News: 2022


A new technique to delete single atoms can speed up molecule design

May 2, 2022

Asst. Prof. Mark Levin (left) and Ph.D. student Jisoo Woo at work in the laboratory at the University of Chicago.

A new technique published by University of Chicago chemists and the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. allows scientists to quickly and easily produce new molecules of interest, to accelerate discovery by reducing the time and energy that goes into molecule design process.

Fermilab engineers develop new control electronics for quantum computers that improve performance, cut costs

May 2, 2022

A masked man holds an electronics board

Physics professor David Schuster led the University’s lab that helped with the specifications and verification on real hardware for a new system of control and readout electronics, known as Quantum Instrumentation Control Kit, or QICK. Developed with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, it has proved to drastically improve quantum computer performance while cutting the cost of control equipment.

This VR system turns you into an NPC by moving your muscles for you

May 2, 2022

Wearable system setup showing nodes prompting head movement

Yudai Tanaka, Pedro Lopes, and Jun Nishida of the Department of Computer Science are creating ways for virtual reality experiences to become more tactile. In a recent paper, they describe a system which uses electrical stimulation to control head movements of players in a VR environment.

Two PSD students awarded DOE Office of Science funds for graduate research

May 2, 2022

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Grace Chesmore, a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Physics, and Celeste Keith, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, will conduct research at Fermi National Laboratory as part of the Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program.


UChicago named in NSF $20 million CONECT Award under the forthcoming ACCESS program

April 28, 2022

A $20M NSF CONECT Award will continue to support Globus, a research data management service developed and operated by the University of Chicago, as well as staff with expertise in building open and interoperable distributed research cyberinfrastructure (CI).

Physics professor Peter Littlewood elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 28, 2022

Peter Littlewood

Peter Littlewood, Professor of in the Department of Physics, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds appointments in James Franck Institute and the College, is a Fellow of the Institute of Molecular Engineering, and was former director of Argonne National Laboratory.

PSD in the News - April 2022

April 28, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to find axion particles with new detector designs, advocate for paleobiology and evolutionary biology, and lead the S4 collaboration to design the next generation of telescopes detecting the light of the Cosmic Microwave Background.

Supernova forensics

April 28, 2022

The supernova known as 2014C took place eight years ago—but scientists are still watching and learning from its aftermath. The very faintly visible explosion is shown circled in red.

Eight years later, an explosion far out in space is still revealing secrets about the lives of stars. Vikram Dwarkadas, University of Chicago research professor of astronomy and astrophysics, comments.

The Fujita Scale, explained

April 25, 2022

University of Chicago Professor Tetsuya

A UChicago News “explainer” on University of Chicago meteorologist Ted Fujita and how he devised the Fujita Scale, the internationally accepted standard for measuring tornado severity.

Meet physics student, Elise Hinkle

April 21, 2022

Elise Hinkle

Elise Hinkle was born and brought up in Sudbury, Massachusetts. This is her second year at UChicago pursuing graduate studies in physics and working with Professor Ed Blucher. She is a member of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) Collaboration.

Laura Gagliardi elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

April 20, 2022

Laura Gagliardi

Prof. Laura Gagliardi of Dept. of Chemistry has been elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, one of the world’s oldest existing learned societies.

Scientists propose ‘BREAD’ experiment to find particles of mysterious dark matter

April 19, 2022

A researcher holds sensors being tested as part of the BREAD detector concept.

A group of scientists, including those from the University of Chicago and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, have released an innovative new design for an experiment to find dark matter. This particular detector—Broadband Reflector Experiment for Axion Detection, or BREAD— will search for one possible form, called an “axion” with different masses.

PSD Spotlight: Ben Stillwell

April 19, 2022

Ben Stillwell

The PSD April Spotlight is Ben Stillwell, research engineer manager for PSD’s Engineering and Technical Support Group (ETSG), which works with clients to plan, design, build, and test apparatus for their groundbreaking research projects. Ben is from Tampa, Florida, and has been working in this role since 2017.

Two PSD undergraduates earn 2022 Barry Goldwater Scholarships

April 19, 2022

Bernadette Miao, double majoring in chemistry and biological chemistry, and Wilson Turner, double majoring in molecular engineering and chemistry

Two PSD undergraduate students, Bernadette Miao and Wilson Turner, have received Barry Goldwater Scholarships, awarded annually based on academic merit and undergraduate research in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. 

2022 NSF Graduate Fellowships

April 19, 2022

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Seven Physical Sciences Division students have been awarded 2022 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Each fellowship provides three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. For each of the three years of support, NSF provides a $34,000 stipend and $12,000 cost of education allowance to the University.