News

2019

Scientist’s work on knotted vortices featured by PBS host of Physics Girl, Dianna Corwen

May 31, 2019

Picture of Knotted Vortex taken in Irvine Lab

William Irvine, professor of physics, appears on Physics Girl to explain the process of creating knotted vortices, a phenomenon that occurs with airplanes during takeoff, by accelerating 3D-printed models in water. 


Scientists recreate a cell division outside a cell for first time

May 31, 2019

Picture of heart muscle cell with bundles of actin filaments and bands of myosin

Margaret Gardel, professor of physics at the University of Chicago, led an innovative new study, which for the first time recreates the mechanism of cell division—outside a cell. The experiment published May 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, helps scientists understand the physics by which cells carry out their everyday activities, and could one day lead to medical breakthroughs, ideas for new kinds of materials or even artificial cells. 


PSD in the News - May 2019

May 31, 2019

Picture of heart muscle cell with bundles of actin filaments and bands of myosin

This month, PSD community members have been featured for their work discovering the first-ever pockets of seawater preserved from the last Ice Age, recreating the mechanism of cell division outside the cell, and more. In case you missed it, review our news headlines from May 2019.


UChicago physicists to study macroscopic quantum phenomena as part of the Simons Collaboration

May 28, 2019

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Dam T. Son, University Professor in the Department of Physics, and Michael Levin, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, have been awarded a Simons Foundation grant as part of the newly established Simons Collaboration on Ultra-Quantum Matter.


Norman Maclean Faculty Award

May 24, 2019

Prof. Karl Freed

The UChicago Alumni Association has awarded Karl Freed, Henry G. Gale Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, theNorman Maclean Faculty Award for his research contributions, mentorship, and service as former Director of the James Franck Institute.


Scientists discover ancient seawater preserved from the last Ice Age

May 24, 2019

Clara Bl├Ąttler with ancient seawater

Assistant professor in the Department of Geophysical Sciences, Clara Blättler, led a study that recently announced the discovery of the first-ever pockets of seawater dating to the last Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, tucked inside rock formations in the middle of the Indian Ocean.


PSD Spotlight: Jonathan Rodriguez

May 23, 2019

Jonathan Rodriguez

Jonathan Rodriguez is June 2019's PSD spotlight for exemplifying the core value of holding ourselves accountable and honoring commitments.


Three third-year students awarded Barry Goldwater Scholarships

May 16, 2019

Maritha Wang and Nikhil Pandit

Third-year undergraduate students, Keir Adams, Nikhil Pandit and Maritha Wang, have received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarships, awarded annually based on academic merit in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.


University of Chicago announces recipients of honorary degrees this year

May 15, 2019

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Four distinguished scholars have been named recipients of honorary degrees this year.


UChicago grants long-delayed doctoral degree to Cheryl Sundari Dembe

May 14, 2019

Cheryl Sundari Dembe receiving her doctoral degree

Cheryl Sundari Dembe received her doctorate degree in Chemistry 48 years after leaving the university due to gender discrimination.


Northwestern University joins Chicago Quantum Exchange

May 14, 2019

A student during quantum research

Northwestern University became the newest member of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, a growing intellectual hub for the research and development of quantum technology.


Meet James Callahan

May 9, 2019

James Callahan

James Callahan’s hometown is Boston, Massachusetts. He completed a BA in chemistry and physics at Harvard University and then taught high school physics for two years on the North Shore of Boston. Most recently, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at Harvard. He’s now in his second year of pursuing a PhD at the University of Chicago in chemistry.


Meet Emily Smith

May 9, 2019

Emily Smith

Emily Smith was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas and earned a BS in physics and computer science. She’s currently in her second year of pursuing a PhD in physics at the University of Chicago.


UChicago BIG program funds ambitious, risky scientific research

May 9, 2019

Scientists collecting samples from 
Lake Michigan

Assistant Professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences, Maureen Coleman, and microbiologist Sean Crosson use water samples from Lake Michigan to study the genes of model microbes in their natural habitats.


Scientists design method to build molecules that could be drugs—in half the steps

May 9, 2019

Molecule building

A study by University of Chicago chemists offers a new approach that could significantly cut the time and effort needed to make molecules that are important for pharmaceuticals in half.