Volume 112, Number 4

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Trials by fire

While the mysterious new disease spread, UChicago Medicine researchers brought long-held expertise to a new common cause: helping COVID-19 patients.

Racism, policing, and protest

Five faculty members on a critical moment in US history.

Situational ethics

The business of capitalism during COVID-19.

The new rites of spring

Scenes from a convocation like no other.

Legacy: Precedent setting

Joseph Sax, JD’59 (1936–2014), helped establish the courts as a front line for environmental activism.

Editor’s notes

Open to change

A look behind this issue’s feature “Racism, Policing, and Protest.”


Readers sound off

This issue’s reader dispatches address public spaces College access, South Side music, “Ribs ’n’ Bibs, Ribs ’n’ Bibs,” football traditions, and more.

On the agenda

A provost’s path

Before becoming the chief academic officer this year, chemist Ka Yee C. Lee served in many faculty and leadership positions.

UChicago Journal

Steps forward

As Autumn Quarter approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is making flexible plans for multiple scenarios.

Talk is deep

Psychology professor Katherine Kinzler examines how we react to each other’s speech.

Youth at risk, revisted

The first School of Social Service Administration dissertation presaged a century of scholarship on social work. 


Chicago teens search the bottom of Lake Michigan for a meteorite.

A read of their own

My Very Own Library gets kids excited about books.

Interview: You can fix it

Advice for cooking and life from chef Madelaine Bullwinkel, AM’68

Butterfly effect

The mysteries of coloration, revealed.

Quick Study: UChicago research roundup

New findings on how COVID-19 is affecting small businesses, unemployment, and low-income Americans.

W. R. Harper’s Index: Virtual Scav

A by-the-numbers look at an unprecedented year of the Hunt.

For the Record: UChicago news highlights

A selection of the latest headlines from across campus.

Peer review


A selection of UChicago alumni whose names are in the news.


A selection of books, films, and recordings by UChicago alumni.


University of Chicago obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

The UChicagoan

Stephanie Soileau, AB’98

Questions for the creative writing faculty member, College alumna, and author of Last One Out Shut Off the Lights.



A Spring Quarter like no other

Living with your parents—or completely alone. Taking classes on Zoom. Trying to make sense of it all. Eight College students tell us what Spring Quarter 2020 was like.

How a photographer turned electron beams into abstract art

At Fermilab, artist in residence Adam Nadel, AB’90, used high-energy electrons to capture portraits of the invisible natural world.


Catchy hooks, wild looks, and sneaky politics

It must be the Eurovision Song Contest. 

How an author wrote the books she wanted to read as a teen

Growing up, author Samira Ahmed, AB’93, MAT’93, never read a book with a Muslim protagonist. Now she’s written three.

Could emergence be the next big thing?

Abraham Herzog-Arbeitman, SB’19, SM’19, makes a $26,000 suggestion: Let’s find out.

Take a bike tour of Hyde Park (bike optional)

The City in a Garden looks at the “place-ness” of Hyde Park history.


At convocation, Voices offers up an a cappella “Remedy” for troubled times

We’re not crying at this Son Lux cover, you’re crying. (OK, we’re all crying.)

So you’ve baked your own bread. Now what?

This blueberry jam with mint, created by chef Madelaine Bullwinkel, AM’68, keeps summer in a jar.

Happy birthday, Bison

So small, you might mistake it for a boson.


Directions for building a house of cards

“You must have patience, and a steady hand.”