Volume 110, Number 1


Core stories

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

An archive, Chicago born

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 principles

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

Reformer revisited

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

Editor’s notes

Chain reflections

Remembering Chicago Pile-1.


Readers sound off

Readers celebrate the legacy of Philip Gossett; advocate wetland restoration; correct a grotesque error; don’t want nobody nobody sent; and more.

On the agenda

Serious inquiry, engaged scholarship

Laurie Zoloth, Dean of the Divinity School and the Margaret E. Burton Professor, on the value of studying religion in a troubled world.

UChicago Journal

Game time: An alternate reality game turned first-years into sleuths

The ParaSite helped students get to know campus and one another.

Line items: Tackling gerrymandering with geometry

Moon Duchin, PhD’05, thinks she and her fellow mathematicians can help draw better electoral maps.

Cell power: A new weapon in the fight against cancer

A new type of immunotherapy is helping UChicago Medicine patients. 

Original source: A lost letter, found

How a Law School librarian rediscovered a letter from John Marshall to George Washington.

Up for debate: Teaching debate to eight-year-olds

The founders of Debate it Forward believe playful wars of words can teach kids empathy and critical thinking.

Rethinking release: Easing the transition out of Cook County jail

A new program provides a softer landing for former inmates.

Side by side: Tyehimba Jess’s contrapuntal poems

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olio discusses his inspirations. 

Art for all: Alison Gass wants you to feel welcome at the Smart Museum

The Smartʼs new director believes art is for everyone.

Fig. 1: Artificial intelligence meets Yelp

UChicago computer scientists created a computer program that can write fake restaurant reviews.

William Rainey Harper’s Index: Chicago style icons

The Chicago Manual of Style, by the numbers.

Citations: Faculty research

Super-small semiconductors; secrets of the job hunt; reducing youth violence with summer jobs; a gene therapy breakthrough. 

For the Record: University news 

A selection of the latest headlines from UChicago.

Peer review


The Magazine lists a selection of general interest books, films, and albums by alumni. For additional alumni releases, browse the Magazine’s Goodreads bookshelf.


Highlights from the latest alumni news columns.

Alumni essay

Elizabeth Wallace, the King and I

Collector and self-proclaimed “Twainiac” Ivan Kane, AB’78, JD’81, remembers Mark Twain’s friendship with University of Chicago professor Elizabeth Wallace.


University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

Lite of the mind

The best medicine

Pritzker student Shirlene Obuobi takes a comic approach to medical school.

Plus, in Inquiry ...

Critical inqiury

A note from the dean of the Physical Sciences Division.

Sharpened focus

A mixture of theory and practice helps statistician Rina Foygel Barber, SM’09, PhD’12, optimize her results.

Manhattan’s critical moment

The University marks the 75th anniversary of Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction.


From dark matter to gravitational waves to a balloon-borne telescope, scientists discuss how they handle setbacks.

A wider scope

Nancy Grace Roman, PhD’49, didn’t get tenure. She changed the course of astronomy instead.

Strength in numbers

Physics offers an example of how the division can support women in science.


UChicago astronomers and astrophysicists brought family and friends to the path of totality to watch the solar eclipse on August 21.

Faculty additions, retirements, and accolades

Updates from the Physical Sciences Division.