News: Awards


Three PSD scholars named 2022 AAAS fellows

January 31, 2023

Philippe Guyot-Sionnest, Chemistry, Physics
Robert Rosner, Physics
Norbert F. Scherer, Chemistry

Philippe Guyot-Sionnest, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Rosner, Department of Physics, and Norbert F. Scherer, Department of Chemistry have been named in the 2022 class of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows. The award recognizes their advancing scientific excellence, tackling complex societal challenges, and pushing boundaries that will reap benefits for years to come.

PSD in the News - January 2023

January 26, 2023

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to determine why the Southern Hemisphere is stormier than the Nothern Hemisphere, explain how the HIV virus replicates itself, and gather and analyze data on the funding, location, and research status for more than 230 GMO crop varieties in Africa.

Geophysical Sciences student selected for Illinois Space Grant Consortium fellowship

January 25, 2023

Alya Al-Kibbi

Alya Al-Kibbi, a first-year graduate student in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences studying planetary science, has been awarded a graduate fellowship from The Illinois Space Grant Consortium (ISGC).

Prof. Ka Yee Lee named Biophysical Society Fellow

January 19, 2023

Ka Yee Lee

Prof. Ka Yee C. Lee, Dept. of Chemistry, was named a Fellow of the Biophysical Society in 2023 “for her impactful and creative contributions to our understanding of the structure and stability of lipid membranes and their interactions with proteins.”

Professor Heather Zheng named ACM Fellow

January 18, 2023

Heather Zheng

Neubauer Professor of Computer Science Heather Zheng was elected as a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest and most prestigious society of computing professionals, for her work in wireless networking and mobile computing.

Asst. Prof. Robert Rand receives Air Force Young Investigator Grant

January 4, 2023

Robert Rand

Asst. Prof. Robert Rand of computer science received a $450,000 early career grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program. The grant will fund his research on the formal verification of the ZX-calculus, a graphical system for representing quantum programs.

PIT-UN grant supports DSI Community Data Fellows Program

January 4, 2023

Students discuss the potential of data science with community organizations at the annual Scope-a-thon event hosted by UChicago’s South Side Civic student group.

UChicago has received a grant from the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) to create the Community Data Fellows program, which pairs local, community-based nonprofit organizations with UChicago graduate students (Fellows) who possess skills in technology and policy analysis.

Guangbin Dong named Weldon G. Brown Professor in the Dept. of Chemistry and the College

January 3, 2023

Guangbin Dong

Guangbin Dong has been named the first Weldon G. Brown Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the College.


PSD in the News - December 2022

December 31, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers were featured in the news for climate research findings that the Southern Hemisphere is stormier than the Northern, creating a living smartwatch that runs on slime, and seminal contributions to the development of a quantum internet.

Suzuki Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 2022-2023

December 21, 2022

Photos of Yanzeng Li and Alexander Strang against a light blue background

Two postdocs, Yanzeng Li and Alexander Strang, have been named recipients of the 2022-2023 Suzuki Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Yuji Suzuki, SM’70, a longtime supporter and former Council member of the Physical Sciences Division, established the Yuji and Lorraine Suzuki Postdoctoral Research Fund in 2016 to recognize outstanding postdoctoral researchers. The award provides a salary top-off.

Chemistry student Elizabeth Kelley honored with the 2023 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

December 16, 2022

Elizabeth Kelley

Elizabeth Kelley, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, was honored with the 2023 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, which recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning.

The physicist who finds fundamental truths in spilled coffee

December 15, 2022

Sidney Nagel

Sidney Nagel, the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, is accepting the 2023 American Physical Society Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research. The award, sometimes referred to as the ‘lifetime achievement Oscar of physics,’ recognizes “contributions of the highest level that advance our knowledge and understanding of the physical universe in all its facets.”

Professor Fred Chong named IEEE Fellow

December 12, 2022

Professor Fred Chong

Fred Chong, the Seymour Goodman Professor in the Department of Computer Science, was elevated to IEEE Fellow in the organization’s 2023 class. The distinction was given to Chong for “contributions to the field of quantum computer architecture, compilation and optimization.”

Dr. Bryan Dickinson wins the 2022 ACS Chemical Biology Young Investigator Award

December 1, 2022

Bryan Dickinson

Assoc. Prof. Bryan Dickinson, Dept. of Chemistry, was awarded the ACS Chemical Biology Young Investigator Award. He was cited for his novel means to perturb, probe, or control numerous important biological regulatory programs spanning from the lipid signaling to epitranscriptome and RNA targeting.

PSD in the News - November 2022

November 29, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD reserachers were featured in the news for their efforts to create an 'artificial photosynthesis' system, advance nanoparticle research to fight cancer, and describe cloudy atmospheres on explanets with the James Webb Space telescope.