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2019

John Frederick, 1949-2019

February 26, 2019

John Frederick, professor emeritus in the Department of Geophysical Sciences died Jan. 30. He was 69.


Edward ‘Rocky’ Kolb to direct Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

February 26, 2019

The University of Chicago has named Edward 'Rocky' W. Kolb as director of its Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, a leading center dedicated to deepening our understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe and the laws that govern it.


University of Chicago and Magnetar Capital Foundation Introduce New Standard for Financial Education

February 20, 2019

‘finEDge’ is a research-based program that teaches students critical financial decision-making skills, helping them navigate a complex, ever-changing marketplace.


Student group announces lab safety competition

February 8, 2019

This April, labs in the Department of Chemistry and the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) are invited to join a competition to be the Safest Lab of 2019. The premise? The Joint Research Safety Initiative (JRSI), a student and postdoc-run group, will train volunteers to walk through participating labs “looking both for safety mishaps and clever ingenuity.” The winning labs earn not only the title but also a grand prize of $500 or two runner-up prizes of $250 to be used for a lab outing. 


Meet Neli Fanning, PSD’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director

January 23, 2019

As Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Neli creates, leads and coordinates institutionalized equity, diversity and inclusion programs for all PSD constituents. She builds strategy, provides guidance and develops resources to support diversity and inclusion practices for staff, students, postdocs and faculty. We interviewed her about her past professional experiences and plans for the division.


UChicago’s “Big Brains” podcast features cosmologist Daniel Holz in latest episode

January 22, 2019

All around us in the universe, black holes are smashing into each other with tremendous force. These events are so powerful that they cause ripples in the fabric of space-time—and these ripples, called gravitational waves, travel hundreds of millions of light-years across the universe.


Arūnas Liulevičius, mathematician and beloved UChicago teacher, 1934-2018

January 17, 2019

For the nearly four decades that Prof. Arūnas Leonardas Liulevičius taught mathematics to undergraduates at the University of Chicago, he was regularly approached by former students telling him he had inspired them to pursue majors or careers in the field after taking his classes.


Mathematician Wins Prestigious Wolf Prize

January 17, 2019

Gregory Lawler, the George Wells Beadle Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, has earned the prestigious Wolf Prize for his contributions to research on stochastic processes.


Undergraduate honored by Association for Women in Mathematics

January 14, 2019

Naomi Sweeting, a fourth-year in the College, has been awarded the Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, given annually by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) to an undergraduate woman for excellence in mathematics.


Astronomer Receives Lifetime Service Award

January 11, 2019

Donald York, the Horace B. Horton Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, won this year’s Royal Astronomical Society Service Award for his lifetime contribution to astronomy.


UChicago graduate student helps discover rare exoplanet using Kepler data

January 10, 2019

Although NASA's Kepler space telescope ran out of fuel and ended its mission in 2018, citizen scientists, including UChicago graduate student Adina Feinstein, have used its data to discover an exoplanet 226 light-years away in the Taurus constellation.


Nancy Grace Roman, ‘mother of Hubble,’ 1925-2018

January 3, 2019

Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief of astronomy and one of the first women executives for the agency, died at the age of 93.


2018

Meet Gabriel Vargas

December 20, 2018

Gabriel Vargas grew up in San José, Costa Rica. He received a Licenciatura (Bachelor’s plus professional degree) in microbiology and clinical chemistry and a Master’s degree in microbiology from the University of Costa Rica. He is now pursuing a PhD in geophysical sciences with a concentration on microbiology. We interviewed him about his experiences at the University of Chicago.


Meet Margaret Nichols

December 18, 2018

Margaret Nichols grew up in Minneapolis, MN. She received her BA in math with a minor in computer science from Oberlin College. She is now pursuing her PhD in mathematics with a focus on geometric topology and the study of 3-manifolds. We interviewed her about her experience at the University of Chicago.


PSD’s Research and Innovation Milestones of 2018

December 17, 2018

This past year brought us the launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe, named after Prof. Emeritus Eugene Parker, the next generation South Pole Telescope, metal-organic nanoflowers to treat cancer, and more. Here is a look back at ten highlights in research and innovation in the PSD.