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  • Historian Dana Rovang Explores the Odd Partnership of Science and Magic | Division of the Social Sciences
    in order to garner public interest in science Rovang explains I thought to myself This is magic He s putting on a magic show In the Magic Circle archives in 2011 she examined some of the earliest instructional texts on magic tricks going back to the sixteenth century These outlined how magicians could use optics and engineering to achieve surprising results The librarians at the Magic Circle also provided helpful guidance about an elusive London magician Jonas who flourished in the 1770s Jonas did most of his tricks with cards and coins but he was the first London magician to use phrases like Mathematical and philosophical experiments in his advertisements At the time the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science was part of the University s Division of Humanities but in 2005 it shifted to the Division of Social Sciences Along with the Nicholson Center for British Studies the Committee helped fund Rovang s London trip and another she made to Austin Texas to examine magicians manuscripts up to 300 years old including ones in the personal library of Harry Houdini Magicians are naturally historians says Rovang History is an extension of their craft A lot of the tricks are very proprietary Their intellectual property is the spin they put on their magic tricks They have to know the lineage of a trick in order to make sure they re doing something new I love the spirit of collaboration of working with magicians That collaboration continues even though Rovang recently graduated A prominent Chicago magician Jay Collen read and edited some of her dissertation chapters Rovang is currently turning portions of her dissertation into articles that may form the basis of a book The article on the little known Jonas will fill a significant void in the histories of London science and magic literally Rovang recently sent to London her payment for use of the Magic Circle archives a bound copy of her dissertation now deposited in the occulted stacks Recent Stories New Space for Neuroscientists Ed Awh and Ed Vogel to Explore Working Memory UChicago Science of Learning Center Seeks to Remove Walls Between Research and Practice Loneliness triggers cellular changes that can cause illness study shows See all Stories Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a Group Study Room Center for Decision Research Human Subjects Research Administration Seminary Co op Bookstore Survey Data Computational Resources Social Sciences Computing Center for Research Informatics Computation Institute Geographical Information Systems Humanities Research Computing Library Research Computing Center Solution Center Partners National Opinion Research Center Chapin Hall National Bureau of Economic Research Argonne National Laboratory Contacts Dean s Office VP for Research Close Window Getting Started Center for Teaching and Learning Chalk Course Packets Coursebook Ordering Deadlines Faculty Access Library Reserves

    Original URL path: https://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/story/historian-dana-rovang-explores-odd-partnership-science-and-magic (2016-02-01)
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  • Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman Studies an Elusive Tribe: Computer Hackers | Division of the Social Sciences
    read the full story visit http alumniandfriends uchicago edu site c mjJXJ7MLIsE b 8863881 k 8AE7 Related Department s Anthropology Focus Anthropology Tags alumni hackers Anonymous Scientology WikiLeaks censorship creative commons Recent Stories New Space for Neuroscientists Ed Awh and Ed Vogel to Explore Working Memory UChicago Science of Learning Center Seeks to Remove Walls Between Research and Practice Loneliness triggers cellular changes that can cause illness study shows See all Stories Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a Group Study Room Center for Decision Research Human Subjects Research Administration Seminary Co op Bookstore Survey Data Computational Resources Social Sciences Computing Center for Research Informatics Computation Institute Geographical Information Systems Humanities Research Computing Library Research Computing Center Solution Center Partners National Opinion Research Center Chapin Hall National Bureau of Economic Research Argonne National Laboratory Contacts Dean s Office VP for Research Close Window Getting Started Center for Teaching and Learning Chalk Course Packets Coursebook Ordering Deadlines Faculty Access Library Reserves Time Schedules Contacts Dean of Students Collegiate Division Master Classroom Issues Academic Technologies A V Equipment Book a Group Study Room Room Requests Solution Center Social Sciences Computing Student Issues Disability Accommodation Protocol SSD Disability Coordinator Counseling English Language Institute Harassment Plagiarism Cheating Libraries Bookstores University of Chicago Library Chicago Public Library Newberry Library Seminary Co op Bookstore University of Chicago Bookstore Close Window Departments Anthropology Comp Hum Development Economics History Political Science Psychology Social Thought Sociology CHSS MA Programs Collegiate Division Offices Office of the Dean Faculty Affairs Graduate Students Undergraduates Prospective Students Alumni Relations Staff Issues Functions Business Services Communications

    Original URL path: https://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/story/anthropologist-gabriella-coleman-studies-elusive-tribe-computer-hackers (2016-02-01)
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  • “Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects” by Richard Kurin, MA'74, PhD'81, includes wine by Warren Winiarski, AM’62 | Division of the Social Sciences
    Louis and Lewis and Clark s compass was written by Kurin for The Smithsonian Institution where he is the Under Secretary for History Art and Culture A complete list of the objects included in the book can be found at http smithsonian com 101objects and a specimen of the wine is present at the Smithsonian Museum It s an honor and a thrill to have a wine I made included among such historic and ground breaking artifacts said Winiarski founder of Stag s Leap Wine Cellars It clearly demonstrates how much of an impact California winemakers have on the world at large Forty years ago a small group of winemakers showed a passion to succeed and a drive for excellence which helped prove that we could make wines as good as or better than anyone else Today the world holds California winemakers in high esteem a reputation that is due in part to the 1973 vintage and the Paris tasting Winiarski is now actively involved in preserving agricultural and open land in Napa Valley for future generations something he has felt strongly about since the 1960s Winiarski and his colleagues fought to have the historic 1968 Agricultural Preserve Act passed in Napa County Winiarski was inducted into the California Vintners Hall of Fame at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in 2009 and continues to explore his passion for greatness in grapes and wine at his Arcadia Vineyard in Napa Valley Winiarski attended The University of Chicago to conduct graduate work in political theory as well as spending a year of study in Naples and Florence where he gained an appreciation for wine He taught at UChicago for six years while working on his PhD and received his master s from the John U Nef Committee on Social Thought in 1962 Although he was promising academic he was lured to California in 1964 to embark upon his dream to make wine and began the apprenticeship with Robert Mondavi that ultimately launched the aspiring vintner Kurin is a cultural anthropologist who received his MA in anthropology in 1974 and PhD from The University of Chicago in 1981 for a dissertation entitled Person Family and Kin in Two Pakistani Communities He was awarded a Fulbright Hays doctoral dissertation fellowship and a Social Science Research Council fellowship for research in Pakistan Related Department s Anthropology Social Thought Tags winemaking american history wine alumni Smithsonian Institution Recent Stories New Space for Neuroscientists Ed Awh and Ed Vogel to Explore Working Memory UChicago Science of Learning Center Seeks to Remove Walls Between Research and Practice Loneliness triggers cellular changes that can cause illness study shows See all Stories Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a Group Study Room Center for Decision Research Human Subjects Research Administration

    Original URL path: https://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/story/%E2%80%9Csmithsonians-history-america-101-objects%E2%80%9D-richard-kurin-ma74-phd81-includes-wine-warren (2016-02-01)
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  • Jason Bruck, PhD'13, discovers dolphins keep lifelong social memories, longest in a non-human species | Division of the Social Sciences
    consistent with human social memory said Jason Bruck who conducted the study and received his PhD in June 2013 from the University of Chicago s Department of Comparative Human Development His study is published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B Read the full story http news uchicago edu article 2013 08 06 dolphins keep lifelong socia Recent Stories New Space for Neuroscientists Ed Awh and Ed Vogel to Explore Working Memory UChicago Science of Learning Center Seeks to Remove Walls Between Research and Practice Loneliness triggers cellular changes that can cause illness study shows See all Stories Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a Group Study Room Center for Decision Research Human Subjects Research Administration Seminary Co op Bookstore Survey Data Computational Resources Social Sciences Computing Center for Research Informatics Computation Institute Geographical Information Systems Humanities Research Computing Library Research Computing Center Solution Center Partners National Opinion Research Center Chapin Hall National Bureau of Economic Research Argonne National Laboratory Contacts Dean s Office VP for Research Close Window Getting Started Center for Teaching and Learning Chalk Course Packets Coursebook Ordering Deadlines Faculty Access Library Reserves Time Schedules Contacts Dean of Students Collegiate Division Master Classroom Issues Academic Technologies A V Equipment Book a Group Study Room Room Requests Solution Center Social Sciences Computing Student Issues Disability Accommodation Protocol SSD Disability Coordinator Counseling English Language Institute Harassment Plagiarism Cheating Libraries Bookstores University of Chicago Library Chicago Public Library Newberry Library Seminary Co op Bookstore University of Chicago Bookstore Close Window Departments Anthropology Comp Hum Development Economics History

    Original URL path: https://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/story/jason-bruck-phd13-discovers-dolphins-keep-lifelong-social-memories-longest-non-human-species (2016-02-01)
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  • Preferences, Choices, and Thinking about Thinking | Division of the Social Sciences
    olds may not view choices as reliable evidence of what a person likes However with the addition of a relatively small amount of verbal scaffolding from an experimenter when children were told at the beginning of the experiment Some toys Sally really likes and other toys she doesn t like Can you help me figure out what she likes 3 year olds could successfully use Sally s choices to predict what she likes highlighting that having a specific context through which to interpret a person s behavior can bolster young children s ability to use that behavior to infer the person s mental states When we tested 4 to 11 year olds we found that children became increasingly likely with age to use Sally s choices as evidence of her preferences even without any verbal support from the experimenter and reached adult like levels by approximately age 9 10 Another series of studies in my dissertation explored young children s ability to transfer information about a person s preferences across different situations If a person likes something in one situation do young children predict that the person will continue to like it even in a new situation In one room 2 year old children were shown and told that a character liked one toy and did not like another Although 2 year old children could reason about the character s preferences for the toys reasonably well while remaining in that room when children were shown the exact same character and toys in a different room after a two minute delay 2 year olds were unsure which toy the character liked Two year olds were however able to transfer information about a new word across the same kind of time and situation change suggesting that 2 year old children may have a specific difficulty reasoning about others preferences across situations By age 3 children predicted that a person s preferences would remain consistent not only across rooms but also from one day to another and across a change in environment Together these findings demonstrate that the preschool years are an important time in the development of children s ability to reason about others minds In the context of choices and preferences my dissertation research shows that through the preschool years children become better able to use a person s choices to make inferences about their preferences and better able to generalize these inferences across different situations These findings provide novel insight into young children s understanding of how minds work Receiving the SSD Summer Grant allowed me to complete writing up these findings as a dissertation which I successfully defended by the end of the summer to receive my Ph D at the August convocation I am grateful for the opportunity to spend my summer capping off my five years of research at UChicago Laura Garvin received her doctorate in Psychology in August 2015 Department Psychology Tags Cognitive Development Social Cognition Preferences Theory of Mind Preschoolers kpollock s blog Log in

    Original URL path: https://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/blog/alumni/preferences-choices-and-thinking-about-thinking (2016-02-01)
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  • Alumni Blog | Division of the Social Sciences
    Mary Schmich The Chicago Tribune 1 14 13 James M Buchanan Nobel winning economist dies at 93 James M Buchanan PhD 48 winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in economics recently died at 93 A leader in the public choice theory an economic analysis of politicians and government workers self interested motivation Dr Buchanan was one of the first to powerfully demonstrate that the application of economics to political science could predict specific tendancies of government 1 4 13 Herminio Blanco is Mexico s nominee to head WTO In December Mexico formally nominated Herminio Blanco Mendoza AM 75 PhD 78 economics for the post of director general of the World Trade Organization Mr Blanco previously served as secretary of Commerce and Industry and was the chief Mexican negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement A final selection for the post will be made by May http uk reuters com article 2012 12 21 uk wto candidate groser idUKBRE8BK0ZG20121221 Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a Group Study Room Center for Decision Research Human Subjects Research Administration Seminary Co op Bookstore Survey Data Computational Resources Social Sciences Computing Center for Research Informatics Computation Institute Geographical Information Systems Humanities Research Computing Library Research Computing Center Solution Center Partners National Opinion Research Center Chapin Hall National Bureau of Economic Research Argonne National Laboratory Contacts Dean s Office VP for Research Close Window Getting Started Center for Teaching and Learning Chalk Course Packets Coursebook Ordering Deadlines Faculty Access Library Reserves Time Schedules Contacts Dean of Students Collegiate Division Master Classroom Issues Academic Technologies A V

    Original URL path: https://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/community/alumni/blog (2016-02-01)
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  • News and Information for Alumni | Division of the Social Sciences
    of this site or following us on Twitter You can also access the new Alumni Directory explore regional clubs and affinity groups and find events near you The generosity of alumni and friends of the Divison of the Social Sciences makes possible the groundbreaking research and teaching of Chicago s social scientists Gifts to the Division support graduate students fund world changing research allow us to recruit and retain the most outstanding faculty and help advance the social sciences in countless other ways To find out how you can contribute see Why Give Why Give Our alumni and friends provide resources necessary for the Division of the Social Sciences to realize its mission of research and education Gifts of any size have an impact directly supporting our faculty and students The division benefits from annual unrestricted gifts to the Dean s Fund as well as from specific contributions directed toward a particular interest The Dean s Fund for the Social Sciences is the primary source to launch most Divisional initiatives and allows us to explore creative new ways to support our graduate students as professionals and leaders The Dean s Fund makes it possible for Dean David Nirenberg to develop a highly interactive transparent and communicative relationship with the Division s faculty students alumni and friends by providing opportunities to interact and organize projects on behalf of the common good In short the Dean s Fund supports most of what is innovative risky regenerating and collective and it is the primary lever to generate larger grants and other funds necessary to sustain the Division A robust Dean s Fund is not an afterthought it is the sine qua non for everything we hope to accomplish to establish a strong infrastructure and a stimulating culture for social science at the University of Chicago in the 21st century Giving Options There are several ways to make your gift to the social sciences including donations of cash gifts of securities and by taking advantage of your employer s matching gifts program There are also ways you can support the Division through a planned gift Please contact us directly details below for more information on these types of gifts HOW to Give The easiest way to give is to make an online donation to the Dean s Fund an unrestricted fund that supports our core mission and programs Make a gift online If you have questions about how philanthropy supports the social sciences at Chicago or where to direct a specific gift contact Alumni Contacts Patrick McCusker Associate Dean mccusker uchicago edu 773 834 1457 Nina Botting Herbst Senior Associate Director nherbst uchicago edu 773 834 9067 Stephanie Venskoske Assistant Director of Development svenskoske uchicago edu 773 834 1045 Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a

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  • News and Information for Alumni | Division of the Social Sciences
    of this site or following us on Twitter You can also access the new Alumni Directory explore regional clubs and affinity groups and find events near you The generosity of alumni and friends of the Divison of the Social Sciences makes possible the groundbreaking research and teaching of Chicago s social scientists Gifts to the Division support graduate students fund world changing research allow us to recruit and retain the most outstanding faculty and help advance the social sciences in countless other ways To find out how you can contribute see Why Give Why Give Our alumni and friends provide resources necessary for the Division of the Social Sciences to realize its mission of research and education Gifts of any size have an impact directly supporting our faculty and students The division benefits from annual unrestricted gifts to the Dean s Fund as well as from specific contributions directed toward a particular interest The Dean s Fund for the Social Sciences is the primary source to launch most Divisional initiatives and allows us to explore creative new ways to support our graduate students as professionals and leaders The Dean s Fund makes it possible for Dean David Nirenberg to develop a highly interactive transparent and communicative relationship with the Division s faculty students alumni and friends by providing opportunities to interact and organize projects on behalf of the common good In short the Dean s Fund supports most of what is innovative risky regenerating and collective and it is the primary lever to generate larger grants and other funds necessary to sustain the Division A robust Dean s Fund is not an afterthought it is the sine qua non for everything we hope to accomplish to establish a strong infrastructure and a stimulating culture for social science at the University of Chicago in the 21st century Giving Options There are several ways to make your gift to the social sciences including donations of cash gifts of securities and by taking advantage of your employer s matching gifts program There are also ways you can support the Division through a planned gift Please contact us directly details below for more information on these types of gifts HOW to Give The easiest way to give is to make an online donation to the Dean s Fund an unrestricted fund that supports our core mission and programs Make a gift online If you have questions about how philanthropy supports the social sciences at Chicago or where to direct a specific gift contact Alumni Contacts Patrick McCusker Associate Dean mccusker uchicago edu 773 834 1457 Nina Botting Herbst Senior Associate Director nherbst uchicago edu 773 834 9067 Stephanie Venskoske Assistant Director of Development svenskoske uchicago edu 773 834 1045 Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a

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