Volume 110, Number 2

Also with this issue

The Core

The College Magazine


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.

C. Vitae

Urban legend

Herbert Gans’s (PhB’47, AM’50) sociology is for and of the people.

Editor’s notes

Cold comforts

Winter on ice, past and present.


Readers sound off

Readers react to the Chicago Pile-1 experiment and its far-reaching legacy; debate deterrence and gerrymandering; correct the fossil record; and more.

On the agenda

Bringing evidence to bear on public policy

Katherine Baicker dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, reflects on the importance of evidence-based policy.

UChicago Journal

Good behavior

On a hectic and life-changing morning, Nobel laureate Richard Thaler took a moment to soak it all in.

In the know

The Stevanovich Institute questions what we know and how we know it.

String theory: A physician’s second act as a violin maker

Physician William Sloan’s (SB’63, MD’67) familiarity with old Italian instruments guides his work as a luthier.

Goal oriented: The men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams are in it together

After their record-breaking seasons came to bittersweet ends, both teams are already thinking ahead to next year.

Bite by bite: For adolescents with eating disorders, recovery may involve the whole family

The University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program heals patients with the help of their parents.

Textbook teacher

Husain Sattar, AB’93, MD’01, is an unlikely celebrity in medical education.

Spiritual leader: Ingenious community organizing earned Rami Nashashibi a MacArthur Fellowship

Through the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Nashashibi, AM’98, PhD’11, works to spread hope and opportunity in Chicago.

Next generation: Up in smoke

UChicago graduate students use bird specimens to look back at pollution levels in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Fig. 1: Young and homeless in America

A Chapin Hall study finds higher rates of youth homelessness than previously reported.

William Rainey Harper’s Index: Folk lore

Fifty-eight years of the Folk Festival by the numbers.

Citations: Faculty research

Charter schools, small payments, molecular chains, and fracking dangers.

For the Record: University

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

A chaplain’s compassion

Bailey Pickens, AB’10, learns to cultivate compassion as a young hospital chaplain by recognizing both the sin and the sinner.


University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

Lite of the mind

Entrance exam

Challenge yourself with the toughest UChicago entrance exam.



Maps and legends

How Sasha Trubetskoy tried to break the internet with maps.

Renaissance woman

Historian Ada Palmer researches the history of ideas, writes science fiction, and has helped elect a new pope (c. 1470) four times.


Saints preserve us!

The Regenstein’s Ray Gadke, AM’66, explains his unusual office decor.

#Fakenews and free speech-in 1967

Fifty years ago, Wayne C. Booth, AM’47, PhD’50, gave an eerily prescient speech.

Stick it to them

Women’s lacrosse becomes UChicago’s newest varsity sport.


Pet love

Meet Teddy the therapy dog.

Seek and find: UChicago edition

A student mural features layers of in-jokes.

Top 5 firsts in women’s athletics

Ready, set, go!

Decorated dorm

Campus North Residential Commons wins architecture awards.

What’s new in the College

African Civ, Western Civ, and civil rights.


Recipe: Renaissance cooking

How do you make gnocchi without potatoes?

Clean house

Abigail Shearrow, AB’16 (physics and mathematics), works as a quantum engineer in the lab of David Schuster, assistant professor of physics.