UChicago’s “Big Brains” podcast features cosmologist Daniel Holz in latest episode

January 22, 2019

Prof. Daniel Holz

All around us in the universe, black holes are smashing into each other with tremendous force. These events are so powerful that they cause ripples in the fabric of space-time—and these ripples, called gravitational waves, travel hundreds of millions of light-years across the universe.

Arūnas Liulevičius, mathematician and beloved UChicago teacher, 1934-2018

January 17, 2019

Arūnas Liulevičius

For the nearly four decades that Prof. Arūnas Leonardas Liulevičius taught mathematics to undergraduates at the University of Chicago, he was regularly approached by former students telling him he had inspired them to pursue majors or careers in the field after taking his classes.

Mathematician Wins Prestigious Wolf Prize

January 17, 2019

Prof. Greg Lawler

Gregory Lawler, the George Wells Beadle Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, has earned the prestigious Wolf Prize for his contributions to research on stochastic processes.

Undergraduate honored by Association for Women in Mathematics

January 14, 2019

Naomi Sweeting

Naomi Sweeting, a fourth-year in the College, has been awarded the Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, given annually by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) to an undergraduate woman for excellence in mathematics.

Astronomer Receives Lifetime Service Award

January 11, 2019

Donald York

Donald York, the Horace B. Horton Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, won this year’s Royal Astronomical Society Service Award for his lifetime contribution to astronomy.

UChicago graduate student helps discover rare exoplanet using Kepler data

January 10, 2019

A newly discovered exoplanet

Although NASA's Kepler space telescope ran out of fuel and ended its mission in 2018, citizen scientists, including UChicago graduate student Adina Feinstein, have used its data to discover an exoplanet 226 light-years away in the Taurus constellation.

Nancy Grace Roman, ‘mother of Hubble,’ 1925-2018

January 3, 2019

Nancy Grace Roman

Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief of astronomy and one of the first women executives for the agency, died at the age of 93.


Meet Gabriel Vargas

December 20, 2018

Gabriel Vargas

Gabriel Vargas grew up in San José, Costa Rica. He received a Licenciatura (Bachelor’s plus professional degree) in microbiology and clinical chemistry and a Master’s degree in microbiology from the University of Costa Rica. He is now pursuing a PhD in geophysical sciences with a concentration on microbiology. We interviewed him about his experiences at the University of Chicago.

Meet Margaret Nichols

December 18, 2018

Margaret Nichols

Margaret Nichols grew up in Minneapolis, MN. She received her BA in math with a minor in computer science from Oberlin College. She is now pursuing her PhD in mathematics with a focus on geometric topology and the study of 3-manifolds. We interviewed her about her experience at the University of Chicago.

PSD’s Research and Innovation Milestones of 2018

December 17, 2018

Parker Solar Probe takeoff

This past year brought us the launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe, named after Prof. Emeritus Eugene Parker, the next generation South Pole Telescope, metal-organic nanoflowers to treat cancer, and more. Here is a look back at ten highlights in research and innovation in the PSD.

Meet Rupak Gupta

December 13, 2018

Rupak Gupta

Rupak Gupta grew up in Delhi, India. He received a bachelor's in engineering from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Delhi University and master’s in financial mathematics at UChicago. We interviewed him about his experience at UChicago.

Meet Becca Thompson

December 11, 2018

Becca Thompson

Becca Thompson grew up in Evanston, IL. She attended Amherst College and worked in healthcare technology for two years before starting at the University of Chicago. She’s now pursuing a PhD in chemistry. We interviewed her about her experience at the University of Chicago.

Meet Bernard Dickens III

December 6, 2018

Bernard Dickens III

Bernard Dickens III is a Chicago native. He received a BS in computer science from Morehouse College and is now pursuing a PhD. We interviewed him about his experiences at the University of Chicago.

Meet Rebecca Diesing

December 4, 2018

Rebecca Diesing

Rebecca Diesing grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her BA from Northwestern and is now pursuing a PhD in astrophysics. We interviewed her about her experiences at the University of Chicago.

Meet Chris McKennan

November 29, 2018

Chris McKennan

Chris McKennan was born in New York City and grew up in New Canaan, CT. He earned his undergraduate degree in math and physics from Cornell University. He is now pursuing a PhD in statistics. We interviewed him about his experiences at the University of Chicago.