News: 2020

February

Meet Solomon Quinn, computational and applied mathematics student

February 12, 2020

Solomon Quinn is from New York City. He holds a BS in mathematics and physics from the University of Richmond and is in his second year of pursuing a PhD in computational and applied mathematics (CAM) at the University of Chicago. 


Astronomy Asst. Prof. Leslie Rogers has been selected for a 2020 Cottrell Scholar Award in support of her study of exoplanets

February 11, 2020

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement has selected astronomer Leslie Rogers for a Cottrell Award
 


For geophysical scientists Philipp Heck and Jennika Greer, a single grain of Apollo moon dust opens new world of lunar science

February 7, 2020

Assoc. prof. in geophysical sciences Philip Heck and postdoc Jennika Greer are using a new technique called atom probe tomography to learn about the moon’s history, atom by atom.


Leftover Big Bang light helps calculate how massive faraway galaxies are

February 6, 2020

Asst. Prof. Brad Benson and UChicago and Fermilab scientists tap South Pole Telescope data to “weigh” galaxy clusters


Crafoord Prize winner Eugene Parker’s contributions to solar astronomy are explained in A Solar Science Timeline

February 6, 2020

Crafoord Prize winner Eugene Parker’s contributions to solar astronomy are explained in A Solar Science Timeline


Eric Jonas, Assistant Professor in Computer Science, delegates spectroscopy to the machines

February 5, 2020

Asst. Prof. Eric Jonas described a new technique for reading nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra, opening up new possibilities for chemical analysis and the design of new molecules using a “self-driving spectrometer.”


Takeout noodles inspire UChicago scientists to invent remarkable synthetic tissue

February 4, 2020

Takeout noodles inspire UChicago scientists to invent remarkable synthetic tissue
Breakthrough creates tough material able to stretch, heal and defend itself


New telescope reveals most detailed images of sun’s surface

February 4, 2020

The first images from NSF’s Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii show a remarkable, close-up view of the sun’s surface. Robert Rosner, the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, said seeing the amazing surfaces of its structures has been a forty-year endeavor.


What does climate change sound like? An Antarctic iceberg speaks in concert at Millennium Park

February 4, 2020

Using seismic vibrations collected from glaciers in the Antarctic, Prof. Doug MacAyeal partnered with Chicago-based artist collective Luftwerk to convert the sonic data into frequencies humans could hear. The goal was to translate an ailing iceberg and deepen public understanding through an emotional artistic experience of sea level rise.


Meet physics student, Meg Panetta

February 3, 2020

Meg Panetta is from Atlanta, Georgia. She studied physics and astrophysics at Harvard University before obtaining a master’s degree in history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University. She is now in her second year of pursuing a PhD in physics.
 


January

Scientists discover hidden symmetries, opening new avenues for material design

January 31, 2020

UChicago scientists see opportunities for ‘metamaterials’ designed using dualities.


Prof. Eugene Parker wins prestigious Crafoord Prize in Astronomy

January 30, 2020

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Jan. 30 that University of Chicago Prof. Emeritus Eugene Parker has been awarded the 2020 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy.
Awarded every three years, the prestigious Crafoord Prize consists of a gold medal and a sum of six million Swedish krona (about $600,000)—one of the largest prizes in science. 
The Academy, which is also responsible for selecting Nobel Prize winners, cited Parker for his “pioneering and fundamental studies of the solar wind and magnetic fields from stellar to galactic scales.”


Researchers propose why sub-Neptunes planets are so abundant

January 30, 2020

Edwin Kite, assistant professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences, and collaborators have proposed a novel explanation for the radius cliff, and it has to do with the solubility of hydrogen gas in the hot, molten rock that makes up the surface of a young planetary core.


PSD in the News - January 2020

January 29, 2020

This month, PSD researchers have been featured for helping identify the first habitable exoplanet, discovering the oldest material on Earth, and finding evidence that RNA modulates how DNA is transcribed.


Fred T. Anderson, scientist who studied rocks to recreate volcanic eruptions, 1937-2020

January 28, 2020

A professor in the Department of Geophysical Sciences for nearly 40 years, Alfred T. Anderson, Jr., died on Jan. 15. He made pioneering contributions to the field of volcanology—particularly how to reconstruct long-ago volcanic explosions using clues in the rocks left behind. He was 82. For years, he and his wife, Caroline, served as the resident masters for the Snell-Hitchcock residence hall.