News: Faculty


Voltage-sensing protein moves in unexpected ways in Anton simulations

June 5, 2024

In a computer-generated image, lipids are shown as grey spirals; their headgroups are shown as brightly colored oblong structures. These are sandwiched between layers of water molecules shown as blue dots. Amongst the water is a smattering of ions, which

Malfunction of the proteins that sense voltage changes in our nerve cells underlies a number of human diseases throughout the body. A University of Chicago team used an Anton 2 supercomputer developed by D. E. Shaw Research and hosted at PSC to simulate a voltage-sensing protein from a primitive animal to learn how the sensor part of the protein behaves.

Could spraying sea salt into the clouds cool the planet?

June 5, 2024

A salt water solution is sprayed across a boat deck during a test of a cloud brightening system

An experiment in Alameda, CA, highlights the controversy surrounding research on altering the environment to cool the planet. GS Prof. David Keith comments.

No one really understands clouds

June 5, 2024

illustration of clouds that look like an eye

Atmospheric scientist Da Yang comments on "one of the greatest climate mysteries left."

PELICAN takes flight

June 5, 2024

The ATLAS detector at CERN

A novel algorithm that harnesses math and physics principles offers enhanced pattern recognition capabilities.

UChicago scientists invent “living bioelectronics” that can sense and heal skin

June 4, 2024

Jiuyun Shi holds a small device that integrates living cells, gel, and sensors

A flexible, adaptable, storable patch combines bacteria and sensors to interface with the body.

Flight turbulence is getting worse—what to know

May 29, 2024

Star Alliance airplane

Following the Singapore Airlines turbulence incident, climate and aviation experts provide insight into worsening turbulence trends. Geophysical Sciences Prof. Noboru Nakamura comments.

Background check websites often fail to locate criminal records

May 29, 2024

Marshini Chetty

NBC ran background checks on seven Chicago men convicted of serious crimes. In several cases, the paid background check sites we used couldn't find any record of them - criminal or otherwise. Computer scientist Marshini Chetty weighs in.

Atop a Chilean mountain, undergraduate students make cutting-edge astronomical observations

May 29, 2024

class at sunset

UChicago students conduct research at Magellan telescopes as part of new field course. This story is part of a series called UChicago Class Visits, spotlighting transformative classroom experiences and unique learning opportunities offered at UChicago.

Unveiling attention receipts: tangible reflections on digital consumption

May 29, 2024

Attention receipt box

PhD student Anup Sathya and Assistant Professor Ken Nakagaki introduce Attention Receipts, a tangible solution aimed at increasing awareness of digital consumption habits and navigating the complexities of technology's impact on human agency. Through this innovation, they seek to foster a culture of introspection in the digital age.

Scientists may have found the spot where our supermassive black hole “vents”

May 29, 2024

illustration of a cylindrical satellite in space with solar panel wings extending out to either side, with earth in the background

Chandra X-ray telescope reveals hot gas traveling along a “chimney” as it’s ejected.

Dickinson Lab maps RNA molecules with novel proximity labeling method

May 29, 2024

Shubhasree Pani

The Dickinson Lab introduced a proximity labeling method to map RNA molecules within cells. This technique, developed by graduate student Shubhasree Pani and Dr. Tian Qiu, enhances the understanding of RNA functions and cellular organization.

2024 Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service in the Physical Sciences Division

May 22, 2024

John Carlstrom

Congratulations to the 2024 recipient of the Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize: John Carlstrom!

Prize Winners for Educational Excellence 2024

May 21, 2024

students in lecture hall

This year, nine PSD instructors and students have been honored for excellence in teaching the next generation of scientists.

AI+Science Conference receives funding to expand across the next three years

May 20, 2024

Rebecca Willett

Continuing a collaboration catalyzed by generous support from the Margot and Tom Pritzker Foundation, the University of Chicago and Caltech will advance the integration of AI into scientific research and development.

UChicago announces 2024 winners of Quantrell and PhD Teaching Awards

May 16, 2024

Fred Chong (top), Sid Nagel

Fred Chong, the Seymour Goodman Professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been awarded a Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award. Sidney Nagel, the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Physics and the College, has won a Faculty Award for Excellence in PhD Teaching and Mentoring.

Congratulations, Profs. Chong and Nagel!