News: Faculty


Associate Barry Madore elaborates on discrepancies in the Hubble constant measurement

August 29, 2019

An image of the Large Magellanic Cloud taken with a ground-based telescope.

Live Science interviews Madore to weigh in on why researchers produce conflicting results when attempting to measure the rate of cosmic expansion. 

Mini-EUSO hitches ride on spacecraft, paves way for future experiments

August 28, 2019

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Mini-EUSO hitched a ride with Russia's Soyuz MS14 to the International Space Station. Mini-EUSO is a prototype for two University of Chicago-led experiments, EUSO-SPB2 and POEMMA, which aim to discover the origin of the highest-energy particles and to study their sources and interactions.

​Researchers propose some exoplanets could be more diverse than Earth

August 27, 2019

Illustration of exoplanets and Earth lined up against black background.

Geophysical Sciences postdoc, Stephanie Olson, suggests that exoplanets with favorable ocean circulation patterns could be better suited to support life than Earth itself. 

Scientists discover cosmic rarity in Antarctic snow

August 26, 2019

Satellite image of Antarctic ice

Researchers found traces of Iron-60, an extremely rare isotope produced when a star explodes, in Antarctica. Research Prof. Priscilla Frisch weighs in on how this interstellar dust made it's way to Earth.  

UChicago study offers way to test whether water flowed deep underground on Mars

August 21, 2019

A satellite image of salt deposits on top of Mount Sharp on the surface of Mars.

A new study by UChicago researchers shakes up the picture of Martian salt—and offers new ways to test what Mars’ water would have looked like. Asst. Prof. Edwin Kite’s team analyzed salt deposits and built models to help determine how and why Mars dried out. 

Astronomers may have detected gravitational waves from a new type of event

August 19, 2019

Photo of neutron star being swallowed by black hole

Prof. Daniel Holz discusses the detection of gravitational waves that may have been from a black hole swallowing a neutron star with Science News Magazine. 


​Prof. Daniel Holz discusses black hole mergers in Quanta interview

August 19, 2019

Illustration of three black holes in starry galaxy

Prof. Daniel Holz discusses research on black hole pairing and tripling and explains how this research can help scientists measure the eccentricities of black holes' orbits in the near future.  

Scientists create new method to interrogate connection between cell protein structure and function

August 9, 2019

Moelering Laboratory Logo

Raymond Moellering’s lab reports a new method to identify and interrogate the biophysical properties of tens of thousands of modified proteins simultaneously in live cells. This method, called “Hotspot Thermal Profiling,” therefore enables efficient selection of functionally important modifications for further study, as well as insight into the network of proteins and biomolecules that are interacting with that particular modification site in cells. 

Hoffman and Vieregg receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

August 8, 2019

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

Assoc. Prof. Henry Hoffman of the Department of Computer Science and Assoc. Prof. Abigail Vieregg of the Department of Physics have been awarded the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to scholars who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. 

Prof. Amie Wilkinson criticizes viral math problem

August 8, 2019

Equation of 8 ÷ 2(2+2) = ?


Astrophysicist finds stellar streams linked to galactic collision from 100 million years ago

August 8, 2019

Illustration of circling stars in night sky with observatory


Flipping STEM Education

August 5, 2019

close up of two students in desks looking at a chalkboard in calculus class

Dorian Abbot, Associate Professor of Geophysical Sciences, piloted a flipped classroom model in the physical sciences course, Global Warming, wherein students watched short video lectures and read texts outside of class. They then met in small sections with a section leader who guided and coached them through a mixture of quantitative, visual, and discussion exercises so they could apply and practice what they'd learned. This model has been shown to drive student engagement and achievement in STEM classrooms.

Asst. Prof. Blase Ur on how people can protect themselves in light of the latest data breach

August 2, 2019

Screenshot of Blase Ur speaking during the recorded interview with WWTW

Capital One's data breach leaves millions vulnerable—Ur shares 5 tips to help individuals better manage their information with WTTW. 

Physics Prof. Sidney Nagel discusses principles of universality in Quanta interview

August 2, 2019

Photo of waterdroplet falling from faucet

Nagel explains how his findings in droplet and bubble experiments affect universality. 

Visiting Research Asst. Prof. Brian Nord awarded UChicago grant to bring AI to cosmology

August 2, 2019

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The awarded grant will help Nord, utilize AI to design an experiment optimized to measure the expansion rate of the universe. Nord will also be working with Asst. Prof. Yuxin Chen.