Created by The University of Chicago Yuen Campus in Hong Kong, The Course is a compilation of personal conversations with professors from The University of Chicago. Each episode features one professor, where they talk about who they are outside lecture halls, the path that led them to become a professor, and all the ups and downs along the way. For curious students and anyone interested, here’s The Course on career stories as told by professors from UChicago.
Episode 27 - Royce Lee: "When a person's desire for trust is fulfilled..."
Associate Professor Royce Lee from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience joins us in this episode to talk about his initial interest in poetry writing, going through med school and residency, and eventually becoming a psychiatrist working and researching what he describes as a left brain/right brain field. Listen to Prof. Lee compare neuroscience research with electronic music and his childhood stories that led him to become a UChicago professor.
Episode 26 - Jessica Swanston Baker: "Everyone listens, has heard of or are connected by music."
Assistant Professor of Music and the Humanities Jessica Swanston Baker, from the Department of Music, is an ethnomusicologist, and she researches music of the Black Atlantic, mostly in the Caribbean. She also teaches world music classes and other classes related to music, dance, and the African diaspora. Professor Baker talked about her career path from an aspiring opera singer to now as a University of Chicago professor.
Episode 25 - Alan Yu: "Language is everywhere."
Alan Yu is the Professor of Linguistics and the College from the Department of Linguistics. Professor Yu also directs the UChicago Phonology Laboratory as well as the Washo Documentation Project. Professor Yu talked about being an immigrant, being interested in astronomy, and as a linguist working on preserving the Washo language, culture, and stories. Here's his career story to becoming a University of Chicago professor.
Episode 24 - Doron Ravid: "I want to understand the world."
Doron Ravid is an Assistant Professor of Economics and the College, from the Department of Economics. His research focuses on mathematical models that study questions about the kind of information people choose to communicate and learn. Professor Ravid talks about his career path and how he became a University of Chicago professor.
Episode 23 - Yuehaw Khoo: "My religious path has vividly led me on this path."
Assistant Professor Yuehaw Khoo is from the Department of Statistics, and he is also a member of the Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics. Professor Khoo spoke about his faith, his interest in theories led him through his career path, and how he became a University of Chicago professor.
Episode 22 - Paul Sereno: "This is the age of exploration"
Professor Paul Sereno discusses how he's made a career of digging up bones and shares a few pivotal moments in his journey. From playing Tom Sawyer in a school play to the moment in the New York Natural History Museum that changed everything, and now as a professor at The University of Chicago.