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  • Numbers and neighborhoods: A grad student puts the Chicago school of sociology on data overdrive | Division of the Social Sciences
    Science Gregg is also an owner of DataMade a civic technology company focused on open data and open source software to make people more powerful What drew you back to sociology mathematical sociology in particular Read full interview here http mag uchicago edu law policy society numbers and neighborhoods 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

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  • Trend Spotter: Grant McCracken, AM’76, PhD’81, has Built a Career as an Observer of American Culture. | Division of the Social Sciences
    anthropologist I did my ethnographies and found that bingeing is the wrong metaphor if we mean people stupefied by the boob tube and mesmerized by bad TV The reality is something else people are watching good TV with a kind of passionate and critical engagement where they second guess casting decisions and camera angles and take almost a practitioner s pleasure in observing how the thing is crafted even as they are caught up by the craft To put it simply as consultants are obliged to do I said It s not bingeing it s feasting What are the broader implications I m looking at what that change in TV viewing tells us about a general change in how people consume culture If there s been a TV revolution then we are obliged to see that consumers are more intelligent more engaged more observant more appreciative of good work and more disdainful of bad work I m working on a book about what this means for the creatives who produce culture and for marketing in general and branding in particular You describe yourself as a freelance anthropologist What are the advantages of this approach over a traditional academic career I wrote a sustained answer to that question in an essay called How to Be a Self Supporting Anthropologist published in A Handbook of Practicing Anthropology Wiley 2013 For me the academic world proved a gravitational field that influenced too much the way I thought about myself what I did professionally the problems I thought were urgent the choices I made in new research projects That gravitational field holds everybody in its thrall and many anthropologists congregate around the same topics I think to the detriment of the discipline My work has gone off in unconventional directions but I think it s good for the field to try to oxygenate intellectual practice in this way The big advantage of being self sustaining using the proceeds from consulting work to sustain your own academic inquiry is precisely that you stop congregating and begin choosing your own topics and problems To read more stories from this issue of Dialogo visit http magazine dev uchicago edu dialogo 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

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  • Lars Hansen: Doing Something Without Doing Everything | Division of the Social Sciences
    His students are forging interesting new paths Shears says While some of the presenters work in econometrics Hansen s field others have branched out into areas like corporate finance structure and the financing of human capital Despite his busy schedule one commitment Hansen does make time for is his position as research director of the Becker Friedman Institute where he was appointed founding director in 2008 The institute named for previous UChicago Nobel laureates Gary Becker AM 53 PhD 55 who served as its chair see In Memoriam page 10 and Milton Friedman AM 33 was launched to solidify the University s place as a global intellectual destination for economics research Its original goals included encouraging interaction across emerging areas of research and giving economics students and faculty access to the best research around the world I think in many respects we ve achieved that Hansen says citing the 20 to 30 speakers per year the institute has hosted and the lectures made available to students For example in late 2012 three regional Federal Reserve chairs spoke as a group about their jobs and traded opinions on monetary policy When you have over 100 undergraduates in the audience hearing this stuff it s a very nice opportunity for them says Hansen With a laugh he adds But we also provide free food Cross pollination and collaboration are equally important for faculty Good research doesn t happen just by going to your cell and thinking big thoughts says Cochrane The Becker Friedman Institute provides a platform for collaboration not just within departments but also across its four partner units the Law School Chicago Booth the Harris School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics The institute also broadens the research community We have a Nobel Prize winner in every area which is great Cochrane says but not everybody who is great can have a job at the University of Chicago We need a larger conversation Fundamentally Cochrane believes the institute will provide the foundations that lead to better economics research When we say to some young person Come to UChicago we want them to drop everything and say This is where I m going to have great ideas Hansen particularly wants the institute to build bridges between economics subgroups He cites the macro financial modeling group he and MIT s Andrew Lo are leading to bring macroeconomists and finance experts together to build better models to address the deficiencies of models used for quantitative and empirical investigations Many young econometricians Hansen s field focus on the mathematical side of statistics he says while they should also strive to adapt or build new methods to study economic questions To do that effectively they have to know something about some subfields to appreciate what the challenges are there Hansen intends the institute s work to be just as broad based It s not like he s molding it in his research image Heaton says He seems to be doing activities that are

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  • The Think Tank Dispatches Neuroscience from the Lab to the Neighborhood | Division of the Social Sciences
    School Science and Think Tank Fellows Street Science which involves sidewalk talks and live demonstrations from the back of the truck debuted at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in February One demonstration uses the Robo Roach a tiny backpack that connects to a live roach participants can control the roach s movements using their smartphones School Science a five week curriculum developed in conjunction with the undergraduate club NEURO takes neuroscience to the University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus Science is usually taught as a catalog of facts says Casasanto As a working scientist I can tell you that is not how science works at all Casasanto and Alterman both hated science in high school Casasanto spent a decade as an opera singer and Alterman studied graphic design in college before each discovered neuroscience You could even say there are no facts in science It s not about finding the right answers but about becoming progressively less wrong The Think Tank s inquiry focused curriculum is aligned with new science standards adopted by Illinois in 2011 For science teachers who ve been teaching a certain way for 20 years it s going to be a struggle to adapt Alterman says So School Science is intended to serve as a model The Think Tank Fellows will come out of the School Science program at the Woodlawn high school A small handful of students who have the right stuff says Casasanto will be invited to join the program which will bring rising juniors into psychology and neuroscience labs for two summers The students will be mentored one on one by graduate students and postdocs in the Department of Psychology and they will be paid One of the practices that contributes to the exclusivity of higher education is the unpaid internship says Casasanto We want to make sure that money is no object The fellows program will pilot this summer Casasanto and Alterman hope to raise funds for a full fledged program next year In March the Think Tank had more fundraising success in collaboration with NEURO it won a 9 000 award from the College s Uncommon Fund to pay for the Illuminoggin the glowing fiberglass brain atop the truck The hope is that someone would be able to control it with their own brain to activate certain parts of your brain and have the giant brain light up says Alterman We re still not sure that s possible To learn more about The Think Tank visit http thinktank uchicago edu To read more stories in this issue of Dialogo visit http magazine dev uchicago edu dialogo 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

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  • Alumna Catherine Mansell Explores Secret Book by Leader of the Mexican Revolution | Division of the Social Sciences
    President of Mexico as the realization of his moral duty in this earthly incarnation The book is also a narrative of my personal odyssey in coming to understand Madero s metaphysics the meaning of the Mexican Revolution and the strange and surprising ways that the histories of the United States and Mexico intertwine so differently from the ways they are usually presented in official or mainstream narratives Mayo says Ending up in the right place Studying economics at the University of Chicago AB 82 AM 85 may not seem like good preparation for a bilingual literary career but it made sense to Mayo Whatever one majors in the College offers a solid liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on critical reading and writing she says This has served me as well as anything could have to go off and write memoirs novels poetry whatever As an American writer living in Mexico I try to give back by translating what I can when I can Mayo adds Her translations have been published in a wide variety of literary magazines and anthologies including Best Contemporary Mexican Fiction Dalkey Archive 2009 Her own anthology Mexico A Traveler s Literary Companion Whereabouts Press 2006 is a portrait of Mexico in the works of 24 Mexican writers many translated for the first time In 1986 Mayo married graduate school classmate Agustin Carstens MA 83 PhD 85 who is Mexican For many years they have lived in Mexico City which she describes as crazy frustrating fantastic and a cross between Los Angeles Miami New York Paris and Sao Paulo It s always changing so I don t think I ll ever get to the end of exploring it Most educated Americans have not heard of any Mexican authors other than Octavio Paz and Carlos Fuentes Mayo laments This is especially dismaying given that Mexico has a stunningly rich literary heritage and contemporary literary scene and shares a nearly 2 000 mile border with the United States A voracious reader Mayo says that reading prompts writing The more I read the stronger and sharper the impulse to write When Mayo began to write in Mexico Carstens worked at the Bank of Mexico and she taught economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México ITAM She had already written a book Las Nuevas Finanzas en México Editorial Milenio ITAM IMEF 1992 under the name Catherine Mansell Carstens that was used as a textbook for international finance classes She would soon write another Las finanzas populares en México Editorial Milenio ITAM CEMLA 1995 a path breaking work about how low income Mexicans use financial services both formal and informal Therefore Mayo adopted her mother s maiden name as a nom de plume I didn t want my literary endeavors to get mixed up in politics or finance she explains Ironically Madero wrote Manual espírita under a pseudonym as well Bhima is a character from the Bhagavad Gita a sacred Hindu text Mayo also wrote The Last Prince of

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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

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  • Anthropology | Division of the Social Sciences
    Search Theory Sheep Skill Prices Social Behavior Social Categories Social Categorization Social Choice Social Cognition Social Conditioning Social Context Social History Social Movements Social Networks social neuroscience Social Relations Social Relationships Social Status Social Theory Social Thought South America South Asia Southeast Asia Soviet Union State State Economy STEM suicide contagion Surveillance Survey Methods Taiwan Technology Technology Media Theory of Mind Transnational Process Transnationalism Turkey Unemployment Urban Violence Visual Culture Voting Voting Rights War Society War on Drugs wāsṭa corruption waste Welfare States Wine production Wisdom Women Youth Violence Go Anthropology x Error message Notice Undefined index fields in views plugin style jump menu render line 149 of www vhosts socialsciences sites all modules views plugins views plugin style jump menu inc Asymmetries in Semantics and Ontology When Doctors Speak to Patients Published August 8 2014 Patients often have different understandings of medical practice from those of their healthcare providers Such asymmetries can have significant implications for decision making How then do patients manage to give what counts as informed consent to participate in medical treatment and research This is not meant as a rhetorical question Communication does take place in spite of the incomplete sharedness of concepts In fact it must take place the stakes for both parties can be very high Read more about Asymmetries in Semantics and Ontology When Doctors Speak to Patients bvanwassenhove s blog Log in to post comments Tradition and Community During the Easter Service at St Giragos Armenian Church Diyarbakır Published August 4 2014 Almost immediately after our group of three deacons and a priest were picked up from the airport in Diyarbakır in the southeast of Turkey the conversation turned to preparations for the second Easter celebration at the recently renovated St Giragos Armenian Church in almost thirty years Der Hayr the Armenian term for a married priest turned to the driver and asked Were you able to make choreg Choreg is an Armenian sweet pastry made especially for Easter Read more about Tradition and Community During the Easter Service at St Giragos Armenian Church Diyarbakır bvanwassenhove s blog Log in to post comments Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman Studies an Elusive Tribe Computer Hackers In 2011 Gabriella Coleman AM 99 PhD 05 the Wolfe chair in scientific and technological literacy at McGill University was interviewed by journalists more than 80 times Read more about Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman Studies an Elusive Tribe Computer Hackers Mikesell Title Professor Homepage http geography uchicago edu people mikesell html Read more about Mikesell 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

    Original URL path: https://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/academic-focus/anthropology (2016-02-01)
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  • alumni | Division of the Social Sciences
    Archives national debt National Football League National security Nationalism Navajo Neubauer Collegium Neuroscience Neuroscience loneliness love New Delhi New Mexico New Mexico Arizona Territories Borderlands Apache Navajo Reservations Archival Research Photography New Mexico Arizona Territories Borderlands Apache Navajo Reservation Archival Research Photography NFL Nobel nomadic Nonemployment North China Northwestern University Nuclear Nuclear Energy Nuclear Power nuclear safeguards Obama Obama administration Obamacare Observation Organizations Ottoman Empire PAHLA Participation parties and legislatures Pastafarianism Paul Staniland Perception perfect pitch Peru Pharmaceuticals Phi Beta Kappa Society Philippines Photography Platonism police Political Organization political science politics Popular Science Portuguese atlantic islands Postwar Japan poverty poverty and inequality poverty unemployment education Preferences prejudice Preschoolers pricing printing and reading history of education atheism prosocial protests psychology psychopaths Qing Period quadratic voting Qualitative Methods race Race Ethnicity Ralph Waldo Emerson prize recession Republican Period Reservation Reservation Wages Retail Drug Trade Rhesus macaques Richard Del Rio Rockefeller Chapel Roman Roman funerary practices Roman middle class Rural Japan Russia and the Soviet Union San Cristobal Schools Science Technology science of learning Scientific enterprise Scientology Segregation Seikai Tensin Self Management self regulation sexuality Sheep Skepticism Skill Prices slavery Smithsonian Institution Social Cognition Social Conditioning Social Decision Making social media social networks social programs social relations Social Sciences Social Status Social Thought Sociological Theory sociology Sociology of Development Soldiers sound South Asia sports olympics economics St Lucia Stephanie Cacioppo stereotypes Stockholm Stoicism Stress Physiology Subculture suicidal thoughts suicide suicide attacks suicide contagion Surveillance Susan Goldin Meadow Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Syria Taking to Scale Tanzania teacher leadership technology Territories terrorism the Cold War The Modernity of Tradition Theory of Mind transitional justice transitions travel Turkey UEI ukraine unemployment unintended consequences United States universal health care University of Vienna Urban Education urban studies US Department of Education US Department of Homeland Security US military US Navy Veterans Vienna Violence voting Voting Rights wages War War on Drugs wāsṭa waste Water wealth WikiLeaks will power wine Wine production winemaking wisdom with a focus on Italy Reformation longue durée intellectual and cultural history postclassical reception of classical philosophy Renaissance humanism history of the book women Working Memory workshops World War II World Water Week Xiongnu Empire Yelllow Mountain Youth Politics Practicum Political Philosophy Office of the Dean of Students Political Economy Privacy Religion Research Quantrell Quantitative Program Announcements Office of the Dean Nobel Prize MLK Migration Middle Ages Mario Small National Academy of Sciences Neighborhoods Northwestern REU NIH New Faculty 2012 NSF SOM Walmart Urban Science Urban Network Urban Undergraduates TTIC SSD Computing Services Spatial Learning African Studies SAIC SSD Staff Statistics Training textual analysis teaching Student Services Safety MAPSS Crime CRPC Computational Social Science Computation Institute Computation Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Dean of Students dolphins dolphin diversity dispora communication College Big Data Beijing Center Arkansas AHA Book Reviews Causal Inference City of Chicago China CHeSS Center for Population Economics Machine Learning Economics Politics Hugh of St Victor Indonesia History Health Grants Irony Katz Center Local Business Center Limited Opportunities Latin America language Europe

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