News: Newsclips


What NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has discovered in its first five years looping the sun

August 11, 2023

Artist rendition of the Parker Solar Probe in front of the sun

Spacecraft named for pioneering UChicago scientist ventures closer to the sun than humanity has ever been: the 5-year anniversary of the Parker Solar Probe launch.

Image courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben

Walter Payton grad’s study finds ‘adequate’ but not ‘equitable’ internet access at 6 CPS schools

August 10, 2023

Nick Feamster

A Block Club Chicago article details a study of internet speeds at Chicago Public Schools led by an incoming UChicago student who was assisted and mentored by computer scientist Nick Feamster.

How AI is transforming scientific research, with Rebecca Willett

August 10, 2023

Rebecca Willett

In episode 116 of the Big Brains podcast, Prof. Rebecca Willett (the Data Science Institute's faculty director of AI) discusses how AI will change science and examines the opportunities—and dangers—of this rapidly emerging technology.

In surprise discovery, NASA rover finds cracks in ancient Martian mud

August 10, 2023

NASA’s Curiosity rover

Conditions that created the cracks could have been favorable for emergence of microscopic life.

Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Physicist Jeffrey Harvey named a 2023 Dirac Medallist

August 10, 2023

Jeffrey Harvey

Congratulations to Jeffrey Harvey, the Enrico Fermi Distinguished Service Professor of Physics, for winning a 2023 Dirac Medal. The award recognizes wide-ranging contributions to string theory, a mathematical framework in fundamental physics that aims to describe the entirety of the whole universe.  

Physicists move one step closer to a theoretical showdown

August 10, 2023

Muon g-2 ring at Fermi National Laboratory

A New York Times article details the new results from Fermilab's Muon g-2 project and includes comments from astrophysicist Dan Hooper.

Image courtesy of Reidar Hahn/Fermilab, via U.S. Department of Energy

UChicago physicist Zoe Yan named 2023 laureate of the Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists

August 9, 2023

Zoe Yan

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Physics Zoe Yan for being named the 2023 laureate in the Physical Sciences & Engineering category. She is recognized for developing the first quantum gas microscope on single, ultracold molecules and applying this technique to explore important phenomena relevant to high-temperature superconductors and other quantum materials. 

Mark Levin wins BMS Unrestricted Grantee Award, grad student Jisoo Woo awarded 2023-2024 BMS Graduate Fellowship

August 9, 2023

Mark Levin (left) and Jisoo Woo

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Levin for winning the 2023 Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grantee Award and Jisoo Woo, who works as part of the Levin Group, for winning the 2023 BMS Graduate Fellowship for his achievements in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

‘Endless possibilities’: the chemists changing molecules atom by atom

August 7, 2023

Mark Levin

Associate professor of chemistry Mark Levin discusses skeletal editing, a hugely simplified way to alter matter, paving the way for world-changing innovations in personalized medicine and sustainable plastics.

The JumpMod haptic backpack makes virtual leaps more realistic

August 7, 2023

Pedro Lopes

Computer scientist Pedro Lopes discusses JumpMod, a device that helps VR users feel a more realistic experience when jumping.

UChicago scientists observe first evidence of ‘quantum superchemistry’ in the laboratory

August 7, 2023

Zhendong Zhang (left) and Cheng Chin in laboratory

A team from the University of Chicago, led by physicist Cheng Chin, has announced the first evidence for “quantum superchemistry” – a phenomenon where particles in the same quantum state undergo collective accelerated reactions. The effect had been predicted but never observed in the laboratory.

Photo by John Zich

Quantum quarterbacks: Pritzker’s a ‘geek’ for computing science that Emanuel calls ‘cutting edge of the next generation’

August 7, 2023

Gold quantum IBM computing device

Chicago Sun-Times article discusses Governor Pritzker's investment in UChicago's quantum computing research making Illinois a hub for quantum.

Two University of Chicago scientists win 2023 Energy Department Early Career Research awards

August 7, 2023

Clay Córdova

Two scientists with the University of Chicago, including assistant professor of physics Clay Córdova, have been selected for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2023 Early Career Research Program. The awardees will receive five-year grants to investigate quantum field theory and electrochemical energy storage.

Conservation paleobiology: eyeing the past to restore today’s ecosystems

August 4, 2023

Susan Kidwell paleontologist

A Knowable Magazine article discusses Prof. Susan Kidwell's discovery of brachiopods in seafloor samples as part of a wastewater monitoring program.

Physicists pushing boundaries of physics using quantum computers

August 4, 2023

A scientist working with a device to entangle sound particles

A Forbes article mentions UChicago's partnership with IBM to create a quantum computing working group for high-energy physics research.