News: 2023


UChicago professor wins ‘genius grant’

October 5, 2023

Rina Foygel Barber

Crain's Chicago Business reports on Prof. Rina Foygel Barber being awarded a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation.

Illinois makes play for billion-dollar National Semiconductor Technology Center

October 5, 2023

Paul Alivisatos

In an Axios article, UChicago President Paul Alivisatos comments on the combined efforts of UChicago and University of Illinois to land a new flagship federal center of advanced semiconductor research and manufacturing, saying, "We have a long and deep history of being at the forefront of the study of quantum science, physics and chemistry."

Congrats to statistician Rina Foygel Barber for winning MacArthur Fellowship!

October 4, 2023

Rina Foygel Barber

University of Chicago Prof. Rina Foygel Barber, a statistician known for her work in quantifying uncertainty, has been awarded a 2023 MacArthur Fellowship.

JWST takes a jab at the mystery of the universe’s expansion rate

October 4, 2023

Abigail Lee

Astro doctoral candidate Abigail Lee says, "The jury is still out on whether the JWST has completely eliminated crowding as a solution to the Hubble tension...analyzing the data for the rest of the 42 galaxies [that JWST plans to observe] will illuminate whether the Hubble tension is alive and real or if there are indeed just errors in the Cepheid measurements."

Predicting spin defect formation for use in quantum technologies

October 4, 2023

Giulia Galli

AzoQuantum article highlights a computational analysis led by Chemistry Prof. Giulia Galli forecasting the circumstances necessary to produce certain spin defects in silicon carbide.

For first time, scientists follow sodium and potassium inside cell organelles

October 4, 2023

Junyi Zhou at work in the laboratory

UChicago chemists create sensors to track potassium, sodium in organelles.

UChicago alum Moungi Bawendi shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovery of quantum dots

October 4, 2023

Moungi Bawendi

Research by Bawendi, PhD’88, paved way for wide use of nano-sized particles in technology.

Congrats to Geophysical Sciences professor Andrew M. Davis for winning Leonard Medal!

October 3, 2023

Andrew Davis

The Leonard Medal, the Meteoritical Society's highest honor, "recognizes Prof. Davis' fundamental contributions to meteoritics and cosmochemistry across a wide range of investigations pertaining to time scales and processes in the solar nebula and to the synthesis of the elements in stars."

New 6G networks are in the works. Can they destroy dead zones for good?

October 3, 2023

Alexis Schrubbe

Commenting on the FCC's broadband map in a Scientific American article, Director of the Internet Equity Initiative Alexis Schrubbe says, “The way that data decisions were made in the creation of this map will have ramifications for generations...this map is probably the highest-stakes data product that the federal government has ever created."

Nobel Physics Prize awarded to trio for work on electrons

October 3, 2023

Robert Rosner

In a Wall Street Journal, Robert Rosner comments on today's Nobel Prize in Physics, saying the winners have "basically created a tool that allows you to look at phenomena and timescales that we’ve never been able to explore before."

University of Chicago hosts second annual South Side Science Festival

October 2, 2023

screenshot of video showing Maanasa Raghavan giving an interview on WGN

A WGN video features Asst. Prof. Maanasa Raghavan discussing the inspiration for the South Side Science Festival.

Hands-on experience wows kids at South Side Science Festival: ‘Exposure is everything’

October 2, 2023

A child wearing blue glasses looks at a fossil with a magnifying lens

Chicago Sun-Times highlights the Second Annual South Side Science Festival.

Workers are worried about AI taking their jobs. Artists say it’s already happening.

October 2, 2023

Ben Zhao

In a Business Insider article, computer scientist Ben Zhao says the explosion in generative AI has sparked a "race to the bottom" as companies cut expenses and lay off low-level art roles, adding that "there's a lot of actual replacement going on, but many companies are just using generative AI as a way to argue for downsizing, to try to drive down costs and maximize profits."


Startup aims for real-time ‘human-level’ AI transcripts

September 29, 2023

The University of Chicago Data Science Institute

IEEE Spectrum article discusses the new AI startup Echo Labs, which was recently accepted into the new data and AI startup accelerator: Transform

David Keith on why carbon removal won’t save big oil but may help the climate

September 29, 2023

Portrait of David Keith against a brick wall

An Economist article by Prof. David Keith discusses oil company investments into carbon capture technology.