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University of Chicago News

University of Chicago. Office of Communications. 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Suite 120, Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 702-8360. [email protected]

https://news.uchicago.edu/


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QuSTEAM education initiative seeks to develop, transform ...

A group of scientists from five universities across the Midwest, including the University of Chicago, will lead an effort to redesign quantum science education—working with industry and national laboratories to develop a diverse, capable and effective quantum workforce. The rapidly evolving ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/uchicago-partner-transformative-qusteam-quantum-education-initiative


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COVID 2025: How the pandemic is changing our world ...

In this episode of “COVID 2025: Our World in the Next 5 Years,” Poast discusses how the pandemic is accelerating changes in international relations as nations respond by stepping away from each other rather than taking steps to tackle the crisis together.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/covid-2025-how-pandemic-changing-our-world


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UChicago to help lead effort to build first practical ...

The race to turn the vision of quantum computing into reality today involves multiple contenders, exploring different technologies that they hope will open up a new era of science and engineering.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/uchicago-help-lead-effort-build-first-practical-quantum-computer


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Department of Energy selects Argonne, Fermilab to lead two ...

The U.S. Department of Energy is establishing five new National Quantum Information Science Research Centers, including a center led by Argonne National Laboratory and a center led by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, which are each projected to receive $115 million in funding over the next five years.Both laboratories are affiliated with the University of Chicago.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/doe-selects-argonne-fermilab-lead-two-multi-million-dollar-national-quantum-research-centers


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UChicago to partner in $25 million NSF quantum information ...

The National Science Foundation has announced the formation of a new institute that will explore new ways to create and connect quantum computers and networks.. Established with a $25 million, five-year NSF award, the new Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks (HQAN) includes the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/uchicago-partner-25-million-national-science-foundation-quantum-information-institute


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Quantum engineering breakthroughs could offer new ...

Quantum communication has the potential to become the ultimate secure communication channel. Not only is it nearly impossible to eavesdrop on quantum communication, but those who try will also leave evidence of their indiscretions.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/quantum-engineering-breakthroughs-could-offer-new-direction-communication-tech


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How COVID-19 has changed the global economy | University ...

The worldwide economic landscape has changed dramatically over the past four months, as the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled activity in nearly every corner of the world.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/how-covid-19-has-changed-global-economy


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MacArthur fellow Nels Elde learned to pursue ‘creative ...

When Nels Elde, PhD’05, arrived at the University of Chicago in 1998, he found himself in an exciting research environment—one that combined an “incredible tradition of academics” with an amazing group of collaborators in his fellow graduate students. But it wasn’t just UChicago’s ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/uchicago-macarthur-fellow-learned-pursue-creative-science


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Violence linked to loneliness, hypervigilance and chronic ...

The study’s results are particularly troublesome for older people who live in violent neighborhoods, who are more prone to loneliness and might already have chronic health issues like diabetes, obesity or heart disease, said Tung, whose research focuses on disparities in chronic disease management.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/violence-linked-loneliness-hypervigilance-and-chronic-health-problems


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Podcasts | University of Chicago News

Listen to podcasts produced by breakthrough University of Chicago research from experts on Big Brains, Capitalisn't, Not Another Politics Podcast, Pandemic Economics, and more.

https://news.uchicago.edu/podcasts


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Parents’ reliance on welfare leads to more welfare use by ...

If parents rely on welfare, do their children become more likely to follow suit? Many past studies have shown that a child’s welfare use is correlated with a parent’s welfare receipt.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/parents-reliance-welfare-leads-more-welfare-use-their-children-study-finds


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Vitamin D deficiency may raise risk of getting COVID-19 ...

In a retrospective study of patients tested for COVID-19, researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine found an association between vitamin D deficiency and the likelihood of becoming infected with the coronavirus.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/vitamin-d-deficiency-may-raise-risk-getting-covid-19-study-finds


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How an alternate reality game helped build community ...

The team behind A Labyrinth is not new to the world of ARGs. The Fourcast Lab has previously developed multiple UChicago initiatives in this form for student orientations, such as the parasite and Terrarium—games that used collaborative play to disseminate information, build skills and crowdsource solutions.. In addition to Jagoda, the Fourcast Lab includes Sr. Lect. Heidi Coleman, Lect ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/how-alternate-reality-game-helped-build-community-during-pandemic


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Does voting by mail increase the risk of voter fraud ...

We are living in the midst of a global pandemic. And there is a bitter partisan debate unfolding on whether more Americans should cast their votes through the mail during a time when going out may be hazardous to peoples’ health.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/does-voting-mail-increase-risk-voter-fraud


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Why time outdoors is crucial to your health, even during ...

Editor’s note: To read more about how UChicago is on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, visit the Confronting COVID-19 website.. As state and local officials pleaded for residents to stay at home in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many included a caveat: You can still enjoy the outdoors, as long as you can maintain a safe social distance.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/why-time-outdoors-crucial-your-health-even-during-coronavirus-pandemic


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Meet the first member of the University of Chicago’s Class ...

On Friday morning, Daniel Olmo headed to Whitney M. Young Magnet High School with his family, ready to discuss financial aid and scholarships. But when he arrived, he saw a group of people surrounded by balloons and TV cameras, waiting to deliver even more exciting news: Olmo had been accepted into ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/meet-first-member-university-chicagos-class-2025


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Peggy Mason | University of Chicago News

For 25 years, Mason has worked on the cellular mechanisms of pain modulation. Since 2008, she has turned her energies to the biology of empathy and pro-social behavior.

https://news.uchicago.edu/profile/peggy-mason


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R. Stephen Berry, ‘one of the most influential chemists of ...

R. Stephen Berry, a pioneering University of Chicago scientist who spent his life making fundamental contributions across the fields of chemistry and energy policy, died July 26.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/r-stephen-berry-one-most-influential-chemists-his-generation-1931-2020


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Air pollution reduces global health expectancy by two ...

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores more than any time in recent history how important it is to protect public health. Yet, as countries race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, another everyday killer continues to threaten billions of people worldwide: air pollution.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/air-pollution-reduces-global-health-expectancy-two-years-study-finds


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Undocumented, young immigrants face obstacles, uncertain ...

Undocumented Latino youth who migrate to the United States face futures clouded by limited rights and the constant fear of deportation, according to a new report from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Irvine.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/undocumented-young-immigrants-face-obstacles-uncertain-futures


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Should you trust the 2020 election polls? Yes, but ...

Polling data is an essential factor in every election cycle. Pundits use it to forecast the outcome, while campaigns use it to decide where to allocate resources and shore up support. However, polls never provide a perfect crystal ball—in 2016, Donald Trump’s victory shocked almost everyone who ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/should-you-trust-2020-election-polls-yes


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How computer science can help fight COVID-19 | University ...

The COVID-19 pandemic has mobilized the world’s scientific community like no other recent crisis, including many researchers using the most modern data science and artificial intelligence approaches.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/how-computer-science-can-help-fight-covid-19


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How to stay safe from flu during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Influenza is a serious illness that can make you miserable. At its worst, it can be fatal. As North America enters its first full flu season since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are wondering about the intersection of these two respiratory viruses. In the following Q&A, Assoc. Prof ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/how-stay-safe-flu-during-covid-19-pandemic


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11-year-old donor makes surprise gift to COVID-19 research ...

“I was blown away,” said Asst. Prof. Juan Mendoza, recalling when he first heard the news that an 11-year-old boy planned to donate to his lab group’s COVID-19 research.“I was deeply touched by this unexpected and unsolicited donation.” The young donor, Noah Polansky, raised $250 selling cookies to support the Mendoza group at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) at the ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/uchicago-receives-surprise-donation-11-year-old-covid-19-research


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Air pollution reduces global life expectancy by nearly two ...

Fossil fuel-driven particulate air pollution cuts global average life expectancy by 1.8 years per person, according to a new pollution index and accompanying report produced by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.The Air Quality Life Index establishes particulate pollution as the single greatest threat to human health globally, with its effect on life expectancy exceeding ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/air-pollution-reduces-global-life-expectancy-nearly-two-years


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Scientists use open-access quantum computer to tease out ...

The rules of quantum mechanics describe how atoms and molecules act very differently from the world around us. Scientists have made progress toward teasing out these rules—essential for finding ways to make new molecules and better technology—but some are so complex that they evade experimental verification.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/scientists-tap-open-access-quantum-computer-tease-out-quantum-secrets


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David Bevington, preeminent Shakespeare scholar, 1931–2019 ...

Bevington also helped edit The Cambridge Edition of The Works of Ben Jonson, collaborating on the massive undertaking with Martin Butler (University of Leeds) and Ian Donaldson (University of Melbourne).Collecting the complete works of the English playwright, the volumes were printed in 2012 and are also available in digital form, unusual at the time for such a large body of literary text.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/david-bevington-preeminent-shakespeare-scholar-1931-2019


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Pope Francis honors Prof. Jean-Luc Marion with one of ...

University of Chicago Divinity School scholar Jean-Luc Marion—widely regarded as one of the world’s leading Catholic thinkers—has been awarded the Ratzinger Prize for his lifetime achievements in theology. Awarded annually by Pope Francis and considered one of the world’s most prestigious ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/pope-francis-honors-prof-jean-luc-marion-one-worlds-top-theology-prizes


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Tips for voting safely during a pandemic | University of ...

An election during a global pandemic can present challenges for voters, but there are still safe ways to fulfill your civic duty. For Asst. Prof. Mai Tuyet Pho of the University of Chicago Medicine, the key is to have a plan—whether that means voting by mail, dropping off your ballot early, or avoiding crowds.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/tips-voting-safely-during-pandemic


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UChicago awarded $20 million to host COVID-19 medical ...

A new center hosted at the University of Chicago—co-led by the largest medical imaging professional organizations in the country—will help tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by curating a massive database of medical images to help better understand and treat the disease.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/uchicago-awarded-20-million-host-covid-19-medical-imaging-center


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Rise of women in American politics—from the 19th Amendment ...

This August, the nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. But the struggle for suffrage did not end there: Black women, indigenous women and other women of color were denied access to the polls for decades after the amendment was passed—and many Americans still face barriers to the voting booth today.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/rise-women-us-politics-19th-amendment-kamala-harris


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Who does (or doesn’t) wear a mask? Partisanship explains ...

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the United States, face masks remain far from universal. The biggest explanation? Political partisanship. A recent working paper from scholars at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy studies the use of face masks—a cornerstone of ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/who-does-or-doesnt-wear-mask-partisanship-explains-response-covid-19


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How do we document life in a pandemic? UChicago wants your ...

Students had the option to complete the task either digitally or in paper notebooks, and many included news clippings, tweets, or Instagram posts to go along with their writings on everyday life during a pandemic.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/how-do-we-document-life-pandemic-uchicago-library-wants-your-help


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How to better cope with the mental burden of a pandemic ...

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped social life in the United States, forcing many to suspend activities that were once considered routine. As cities move in and out of various stages of reopening and closure, people continue to navigate restrictions on when and where they can see their friends and family.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/how-better-cope-mental-burden-pandemic


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11 books that examine the history of racism in America ...

Tacit Racism. Anne Warfield Rawls and Waverly Duck. In Tacit Racism, Anne Warfield Rawls and Waverly Duck illustrate the many ways in which racism is coded into the everyday social expectations of Americans.They argue that these interactions can produce racial inequality, whether the people involved are aware of it or not, and that by overlooking tacit racism in favor of the fiction of a ...

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/11-books-examine-history-racism-america


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Don Browning, Divinity School scholar of marriage and the ...

Don Browning, a professor in the Divinity School and a leading scholar on marriage in America, died June 3 at his home in Hyde Park. He was 76.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/don-browning-divinity-school-scholar-marriage-and-family-1934-2010


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How far does COVID-19 spread through air? Study monitors ...

The CDC recently updated its guidance for avoiding COVID-19, saying that infection from touching surfaces is not the major way the virus spreads.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/how-far-does-covid-19-spread-through-air-study-monitors-virus-hospital-rooms


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University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer to ...

President Robert J. Zimmer will transition into a new role as chancellor of the University of Chicago at the end of the current academic year in June 2021.

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/university-chicago-president-robert-j-zimmer-transition-role-chancellor-2021


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Cultural stereotypes drive negative perceptions of ...

Stereotypes drive negative perceptions of undocumented immigrants. Study uncovers how biases shape Americans’ perceptions of what it means to be ‘illegal’

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/cultural-stereotypes-drive-negative-perceptions-undocumented-immigrants