Out of the shadows

According to Hollywood legend, Eliot Ness, PhB’25, brought down Al Capone. The reality is more complicated.

Criminal mastermind

Sara Paretsky, AM’69, MBA’77, PhD’77, on being the mystery genre’s “aging diva” and more.

Where the art is

After a decades-long hiatus, Art to Live With is back.

Looking back

As we grow older, how beneficial is it to reflect on our youthful actions and experiences? Two UChicago professors weigh the virtues of living fully in the present and reliving the past.

Chicago Pile-1

The story of the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction is one of science, of war, and of people.

Bellowʼs papers

What is it like to sort through the papers of one of America’s most celebrated writers?

Mammals like us

Two newly discovered species bring humans closer to understanding our lineage.

Maroon menagerie

Meet some of the fantastic beasts UChicago faculty helped introduce to the scientific record and the popular imagination.

First amendment scholar

Constitutional scholar Sonja R. West, JD’98, on press freedom and its future.

Martin Luther

Remembering Martin Luther’s far-reaching legacy 500 years after the 95 Theses.

In full bloom

The University’s botanic garden celebrates its 20th anniversary.


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Mission to the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe gets ready to meet a star.

Seminary Co-op

Jeff Deutsch has a plan to save the Seminary Co-op.

Arctic legacy

From his first trip north as the youngest hand on a two-masted schooner, anthropologist Ernest “Tiger” Burch Jr., AM’63, PhD’66, was driven to learn about the Arctic and its peoples.

After internment

Mitsuye Yamada, AM’53, transformed her family’s internment experience into poetry.

Language learning

What if you took a language class and actually learned to speak?

A life in math

How Ken Ono, AB’89, found life in and outside of math.

Bodies of work

Photographer Lewis Hine, EX 1904, captured the changing face of American labor.

America’s historian

Henry Steele Commager (1902–1998), PhB’23, AM’24, PhD’28, was a US historian for the people.

Folk singer

How Lucy Kaplansky, LAB’78, made a career of folk music.

Small school talent

In the 1960s the Small School Talent Search sought promising young scholars in rural areas. Fifty years later, one of those students gives his perspective on the program and its legacy.


Retired Racehorse Project founder Steuart Pittman Jr., AB’85, advocates for off-track Thoroughbreds.

War stories

Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie, AB’03, shoots from the front lines.

Pioneering MD

Pioneering pathologist Nancy Warner, SB’44, MD’49, is helping other women scholars follow in her path.

Book smarts

Retired University of Chicago Press editor T. David Brent, AB’70, AM’71, PhD’77, brought imagination and enthusiasm to scholarly publishing.

Odyssey scholars

Launched in 2007 with an anonymous $100 million gift, the Odyssey Scholarship Challenge has transformed financial aid in the College. Meet six of the young people whose lives were also changed.

Cronin 1931–2016

Nobelist James Cronin twice expanded our sense of the possible, first in particle physics and then in astronomical observation.

Zoos and blues

In blues clubs, cocktail bars, and zoos, David Grazian, AM’96, PhD’00, investigates the artifice of authenticity.

Funmi Olopade

Olufunmilayo Olopade is attacking cancer from all sides.

Utopia Park

The Transcendental Meditation movement’s goals were utopian but life for its followers wasn’t always blissful, Claire Hoffman, AM’05, writes in a new memoir. Plus—“The Field of All Possibilities”: An excerpt from Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood.

Voting smarter

A start-up founded by three alumni helps voters think beyond the presidential race.

Battery pioneer

John B. Goodenough, SM’50, PhD’52, the father of the lithium-ion battery, sparked the wireless revolution. Now, at 94, he’s working on the next breakthrough.

Danny Lyon

The iconic photographs of Danny Lyon, AB’63, document more than 50 years of social change and life outside the mainstream.

War wounds

Poet and retired Navy physician Frederick Foote, AB’80, is helping wounded veterans recover.

Katharine Graham

The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham, AB’38, learned as she went—and made history along the way.

Kartemquin Films

For 50 years, Kartemquin Films has focused its lenses on social forces and the human lives they shape.

Business ethics

Reflections on teaching business ethics at Chicago Booth after the financial crisis.

Gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves a century ago. Daniel Holz was part of the team of scientists that finally found them last fall.

Ana Castillo

Poet and novelist Ana Castillo, AM'79, on feminism, writing, and a momentous education.

City sensors

The Array of Things takes Chicago’s pulse.