Join us this Summer to learn from and learn about UChicago scholars, educators, and researchers who are transforming the way we see our world. Click to see their real photographs and find out more about their work and achievements.
Pioneered social service scholarship in the United States
Edith Abbott was an American economist, social worker, educator, and author. She wrote Women in industry; a study in American economic history in 1910. In 1920, Abbott and Sophonisba Breckinridge helped arrange the transfer of the School of Civics and Philanthropy to the University of Chicago, where it was renamed to the School of Social Service Administration. The school was the first university-based graduate school of social work. In 1924, Abbott became the school's dean, the first US woman to become the Dean of an American graduate school. Learn more about Edith Abbott.
World-renowned leader of the 30-member Hubble Key Project team
Wendy Freedman became world-renowned for her leadership of the 30-member Hubble Key Project team, which measured the current expansion rate of the universe. The project’s final results resolved a long-standing debate in 2001, determining the age of the universe as 13.7 billion years with an uncertainty of 10 percent. Freedman joined the UChicago faculty in 2014. Learn more about Wendy Freedman.
Discovered the universe is expanding
“The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.” —Edwin Hubble, SB 1910, PhD 1917, astronomer
Edwin Hubble made discoveries showing that the universe consists of more than just our galaxy and that the universe is expanding, which provided the basis for the Big Bang Model. Learn more about Edwin Hubble.
One of the world's leading experts on experimental economics
John List has been at the forefront of environmental economics and has served as senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors for Environmental and Resource Economics. He has pioneered work using field experiments in which he developed scientific methods for testing economic theory directly in the marketplace. He received the Kenneth Galbraith Award in 2010 and 2008 Arrow Prize for Senior Economists for his research on Behavioral Economics in the field. Learn more about John List.
Developed novel management strategies based on an understanding of the altered genes in individual patients
Olufunmilayo Olopade is a MacArthur Fellow who is an expert in cancer risk assessment and individualized treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, having developed novel management strategies based on an understanding of the altered genes in individual patients. She stresses comprehensive risk reducing strategies and prevention in high-risk populations, as well as earlier detection through advanced imaging technologies. Learn more about Olufunmilayo Olopade.
Director of the Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant program and the founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative and Project ASPIRE
Dr. Dana Suskind is a pediatric otolaryngologist who specializes in hearing loss and cochlea implantation. She directs the Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant program. Dr. Suskind is the founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative. Based on scientific research that shows the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child, Thirty Million Words helps parents enhance their home language environment in order to optimize their child's brain development and, therefore, his or her ability to learn. Learn more about Dana Suskind.
Carter G. Woodson
Created forerunner of Black History Month
Carter G. Woodson was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1915, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history. Learn more about Carter G. Woodson.