News: Research

2020

Researchers join forces to study how best to decontaminate N95 masks

April 2, 2020

A team of 60 scientists and engineers, students and clinicians from both the private sector and universities, including the University of Chicago, are unveiling N95decon.org, a website that synthesizes the scientific literature about mask decontamination to create a set of best practices to decontaminate and reuse this protective face covering during the current emergency.


PSD in the News - March 2020

March 30, 2020

This month PSD researchers have been featured for the efforts of chemists to decode RNA of the new coronavirus, using AI to decode cuneiform tablets, and predicting a new state of matter.


COVID-19 research declared initial focus of C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute

March 27, 2020

The new C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute (C3.ai DTI) unites six research universities, including UChicago, with AI software provider C3.ai and Microsoft to focus scientific efforts on advancing the knowledge, science and technologies for mitigating the impact of future pandemics.


Understanding RNA could boost effectiveness of future COVID-19 vaccine

March 23, 2020

Prof. Chuan He hopes to begin working on purified viral RNA from collaborators early this week.


Research by PhD Student Pranav Gokhale and EPiQC Wins IBM Q Best Paper

March 20, 2020

Research by PhD Student Pranav Gokhale and EPiQC Wins IBM Q Best Paper


An Automated Menu for LHC Data and the Search for Dark Matter

March 18, 2020

With a CDAC Discovery Grant, physicist David Miller and computer scientist Yuxin Chen hope to build a "self-driving" system for selecting and analyzing data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN


“Active materials” could inspire new technology

March 13, 2020

James Franck Institute physicist Prof. Vincenzo Vitelli and his group push the boundaries between materials and machines. In a new Nature Physics paper, they explain "active materials” could inspire new technology


How AI could help translate the written language of ancient civilizations

March 13, 2020

Oriental Institute, Computer Science scholars collaborate on program to read cuneiform tablets


A Smithsonian curator remembers UChicago chemist Toshiko Mayeda

March 10, 2020

UChicago female chemist Tosh Mayeda went from an internment camp to studying the chemistry of the solar system


UChicago computer scientists propose Fawkes, a system fighting unauthorized facial recognition models

March 10, 2020

UChicago computer scientists propose Fawkes, a system that allow individuals to inoculate themselves against unauthorized facial recognition models


A theory for generating and moving energy efficiently

March 10, 2020

Scientists Shiva Safaei, Prof. David Mazziotti, and LeeAnn Sager discuss a prediction that dual states of matter can exist in the same material—which may be useful for applications


Feeding 10 billion people on Earth is possible—and sustainable, scientists say

March 9, 2020

Feeding 10 billion people on Earth is possible—and sustainable, scientists say. New findings featuring co-author Jonas Jägermeyr, a postdoctoral research in Computer Science, has been published in Nature Sustainability


Scientists seize rare chance to watch faraway star system evolve

March 4, 2020

Adina Feinstein, a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at UChicago, talks about the difficulties of finding young planets


New coronavirus protein, mapped in Chicago, reveals drug target

March 2, 2020

New coronavirus protein, mapped in Chicago, reveals drug target. UChicago part of team that solved the structure.


Wired Magazine covers Astro Prof. Wendy Freedman’s work on the Hubble Constant

March 2, 2020

Wired Magazine covers Astronomy Prof. Wendy Freedman and team's use of the “tip of the red giant branch” (TRGB) stars to arrive at a significantly lower Hubble rate than other observers