Benson Farb awarded 2024 Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition

December 1, 2023

Benson Farb

The 2024 Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition is awarded to Benson Farb and Dan Margalit for their Princeton Mathematical Series book A Primer on Mapping Class Groups.

According to the citation, “The authors are leading researchers in group theory as well as allied areas of topology and geometry. Their expertise shines through with masterful and clear expositions of the combinatorial, algebraic, geometric and analytic viewpoints that mapping class groups enjoy...."

New understanding of oobleck-like fluids contributes to smart material design

December 1, 2023

image of ripples in water

Research led by postdoctoral scholar Hojin Kim, Prof. Stuart Rowan in Chemistry and PME, and Prof. Heinrich Jaeger in Physics and JFI on the science behind non-Newtonian fluids could lead to applications ranging from clump-free paint to wearable protective gear.

A star with six planets that orbit perfectly in sync

November 30, 2023

An artist’s illustration of the six newly discovered planets circling their star in resonance.

Dozens of articles feature Astrophysics postdoc Rafael Luque's study describing the discovery of six planets orbiting a bright star in perfect resonance 100 light-years from Earth. Explore a few of those articles sampled here.

Decoding quantum origins of the universe with next-gen telescopes

November 30, 2023

John Carlstrom

In a Forbes article, Astro Prof. John Carlstrom discusses the significance of the international CMB-S4 telescope project being designed to examine and map ancient cosmic microwave background radiation involving 400 scientists from more than 20 countries.

Big Brains: A radical solution to address climate change, with David Keith (Ep. 124)

November 30, 2023

Portrait of David Keith against a brick wall

Solar geoengineering technology holds possibilities and pitfalls, says David Keith, professor of Geophysical Sciences and founding director of the Climate Systems Engineering Initiative at UChicago.

Facebook watches your teens online as they prep for college. How Meta uses the data.

November 29, 2023

Marshini Chetty

In a USA Today article, Assoc. Prof. Marshini Chetty discusses Meta Pixel's tracking efforts on sites required for college applications, saying you could make the argument that these educational sites are “just the same as any other site,” but noting that dealing with kids raises bigger questions about tracking on the web: “Why is there the Meta Pixel? Why are there session recorders?” she said. “What is the place of that on these sites?" Doctoral Candidate Jake Chanenson says, “Some sort of comprehensive federal privacy regulation would be helpful...the last privacy act we had was in the ‘90s"

Alumni Spotlight: Get to know Emily Wenger, a 2023 CS graduate who was just named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List

November 29, 2023

Emily Wenger

Emily Wenger, a 2023 PhD graduate from Appleton, Wisconsin, is making a name for herself in a big way. She was just named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2024 for her work on Glaze: a tool that allows artists to shield their work from AI mimicry.

Three UChicago PhD students from the Department of Computer Science named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List

November 29, 2023

from left: Emily Wenger, Shawn Shan, Jenna Cryan

Fourth-year PhD student Shawn Shan and 2023 PhD graduates Emily Wenger and Jenna Cryan were chosen over 11,000 nominees for their contributions to consumer technology with the Glaze Project.

Scientists discover rare 6-planet system that moves in strange synchrony

November 29, 2023

An artist’s illustration of the six newly discovered planets circling their star in resonance.

Scientists, including Rafael Luque and Jacob Bean, have discovered a rare sight in a nearby star system: Six planets orbiting their central star in a rhythmic beat. The planets move in an orbital waltz that repeats itself so precisely it can be readily set to music. A rare case of an “in sync” gravitational lockstep, the system could offer deep insight into planet formation and evolution.

Image by Roger Thibaut (NCCR PlanetS)

LHC physicists can’t save them all

November 17, 2023

As upgrades enable the LHC to produce more and more particle collisions, physicists are using machine learning to keep up with the growing task of sorting through everything. David Miller, an associate professor of Physics and a member of the ATLAS experiment, weighs in.

Here are this year’s winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards

November 17, 2023

SAND lab logo

Crain's Chicago Business article discusses UChicago's SAND Lab's inclusion in the 2023 Chicago Innovation Awards.

Mystery over ‘alien objects’ found at the bottom of the ocean deepens after a new theory of eerie metal spheres emerges

November 17, 2023

Patricio Gallardo

KICP Fellow Patricio Gallardo discusses in a U.S. Sun article his doubts over a claim that a sphere found in the Pacific Ocean is of extraterrestrial origin.

AI can steal passwords in virtual reality from avatar hand motions

November 15, 2023

Heather Zheng

In a NewScientist article, CS Prof. Heather Zheng discusses AI's ability to figure out what someone is typing in VR meetings, saying, "You don't even need to know the person. As long as you can get in the same VR room as them, they're done."

Six PSD members named Highly Cited Researchers

November 15, 2023

Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers 2023

Six UChicago physical and mathematical scientists were named in Web of Science's 2023 report of highly cited researchers. According to Web of Science, researchers on the list have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their fields and contribute “disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge and gaining for society innovations that make the world healthier, more sustainable and more secure.” 

Three Argonne scientists inducted as Fellows of American Physical Society

November 14, 2023

Katrin Heitmann

Congratulations to Katrin Heitmann, a Senior Associate for the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, for being inducted as an American Physical Society Fellow!

Heitmann’s research currently focuses on computational cosmology, in particular, on trying to understand the causes for the accelerated expansion of the Universe, and the role of dark matter and dark energy.