Volume 104, Number 1


Crystal method

Nadrian Seeman, SB’66, uses DNA not to study biology but as a building block for nano-tiny structures.


... Reg Egg, Igloo: As quickly as students have dreamed up pet names for Mansueto, they’ve adopted the futuristic library as their own.

Bright passage

For one alumna, Mansueto’s opening recalls the change in Russian libraries since the Glasnost days.

Lost & found

Alzheimer’s has erased the stories behind Lou Fourcher’s (PhD’71) images, but his photographs of a demolished West Side neighborhood have stirred memories in former residents.

Science? Fiction?

For 41 years Stanton Friedman, SB’55, SM’56, has traveled the world with a simple message: UFOs are real.

Editor’s Notes

Bibbidi bobbidi boo

The Magazine’s Cinderella story.


Readers sound off

Alumni and friends write on climate change, breast-feeding, and last issue’s letters about immigration.

On the Agenda

Complexity, change, and educational challenges

President Robert J. Zimmer: The University makes some departures rooted in its enduring values.

Course Work

Counter culture

Amid a gathering storm, students grapple with 1960s turbulence.

Marketplace of Ideas

Nuclear future

Where’s the profit motive to keep nuclear power plants safe?

UChicago Journal

Art house

Philip Schiller, AB’55, built one of the country’s most comprehensive collections.

Booth school

Volunteer projectionists at Doc Films try to keep an old technology from flickering out.

Faculty research

Undocumented college graduates, growing limbs from fish DNA, the American flag’s effect on votes, and alcohol's stress content.

Coffee science

Cell biologist Stephanie Levi’s Night Labs series makes science accessible.

Culture wares

Theaster Gates hopes to transform a neighborhood through art.

Decision time

How the sense of connection to a “future self” affects consumer choices.

University news

A Becker-Friedman merger, new campus dining options, and developments in the 53rd Street development.

Student e-mail list members

Are there more Federalists, Objectivists, or zombie fighters?

Healing vessel

Amy Lehman envisions treating patients from isolated African villages aboard a hospital boat.

On the up and up

Economist Bruce Meyer studies the myth of the middle-class squeeze.

Fighting fair

A look back at a more civil discourse, on a University-broadcast radio forerunner to Sunday morning talk shows.

Shards unseen

Archaeologist Hannah Chazin searches for late Bronze Age artifacts in Armenia.

Smart trains

Japan's claustrophobic commuter rail system operates with human and technological precision.

Triple transplant

In a rare procedure, UChicago doctors give a patient a new heart, liver, and kidney.

Peer Review


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

Alumni Essay

Picture the possibilities

Before her daughter arrived, a baby photo from the orphanage was the only thing the author had.


University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

Lite of the Mind

Covering the campus

What would a UChicago-themed New Yorker look like?