News Archive: 2017


The best data on national level is gathered continuously, under the same definition: Stephen Stigler

Professor Stephen Stigler, Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Statistics Department at the University of Chicago talks about the pros and cons of basing policy decisions on statistics for a diverse country like India. Independence of statistical agencies is important to protect the authenticity of data, says Professor Stephen Stigler in this article by Live Mint. 
December 12, 2017

The Importance of Scrap: Theaster Gates

Professor Theaster Gates from the Department of Visual Arts and the College at the University of Chicago gave a talk on art, poetic solutions to problems, and turning derelict places into experimental spaces at the UChicago Center in Delhi. In this article by The Indian Express, he says poetic solution could be a kind of precursor to a bigger solution. 
December 2, 2017


Infosys honours top scientific minds

In its ninth year of Infosys Prize 2017, the Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) announced the winners across six fields: Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. The winners were shortlisted from over 236 nominations by a scholarly jury panel, comprising scientists and professors. Professor Yamuna Krishnan of the University of Chicago was awarded for her groundbreaking work in the emerging field of DNA architecture in the field of Physical Sciences.
November 16, 2017


When kitchen smoke can kill: Sola Olopade

Dr. Sola Olopade, MD, MPH, FACP, FCCP, Professor of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Chicago, U.S. who has done extensive research on the threat from indoor air pollution in Nigeria says in the article by The Hindu that the adverse effects of indoor air pollution affects women and children more. 
October 23, 2017


The city is not a massive machine: Luis Bettencourt

Luis Bettencourt, Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago, speaks about how transit-oriented development can create sustainable megacities. 
September 19, 2017

Govt’s export-led growth strategy a failure so far: Raghuram Rajan

Professor Raghuram G. Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, says he export-led growth strategy as part of the Narendra Modi govt’s Make In India campaign has been a failure so far. Professor Rajan said the government used to say that our exports are not picking up because the world economy is growing slowly. Professor Rajan said apart from boosting exports, the government needs to push harder the lever of infrastructure by focussing on sectors like construction and power to reverse the economic slowdown.
September 7, 2017


Some simple, inexpensive steps will get you cleaner air: Thomas Talhelm

Thomas Talhelm, assistant professor of behavioural science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, talks about ways of coping with Air Pollution. 
August 24, 2017

Prevention is the most cost efficient and easiest way to tackle oral cancer: Nishant Agrawal

Nishant Agrawal, chief of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and director of head and neck surgical oncology, University of Chicago, talks about ways to tackle to oral cancer in an article by The Week. 
August 21, 2017

Tamil Has Always Been An International Language: Whitney Cox

Whitney Cox, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at UChicago, talks about his study of the Tamil language and culture in an interview with The Times of India. 
August 2, 2017


Sensor network to map and predict pollution, effluents in Godavari: Anup Malani

Professor Anup Malani from the University of Chicago Law School is working on a sensor network to map and predict pollution, effluents in Godavari. The project started eight months ago and has so far identified two "hubspots" of pollution. Through cloud-based data collection and real-time mapping, the University of Chicago research team intend to demonstrate importance and value of detecting pollutants that enter the river in the form of human waste, organic materials and chemical contaminants. 
July 11, 2017


We could discover new bird species in the Eastern Himalayas: Trevor Price

Trevor Price, a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at UChicago, has been studying birds in India since 1972. Currently working with the Wildlife Institute of India as a Fullbright Scholar, Professor Price discussed Himalayan avifauna with Rajat Ghai of Down to Earth fortnightly. 
May 12, 2017


Collaboration with the Government of Odisha on Research, Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building

The Odisha Government on Monday signed a statement of interest (SOI) with University of Chicago and its charitable trust in India to collaborate in fields of research, knowledge and capacity building. This collaboration will help in setting up a virtual academy in the state, research for improving energy efficiency and pollution control, health and sanitation sectors and also assist in capacity building of personnel and institutes.
April 3, 2017


High levels of particulate matter making lives shorter: Michael Greenstone

Michael Greenstone, is the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and Director, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. Greenstone, who also served as chief economist in President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, is currently working with the central and state governments to help industries curb air pollution using continuous emission monitoring. In an interview, Greenstone spoke about air pollution, climate change and President Donald Trump.
March 2, 2017