News: Faculty


Scientists call for ‘major initiative’ to study whether geoengineering should be used on glaciers

July 15, 2024

Graphic of a glacier melting

Propelled by UChicago’s Climate Systems Engineering initiative, a group of scientists has published a landmark report. It represents the first public effort by glaciologists to assess potential technological interventions that could help address catastrophic sea-level rise scenarios.

Eight books to add to your summer 2024 reading list

July 15, 2024

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The 2024 winners of UChicago’s annual Quantrell and PhD Teaching awards share their summer reading recommendations.

Universities don’t want AI research to leave them behind

July 15, 2024

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With the rapid development of AI technologies in the private sector, universities are expanding their research to participate in the conversation. Professor Hoffman, chair of the Computer Science Department, comments on UChicago's computing infrastructure.

AI’s energy demands are out of control. Welcome to the internet’s hyper-consumption era.

July 15, 2024

Person using AI on their computer

Generative artificial intelligence tools, now part of the everyday user experience online, are causing stress on local power grids and mass water evaporation. Assistant Professor of Computer Science Junchen Jiang comments on the relationship between AI’s carbon footprint and its energy consumption. 

The uncertainties of climate change

July 15, 2024

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How can we incentivize the private and public sectors to develop and deploy solutions to climate change, while accounting for uncertainties? This episode of The Pie covers a panel discussion among professors David Keith of GeoSci at UChicago, Franklin Allen of Imperial College in London, and José Scheinkman of Columbia. Nobel laureate Lars Peter Hansen moderates the conversation.

How will the rise of AI in the workplace impact liberal arts education?

July 15, 2024

Students doing homework with their computers

As questions mount regarding how AI tools will impact higher education, some experts believe that candidates with skills such as critical thinking and creativity will be at an advantage. UChicago Professor Rebecca Willett comments on the role that individuals with a liberal arts education will play in training and developing AI models.

Improved RNA editing expands gene therapy capabilities

July 15, 2024

RNA sequence

New research by Hao Yan and Weixin Tang at the University of Chicago explores the capabilities of an evolved bacterial adenosine deaminase, DECOR, to enhance RNA editing technology. This advancement will expand gene therapy efficiency by successfully targeting and editing disease-causing RNA sequences.

Sanctuary AI marks $140 million in funding for ‘humanlike’ robots

July 15, 2024

A robot shaking hands with a human

New investments in AI-powered robots are bound to significantly expand their role in everyday life and the workplace. Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Sarah Sebo, discusses how AI will enhance the reliability and skills of robots.

How a ‘once in a century’ broadband investment plan could go wrong

July 15, 2024

woman in a meeting with slow internet

To address inequitable internet access, California is preparing to fund an ambitious broadband project. However, advocates are concerned about the reliability of the maps that will determine the allocation of these funds. In Illinois, as similar initiatives are proposed, Alexis Schrubbe, Director of the Internet Equity Initiative, has helped develop an internet speed testing tool to assist residents' challenges to the state's broadband map.

First measurement of a nuclear recoil signal from solar neutrinos with XENONnT

July 10, 2024

Inside XENONnT’s time projection chamber

On Wednesday, July 10, at the IDM conference in L’Aquila, Italy, the XENONnT collaboration announced the first measurement of low-energy nuclear recoils from neutrinos produced by nuclear reactions inside the sun.

The University of Chicago, Chicago State University formalize partnership meant to grow collaborations, build inclusive pathways to emerging scientific fields

July 1, 2024

From left: Leslie Roundtree and Zaldwaynaka Scott (CSU); Paul Alivisatos and Christian Mitchell (UChicago)

The University of Chicago and Chicago State University deepened their partnership Monday when the universities’ respective presidents, Paul Alivisatos and Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement aims to strengthen mutually beneficial collaborations between the two institutions in the physical, social, biological, and data sciences with an emphasis on education, research, employment pathway programs, and civic engagement.

Unique data science partnership with City Colleges of Chicago offers rising professors, and their students, a more inclusive learning experience

July 1, 2024

Amanda Kube Jotte

The Preceptorship Program began in 2022 as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University and City Colleges. The partnership aims to strengthen STEM education and career opportunities and create a more diverse field of professionals entering the sciences.

Celebrating the legacy of Maria Goeppert Mayer

July 1, 2024

Maria Goeppert Mayer and colleagues

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Goeppert Mayer’s publication of the nuclear shell model. The 2024 Nuclear Structure Conference at Argonne will showcase recent experimental and theoretical advances and highlight Maria Goeppert Mayer's contribution to nuclear physics.

UChicago faculty members receive named, distinguished service professorships in 2024

July 1, 2024

Clockwise from top left: David Archer, Benson Farb, Yamuna Krishnan, Young-Kee Kim

Four Physical Sciences Division faculty members have received distinguished service professorships or named professorships. Congratulations, Profs. Archer, Farb, Kim, and Krishnan!

MIT ice flow study takes ‘big’ step towards understanding sea level rise, scientists say

June 27, 2024

ice flow on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica

Scientists have long known that melting glaciers contribute significantly to rising sea levels. However, the complex ways they move deep within are not fully understood, a process critical to understanding this melting. Two MIT researchers, including incoming GeoSci Asst. Prof. Meghana Ranganathan, have created the first usable model to analyze movements across the Antarctic Ice Sheet, looking at how ice flows in the glacier’s core.