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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

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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.

In the News – February 2022

February 24, 2022

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This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to read out a qubit on demand and set a record for preserving quantum states for more than five seconds, to revolutionize the field of 2D materials with a technique to cut and stack fragile sheets of nanomaterials, and to demonstrate ultracold atoms can segregate into separate domain states.

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.

In the News - January 2022

January 27, 2022

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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.


UChicago workshop highlights internet frontiers and opportunities

December 3, 2021

Portrait of Vickie Robinson of Microsoft

A gathering hosted by the University of Chicago and the University of California, Santa Barbara, brought together experts from industry, government, and academia for panels and conversations around internet equity and access.

Watch Prof. Marcela Carena, Dept. of Physics, deliver the Harper Lecture, “The Unseen Universe”

November 30, 2021

Portrait of Prof. Marcela Carena and logo for Harper Lecture series

Marcela Carena is a professor of physics at the University of Chicago and a member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. On Oct. 26, she delivered the virtual Harper Lecture, “The Unseen Universe: How It Impacts the World We See,” with introductions from Dean Angela V. Olinto.

PSD in the News - November 2021

November 18, 2021

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This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to invent chemical haptics, to detect internet censorship in real time, and to extract water from the air of even the driest deserts.

Second Annual PSD Staff Awards honors three members for dedication and hard work

November 18, 2021

11 PSD members shown clapping at an awards ceremony on Zoom

On Tuesday, November 16, members of the University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division attended the Second Annual PSD Staff Awards. The virtual gathering honored staff members nominated by their divisional peers, colleagues, students, and supervisors for their dedication, hard work, and commitment to the PSD. Winners included Mat Wimberly, Dept. of Mathematics, Out of the Box Award; Sierra Sterling, Dean of Students Office, Bridgebuilder Award; and Karin Czaplewski, Dept. of Computer Science, Keystone Award.

PSD in the News - October 2021

October 28, 2021

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This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to create materials that can move and block heat, use a massive accelerator to analyze dust from an asteroid, and build wearable devices for signing ASL and playing piano.