News: Faculty


Prof. Yanjing Li receives Under-40 Innovators Award from DAC

June 23, 2022

Yanjing Li

Asst. Prof. Yanjing Li of the Dept. of Computer Science will be one of four researchers to receive the 2022 Under-40 Innovators Award from the annual Design Automation Conference in July in San Francisco, an industry event focused on the automation of electronic chips to systems.

Computer Science professors Bill Fefferman and Chenhao Tan receive Google Research Scholar Awards

June 23, 2022

Bill Fefferman and Chenhao Tan

Computer Science faculty Bill Fefferman and Chenhao Tan received 
Google Research Scholar Awards for projects in quantum computing and AI text models.

Computer Science Chair Michael Franklin part of SIGMOD Award-winning team

June 23, 2022

Mike Franklin

Liew Family Chair of Computer Science Michael Franklin was one of a large group of researchers and open source developers who received the 2022 ACM SIGMOD Systems Award for their work on the popular Apache Spark system.

Solar wind: What is it and how does it affect Earth?

June 22, 2022

Image of solar winds. Solar wind is continually released from the sun's outermost atmosphere.

Solar wind is composed of charged particles and the sun’s magnetic field and is continually released from our star. Explore the phenomenon discovered by Professor Emeritus Eugene Parker, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

John Schiffer, nuclear physicist, 1930-2022 

June 21, 2022

John Schiffer sits at his desk in 1987 with an open notebook.

John Schiffer, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Chicago and former director of the Physics Division at Argonne, died on June 6. Over a career spanning nearly 70 years, Schiffer contributed to research on nuclear structure, crystalline beams, and neutrinoless double beta decay, and he played a key role in the development of a spectrometer concept that is now part of several radioactive ion beam facilities.

Twelve for dinner: the Milky Way’s feeding habits shine a light on dark matter

June 16, 2022

Artist’s representation of our Milky Way galaxy surrounded by dozens of stellar streams (highlighted in different colors).

Asst. Prof Alex Ji, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, is the co-author of the Southern Stellar Stream Spectroscopic Survey (S5) map that aims to probe the secrets of stellar streams, or shredded remains of neighbouring small galaxies and star clusters, that are being torn apart by the Milky Way. 

In retiring, Winston looks forward to his busy, bright future

June 14, 2022

Professor Roland Winston and some of his student researchers and their solar collector.

Roland Winston, formerly chair of the UChicago Department of Physics, will be retiring from UC Merced this summer at age 86. Winston is a pioneer of efficiently harnessing solar radiation as an energy source. He was a student and faculty member in PSD from 1952 until 2003.

Prof. Juan Collar comments, Ten years after the Higgs, physicists face the nightmare of finding nothing else

June 14, 2022

ATLAS detector

The standard model describes everything scientists have seen at particle colliders so far. Prof. Juan Collar comments on experimental particle physics and the uncertainty of the search beyond the standard model.

Scientists release first analysis of rocks plucked from speeding asteroid

June 10, 2022

samples of grey asteroid in a dish

UChicago geochemists Nicolas Dauphas, Andrew Davis, and Reika Yokochi are part of a team assembled to help Japanese researchers analyze samples from asteroid Ryugu collected by Hayabusa2. The pristine rock is similar to a class of meteorites known as “Ivuna-type carbonaceous chondrites” and are thought to date back to the very beginnings of the solar system.

Sponge-like solar cells could be basis for better pacemakers

June 8, 2022

solar cells invented by UChicago

UChicago scientists invented an entirely new way to make a solar cell: by etching holes in the top layer to make it porous. The innovation could form the basis for a less-invasive pacemaker, or similar medical devices.

Chemist named finalist in Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

June 7, 2022

Guangbin Dong

Prof. Guangbin Dong has been named a 2022 Blavatnik National Awards Finalist in Chemistry. From the group of 31 finalists, three winners—in life sciences, chemistry, and physical sciences & engineering—will be named on June 29. The honorees were chosen from a highly competitive pool of 309 nominees from 150 leading universities and scientific institutions from 38 states across the United States.

Chancellor Robert Zimmer awarded 2022 Centennial Medal from Harvard University

June 6, 2022

President Robert Zimmer

UChicago Chancellor Robert Zimmer was awarded Harvard University’s 2022 Centennial Medal for his superlative leadership of one of the world’s finest universities, and for his principled advocacy for the core mission and values of higher education on the national and global stage.

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.

AIP Oral History with Prof. Young-Kee Kim

June 3, 2022

Young-Kee Kim

Read this interview of Chair of the Department of Physics Young-Kee Kim by David Zierler, the oral historian for the American Institute of Physics, on January 5, 2021.

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.