News: 2021

February

A famous black hole gets an enormous update

February 19, 2021

Prof. Daniel Holz comments on new recalculation of Cygnus X-1’s mass in New York Times


Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards recognize UChicago students

February 19, 2021

The Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS. Awardees are honored with a Chambliss medal or, in the case of honorable mention, a certificate. Five graduate and undergraduate students from the Astronomy & Astrophysics Department won awards or honorable mentions.


Asst. Prof. Edwin Kite discusses challenges the Perseverance Rover must overcome to land on Mars on FOX 32

February 19, 2021

Asst. Prof. Edwin Kite discusses challenges the Perseverance Rover must overcome to land on Mars on FOX 32.


Dark Energy Survey finds new evidence for emerging way to measure dark matter

February 19, 2021

Yuanyuan Zhang, an astrophysicist with the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, led a study with Dark Energy Survey data of how light from inside galaxy clusters may be linked with dark matter.


McMahon lab uses new metamaterials for studying the oldest light in the universe

February 19, 2021

Experimental cosmologist and Assoc. Prof. McMahon and his students developed a new metamaterials-based antireflection coating for the silicon lenses used in cameras that capture the oldest light in the universe.


Math Institute workshop focuses on how math and statistics can help address climate change

February 16, 2021

Leaders in mathematics, statistics, and atmospheric sciences will discuss how mathematical and statistical tools can help understand the dynamics of climate change and its impacts on society. The workshop will take place online March 1-5, 2021; registration closes on February 25.
 


New Scientist interviews Dan Hooper: What happened at the big bang?

February 15, 2021

New Scientist filmed an interview with Dan Hooper: What happened at the big bang? The search for dark matter, cosmic inflation, and other mysteries from the beginning of time.


Random twists of place: How quiet is quantum space-time at the Planck scale?

February 15, 2021

Random twists of place: How quiet is quantum space-time at the Planck scale? Prof. Craig Hogan shares an update on the reconfigured Fermilab Holometer.


Ceramic chips inside meteorites hint at wild days of the early solar system

February 10, 2021

Ceramic chips inside meteorites hint at wild days of the early solar system. Using complex equipment in Nicolas Dauphas' Origins Lab, including a one-of-a-kind patented purification system that the team developed, Justin Hu measured the isotopes for eight different elements inside the chips.


Prof. Josh Frieman awarded American Astronomical Society Fellowship

February 10, 2021

Prof. Josh Frieman has been awarded an American Astronomical Society Fellowship in recognition of his significant theoretical contributions to inflationary cosmology and dark energy theory and his contributions to optical surveys.


Meet Financial Mathematics student, Mingyue Wang

February 8, 2021

Mingyue Wang grew up in Hangzhou, China. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Fordham University. This is her second quarter as a student in the Financial Mathematics master’s program. She is currently taking Portfolio Theory & Risk Management, Numerical Methods of Option Pricing and Hedging, Stochastic Calculus, and Machine Learning in Finance.


Four decades and millions of stars later, Sloan Digital Sky Survey co-founder retires

February 8, 2021

Prof. Richard Kron's legacy includes helping to conceive and lead one of the most influential projects to map the sky, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, as well as the creation of the astrophysics major at UChicago and the project to digitize and explore the scientific potential of 100-year-old photographic images of the sky from the Yerkes Observatory. 


With $3.75M in support, PSD Fellowship Challenge exceeds fundraising goal

February 5, 2021

The PSD Fellowship Challenge to support incoming graduate students in 2020-2021 surpassed its goal to raise a total of $3.75 million. Thank you to all our supporters!


Geoscientist Elisabeth Moyer explains the impact of Keystone XL Pipeline decision on FOX 32

February 5, 2021

Geoscientist Elisabeth Moyer joined FOX 32 news to explain the environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline and what the president's decision will mean for renewable energy proponents.


Computer scientist Marshini Chetty works to bridge the gap between science and humanity

February 3, 2021

Computer scientist Marshini Chetty works to bridge the gap between science and humanity