A Sunroom of One’s Own

It’s a clear, warm Saturday morning in May, and my sunroom is full of light and the sounds drifting up from the sidewalk. Across the street, a black dog turns the corner sedately, trailing his human behind. On the sidewalk just below, a mother pushing a yellow stroller passes an elderly woman trundling a wire... Read more »

Must Love Cats, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Parasite

It’s only too easy to spot a dog person. Their canine predilection bounds right up and licks you on the face, often unsolicited. Cat people are appropriately sneakier. A person might be a devoted cat lover their whole life without anyone ever knowing it. Lenin. Lennon. Weirdly, Snoop Dogg. All secret cat lovers. How many... Read more »

Particle Politics

December 17, 2007 was dubbed “Black Monday” by the scientific community in America. National laboratories across the country learned that day that the federal Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which funds the majority of physical-science research at the 21 national laboratories and technology centers, would be subject to unprecedented budgetary slashes: to the tune... Read more »

How Things Work: UChicago’s Global Centers

Vice President for Global Engagement Ian Solomon’s office is lined with mementos of his time in Washington, including photos with some of his former bosses—among them, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and then-Senator Barack Obama. Directly prior to joining the University’s administration, Solomon served as the U.S. executive director of the World Bank. What made... Read more »

Holding Court

Early Morning   While the rest of the world sleeps, Ian Mahoney, 56, shoots free throws and runs sprints. Two to three times a week Mahoney, director of emerging networks at Viacom Media Networks, former St. Francis University basketball player, and cancer survivor, wakes up at the crack of dawn to practice at the University... Read more »

The Kalven Report

An Introduction to the University’s Role in Political & Social Action