Problems viewing this e-mail? View online.


You snooze, you lose
It’s not just calories consumed and burned. Hours of sleep should be added to weight-loss calculations.

The price of independence
In a new book, George William Van Cleve, AB’73, argues that the Constitution was “proslavery in its politics, in its economics, and its law.”

Revolutionary scholar
Friedrich Katz, UChicago’s eminent Mexican-history expert for 40 years, dies at 83.


Democrat and Chronicle (October 16, 2010)
Conwell to receive top science honor
Esther M. Conwell, PhD’48, who helped launch the computer revolution, received news of her National Medal of Science via e-mail

Chicago Tribune (October 16, 2010)
You’re so veined
Critic Julia Keller falls for The Book of Leaves from the University of Chicago Press.

Chicago Sun-Times (October 14, 2010)
U of C senior lives, breathes Harry Potter
“Huge nerd” Ashley Demma, ’11, even studied Latin to understand the books’ sorcery spells.

New York Times Magazine (October 13, 2010)
On Language columnist Ben Zimmer, AM’98, examines Stephen Colbert’s zeitgeisty word on its fifth anniversary.

Salon (October 10, 2010)
“Disconnect”: Why cellphones may be killing us
Devra Davis, PhD’72, reports “disturbing results” about the connection between cellphones and health problems.


Saturday, October 23
Humanities Day
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Chicago

Thursday, October 28
Alumni Happy Hour at Corner Wine Bar
5:30–8 p.m. | Indianapolis

Saturday, October 30
Philadelphia Boat Tour on the Schuylkill
2–3 p.m. | Philadelphia

Thursday, November 4
An Evening with Andrew Young
6:30–9:30 p.m. | Atlanta

 /> See events across the country and around the world


Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages Theo van den Hout demonstrates the craftsmanship of ancient scribes.

 Watch the video


Monte Carlo analysis
Finally, here are the long-awaited, much-anticipated (by one guy, at least) results of the Magazine’s parking-ticket contest.