News: Faculty

2019

UChicago study offers way to test whether water flowed deep underground on Mars

August 21, 2019

A new study by UChicago researchers shakes up the picture of Martian salt—and offers new ways to test what Mars’ water would have looked like. Asst. Prof. Edwin Kite’s team analyzed salt deposits and built models to help determine how and why Mars dried out. 


Astronomers may have detected gravitational waves from a new type of event

August 19, 2019

Prof. Daniel Holz discusses the detection of gravitational waves that may have been from a black hole swallowing a neutron star with Science News Magazine. 

 


​Prof. Daniel Holz discusses black hole mergers in Quanta interview

August 19, 2019

Prof. Daniel Holz discusses research on black hole pairing and tripling and explains how this research can help scientists measure the eccentricities of black holes' orbits in the near future.  


Scientists create new method to interrogate connection between cell protein structure and function

August 9, 2019

Raymond Moellering’s lab reports a new method to identify and interrogate the biophysical properties of tens of thousands of modified proteins simultaneously in live cells. This method, called “Hotspot Thermal Profiling,” therefore enables efficient selection of functionally important modifications for further study, as well as insight into the network of proteins and biomolecules that are interacting with that particular modification site in cells. 


Hoffman and Vieregg receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

August 8, 2019

Assoc. Prof. Henry Hoffman of the Department of Computer Science and Assoc. Prof. Abigail Vieregg of the Department of Physics have been awarded the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to scholars who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. 


Prof. Amie Wilkinson criticizes viral math problem

August 8, 2019

 


Astrophysicist finds stellar streams linked to galactic collision from 100 million years ago

August 8, 2019

 


Flipping STEM Education

August 5, 2019

Dorian Abbot, Associate Professor of Geophysical Sciences, piloted a flipped classroom model in the physical sciences course, Global Warming, wherein students watched short video lectures and read texts outside of class. They then met in small sections with a section leader who guided and coached them through a mixture of quantitative, visual, and discussion exercises so they could apply and practice what they'd learned. This model has been shown to drive student engagement and achievement in STEM classrooms.


Asst. Prof. Blase Ur on how people can protect themselves in light of the latest data breach

August 2, 2019

Capital One's data breach leaves millions vulnerable—Ur shares 5 tips to help individuals better manage their information with WTTW. 


Physics Prof. Sidney Nagel discusses principles of universality in Quanta interview

August 2, 2019

Nagel explains how his findings in droplet and bubble experiments affect universality. 


Visiting Research Asst. Prof. Brian Nord awarded UChicago grant to bring AI to cosmology

August 2, 2019

The awarded grant will help Nord, utilize AI to design an experiment optimized to measure the expansion rate of the universe. Nord will also be working with Asst. Prof. Yuxin Chen. 


New exoplanet is smallest to be precisely measured

August 2, 2019

Assoc Prof. Frabrycky's research group noticed a star's irregular dimming pattern, leading to the discovery and precise measurement of a new exoplanet's mass. 


Prof. Freedman contributes to the universe expansion debate 

August 2, 2019

Prof. Wendy Freedman discusses the possibility of systematic errors in Hubble constant calculations with Science News.


UChicago and Sony CSL researchers create muscle stimulators designed to speed up human reflexes

August 2, 2019

Through the precise timing of  electrical muscle stimulators, UChicago scientists Pedro Lopes, Jun Nishida, and Shunichi Kasahara of Sony CSL have found a method to accelerating human reaction time. 


UChicago and Argonne scientists collaborate with researchers in Israel to understand aquifer system

August 2, 2019

Through a recent publication by Research Assoc. Prof. Yokochi, scientists are now able to tell when water was deposited, its origins, and the climate conditions that produced it nearly 400,000 years ago.