News: 2023


PSD in the news: May 2023

May 31, 2023

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been recognized for their pioneering discoveries, the quality and innovation of their research programs, and their unique contributions to new fields of inquiry. 

Prof. Vladimir Drinfeld wins 2023 Shaw Prize in the Mathematical Sciences

May 31, 2023

Portrait of Vladimir Drinfeld outdoors in University of Chicago Hyde Park campus

Vladimir Drinfeld, Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, wins 2023 Shaw Prize in the  Mathematical Sciences for his contributions related to mathematical physics and to arithmetic geometry. 

‘Almost magical’: chemists can now move single atoms in and out of a molecule’s core

May 31, 2023

Mark Levin, a pioneer of skeletal editing, working at a glovebox (a sealed container for hazardous or air-sensitive chemistry)

Article discusses Assoc. Prof. Mark Levin's work pioneering a technique known as "skeletal editing," the ability to precisely edit a molecule by deleting, adding or swapping single atoms in its core. 

PSD graduate students earn Physical Sciences Prizes for Teaching

May 30, 2023

Back row, left to right: Stuart Kurtz, Kapil Chandran, Anath Kamath, Harry Fossbinder-Elkins Front row: Jonathan Liu, Claire Kessler, Katelyn Feuling

Six graduate students have been awarded the Physical Sciences Teaching Prizes for 2022-23: Kapil Chandran (Mathematics), Katelyn Feuling (Chemistry), Harry Fosbinder-Elkins (Physics), Ananth Kamath (Chemistry), Claire Lessler (Physics), and Jonathan Liu (Computer Science).

UChicago announces 2023 winners of Quantrell and Graduate Teaching Awards

May 30, 2023

Collage with photos of Michael Gladders in front of a computer monitor and Bozhi Tian sitting in a brown couch, showing an important slide.

Every year, UChicago recognizes faculty members for their incredible teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. This year, Michael Gladders is one of the winners of the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards, and Bozhi Tian is being recognized with a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.  

Evaluating Anti-Facial Recognition Tools

May 30, 2023

Physical Sciences data map logo

In a study presented on May 23-26th at the 44th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, researchers at the University of Chicago developed a framework to systematically evaluate existing anti-facial recognition tools and describe how creators of similar tools can design them to be even more resilient to the evolving landscape of facial recognition.

Meet Riya Sheth, FinMath student 

May 30, 2023

Portrait of Riya Sheth

Riya Sheth is a Financial Mathematics student and has been at UChicago for six months. She has been deep diving into her coursework, which includes mathematics, computer science, finance, and data analysis. As part of her program, she has also been working with Bodhi Research Group on a project pertaining to tail-risk hedging.

PSD Spotlight: Megan Utley

May 29, 2023

Portrait of Megan Utley

PSD's May spotlight is Meet Megan Utley, PSD's Lab Safety Specialist. 

UChicago instructors, grad students honored for exemplary teaching

May 26, 2023

Kale Davis and Sam Knight

Kale Davies, Mathematics, and Samuel Knight, Chemistry, recognized for exceptional instruction of students in the College

2023 Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service in the Physical Sciences Division

May 26, 2023

Portraits of Michael J. Franklin and Dan Nicolae

The recipients of the 2023 Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service in the Physical Sciences Division are Michael J. Franklin, Liew Family Chair of Computer Science, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Computation and Data Science and Faculty Co-Director of the Data Science Institute, and Dan Nicolae, Professor in the Departments of Statistics and Human Genetics, and the Section of Genetic Medicine, and Faculty Co-Director of the Data Science Institute. 

Astronomers have spotted a once-in-a-decade supernova—and you can, too

May 25, 2023

Shown in the picture is M101, also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy. This is located about 21 million light-years away from Earth and is the home of a new supernova, the closest of the past five years.

The death throes of a massive star in the galaxy M101, located just 21 million light-years away from Earth, are entrancing professional and amateur astronomers alike

The Day Tomorrow Began: The first nuclear reaction

May 25, 2023

In 1942, Enrico Fermi and a group of scientists gathered beneath the football stands at the University of Chicago to feverishly work on a secret experiment—to achieve the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction—that would that would change the world forever.

University of Chicago joins global partnerships to advance quantum computing

May 22, 2023

quantum machinery

$100 million from IBM to help develop quantum-centric supercomputer; $50 million from Google to support quantum research and workforce development.

Answering big questions at the South Pole

May 17, 2023

South Pole Telescope winterovers Allen Foster and Geoffrey Chen during the middle of the South Pole winter.

MyChoice extern and computer science graduate student, Kevin Bryson, writes about Prof. Bradford Benson's work to develop detectors and massive telescopes that enable the study of the origins of the universe.

Study finds fascinating link between photosynthesis, supercooling of atoms

May 16, 2023

Screenshot of CBS video where you can see Chicago's skyline

University of Chicago professor David A. Mazziotti, and grad students LeeAnn M. Sager-Smith and Anna O. Schouten, explained how they discovered the link and what it could mean for the future of how we power our homes and cities.