News: Awards


PSD faculty among 2021 winners of Quantrell and Graduate Teaching Awards

May 20, 2021

Portraits of Blase Ur and Daniel Fabrycky on a maroon background

Blase Ur, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Computer Science, is a recipient of the Quantrell award, one of the nation’s oldest prize for undergraduate teaching. Daniel Fabrycky, assistant professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, is the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship. Read more about the awards and recipients.

PSD recognizes ten students with a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship

May 19, 2021

psd logo

The Physical Sciences Division has selected ten graduate students to receive a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year.  

2021 Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service in the Physical Sciences Division

May 19, 2021

Physical Sciences data map logo

The 2021 recipients of the Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service in the Physical Sciences Division are Aaron Dinner, Professor of Chemistry, and Stuart Kurtz, the George and Elizabeth Yovovich Professor of Computer Science in recognition of their leadership in the Division.

Ten papers at CHI 2021 flourish frontiers of HCI research at UChicago CS

May 18, 2021

A woman wearing virtual reality goggles walks through an illustrated depiction of what her goggles show her, with the conference logo for CHI 2021.

Computer Science participated in CHI 2021, a Human Computer Interaction conference, with an emerging group of UChicago faculty and student researchers representing the many different corners of HCI. This year, ten UChicago papers were accepted to the prestigious conference, with one receiving a Best Paper Award (given to the top 1 percent of submissions) and three others receiving Honorable Mentions (top 5 percent).

Symposium highlights UChicago collaborations with leading French research center

May 18, 2021

Yi Liu

An online symposium featured 11 presentations by student teams from UChicago and French universities affiliated with the French National Centre for Scientific Research, with questions and discussion from faculty supervisors. Attendees voted to choose the best presentations and awarded two prizes. PSD’s Yi Liu in the Department of Statistics (pictured) and Maria Douaihy of CNRS – U. Montpellier won second place for “Modeling Transcriptional Bursting in Space and Time.” First place was awarded to Marie Greaney of BSD and Maxime Lehman of CNRS – U. Paris-Saclay for “How is Sensory Information Transformed into Appropriate Motor Control?”

Kirk Lancaster, SB’18 Chemistry, named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

May 12, 2021

Chemistry alumnus Kirk Lancaster, SB’18, has been selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and will receive full funding to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University. A student of Chinese language and formerly an intern at the State Department’s Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Affairs, he will pursue advanced study of his intersecting interests of law, technology and international politics.

Chemist named 2021 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

May 11, 2021

John Anderson

John Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, has been named a 2021 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar for leveraging unorthodox bonding effects in transition metal molecules and materials. According to the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the award recognizes early-career faculty who have "an outstanding independent body of scholarship and are deeply committed to education." Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars receive an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.

Physicist Marc Kamionkowski, PhD’91, awarded 2021 Gruber Cosmology Prize

May 5, 2021

Marc Kamionkowski

Theoretical physicist Marc Kamionkowski, PhD’91, has been awarded the 2021 Gruber Cosmology Prize, along with Uroš Seljak of UC Berkeley and LBL, and Matias Zaldarriaga of IAS, for their contributions to methods essential for studying the early universe through analysis of the polarization of the cosmic microwave background. The award is given through the Gruber Foundation, which was established at Yale to honor and encourage excellence in the fields of cosmology, genetics, neuroscience, justice, and women’s rights.

Physics students selected for DOE national lab research program

April 29, 2021

Edgar Marrufo and Aurora Ireland

Edgar Marrufo and Aurora Ireland, graduate students in the Department of Physics, are among 78 outstanding U.S. graduate students who have been selected by The Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program to perform research in national laboratories.

PSD in the News - April 2021

April 29, 2021

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to build a quantum bit that can search for dark matter, use muscle response for digital authentication, design 'nanotraps' to catch and clear coronavirus from tissue, and harness molecules into a single quantum state. 

Laura Gagliardi and Angela Olinto elected to National Academy of Sciences

April 27, 2021

Laura Gagliardi and Angela Olinto, on a maroon background

Chemist Laura Gagliardi and astrophysicist and dean Angela Olinto elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

2021 Academy of Arts & Sciences

April 26, 2021

Amie Wilkinson, Benson Farb, Angela Olinto, and the

Pioneering mathematicians Amie Wilkinson and Benson Farb and astrophysicist and Dean of the Physical Sciences Angela Olinto have been elected to the 2021 American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

2021 Priestley Medalist A. Paul Alivisatos helped introduce the world to the nanocrystal

April 19, 2021

Paul Alivisatos in a chemistry lab

Incoming University of Chicago President Paul Alivisatos has conducted pioneering research in the field of nanotechnology. This article takes a closer look at his life and the work that led to his winning the 2021 Priestley Medal—the American Chemical Society's highest honor.

PSD climate grants foster belonging while socially distanced

April 13, 2021

PSD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion logo on maroon background

The Physical Sciences Division funded creative efforts to impact climate and foster belonging with the Inclusive Climate Grants program administered by the EDI Office. Four winning projects found innovative ways to further the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus during the pandemic.

CDAC Discovery Challenge awardees train data science on medicine, clean water, and education

April 13, 2021

Illustration of a blue array to complement a story about data science

The CDAC Discovery Challenge awardees will train data science experts from across the UChicago campus, its national laboratory partners, and government, non-profit, and industry collaborators, to run projects that target transformative impact in medicine, public health, molecular engineering, genomics, and education.