The Univ. of Chicago: Cutting-Edge Campus & Tech Camps

By Phill Powell

Located in the Midwest’s greatest city, the University of Chicago has the academic muscles to rival any research institution in North America. For a long time it’s been considered one of the most progressive universities in the world—especially in science.

Sliman Bensmaia, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, conducts research on his project of building a prosthetic hand. The hand gives its users the actual sensation of touch.

Where Big Things Happen
The University of Chicago is where the first self-sustained man-made nuclear reaction was carried in 1942 as part of the Manhattan Project. The University is also where the charge of an electron was calculated (1909), and where radiocarbon dating technology was first developed (1949). Scientific breakthroughs at the University of Chicago have been happening for decades. Meteorologist Tetsuya “Ted” Fujita developed the F-scale, the international standard for measuring tornado severity at the University. Willard Libby may not be a household name to you, but he was a modern-day Indiana Jones. It was Libby who developed Carbon-14 dating and revolutionized archaeology.

And the University of Chicago is still making scientific headlines today, like these recent developments:

  • Rebuilding the Human Touch: Neurobiologists at the Univ. of Chicago are working on mind-blowing scientific advances. These researchers have learned how to simulate a normal human sense of touch—in a prosthetic hand. They are using a special robotic hand that contains sensors that trigger electrical impulses that send touch-sensation impulses to the brain.
  • A Solar Leap Forward: Univ. of Chicago chemists are working on a potential solution to the world’s energy needs, by improving solar power through the use of nanocrystals (super-tiny crystalline arrays). Solar-panel materials created with nanocrystals have been shown to deliver increased energy output over standard panels. Nanocrystals also can be used in making memory components.
  • Using Big Data Against Disease: The Univ. of Chicago also runs the University of Chicago Computation Institute (CI). The goal of the CI is to streamline the whole process that clinical researchers use to gather and analyze medical data. The CI uses a Beagle supercomputer to run massive simulations of biological processes, so researchers better understand how certain diseases operate. They also study patient outcomes and recent medical advances.


The University of Chicago also runs the Computation Institute, where clinical researchers track diseases with the help of the Beagle supercomputer.

Hot Research, Cool Campus
In addition to its reputation as a place where big ideas come to life, the Univ. of Chicago is known as a fantastic college campus, right in the middle of one of America’s great cities.

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