News: Faculty


Summer reading recommendations from teaching award winners

July 11, 2019

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Assoc. Prof. of Math Maryanthe Malliaris joins other Quantrell and Graduate Teaching award winners to share summer reading recommendations. Malliaris suggests reading Barry Mazur's Imagining Numbers for its well-written and thought-provoking content.  

Chicago Quantum Exchange announces 5 new corporate partnerships

July 11, 2019

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David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering and Professor in the Department of Physics, states that the new Chicago Quantum Exchange partnerships with Boeing, Applied Materials Inc., ColdQuanta Inc., HRL Laboratories LLC, and Quantum Opus LLC "will help both academia and industry leverage each other's knowledge at the leading edge of quantum computing. " 

Scientists combine light and matter to make particles with new behaviors

July 9, 2019

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By shaking electrons with lasers, researchers led by Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Simon were able to create electrons with 'doppelganger' features. Simon's published work could one day help create more powerful computers or virtually "unhackable" quantum communications.

UChicago research on microbes and microbiomes across the Great Lakes

July 9, 2019

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The Chicago Tribune features Asst. Prof. Maureen Coleman's research, which seeks to better understand  what microbes are present in the Great Lakes and what role they play in the environment.

PSD Faculty Earn Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

July 8, 2019

Headshots of Asst. Prof. Abigail Vieregg and Assoc. Prof. Henry Hoffman

Assoc. Prof. of Computer Science Henry Hoffman and Assoc. Prof. of Physics Abigail Vieregg are among the winners of the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. 

László Babai and Nick Feamster receive named, distinguished service professorships

July 2, 2019

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László Babai has been named the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, and the College. His work is centered on theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics. Nick Feamster, who joins UChicago this summer, has been named the Neubauer Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the College. His work focuses on experimental networked systems and security. 

Clemens C.J. Roothaan, eminent quantum chemist and concentration camp survivor, 1918-2019

July 2, 2019

Prof. Clemens C. J. Roothaan in the University of Chicago Computation Center.

Clemens C.J. Roothaan, Louis Block Professor Emeritus of Physics and Chemistry, died June 17 at age 100. Roothan's research focused on the electronic structure of atoms and molecules with some of his structure models still being used today. Prof. Emeritus R. Stephen Berry lauds Roothaan as "the person who most deserved, but never received the Nobel Prize."  

Scientists use X-rays from faraway galaxy cluster to reveal secrets of plasma

June 25, 2019

Intergalactic plasma shown in pink and purple, while an optical image of individual galaxies is in white.

University of Chicago astrophysicist, Irina Zhuravleva, led a study that provides a brand-new glimpse of the small-scale physics of intergalactic plasma. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, scientists took a detailed look at the plasma in a distant galaxy cluster and discovered the flow of plasma is much less viscous than expected and, therefore, turbulence occurs on relatively small scales—an important finding for our numerical models of the largest objects in the universe. 


Scientists use atoms to simulate quantum physics in curved spacetimes

June 24, 2019

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A team of physicists at the University of Chicago has built a quantum system to simulate the physics of Unruh radiation. The breakthrough advances our understanding of these complex physics—and could ultimately help us explain how the largest and smallest phenomena in the universe fit together. 

Quanta interview features math professor, Amie Wilkinson

June 14, 2019

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Quanta Magazine spoke with Wilkinson about the emotional dimensions of mathematical discovery, bizarre examples of dynamical systems that she’s found, and the idea of a “safe space” in mathematics.  

Scientists utilize Paleoproteomics to rewrite sloth classification

June 6, 2019

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 In a recent study, Prof. Slater from Geophysical Sciences, along with Samantha Presslee (University of York) and Ross MacPhee (American Museum of Natural History), utilized Paleoproteomics to point out differences between two and three-toed sloths—effectively rewriting sloth classification. 

Physical Sciences professors awarded Quantrell and Graduate Teaching Awards

June 4, 2019

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This week, Prof. Malliaris of Mathematics was awarded the Quantrell award and Profs. Hu of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Lalley of Statistics were both awarded Faculty Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.  

Scientist’s work on knotted vortices featured by PBS host of Physics Girl, Dianna Corwen

May 31, 2019

Picture of Knotted Vortex taken in Irvine Lab

William Irvine, professor of physics, appears on Physics Girl to explain the process of creating knotted vortices, a phenomenon that occurs with airplanes during takeoff, by accelerating 3D-printed models in water. 

Scientists recreate a cell division outside a cell for first time

May 31, 2019

Picture of heart muscle cell with bundles of actin filaments and bands of myosin

Margaret Gardel, professor of physics at the University of Chicago, led an innovative new study, which for the first time recreates the mechanism of cell division—outside a cell. The experiment published May 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, helps scientists understand the physics by which cells carry out their everyday activities, and could one day lead to medical breakthroughs, ideas for new kinds of materials or even artificial cells. 

UChicago physicists to study macroscopic quantum phenomena as part of the Simons Collaboration

May 28, 2019

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Dam T. Son, University Professor in the Department of Physics, and Michael Levin, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, have been awarded a Simons Foundation grant as part of the newly established Simons Collaboration on Ultra-Quantum Matter.