Volume 114, Number 2

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Opening words

Scenes and voices from the inauguration of President Paul Alivisatos, AB’81.

One hundred years of global aid

A course tackles the history of efforts to do good abroad.

Comic relief

With Work in Progress, Abby McEnany, AB’92, created an unconventional sitcom for anyone who feels different.

Optimal quitting

An economist’s advice on when to fold your hand in favor of the next opportunity.

Interior monologue

Decorator and pulp writer Richard Himmel, EX’42 (1920–2000), had a private eye for design.

Editor’s notes

Cover stories

A picture asks a question and a reader answers.


Readers sound off

Alumni write about Burton-Judson memories, English professor Michael Murrin, good square meals at Valois, and more.

On the agenda

A Message on Safety

The University starts dialogues and takes steps.

UChicago Journal

Grief and resolve

A devastating crime spurs new measures to improve neighborhood security.

Cash out

Digital money is here to stay, says Eswar Prasad, PhD’92.

Orchestrating change

Jeri Lynne Johnson, AM’05, joins art and activism in her Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.

Interview: Aural traditions

Neil Verma, AM’04, PhD’08, is tuned in to the golden age of radio.

Go go gadget

College students learn to design and build their own scientific instruments.

“He’s a grand old Stagg”

Think you know all there is to know about Amos Alonzo Stagg? A new biography might surprise you.

Quick Study: UChicago research roundup

Viral vulnerabilities, El Niño effects, and cellular machines.

W. R. Harper’s Index: No people like snow people

Two plow trucks, 225 tons of salt, and other campus snow removal stats.

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.


Photos from the archives and readers like you.


University of Chicago obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

The UChicagoan

Richard H. Thaler

Questions for the Nobel Prize–winning behavioral economist.



If you frighten easily …

Radio dramatist Arch Oboler, EX’36, shone a light on the horrors of humanity—in fiction and in reality.

Young man and the sea

At 18, Jack Schultz, AB’50, began a journey that set the course for the rest of his life.

Data, data, everywhere

A new major in data science helps undergrads make sense of it all.


Frönen by the numbers

The cold, hard figures behind an alumni dessert company. Plus: “Nice cream” cups

Olympic dreams

Rhythmic gymnast Liza Merenzon, Class of 2023, took a trip to Tokyo before her retirement.

How to make a labyrinth

A temporary version of an ancient design to help students be in the moment.

The baby namer

For $50, Sophie Kihm, AB’19, AM’20, will name your baby (satisfaction not guaranteed).

Meet the real lawyer behind the National High School Mock Trial Championship

Paul Kaufman, AB’00, did mock trial in high school. Now he runs the show.


Top 5 campus birds

A list of beginner’s birds for aspiring birdwatchers.

What’s new in the College

Un plus grand Centre à Paris? Mais oui!

Autumn Quarter in pictures

Take a look at fall 2022.


Helen Grown Old

“No one has cared to say.”