News: 2020

April

Where did all the antimatter go? Physicist Edward Blucher on a new groundbreaking study

April 16, 2020

Physics Prof. Edward Blucher discusses a new study that finds groundbreaking information on neutrinos


Spies like us: UChicago scientists develop probes made of DNA to track molecular secrets

April 16, 2020

Spies like us: Biological chemist Prof. Yamuna Krishnan and other UChicago scientists develop probes made of DNA to track molecular secrets


Intentional Space: simple strategies blog

April 13, 2020

the workspace
Read the PSD Communications blog Intentional Space for simple strategies to help you navigate working from home and heightening your awareness. This blog series by PSD Communications Specialist Maureen McMahon will run during Spring Quarter. Find simple work-from-home routines, mindfulness strategies, and ways to cultivate a peaceful day.


From self-sanitizing face masks to emergency ventilators, here’s what Illinois universities are doing to combat the coronavirus

April 13, 2020

From Self-Sanitizing Face Masks To Emergency Ventilators, Here’s What Illinois Universities Are Doing To Combat The Coronavirus


The Register UK asks when will quantum computers be capable of crypto-cracking, with Prof. Diana Franklin

April 13, 2020

The Register UK asks when will quantum computers be capable of crypto-cracking, cites new RAND report and CS Prof. Diana Franklin


Margaret Burbidge, astrophysicist and champion of women in science, 1919–2020

April 12, 2020

Astrophysicist and former University of Chicago scientist, Margaret Burbidge, died in San Francisco in April. Burbidge was a giant in the field of astronomy and physics and an expert practitioner of astronomical spectroscopy—the study of the spectra of stars, galaxies, and quasi-stellar objects. She used her international spotlight to champion the representation and inclusion of women in the sciences.
 


UChicago community finds new ways to learn together

April 10, 2020

UChicago community finds new ways to learn together
Faculty, students, University community connect as Spring Quarter and remote learning begins


Three undergraduates awarded Goldwater Scholarships

April 9, 2020

Three undergraduates awarded Goldwater Scholarships to support STEM education: third-years Spencer Dembner, Vennela Mannava and Thomas Propson honored


Will Coronavirus Freeze the Search for Dark Matter?

April 9, 2020

Article notes Assoc. Prof. Luca Grandi’s role in the Xenon experiment, an investigation into the nature of dark matter, which has been halted by the pandemic


Five awarded 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 8, 2020

Congratulations to UChicago PSD’s five 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients, David Zegeye and Cory Cotter in astronomy, LeeAnn Marie Sager in chemistry, and Jordan T Kemp and Amanda Mirna Farah in physics.


‘Amazing’ Math Bridge Extended Beyond Fermat’s Last Theorem

April 7, 2020

In Quanta, Prof. Matthew Emerton describes two new papers that reveal fundamental number-theoretic phenomena that overcome the barrier of bridging two continents—a challenge generations of researchers have pursued as “Langland's program,” which seeks to create a grand unified theory of mathematics. These findings may help prove Fermat’s Last Theorem for some number systems beyond the positive whole numbers.


Richard Miller, pioneering computational astrophysicist, 1926-2020

April 6, 2020

Founding Chair on the Committee of Information Sciences and pioneer in numerical simulations of the formation of structure in the universe and dynamics of galaxies died on Mar. 7


Intentional Space: simple strategies blog

April 3, 2020

taking in content
Read the PSD Communications blog Intentional Space for simple strategies to help you navigate working from home and heightening your awareness. This blog series by PSD Communications Specialist Maureen McMahon will run during Spring Quarter. Find simple work-from-home routines, mindfulness strategies, and ways to cultivate a peaceful day.


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.


March

Intentional Space: simple strategies blog

March 31, 2020

cultivating a peaceful workday
Read the PSD Communications blog Intentional Space for simple strategies to help you navigate working from home and heightening your awareness. This blog series by PSD Communications Specialist Maureen McMahon will run during Spring Quarter. Find simple work-from-home routines, mindfulness strategies, and ways to cultivate a peaceful day.