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In the News – February 2022

February 24, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to read out a qubit on demand and set a record for preserving quantum states for more than five seconds, to revolutionize the field of 2D materials with a technique to cut and stack fragile sheets of nanomaterials, and to demonstrate ultracold atoms can segregate into separate domain states.

Smithsonian to feature KICP fellow Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil among 120 statues celebrating women in STEM

February 14, 2022

Women scientists stand next to orange statues of their likenesses, on a green field, because the installation is headed to the National Mall

A statue of KICP postdoctoral fellow Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil will be featured in The Smithsonian’s Women’s History Month presentation of “#IfThenSheCan - The Exhibit,” a collection of 120 statues of women in STEM that will be on display in the Smithsonian gardens March 5–27. 

‘Science as Art’ contest calls for your images from UChicago research

February 14, 2022

A gloved hand holds tweezers gripping a photo depicting the UChicago Phoenix Shield.

University Communications invites all members of the UChicago community to submit images from their scientific research for a “Science as Art” contest. The deadline to enter is March 15.

In the News - January 2022

January 27, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to mitigate the noise problem on quantum computers, to use doppler calculations to make a new map of twelve streams of stars orbiting our galactic halo, and to improve control over vacancies in silicon carbide used for quantum devices.


UChicago workshop highlights internet frontiers and opportunities

December 3, 2021

Portrait of Vickie Robinson of Microsoft

A gathering hosted by the University of Chicago and the University of California, Santa Barbara, brought together experts from industry, government, and academia for panels and conversations around internet equity and access.

Watch Prof. Marcela Carena, Dept. of Physics, deliver the Harper Lecture, “The Unseen Universe”

November 30, 2021

Portrait of Prof. Marcela Carena and logo for Harper Lecture series

Marcela Carena is a professor of physics at the University of Chicago and a member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. On Oct. 26, she delivered the virtual Harper Lecture, “The Unseen Universe: How It Impacts the World We See,” with introductions from Dean Angela V. Olinto.

PSD in the News - November 2021

November 18, 2021

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to invent chemical haptics, to detect internet censorship in real time, and to extract water from the air of even the driest deserts.

Second Annual PSD Staff Awards honors three members for dedication and hard work

November 18, 2021

11 PSD members shown clapping at an awards ceremony on Zoom

On Tuesday, November 16, members of the University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division attended the Second Annual PSD Staff Awards. The virtual gathering honored staff members nominated by their divisional peers, colleagues, students, and supervisors for their dedication, hard work, and commitment to the PSD. Winners included Mat Wimberly, Dept. of Mathematics, Out of the Box Award; Sierra Sterling, Dean of Students Office, Bridgebuilder Award; and Karin Czaplewski, Dept. of Computer Science, Keystone Award.

PSD in the News - October 2021

October 28, 2021

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to create materials that can move and block heat, use a massive accelerator to analyze dust from an asteroid, and build wearable devices for signing ASL and playing piano.

Chicago Quantum Summit will gather leaders Nov. 4 to help build quantum ecosystems

October 28, 2021

Illustration of high energy physics at the quantum scale

On Nov. 4, the fourth annual Chicago Quantum Summit will bring together academic, government, and industry leaders to discuss how the field can strengthen and expand the quantum ecosystem, on local and global scales.

Two geophysical sciences faculty selected for early career awards by AGU

September 15, 2021

Malte Jansen and Clara Blattler, winners of early career awards from American Geophysical Union

Two University of Chicago faculty in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences were among 28 honorees selected for 2021 early career awards by the American Geophysical Union. Associate Professor Malte Jansen, a physical oceanographer, was selected for the 2021 Ocean Sciences Early Career Award for “significant contributions to oceanography.” Assistant Professor Clara Blättler, an isotope geochemist, was selected for the Nanne Weber Early Career Award recognizing “significant contributions to paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.”

Ten papers at CHI 2021 flourish frontiers of HCI research at UChicago CS

May 18, 2021

A woman wearing virtual reality goggles walks through an illustrated depiction of what her goggles show her, with the conference logo for CHI 2021.

Computer Science participated in CHI 2021, a Human Computer Interaction conference, with an emerging group of UChicago faculty and student researchers representing the many different corners of HCI. This year, ten UChicago papers were accepted to the prestigious conference, with one receiving a Best Paper Award (given to the top 1 percent of submissions) and three others receiving Honorable Mentions (top 5 percent).

DeepTechU venture conference to showcase 48 investor-ready companies, April 20–22

April 15, 2021

Poster for the Deep Tech U conference featuring arrow shaped slices of green, indigo, purple, and black

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of DeepTechU, a venture conference showcasing deep tech innovation and 48 investor-ready companies from universities and national labs. The virtual conference will take place April 20-22, 2021, and will feature quick pitches as well as discussions with industry experts and entrepreneurs. Look for exciting PSD start-ups among the line up.

Celebrate Earth Week at the University of Chicago

April 14, 2021

UChicago mascot sitting in a garden

Join UChicago this Earth Week for programming around sustainability and environmental research, education and awareness initiatives. Also, learn about the new UChicago ECo.

Physics & Contemporary Art public lecture series returns

April 7, 2021

(Left) Prof. Sid Nagel (Right) Prof. Heinrich Jaeger, with UChicago shield on maroon background

A top flight of architects and structural engineers will present public lectures on some of the most innovative work being done in contemporary structural design as part of a unique physics undergraduate course offered this Spring Quarter at the University of Chicago, Physics & Contemporary Architecture (PHSC11800) taught by Professors Sid Nagel and Heinrich Jaeger. Enrolled undergraduate students, as well as the interested public, can join online for free Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. CST.