Past Events


Don't miss PSD Dean Angela V. Olinto  @UChicagoAstro deliver the lecture

"New Cosmic Messengers and their Messages" with Dean Angela V. Olinto

12:00–1:00 pm Online

PSD Dean Angela V. Olinto, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The University of Chicago, will deliver the lecture “New Cosmic Messengers and their Messages” at noon CST as part of the Year of Basic Science in Sustainable Development presented by Fundación UNAM Chicago.



Sep 27
South Side Science Festival logo

South Side Science Festival

11:00 am–6:00 pm UChicago Sciences Quad

The University of Chicago invites you to explore the fascinating world of science at the first annual South Side Science Festival, held on Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 11:00am until 6:00pm, at the UChicago Science Quads. This free festival will feature an afternoon and evening of fun science, inspiring exchanges, live experiments and demonstrations, food, and music! All ages are welcome!

Sep 17

2022 Convocation

All day

The 2022 University of Chicago Convocation will be held on Saturday, June 4. The University wide ceremony will be held on the Main Quadrangle at 9:15 a.m. CDT. The Physical Sciences Division will host two in-person diploma ceremonies: Ph.D. Graduate Diploma and Hooding Ceremony from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Logan Center for the Arts and the Master’s Graduate Diploma Ceremony from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at David Rubenstein Forum.



Jun 4
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Virtual Harper Lecture: Beyond Our Sun

7:00–8:00 pm Virtual

In December, NASA launched the James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful telescope ever to be sent into space. It is currently being commissioned in preparation for science operations, which are expected to begin in July 2022. Join Jacob L. Bean to learn about the telescope; its launch, deployment, and current status; and the fascinating extrasolar planet science that is to come.

Jun 1
John Sutherland

Origins of Life Speaker Series: John Sutherland

3:45 pm Kent 120 or Zoom

Origins of the RNA-Protein World – Lost in Translation?
The RNA-protein double act at the heart of biology raises several intriguing origins questions that can be addressed by prebiotic chemistry. Beyond the obvious ‘which came first?’, one can also wonder about the extent to which chemistry shaped the process of translation according to the genetic code. In this lecture I will describe some mixed hydrogen cyanide-hydrogen sulfide chemistry that produces nucleotides and amino acids. Some degree of control is necessary for this ‘cyanosulfidic’ chemistry to proceed most efficiently and ways in which environmental factors could exercise this control will be suggested. Synergies in the assembly of nucleotide and amino acid building blocks into higher order structures will then be discussed as will experimental hints of a previously proposed second genetic code. Finally, it will be shown how the strength of codon-anticodon binding likely influenced the partial initial assignment of the primary genetic code.


Origins of Life

May 23
Carlos Frenk

Brinson Lecture with Carlos Frenck

6:00–7:00 pm Eckhardt Research Complex

Prof. Carlos Frenk of the University of Durham will deliver the annual Brinson Lecture on May 17 at 6 PM: “How our universe was made: all from nothing”



May 17
David Rubenstein Forum Building on UChicago campus

Inaugural Data Science Institute Summit

2:00–5:00 pm Friedman Hall

The inaugural Data Science Institute Summit will feature the UChicago vision for data science and sessions on DSI research programs, such as AI + Science, Internet Access and Equity, and Data and Democracy, as well as education and outreach partnerships with the City Colleges of Chicago, minority-serving institutions, and the 11th Hour Project.


Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics

May 9
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Harper Lectures: The Ethical and Societal Impact of AI, Data, and Computing: A Conversation with CS Faculty

5:30–8:00 pm Rubenstein Forum

The Ethical and Societal Impact of AI, Data, and Computing: A Conversation with Computer Science Faculty members Marshini Chetty, Aloni Cohen, Michael Franklin, Blase Ur, and Heather Zheng


AI, Computer Science

Apr 27

Dean's Salon Series: Speech and the Soul with Sanjay Krishnan, Computer Science

6:00–7:30 pm online

Speech and the Soul: Language, Artificial Intelligence, and the Mind. Join Dean Anne Walters Robertson for a conversation with Allyson Ettinger, Sanjay Krishnan, David Schloen, and Malte Willer about what artificial intelligence can and cannot tell us about what it is to be human.


AI, Computer Science

Apr 26
PSD Dean Angela Olinto with Logo for Hispanic Latinx Resource Group of UChicago

HLX Group: A Day in the Life with Angela Olinto

12:00–1:00 pm Online

The UChicago Hispanic LatinX (HLX) Resource Group is hosting “A Day in the Life” — a lunchtime conversation with PSD Dean Angela Olinto, who is from Brazil.



Apr 22