News: Faculty

2020

New nanotechology design provides hope for personalized vaccination for treating cancer

October 2, 2020

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A new study, published in Science Advances, demonstrates the use of charged nanoscale metal-organic frameworks for generating free radicals using X-rays within tumor tissue to kill cancer cells directly. Furthermore, the same frameworks can be used for delivering immune signaling molecules known as PAMPs to activate the immune response against tumor cells. By combining these two approaches into one easily administered “vaccine,” this new technology may provide the key to better local and systemic treatment of difficult-to-treat cancers.


Possibility of dark bosons entices physicists

September 30, 2020

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Possibility of dark bosons entices physicists like Elina Fuchs of Enrico Fermi Institute. Hints of anomalous activity in heavy isotopes could be clues to new physics


UChicago chemists invent way to customize compounds just a few atoms thick

September 30, 2020

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UChicago chemists invent way to customize compounds just a few atoms thick
 


Geosciences professor David Jablonski discusses mass extinction with National Geographic

September 24, 2020

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Geosciences professor David Jablonski discusses mass extinction with National Geographic


Event Horizon Telescope, including UChicago-led South Pole Telescope, reveals turbulent evolution

September 23, 2020

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Event Horizon Telescope, including UChicago-led South Pole Telescope, reveals turbulent evolution


PSD in the News: July – September 2020

September 23, 2020

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This summer the Physical Sciences Division announced several institutional advancements, like the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation, major NSF support for materials science research, and exciting developments with CMB collaborations. Read the full list of articles for July, August, and September.


Introducing New Faculty in the Physical Sciences Division

September 22, 2020

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Welcome to the new faculty members joining the Physical Sciences Division during the '20-21 academic year!


Is there life on Venus? Chicago’s WGN interviews astrochemist Jennifer Bergner

September 18, 2020

Astrochemist Jennifer Bergner

Is there life on Venus? Chicago’s WGN news interviews astrochemist Jennifer Bergner


Prof. Robert Rosner elected Vice President of the American Physical Society

September 11, 2020

Robert Rosner

Prof. Robert Rosner elected Vice President of the American Physical Society, will become President in 2023


Climate change will ultimately cost humanity $100,000 per ton of carbon, scientists estimate

September 11, 2020

Ice changes in Antarctica due to climate change

Climate change will ultimately cost humanity $100,000 per ton of carbon, scientists estimate


93-institution coalition to use telescopes at the South Pole and Chile

September 9, 2020

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Prof. John Carlstrom comments on UChicago's leadership among a 93-institution coalition to use telescopes at the South Pole and Chile


Conference highlights graduate research opportunities for women in mathematical sciences

September 8, 2020

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The Graduate Research Opportunities for Women (GROW) conference exists to create a space for women, who are historically underrepresented in mathematical fields, to network and learn about graduate research opportunities, graduate program admissions, and career options after they complete a degree. 


LIGO/Virgo has spotted a collision of dark giants that sheds light on an invisible process of cosmic growth

September 3, 2020

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LIGO/Virgo has spotted a collision of dark giants that sheds light on an invisible process of cosmic growth


UChicago scientists invent first-of-its-kind method for pacemakers, other applications

September 2, 2020

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UChicago scientists invent first-of-its-kind method for pacemakers, other applications


UChicago joins APS-IDEA network for community transformation

September 2, 2020

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The University of Chicago named as member of APS-IDEA network, a consortium of physics departments, laboratories, and research collaborations committed to improving equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)