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2021

Neubauer Prof. Ben Zhao discusses online privacy and de-anonymization on MSNBC

July 26, 2021

The outing of a top Catholic official using supposedly anonymous data from his cell phone is raising questions about privacy. NBC’s Joshua Johnson asks Ben Zhao, Neubauer Professor of Computer Science, to explain the practice of de-anonymization and whether or not you need to be concerned about your data.


Blase Ur and Daniel Fabrycky recommend summer reading, alongside other teaching award winners

July 26, 2021

In an annual summer reading list, Assistant Professor Blase Ur and Associate Professor Daniel Fabrycky recommend summer reading, alongside other 2021 teaching award winners.


RNA breakthrough creates crops that can grow 50% more potatoes, rice

July 22, 2021

Manipulating RNA can allow plants to yield dramatically more crops, as well as increasing drought tolerance, announced a group of scientists from the University of Chicago, Peking University and Guizhou University. The discovery of the exciting and simple modification was co-led by John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Chuan He.
 


Meet computational and applied mathematics student, Adela DePavia

July 21, 2021

Adela DePavia was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and Northern California’s East Bay Area. After finishing undergrad in 2019, she spent a year on a research fellowship before joining the Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics (CCAM) program at UChicago. Soon starting her second year, she studies connections between discrete and continuous time optimization, and optimization on manifolds.


llan Naibryf, rising fourth-year student in the College, 1999-2021

July 20, 2021

The Physical Sciences Division community and the Department of Physics mourn the loss Ilan Naibryf, a rising fourth-year physics major remembered as a compassionate, dedicated friend.


Event Horizon Telescope takes pioneering image of massive jet spewing from black hole

July 20, 2021

UChicago-led South Pole Telescope has helped pinpoint the location of a supermassive black hole in galaxy Centaurus A. Contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, the new imagery reveals how a gigantic jet is being born. Most remarkably, only the outer edges of the jet seem to emit radiation, which challenges our theoretical models of jets.


Astronaut historian Jordan Bimm on the changing arc of aerospace history

July 20, 2021

We are in the arc of aerospace history where small spaceflight experiences are sold—and may realize long-term visions of off-world settlements. Read more from postdoctoral scholar Jordan Bimm, historian of astronauts and astrobiology at the UChicago Stevanovich Institute, who published a commentary on billionaire space flights for Barron’s economy & policy coverage.


Max Solomon Lewis, rising third-year student in the College, 2001-2021

July 20, 2021

The Physical Sciences Division community and the Department of Computer Science mourn the loss of Max Solomon Lewis, a rising third-year Computer Science major who is remembered as a campus leader and selfless friend.


The billionaire space race could benefit regular people, too

July 15, 2021

With Amazon founder Jeff Bezos launching on his Blue Origin rocket this week, Professor Rocky Kolb, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, comments on the "billionaire space race" and its significance for the general public. 


To catch deep-space neutrinos, astronomers lay traps in Greenland’s ice

July 15, 2021

High on Greenland’s ice sheet, particle astrophysicists like Cosmin Deaconu are searching for the cosmic accelerators responsible for the universe’s most energetic particles. By placing hundreds of radio antennas on the ice surface and dozens of meters below it, they hope to trap elusive particles known as neutrinos at higher energies than ever before. Deaconu, a senior researcher with Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, spoke to Science from Greenland’s Summit Station: “It’s a discovery machine, looking for the first neutrinos at these energies.”


Duality quantum accelerator accepts six startups into inaugural cohort

July 14, 2021

Duality, a first-of-its-kind accelerator for quantum companies, has accepted into its inaugural cohort six startups from across the United States and abroad. The 12-month program will provide training from the University of Chicago, as well as opportunities from Duality’s other founding partners. Read more about the six startups who join with UChicago to unlock the potential of quantum technology.


Argonne, UChicago researchers create method to dramatically reduce data processing time for LIGO detections

July 13, 2021

Scientists at Argonne and UChicago used a new artificial intelligence framework that allows for accelerated, scalable and reproducible detection of gravitational waves. Ian Foster, the UChicago Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science and director of Argonne’s Data Science and Learning division, comments on their creation of a method to dramatically reduce data processing time for LIGO detections.


Largest-ever CDAC Summer Lab adds 55 students, new social impact track

July 13, 2021

Building the wide open future of data science requires bringing new students into the fold today. And at UChicago, for the third consecutive year, the Center for Data an Computing (CDAC) Summer Lab serves as one of those gateways. Welcoming 55 high school, undergraduate, and master’s students to serve as research assistants on projects with more than 39 mentors and adding a new “social impact” track, it’s the largest year yet for the program designed to train and inspire the next generation of interdisciplinary computational and data scientists.


Planets with seasons like ours could host complex alien life

July 13, 2021

Planets with seasons like ours could host complex alien life, suggests a NASA study co-authored by Megan Barnett, graduate student in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences.


Paul Alivisatos and Robert J. Zimmer receive named distinguished service professorships

July 1, 2021

Incoming President Paul Alivisatos has been named the John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry, the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and the College, effective Sept. 1. President Robert J. Zimmer has been named the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Mathematics and the College.