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University of Chicago hosts first South Side Science Festival

September 20, 2022

A child in a spinning chair holds a rotating bike wheel to demo angular momentum

The all-day, all ages event highlighted the importance of STEM education, careers in science and understanding how science impacts daily life. The festival was created to connect South Side community members with science education resources.

South Side Science Festival to offer free hands-on demos and science experiments for the public Sept. 17

September 1, 2022

Logo of South Side Science Festival with the name of the event, a blue frame and UChicago logo.

The University of Chicago invites members of the community to explore the fascinating world of science at the first annual South Side Science Festival. Meet scientists and learn about everything from jellyfish to DNA at first annual UChicago event

Watch Wendy Freedman, John Mather, and Janna Levin discuss JWST at Pioneer Works

August 19, 2022

Wendy Freedman

In a discussion at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY, Nobel laureate John Mather, senior project scientist of JWST, and astronomer Wendy Freedman of the University of Chicago, a previous chair of the Giant Magellan Telescope’s board of directors, talked about the past, present and future of JWST with Columbia University theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, director of sciences at Pioneer Works.

PSD in the News - July 2022

August 1, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to use supercomputing simulations to reveal weaknesses in HIV-1 defense, share the scientific community's enthusiasm for the first full-color images of James Webb Space Telescope, and to invent a ‘quantum flute’ that can make particles of light move together.

Chicago’s Duality Quantum Accelerator selects its second cohort

July 1, 2022

Illustration of quantum interactions

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UChicago and the Chicago Quantum Exchange will begin its second cohort supporting five quantum startups: Icosa Computing, memQ, Quantescence, SCALINQ, and Wave Photonics.

PSD in the News - June 22

June 30, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to understand why Mars dried out, expand and activate the Chicagoland quantum network, and analyze samples from asteroid Ryugu collected by Hayabusa2.

Booth podcast with Prof. Ben Zhao, What are the ethics of facial recognition technology?

June 27, 2022

Ben Zhao

In an interdisciplinary discussion hosted by Chicago Booth Review, UChicago scholars Wilma A. Bainbridge and Alexander Todorov join Prof. Ben Zhao of computer science to discuss biases relating to faces and the implications of facial recognition technology.

Watch “Our Evolving Universe”: Prof. Wendy Freedman’s Convocation address

June 6, 2022

Wendy Freedman

Watch the recording of Prof. Wendy Freedman's 2022 Convocation address to the graduates at the all campus celebration that took place June 4, 2022.

PSD in the News - May 2022

June 2, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to capture the first image of the Milky Way's massive black hole, map the digital divide affecting connectivity across the country, and use computer simulations to understand the world's deadliest viruses.

Associate Administrator of NASA Science Mission Directorate visits PSD

May 17, 2022

Abigail Vieregg, Thomas Zubuchen, Angela Olinto

Last week, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASA Science Mission Directorate, visited the Physical Sciences Division to tour facilities and meet with faculty, students, and UChicago leaders.

Mapping the digital divide: Data reveals internet inequities across the country

May 10, 2022

A view of Chicago from above overlaid with vectors and numbers to suggest the internet

At UChicago’s inaugural Data Science Institute Summit on May 9, the initiative unveiled a new data portal that combines public and private data from 20 cities around the nation. The website makes data accessible to governments, community groups, data scientists and other interested stakeholders seeking to improve internet connectivity to mitigate the “digital divide.”

PSD in the News - April 2022

April 28, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to find axion particles with new detector designs, advocate for paleobiology and evolutionary biology, and lead the S4 collaboration to design the next generation of telescopes detecting the light of the Cosmic Microwave Background.

Physics & Contemporary Architecture public lecture series returns

April 6, 2022

(Left) Prof. Sid Nagel (Right) Prof. Heinrich Jaeger, with UChicago shield on maroon background

A top flight of architects and structural engineers will present public lectures on some of the most innovative work being done in contemporary structural design as part of a unique physics undergraduate course offered this Spring Quarter at the University of Chicago, Physics & Contemporary Architecture (PHSC11800) taught by Professors Sid Nagel and Heinrich Jaeger. Enrolled undergraduate students, as well as the interested public, can join online for free Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. CST.

Family Money Night helps families navigate financial concepts with their kids

March 29, 2022

Two cards, one with piggy banks illustrated on it, one with a question

A new pilot program from the UChicago Financial Education Initiative is facilitating conversations about money for local area families. Funded by the University of Chicago Women’s Board, Family Money Night brings parents, kids, and schools together in a uniquely research-based experience.

Prof. Sidney Nagel takes part in Gray Center collaborative exhibition

March 17, 2022

Image of droplets breaking apart

Physicist Sidney Nagel is part of a new exhibition that brings together faculty and artists to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gray Center's Mellon Collaborative Fellowship in Arts Practice and Scholarship.