News

2022

Smithsonian to feature KICP fellow Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil among 120 statues celebrating women in STEM

February 14, 2022

Women scientists stand next to orange statues of their likenesses, on a green field, because the installation is headed to the National Mall

A statue of KICP postdoctoral fellow Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil will be featured in The Smithsonian’s Women’s History Month presentation of “#IfThenSheCan - The Exhibit,” a collection of 120 statues of women in STEM that will be on display in the Smithsonian gardens March 5–27. 


‘Science as Art’ contest calls for your images from UChicago research

February 14, 2022

A gloved hand holds tweezers gripping a photo depicting the UChicago Phoenix Shield.

University Communications invites all members of the UChicago community to submit images from their scientific research for a “Science as Art” contest. The deadline to enter is March 15.


A unique material transmits heat in one direction and blocks it in another

February 9, 2022

Jiwoong Park

An interview with Prof. Jiwoong Park, Department of Chemistry, who talks about his group’s newly engineered crystalline material that is an excellent transmitter of heat in the x-y plane but a thermal insulator in the z plane.


UChicago scientists create strange quantum ‘domain walls’ in laboratory

February 8, 2022

Image of a quantum phenomenon known as a

Prof. Cheng Chin’s lab has been able to create a new kind of quantum object at will in the laboratory: “domain walls.” At extremely low temperatures, groups of atoms can segregate into domains, and a “wall” forms at the junction where they met.


UChicago researchers set record by preserving quantum states for more than five seconds

February 3, 2022

Two students in a quantum tech research lab build hardware

A team led by Prof. David Awschalom of physics has achieved two major breakthroughs to overcome common “coherence” challenges for quantum systems: They were able to read out their qubit on demand, and then keep the quantum state intact for over five seconds—a new record for this class of devices. Additionally, the researchers’ qubits are made from an easy-to-use material called silicon carbide, which is widely found in lightbulbs, electric vehicles, and high-voltage electronics.


Robot-aided assembly could help scientists speed pace of discovery for new technologies

February 2, 2022

A conceptual rendition of “robots” stacking thin films on an assembly line.

A new technique in the field of 2D materials led by Dept. of Chemistry and PME Prof. Jiwoong Park cuts fragile sheets of nanomaterials and uses a robotic hand to stack them in layers that can demonstrate targeted interactions. The automation can be customized and optimized.


PSD Polsky Fall 2021 I-Corps teams tackle unmet medical needs, data transparency

January 28, 2022

UChicago members at a tech transfer reception

An open data platform journalists check, ordering an accurate 3D printed model of your tumor, or cardiac pacing solutions based on light in semiconductors. Market innovations born in PSD labs get tackled by cross campus expertise.


In the News - January 2022

January 27, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to mitigate the noise problem on quantum computers, to use doppler calculations to make a new map of twelve streams of stars orbiting our galactic halo, and to improve control over vacancies in silicon carbide used for quantum devices.


Scientists simulate ‘fingerprint’ of noise on quantum computer

January 26, 2022

A gold quantum computer against a black background

Scientists from the UChicago and Purdue University, including Professor of Chemistry David Mazziotti, collaborated on a new technique to construct a unique “fingerprint” of the noise on a quantum computer as it is seen by a program run on the computer. This approach, they say, shows promise for mitigating the noise problem—as well as suggesting ways that users could actually turn noise to their advantage.


PSD faculty named 2021 AAAS fellows

January 26, 2022

Ed Blucher and Mike Franklin

Two PSD faculty members are among the nine UChicago faculty named 2021 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prof. Ed Blucher is a particle physicist and Prof. and Liew Family Chair of Computer Science Mike Franklin is an authority on computation and data science.


PSD research in self-assembling granular matter to be highlighted at APS 2022

January 25, 2022

Robot invented at UChicago that demonstrates how granular soft matter self assembles

Soft matter physics research in granular matter clusters that assemble and diassemble will be present by sixth-year physics student, Melody Lim, and research scientist, Baudouin Saintvyes, both of Jaeger lab, at the APS 2022 Meeting taking place in downtown Chicago, March 14-18.


Computer scientist Prof. Ben Zhao named ACM fellow

January 20, 2022

Ben Zhao

The Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest and most prestigious society of computing professionals, elected UChicago CS Professor Ben Y. Zhao as a fellow in the organization’s 2021 class.


Doomsday Clock remains at 100 seconds to midnight—closest ever to apocalypse

January 20, 2022

An image of the face of the Doomsday Clock with hands positioned 100 seconds to midnight

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced on Jan. 20 that the hands of the Doomsday Clock—which resides on campus and was started by members of the Manhattan Project—remain at 100 seconds to midnight—the closest it has ever been to apocalypse. The Bulletin cited disinformation, global security threats including ‘nuclear saber rattling,’ lack of actionable climate policies, disruptive technology and insufficient worldwide COVID-19 response.


Computer scientists eliminate pesky quantum computations

January 20, 2022

An illustration of a locomotive pulling train cars, with math symbols piled in the caboose

The work of computer scientists Bill Fefferman and Zachary Remscrim is discussed, as theories change regarding how hard it is to make intermediate measurements to quantify the complexity of quantum algorithms.


PSD Spotlight: Judy Garza

January 19, 2022

Judy Garza

PSD's January spotlight is Judy Garza, Manager of the Department of Mathematics. Judy has been with the University of Chicago for 33 years. Read our interview with Judy.