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2019

Meet Tae Kim

April 30, 2019

Tae Kim

Tae Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the US in 10th grade. Prior to attending the University of Chicago, she studied math and economics at Cornell and worked at an insurance company in Seoul. She is now in her fourth year at UChicago, pursuing a PhD in statistics. We interviewed her via email about her experiences at UChicago.


Prof. R. Stephen Berry discusses new book on thermodynamics and need for scientific literacy

April 29, 2019

Prof. R. Stephen Berry in his office

The James Franck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Chemistry, R. Stephen Berry, discusses his new book that aims for improving scientific literacy and his pioneering research in thermodynamics that began with a landmark idea called the “life-cycle analysis".


UChicago graduate student uses Alaskan seashells to track climate change

April 29, 2019

Alaskan seashells

Graduate student Caitlin Meadows analyzed 14,000 shells from the Arctic seafloor, which reflect a shift in the ecosystem from arctic to sub-arctic within the last few decades.


2019 Student Fellowship Winners

April 26, 2019

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PSD Spotlight: Victor Gavin

April 26, 2019

Victor Gavin

Launching our PSD Spotlight series is Victor Gavin. Victor is a Building Manager in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences. We interviewed Gavin about his interests and experiences below.


Computer scientists design a way to defend against attacks to AI-based security systems

April 26, 2019

A picture imagining backdoor attacks to AI based security systems

In a new published paper, a group from Prof. Ben Zhao and Prof. Heather Zheng’s SAND Lab describe the first generalized defense against backdoor attacks in neural networks.


Chicago pollution inspired scholar’s career as chemist and environmental activist

April 26, 2019

Prof. R. Stephen Berry in his office

R. Stephen Berry discusses new book on thermodynamics and need for scientific literacy


Scientists measure half-life of element that’s longer than the age of the universe

April 25, 2019

XENON1T experiment

Using the XENON1T experiment, a giant detector deep under an Italian mountainside, UChicago scientists documented the decay of atoms of xenon-124, the rarest process ever observed in the universe.


Meet Andrés Moya Rodriguez

April 23, 2019

Andrés Moya Rodriguez

Andrés Moya Rodriguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Prior to coming to the University of Chicago, he completed a BS in chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus and did a year-long post-baccalaureate program at Yale University. He's currently in his third year of studying biophysical sciences at UChicago. We interviewed him via email about his experiences at UChicago.


Lab Safety Competition Winners

April 22, 2019

Lab Safety Competition prize

This April, labs in the Department of Chemistry and the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) joined a competition to be the Safest Lab of 2019. The winning labs earned 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. 


Scientists climb UChicago buildings to study air quality and pollution

April 22, 2019

Scientists on top of a university building to study air pollution

Researchers from UChicago and Harvard University are using Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery to collect data that will be used to create a map of the air around Chicago’s urban center and what it contains.


Scientists invent a way to trap a mysterious ‘dark world’ particle

April 19, 2019

Visualization of dark matter

In a newly published paper, UChicago and Fermilab scientists presented an innovative method for tracking dark matter in the Large Hadron Collider by exploiting a potential particle's slightly slower speed.


Walter Massey, former faculty member and trustee emeritus, receives Vannevar Bush Award

April 18, 2019

Walter E. Massey

The National Science Board announced that Massey, senior adviser to the president of the University of Chicago, will receive its prestigious Vannevar Bush Award.


National Sciences Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

April 18, 2019

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Twelve graduate students in the PSD earned the prestigious National Sciences Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Prof. Per Mykland earns Guggenheim fellowship to understand data architecture

April 16, 2019

Prof. Per Mykland

The Robert M. Hutchins Professor of Statistics and Finance, Per Mykland, is one of five UChicago scholars to be named 2019 Guggenheim Fellows.