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Outcomes Research Workshop (ORW) with Ted Skolarus, MD, MPH, FACS

September 27, 2023

Ted Skolarus, MD, MPH, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Urology Section, Director, Implementation & Health Services Research, Department of Surgery
University of Chicago

The Outcomes Research Workshop (ORW) is focused on clinical outcomes, health services, and comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and medical education, with an emphasis on the application or use of social science research methods. The workshop is highly interactive and provides opportunities for trainees, fellows, and faculty to present early-stage research ideas or preliminary results, to practice conference talks, or to use the time as a research or grant preparation working meeting with colleagues and senior faculty. The ORW originated over 10 years ago as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and continues to be open to the University community. The workshop is sponsored by CHeSS, the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine, the Biological Sciences Division, and Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation (HDSI). Funding is also provided through the NIA P30 Center on Healthy Aging Behaviors and Longitudinal InvestigationS (CHABLIS) (grant number P30AG066619).

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Europe’s Global Approach to Research and Innovation: Research priorities and key funding programs of the European Commission

September 27, 2023


Join us to learn about the European Union’s global approach to research and innovation cooperation. Learn about its key funding program, Horizon Europe, which is the largest multilateral funding program for research in the world. With a budget of €95.5 billion for 2021-2027, Horizon Europe funds collaborative research projects and start-up companies and offers generous mobility opportunities for researchers. The program’s resources are accessible to researchers and innovators from all around the world. This event, headlined by the European Commission’s Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in Research and Innovation, will dive into the details of the EU’s funding opportunities and feature an audience Q&A.

A light breakfast will be provided at 8:30 a.m.


Maria Cristina Russo

Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in Research and Innovation at Directorate-General RTD
European Commission

Maria Cristina Russo develops and implements the EU’s international strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation and the international dimension of the Horizon program. She has been working for the European Commission since 1992 and has held several policy and managerial positions related to external relations, the EU decision-making process and various EU policies, in particular research and innovation. She was a member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner in charge of research policy. Russo was later appointed Head of Unit in the Secretariat-General of the European Commission, holding different positions dealing with inter-institutional relations and policy making, and in the department in charge of consumers’ policies and financial services, before being appointed to her current position in 2013. Russo holds a degree in political sciences from the Luiss University of Rome and a research master’s degree in European studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Mary Kavanagh

Senior Expert, International Research and Innovation Cooperation
European Commission

Dr. Mary Kavanagh is a senior expert in the Global Approach and International Cooperation Directorate of DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission. From 2016 to 2021, she was the Minister-Counselor for Research and Innovation for the European Union’s Delegation to the United States of America in Washington DC, where she raised awareness of opportunities for EU-US cooperation and mobility in research and innovation and facilitated that cooperation at both the government agency and stakeholder levels. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Head of the Unit, which facilitates cooperation with North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Kavanagh has a PhD in plant science from University College Cork, Ireland and carried out post-doctoral research in France and Switzerland before swapping the laboratory for science policy.

Event Hosts

IRC Discovery

The CNRS-University of Chicago International Research Center for Fundamental Scientific Discovery (IRC Discovery) is a joint research center between the University of Chicago and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). It builds upon existing partnerships between scholars at two of the world’s leading research institutions and leverages both partners’ robust networks and large-scale investments in scientific infrastructure.

UChicago Global

UChicago Global advances the University of Chicago’s strategic priorities abroad and creates opportunities for impactful global partnership.

Violence and Criminal Governance in Ecuador and Brazil

September 27, 2023


Violence and Criminal Governance in Ecuador and Brazil

Latin American Debates Series / The Outlook for Brazilian Democracy

Crime and violence continue to plague Latin America, but their dynamics are changing. Explosions of criminal violence have rocked Ecuador, previously among the region’s most peaceful countries, as its local gangs grew strong in prison and forged connections with international drug cartels. In Brazil, powerful prison gangs once seen only in Rio and São Paulo now drive sharp variation in violence throughout the country. What drives these changes? How are the related to the spread of criminal governance: gangs providing basic order and imposing rules (and sometimes taxes) on civilians in peripheral, informal, and marginalized neighborhoods?


Gabriel Feltran (Sciences Po, France)

Joana Monteiro (Tinker Visiting Professor, CLAS, FGV Brazil)

John Henry Murdy (University of Chicago)

Benjamin Lessing (University of Chicago)

Please join us as four leading scholars of organized crime explore these and related questions, kicking off CLAS’s new Latin American Debates series.


The Latin American Debates event series focuses on current issues affecting our region. It’s a lunch forum aimed at a broad audience, addressing critical, public issues of the day, with insightful and well-informed expert analysis, lively moderated debate, and Q&A.

Money & Banking Workshop

September 27, 2023

The Money and Banking workshop is organized jointly between the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI), the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, and the Chicago Booth School of Business. The majority of the talks are given by external speakers presenting works in progress; however, some talks are reserved for internal speakers. Please refer to the weekly announcement for up-to-date time changes.

Lukas Nord, Minneapolis Fed
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Dissertation Procedures for Students

September 27, 2023

Are you a Ph.D. student planning to graduate in Autumn 2023? Come to this session for information about the procedures for submitting your dissertation. We will review University policies and formatting requirements and discuss open access for dissertations via the institutional repository, Knowledge@UChicago. Register to receive the Zoom meeting login information.

Chatting about ChatGPT: Situating Generative AI in Your Course - Sept. 28

September 28, 2023

Friday, September 28 | 10:00AM-12:00PM | Crerar 390

Audience: Faculty & Instructors; Graduate Students

Join the Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning (CCTL) and Academic Technology Solutions (ATS) for a discussion and workshop designed to help you situate ChatGPT and other generative AI Tools for student learning in your courses. The first half of the session will address some of the pedagogical questions surrounding AI tools, how to think about talking to your students about the potential and pitfalls of generative AI, and present a case study of how ChatGPT might be used from the student perspective. The second half of the session will provide a hands-on “testing ground” to workshop the redesign of assignments and course policies that situate AI tools and their role in your course. We invite you to bring current assignment prompts, course policies, or perhaps an idea to grow.

Please note, this event is intended for those teaching in the Autumn Quarter. The same content will be presented on September 15 and September 28 for the “Chatting about ChatGPT: Situating Generative AI in Your Course” events.

CAS Workshop - EATRH ft. Peng Yiyun

September 28, 2023

September 28, 4pm to 5:30pm| Peng Yiyun

Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History

Paper: Opening up Hillsides: Challenges and Opportunities in Agricultural Cultivation in Upland Southeast China, 1600-1919

Location: John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB

Discussant: Xavier Ante, PhD Candidate in History

A joint event with the CEGU Environmental Studies Colloquium


The paper can be accessed here. The password is “uplands”. We look forward to seeing you there. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions and suggestions.

Abstract: How did uplands, often presumed inhospitable to agriculture, set limits to and provide opportunities for the cultivation of crops? How did mountain people address the difficulties and utilize and shape the upland environment when cultivating hill- and mountainsides? This article goes beyond two lines of well-established scholarship on upland cultivation in general: one that focuses on typically mountain businesses including lumbering, mining, and hunting; the other on environmental degradation as the result of agricultural cultivation. Instead, by focusing on aspects such as infertility, limited water supply, cold temperature, and elevation in late imperial upland Southeast China, this article discusses the ways in which the agricultural cultivators made efforts to deal with the unforgiving environment. It also reveals how the cultivators utilized various seemingly adverse elements in the uplands, such as cliffs and shadowed space, to their advantage.

By the sixteenth century, most of the fertile bottomland in the valleys and basins and some of the easily accessible hillsides in upland Southeast China had been cultivated into paddy fields. Thereafter, against the context of rapid population growth, a large number of people sojourned in this region and went to great lengths to cultivate deep mountains with food and cash crops, including indigo, tobacco, and New World food crops. Through a close examination of the materiality of mountains and the technicality of mountain people’s cultivation activities, this article contributes to a better understanding of making a living in this complex environment through agriculture.

Yiyun Peng received her PhD in history from Cornell University in August 2023 and joined the Department of History at UChicago after graduation as a postdoctoral fellow. She is mainly interested in environmental history, the history of technology, and economic history. While her main focus is on China, she has also been doing research on Southeast Asia, in particular the Malay world. Her dissertation works on a few cash crops and the handicraft industries processing them into commodities—indigo dye, bamboo paper, tobacco, and ramie (a fiber plant) cloth—led to a herbaceous revolution in upland Southeast China from the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth century, which profoundly transformed the region’s environment and society. The dissertation is a winner of the Messenger Chalmers Prize for the best dissertation in the Department of History at Cornell University.

Personal website: https://sites.google.com/view/yiyunpeng


This event is generously sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies of the University of Chicago.

Latin American History and Latin America and the Caribbean Workshops: Joint Reception

September 28, 2023

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Future Café Kickoff and Post-X Launch

September 28, 2023

Future Café is a student-organized series that provides the opportunity and space for undergraduates to collectively imagine utopian possibilities and long-term futures. Past topics of conversation have included kinship, divinity, cities, art, home, and intimacy.

For this first meeting of the year, we’ll brainstorm themes for our monthly discussions and celebrate the launch of the fourth issue of our zine, Post-X, with pizza, drinks, and snacks.

Future Café events are open to all undergraduate students at the University of Chicago.

Dissertation Procedures for Students

October 2, 2023

Are you a Ph.D. student planning to graduate in Autumn 2023? Come to this session for information about the procedures for submitting your dissertation. We will review University policies and formatting requirements and discuss open access for dissertations via the institutional repository, Knowledge@UChicago. Register to receive the Zoom meeting login information.