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Chicago-U don Whitney Cox is master of Sanskrit, Tamil, South India, Kashmir, Shiva

"I began studying Sanskrit when I was in university. I had been interested in history my whole life, and I had spent a good amount of time as an undergraduate studying Europe, especially classical and medieval Europe", says Professor Whitney Cox, Associate Professor, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, in an interview with IANS.  
October 7, 2019

Study of ancient DNA can remove social barriers: Maanasa Raghavan

In this article, Professor Maanasa Raghavan, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago, talks about a study of ancient DNA and its evolution that can bridge social and caste-based gaps. 
September 4, 2019

Many protected areas in India too small, reveals study: Trevor Price

In this article by Deccan Herald, Prof. Trevor Price, Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago said “The review (not only) highlights the importance and potential of tourism, but also how these benefits must go to locals. And finally, Indian must look to the northeast, which is one of the most species-rich regions of the world. It is here that threats of development and poaching are extreme” according to a release.
July 14, 2019

Dipesh Chakrabarty receives Tagore Memorial Prize

Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, Faculty Director, UChicago Center in Delhi, and Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College, receives the Tagore Memorial Prize for his book "The Crises of Civilization". 
May 24, 2019

Intriguing Indian culture is making Hindi popular: Jason Grunebaum

“Studying Hindi as my second language at the college level allowed me to return to India. I lived in Varanasi for almost a year and then later started to work as a Hindi-Urdu interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross," said Professor Jason Grunebaum, Senior Lecturer, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago. 
March 18, 2019

New study on slums in Indian cities: Adam Chilton

"Slums in Indian cities are a massively important policy question as roughly half of the world's poor people who are living below the global poverty line live in India," said Professor Adam Chilton, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, in an interview with Hindustan Times. 
March 14, 2019

Star rating system gains currency to tackle carbon footprint: Michael Greenstone

In this article by India Climate Dialogue, Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and Director of EPIC and the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago (TCD) said that the Odisha star rating programme is a pioneering initiative that will help citizens identify the sources of pollution in their cities and empower them to help ensure that industries comply with existing Indian laws.
December 24, 2018

Air pollution affects unborn girls more than boys: Amir Jina

As India grapples with high levels of air pollution, especially of particulate matter and noxious gases, latest research indicates that even unborn babies are not spared its ill effects | India Climate dialogue |
November 16, 2018

Bad-air fight can’t be Nov-Feb exercise: Sola Olopade

In this article by The Times of India, Dr. Sola Olopade, Professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, says that "Concrete steps, rather than reactions, and awareness among people are needed to tackle the pollution menace in Delhi"
October 31, 2018

Why it is difficult to come up with a viable public transport model for all cities: Luis Bettencourt

In this article by The Economic Times, Professor Luis Bettencourt, director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago, says that "Tokyo invented transitoriented development. They were able to develop the land around stops. The government didn’t pay for the infrastructure itself. That’s how cities develop." 
October 6, 2018