News: Faculty

2019

Alexei M. Khokhlov, theoretical and computational astrophysicist, 1954-2019

May 6, 2019

Alexei M. Khokhlov

Alexei Khokhlov, professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, died on May 4. He was 65.


Prof. R. Stephen Berry discusses new book on thermodynamics and need for scientific literacy

April 29, 2019

Prof. R. Stephen Berry in his office

The James Franck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Chemistry, R. Stephen Berry, discusses his new book that aims for improving scientific literacy and his pioneering research in thermodynamics that began with a landmark idea called the “life-cycle analysis".


Computer scientists design a way to defend against attacks to AI-based security systems

April 26, 2019

A picture imagining backdoor attacks to AI based security systems

In a new published paper, a group from Prof. Ben Zhao and Prof. Heather Zheng’s SAND Lab describe the first generalized defense against backdoor attacks in neural networks.


Chicago pollution inspired scholar’s career as chemist and environmental activist

April 26, 2019

Prof. R. Stephen Berry in his office

R. Stephen Berry discusses new book on thermodynamics and need for scientific literacy


Scientists measure half-life of element that’s longer than the age of the universe

April 25, 2019

XENON1T experiment

Using the XENON1T experiment, a giant detector deep under an Italian mountainside, UChicago scientists documented the decay of atoms of xenon-124, the rarest process ever observed in the universe.


Lab Safety Competition Winners

April 22, 2019

Lab Safety Competition prize

This April, labs in the Department of Chemistry and the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) joined a competition to be the Safest Lab of 2019. The winning labs earned not only the title but also a grand prize of $500 or two runner-up prizes of $250 to be used for a lab outing. 


Scientists climb UChicago buildings to study air quality and pollution

April 22, 2019

Scientists on top of a university building to study air pollution

Researchers from UChicago and Harvard University are using Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery to collect data that will be used to create a map of the air around Chicago’s urban center and what it contains.


Scientists invent a way to trap a mysterious ‘dark world’ particle

April 19, 2019

Visualization of dark matter

In a newly published paper, UChicago and Fermilab scientists presented an innovative method for tracking dark matter in the Large Hadron Collider by exploiting a potential particle's slightly slower speed.


Walter Massey, former faculty member and trustee emeritus, receives Vannevar Bush Award

April 18, 2019

Walter E. Massey

The National Science Board announced that Massey, senior adviser to the president of the University of Chicago, will receive its prestigious Vannevar Bush Award.


Prof. Per Mykland earns Guggenheim fellowship to understand data architecture

April 16, 2019

Prof. Per Mykland

The Robert M. Hutchins Professor of Statistics and Finance, Per Mykland, is one of five UChicago scholars to be named 2019 Guggenheim Fellows.


UChicago’s innovative research is shaping the future of computer science

April 16, 2019

Students during a CS lab

Not only are UChicago researchers advancing the foundations of data science and artificial intelligence, they are also expanding their applications to other fields.


Podcast features Prof. Ben Zhao’s research on AI

April 15, 2019

Prof. Ben Zhao

Computer scientist, Ben Zhao, explains how artificial intelligence can break crucial systems and be broken itself on Big Brains, a UChicago podcast. Listen and subscribe.


UChicago researchers provide a promising boost for quantum computers

April 12, 2019

Optimized Compilation of Aggregated Instructions for Realistic Quantum Computers

A new finding by UChicago research group, EPiQC, promises to improve the speed and reliability of current and next generation quantum computers by as much as ten times.


John Frederick, 1949-2019

February 26, 2019

John Frederick, professor emeritus in the Department of Geophysical Sciences died Jan. 30. He was 69.


Edward ‘Rocky’ Kolb to direct Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

February 26, 2019

Prof. Rocky Kolb

The University of Chicago has named Edward 'Rocky' W. Kolb as director of its Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, a leading center dedicated to deepening our understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe and the laws that govern it.