Past Events


Shaoxiong “Dennis” Zheng

Memorial for Shaoxiong ‘Dennis’ Zheng

3:00–4:00 pm Rockefeller Memorial Chapel 

The University of Chicago will hold a memorial service on Nov. 18 at 3 PM for Shaoxiong “Dennis” Zheng, a recent UChicago graduate who was shot and killed last week in Hyde Park.


Memorial, Statistics

Nov 18
The University of Chicago Data Science Institute Rising Stars in Data Science conference logo

Rising Stars in Data Science Workshop

Through November 12, 2021 David Rubenstein Forum

The Rising Stars in Data Science workshop at the University of Chicago focuses on celebrating and fast tracking the careers of exceptional data scientists at a critical inflection point in their career: the transition to postdoctoral scholar, research scientist, industry research position, or tenure track position. The Autumn 2021 workshop will showcase the exciting, innovative data science initiatives at UChicago as well as the research work of exceptional PhD students and postdocs from over 15 institutions nationwide and globally. Several faculty will present as well.


Computer Science, Data Science

Nov 11
Robert Rosner

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Conversations Before Midnight with honoree Bob Rosner

5:00–7:00 pm online

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists presents Conversations Before Midnight, a virtual event that puts attendees at a “table” with some of the most informed and influential experts on climate change, nuclear risk, biosecurity, and disruptive technology. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in small, group conversations with a global community. PSD’s Prof. Robert Rosner will be honored.


Doomsday, Physics

Nov 9
Jenna Wiens

DSI Distinguished Speaker Series with Jenna Wiens

3:00–4:00 pm Online, Crerar 390

The Data Science Institute at the University of Chicago presents Jenna Wiens, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Associate Director of the AI Lab, and co-Director of Precision Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, presenting the lecture, “From Diagnosis to Treatment: Augmenting Clinical Decision Making with Artificial Intelligence.”


AI, Computer Sciene

Nov 8
Chicago Quantum Summit November 4, 2001, UChicago, Chicago Quantum Exchange, with illustration of multi-hued quantum dance

Chicago Quantum Summit

9:00 am–6:00 pm online

The fourth annual Chicago Quantum Summit will be a daylong program of presentations and discussions focusing on growing quantum ecosystems, commercializing research, and considering complex issues such as workforce development and inclusion — on both local and global scales. Highlights include opening remarks by President Paul Alivisatos, Governor J.B. Pritzker, and Prof. David Awschalom, morning keynotes and afternoon panels.



Nov 4
Chuan He

Harper Lecture with Chuan He

7:00–8:00 pm online

“A Genetic Game Changer: RNA Methylation in Medicine, Agriculture, and Conservation”

Virtual Harper Lecture with Chuan He, the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics

Nov 3

PSD Staff Coffee Hour

8:00–9:00 am ERC Atrium

All PSD Staff are invited to socialize and reconnect during this EDISC hosted Coffee Hour



Oct 29
Dimitar Sasselov

Origins of Life Speaker Series: Dimitar Sasselov

2:00 pm ERC 161 and Zoom

Dimitar Sasselov, Phillips Professor of Astronomy, Director of the Origins of Life Initiative, Senior Advisor in the Sciences for Advanced Study, Harvard University

“Environments for the Origins of Life: Photons, Electrons, and Chemistry in Muddy Lakes”

From Mars to far beyond, our search is intensifying for evidence that life is not unique to planet Earth. I will show intersections between astro- and geochemical environments and prebiotic chemistry, which help us understand potential pathways to life - in the Solar System or exoplanets.


Origins of Life

Oct 28

Broader Impacts Fair

12:00–2:00 pm

Annual gathering of campus partners that work with graduate students to engage in opportunities that fulfill the NSF Broader Impacts requirement.

Oct 28
Marcela Carena

Harper Lecture with Marcela Carena

7:00–8:00 pm online

UChicago Alumni & Friends presents Prof. Marcela Carena, Dept. of Physics, EFI, and KICP, delivering a lecture entitled, “The Unseen Universe: How It Impacts the World We See.”



Oct 26