean swell that six days later broke apart a giant iceberg in Antarctica, some 8,300 miles away. Chicago’s Douglas MacAyeal co-led a team that connected the two events, reported in the October Geophysical Research Letters. The study raises the possibility that an increase in storms driven by climate change could affect far-flung parts of the globe:

* Sleep Better, Live Longer
Short or poor quality sleep is associated with reduced control of blood-sugar levels in African Americans with diabetes, report Chicago researchers in the September 18 Archives of Internal Medicine. The finding suggests that one inexpensive way to improve the health of type 2-diabetes patients might be to improve the duration and quality of their sleep:

Today @ UChiBLOGo

* Research Gold Mine
The Magazine’s Web log learns how to find the full story:

From the University of Chicago Alumni Association

* Athletics Hall of Fame Inducts Eight
On October 13 the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame honors eight new members for distinction in intercollegiate athletics and for contributing to athletics on campus.

To read about the 2006 inductees:

To learn about and register for the Hall of Fame dinner:

photo:  travel in mind* Travel in Mind for the Year Ahead
It’s time to check your vacation calendar against the 2007 list of alumni offerings and choose the study trip that suits your interests. Consider a cruise through the Amazon rainforest or in the Galapagos, a trip to Northern India, a sojourn in South Africa, a fortnight in Oxford, a family cruise in the Mediterranean, as well as visits to New Zealand and Japan—or China and Tibet, Tuscany, Black Sea ports, Eastern Europe, the Italian Riviera, or Russia’s Golden Ring. For the complete list of trips, go to:

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