News: Awards


Chemist Mark Levin named 2021 Packard Fellow

October 14, 2021

Assistant Prof. Mark Levin of the Dept. of Chemistry has received a 2021 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. Levin is one of 20 early-career scientists and engineers nationwide to receive the fellowship, providing $875,000 over five years to support his research into inventing a new chemical reaction that can “live-edit” molecules down to the level of single-atom precision.

Three UChicago scientists named 2021 fellows of American Physical Society

October 13, 2021

Prof. Yau W. Wah of the Dept. of Physics is among three UChicago professors to have been named 2021 fellows of the American Physical Society. Wah was recognized for “leadership in the experimental study of rare neutral kaon decays, in particular, the search for KL to pi0 nu nu-bar, the so-called ‘golden mode’ of rare kaon decays.” Prof. Liang Jiang and Prof. Aashish Clerk of Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering were also recognized.

Students granted DOE Graduate Student Research Award for HEP at Fermi, data science at Argonne

October 8, 2021

The Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program has selected two PSD students for its national laboratory research award. Chemistry students, Daniel King, will join research on data science for AI applications to chemical, geological, biochemical, and materials sciences at Argonne National Laboratory. Physics student, Alexander Hryciuk, will join experimental research on high energy physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Sixty-five students were awarded nationwide.

Asst. Prof. Edwin Kite awarded funding from first RSCA Scialog initiative

October 8, 2021

Assistant Professor Edwin Kite, Department of the Geophysical Sciences, has been awarded funding from the first Scialog initiative, which is short for “science + dialog.” Created by Research Corp. for Science Advancement, the Scialog format brings together early-career scientists to write proposals for high-risk, high-reward collaborations. Kite’s group proposed to create stochastic simulation of evolving planetary biospheres. They were among 20 groups selected, with $55,000 granted from Simons Foundation.

DOE grant funds UChicago, Argonne research on AI models informing climate change

September 28, 2021

A new project funded through a $3.25 million grant from DoE to UChicago and Argonne National Lab will allow researchers to apply artificial intelligence to accelerate the scientific simulation of complex physical systems, especially those relating to climate change.

QuSTEAM initiative awarded $5M to advance quantum science education

September 27, 2021

The University of Chicago and the Chicago Quantum Exchange are among the partnering institutions awarded $5 million from the NSF’s Convergence Accelerator. QuSTEAM: Convergence Undergraduate Education in Quantum Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics will be a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional program led by Ohio State intended to revolutionize and create more equitable pathways to quantum science education.

Center for Bright Beams awarded $22M to boost accelerator science

September 24, 2021

UChicago is a partner a collaboration of researchers led by Cornell University that has been awarded $22.5 million from the National Science Foundation to continue gaining the fundamental understanding needed to transform the brightness of electron beams available to science, medicine and industry.

Five UChicago CS students named to Siebel Scholars 2022 class

September 24, 2021

Three PhD students and two students in the MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MS-CAPP) program were named to the 2022 class of the Siebel Scholars. This year’s class of UChicago CS Siebel Scholars includes students studying quantum computing, security and privacy, and energy-efficient software, as well as master’s students working with policymakers, non-profits, and governments on applying data-driven and computational methods for transformative social impact.

Sebastian Hurtado-Salazar wins 2022 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize

September 22, 2021

Assistant Professor Sebastian Hurtado-Salazar of the Department of Mathematics has been awarded the 2022 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics “for contributions to the proof of Zimmer’s conjecture.” He shares it with Aaron Brown of Northwestern University. Their work has shown there is a cutoff in how many dimensions a space can have and also have special symmetries called higher-rank lattices.

Prof. David DeMille awarded Cottrell Plus SEED award

September 16, 2021

An interview with Prof. David DeMille, Department of Physics and JFI, recent winner of the Cottrell Plus SEED (Singular Exceptional Endeavors of Discovery) Award for 2021. DeMille discusses the broader questions he is trying to answer with his SEED project, "Developing a New Tabletop-scale Approach to Detect Particles One Million Times More Massive than the Higgs Boson.”

Biochemist Prof. BenoĆ®t Roux elected Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada

September 15, 2021

Professor Benoît Roux of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Chemistry, has been elected a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada. Benoît, who has been at UChicago since 2006 and is Canadian, uses theoretical and computational methods to advance our understanding of the structure, dynamics, and function of biological macromolecular systems at the atomic level.  

Two geophysical sciences faculty selected for early career awards by AGU

September 15, 2021

Two University of Chicago faculty in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences were among 28 honorees selected for 2021 early career awards by the American Geophysical Union. Associate Professor Malte Jansen, a physical oceanographer, was selected for the 2021 Ocean Sciences Early Career Award for “significant contributions to oceanography.” Assistant Professor Clara Blättler, an isotope geochemist, was selected for the Nanne Weber Early Career Award recognizing “significant contributions to paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.”

Prof. Young-Kee Kim elected to presidency of the American Physical Society

September 13, 2021

Prof. Young-Kee Kim, an eminent experimental physicist at the University of Chicago, has been elected future president of the American Physical Society. She will assume the position in 2024, when she will become the ninth UChicago scientist to do so.

Asst. Prof. Aaron Elmore receives CAREER Award for resource-efficient databases

September 7, 2021

Aaron Elmore, assistant professor at UChicago Computer Science, develops database models that use intermittent query processing (IQP). The approach grafts machine learning prediction to database processing, providing more efficient computation to systems working with bursty data or intermittent monitoring. As a new recipient of the CAREER award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty, Elmore will continue designing these innovative systems for data-driven applications.

PSD in the News - August 2021

September 3, 2021

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to bring software that makes quantum computing faster to the market, to speed up development of materials that can harness energy from sunlight, and to pioneer US quantum research and design a new internet protocol that manages different types of quantum information encoding.