News: PSD Spotlights


PSD Spotlight: Krissy Dulek

June 5, 2024

Krissy Dulek

Krissy Dulek is a Senior Grants & Contracts Administrator in the Physical Sciences Division at the Local Business Center. We interviewed Krissy about her interests and experiences.

"I spend most of my free time (and paychecks) caring for and rehabilitating animals."

PSD Spotlight: Andres Silva

May 15, 2024

Andres Silva

Andres Silva, who grew up in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side, is a Human Resources Coordinator for the Physical Sciences Division. Before joining UChicago, they were the freelance HR Coordinator for Big Ten Network in downtown Chicago. We interviewed Andres about their interests and experiences.

"Though many people know me as a tech-savvy person, I also know a great deal about auto mechanics, photo/video editing, carpentry, and music, to name a few."

PSD Spotlight: LinLin Jones

April 24, 2024

LinLin Jones

LinLin Jones, MPP’21, is a Grants and Contracts Supervisor in the Physical Sciences Division Local Business Center. She joined the University in 2019 and has a Master of Arts in Public Policy Analysis from UChicago. We interviewed LinLin about her interests and experiences.

Meet Pouya Mahdi Gholami, Computer Science

April 3, 2024

Pouya Mahdi Gholami

Pouya Mahdi Gholami, a fourth-year PhD student in Computer Science, studies adaptive operation and intelligence on energy-limited edge devices.

The science of computer security

March 26, 2024

Grant Ho in Switzerland

An interview with Grant Ho, Assistant Professor in Computer Science

In July 2023, Grant Ho joined the University of Chicago as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science. Grant, who grew up in South Florida, received a bachelor’s in computer science from Stanford University and a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley. Before joining UChicago, he was a CSE Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sysnet group at UC San Diego and a visiting researcher at Corelight Labs. We interviewed Grant about his interests and experiences.

PSD Spotlight: Britni Ratliff

February 21, 2024

Britni Ratliff

Britni Ratliff is the Director of STEM Pedagogy for the Physical Sciences Division, Associate Master for the Physical Sciences Collegiate Division, and Senior Instructional Professor in the Chemistry Department.

"It is a unique privilege to work directly with PSD students as they discover their passions and carve out their academic paths."

Behind the byline

February 14, 2024

Katrina Miller illustration

Physicist Katrina Miller, SM’18, PhD’23, revived her childhood love of writing to forge a career in science journalism.

Alumni Spotlight: Dixin Tang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UT Austin

February 9, 2024

Dixin Tang

2020 PhD graduate Dixin Tang has just begun a rewarding career at UT Austin as an assistant professor of computer science. Tang took a look back at his time at UChicago, including the professors that made a lasting impact, his involvement with ChiData, and what has made all the difference in his current role.

Meet Alice Luna, Astronomy and Astrophysics

January 31, 2024

Alice Luna

Currently a third-year PhD student in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Alice Luna has been analyzing spectroscopic data from telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory to study the metallicity distributions of ultra-faint dwarf galaxies that provide archaeological access to the first stars and galaxies.

An intellectual environment

January 15, 2024

Guillaume Bal

An interview with the new Director of the Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics

Guillaume Bal, Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, was named the Director of the Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics (CCAM), starting July 1, 2023. In this Q&A, he discusses his priorities for the committee, areas of potential growth, and his vision for collaboration.

PSD Spotlight: Josh Kurutz

January 3, 2024

Josh Kurutz

The PSD January Spotlight is Josh Kurutz, NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Facility Manager, Chemistry Department.

"My most recent but ill-fated creative project was a ballet about chemical elements."


Alumni Spotlight: Get to know Emily Wenger, a 2023 CS graduate who was just named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List

November 29, 2023

Emily Wenger

Emily Wenger, a 2023 PhD graduate from Appleton, Wisconsin, is making a name for herself in a big way. She was just named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2024 for her work on Glaze: a tool that allows artists to shield their work from AI mimicry.

PSD Spotlight: Miranda Redenbaugh

November 10, 2023

Miranda Redenbaugh with elephant

PSD's November spotlight is Miranda Redenbaugh, Assistant Director of Communications, Dept. of Computer Science

Records reveal hidden history of female astronomers at Yerkes Observatory

November 9, 2023

Astronomer at the 40-inch refractor telescope of Yerkes Observatory under the 90-foot dome.

UChicago team chronicles dozens of women who worked and made discoveries in early 20th century.

A delicate balance

November 9, 2023

Ngô Bảo Châu

An interview with the new chair of Mathematics

Ngô Bảo Châu, the Francis and Rose Yuen Distinguished Service Professor, was named the Department of Mathematics chair, starting July 1, 2023. In this Q&A, he discusses his priorities for the department, the exciting work of his colleagues, and his vision for collaboration.