News: 2023


How AI and quantum computing are challenging the security of our digital future

September 12, 2023

PSD against a white and turquoise background

A Newsweek article mentions UChicago researchers' success engaging in machine learning algorithm-based attacks on NIST-recommended encryption candidates.

UChicago, IIT Bombay form new science and technology partnership

September 11, 2023

Arial shot of UChicago Hyde Park campus

Collaboration to spur innovation in fields ranging from quantum to AI to data science.

Capturing the Stars: The Untold History of Women at Yerkes Observatory

September 8, 2023

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

Drawing from letters, books, journals, photographs, astronomical glass plates, and scientific tools from the University of Chicago Library’s Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, as well as materials borrowed from Yerkes Observatory, Lowell Observatory, and the Adler Planetarium, a new exhibition explores the astronomical work and lived experiences of the women who contributed to astronomical research at the Yerkes Observatory. In so doing, it also foregrounds the ways in which Yerkes Observatory was a uniquely welcoming place for women and the role communities play in the advancement of both science and individual careers.

Exhibition Dates: September 18 – ­­­­December 15, 2023
Exhibition Location: The Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Photo: Astronomer at the 40-inch refractor telescope of Yerkes Observatory under the 90-foot dome. The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

XRISM satellite launches to study the universe in different colors of X-rays

September 8, 2023

An artist’s rendering of XRISM satellite

XRISM satellite launches to study the universe in different colors of X-rays.

Image: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

Three UChicago organic chemists have been selected for 2024 ACS national awards! 

September 8, 2023

Viresh Rawal, Guangbin Dong, Mark Levin

Congratulations to...
Viresh Rawal: ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Guangbin Dong: Elias J. Corey Award for Outstanding Original Contribution in Organic Synthesis by a Young Investigator
Mark Levin: Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics welcomes Brinson Prize Fellow Daniel Gilman

September 8, 2023

Daniel Gilman

Congratulations to Daniel Gilman, who has been named a Brinson Prize Fellow at the University of Chicago in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics.


Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in STEM honors three PSD scientists

September 6, 2023

left to right: Marcela Carena, Wendy Freedman, and Angela Olinto

Congratulations to Prof. Marcela Carena, Prof. Wendy Freedman, and Dean of the Physical Sciences Division Angela Olinto! The three PSD scientists have been named Notable Women in STEM by Crain's Chicago Business.

NSF announces new award for the Synchrotron for Earth and Environmental Science facility

September 6, 2023

Tony Yu working in a lab

The NSF has awarded UChicago a $35 million contract to operate a new facility specializing in the application of a cyclic particle accelerator called synchrotron to Earth and environmental sciences.

Photo: Beamline scientist Tony Yu preparing an acoustic emission experiment for the 1000-ton multi-anvil press in the GSECARS 13-ID-D station.
Credit: Mark Rivers, University of Chicago

Women of Quantum Technology: Dr. Laura Gagliardi of the University of Chicago

September 6, 2023

Prof. Laura Gagliardi

"Quantum chemistry, a field that delves into the behavior and interactions of molecules and atoms at the quantum level, holds the key to unlocking a deeper understanding of the fundamental nature of our universe. By exploring the intricate world of quantum mechanics, scientists can make groundbreaking discoveries that have far-reaching implications in various scientific disciplines. One of these researchers is Dr. Laura Gagliardi, a chemistry and molecular engineering professor at the University of Chicago."

Read the rest at Inside Quantum Technology News.

Are we doomed?

September 5, 2023

artist's illustration of an asteroid

UChicago scholars--including PSD scientists Daniel Holz, Fred Ciesla, Robert Rosner, David Jablonski, and Elisabeth Moyer--contemplate the end of the world for an article in The Core, the College's alumni magazine.

Back to New Jersey, where the universe began

September 5, 2023

Simons Observatory in the Atacama Desert

In a NYT article, Prof. John Carlstrom comments on the Simons Observatory, saying that “as with any big project, it has many gates to get through before the construction funding is secure.”

Photo courtesy of UC San Diego

Scientists demonstrate new, improved way to make infrared light—with quantum dots

September 5, 2023

Xingyu Shen holds a device in a glass tube in Guyot-Sionnest's lab

New method from UChicago chemists, including Philippe Guyot-Sionnest, could lead to cost-effective sensors.

Photo by Jean Lachat

How Einstein, Oppenheimer and other scientists failed to convince Americans about controlling nuclear weapons

September 1, 2023

Cesare Emiliani and Harold Urey (right) in a lab.

Smithsonian Magazine article mentions the efforts of former UChicago president Robert Maynard Hutchins and Nobel Prize–winning chemist Harold Urey to convince the public to support global nuclear weapons control.

Photo: Researcher Cesare Emiliani and Harold Urey (right) in a lab. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf1-08449


Illinois universities seek EDA funding for cutting-edge tech

August 30, 2023

Chicago Quantum Exchange

Article highlights Innovate Illinois, a public-private coalition involving UChicago, and its efforts to build the state's "quantum economy."

Congratulations to Chuan He for winning the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry!

August 29, 2023

Chuan He

Elsevier and the Board of Executive Editors of Elsevier’s Tetrahedron journal series are pleased to announce that the 2023 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry has been awarded to Professor Chuan He, Department of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Photo by Jason Smith