News: Faculty


Climate change causes faster jet streams, flights

March 1, 2024

Tiffany Shaw

Prof. Tiffany Shaw discusses faster jet streams for a WFLA (Tampa) video.

New pacemaker design powers the heart with light

March 1, 2024

Bozhi Tian

Prof. Bozhi Tian and Doctoral Candidate Pengju Li discuss newly designed pacemaker powered by light in a WGN video. 

FabRobotics: the fusion of 3D printing and mobile robots

March 1, 2024

3d printer with partially printed figure

The FabRobotics team from UChicago and MIT seamlessly incorporates mobile robots into the 3D printing process to improve automation and efficiency.

Professor Andrew A. Chien on the environmental impacts of technology

March 1, 2024

Andrew A. Chien

Andrew A. Chien’s research on sustainable cloud computing and his interdisciplinary course, Sustainable Computing, provides insight into an often overlooked problem.

Resurrecting niobium for quantum science

March 1, 2024

microscopic image of niobium Josephson junction

For years, niobium was considered an underperformer when it came to superconducting qubits. Now scientists supported by Q-NEXT have found a way to engineer a high-performing niobium-based qubit and so take advantage of niobium’s superior qualities.

PalmWatch, a new tool created by DSI’s 11th Hour team, sheds light on palm oil production across the globe

February 23, 2024

aerial view of palm trees

PalmWatch, a new tool jointly created by DSI and Inclusive Development International, tracks deforestation by palm oil mills and connects that information to major, multinational brands’ sourcing.

A voracious black hole at the dawn of time?

February 23, 2024

An artist’s concept of the quasar J0529-4351

In a New York Times article, Prof. Daniel Holz says that "[The researchers] may have the right value, but I don’t think other observers would be shocked if it turned out the true mass was somewhat less."

UChicago scientists invent ultra-thin, minimally-invasive pacemaker controlled by light

February 23, 2024

Pengju Li holds a prototype pacemaker made of a specially engineered membrane

Ultralight membrane can regulate heartbeats with the aid of an optic fiber.

University of Chicago materials researcher Pengju Li holds a prototype pacemaker made of a specially engineered membrane. At just one-fiftieth of a gram, it is significantly smaller and lighter than current pacemakers.

Inside the hunt for new physics at the world’s largest particle collider

February 20, 2024

Karri DiPetrillo

In an MIT Technology Review article, Asst. Prof. Karri DiPetrillo discusses the concept of supersymmetry, saying, “I think SUSY is wonderful—the only thing that’s not wonderful is that we haven’t found it." Article also mentions the potential for a muon collider at Fermilab.

Deepfake porn is a huge problem — here are some of the tools that could help stop it

February 19, 2024

Create AI Girls graphic

Business Insider article mentions Prof. Ben Zhao's "Nightshade."

Scientists report first look at electrons moving in real-time in liquid water

February 19, 2024

Linda Young in black on purple background

In a article, Prof. Linda Young discusses a new experiment that isolates the energetic movement of an electron while "freezing" the motion of the much larger atom it orbits in a sample of liquid water.

First-ever atomic freeze-frame of liquid water

February 15, 2024

Close up of water spray

Scientists report the first look at electrons moving in real-time in liquid water; findings open up a whole new field of experimental physics.

Fermilab guest composer sets out to interpret particle physics through music

February 15, 2024

Photo of Abigail Vieregg outdoors

CBS News article details Fermilab's 2024 guest composer program and features comments from Prof. Abigail Vieregg on the ongoing Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

Initial results from South Pole Telescope SPT-3G camera hint at future insights about our universe

February 14, 2024

South Pole Telescope

New data on the cosmic microwave background released from upgrade with 10 times more detectors.


February 14, 2024

Ruth Duckworth, Earth, Water, Sky, 1968–69, Ceramic mural, 400 square feet, covering four walls and the ceiling, Located in the entrance to the Henry Hinds Laboratory for Geophysical Sciences

In Henry Hinds Laboratory and now the Regenstein Library, Ruth Duckworth’s murals make an art of geophysical science.