News: Faculty


Revived technology used to count individual photons from distant galaxies

June 27, 2024

Enabled by a U.S. Department of Energy program, a collaboration of scientists from Fermilab, UChicago, NOIRLab, and other institutions demonstrated that skipper-CCD detectors can be utilized to improve cosmology research.

Simons Observatory Begins Hunt for Echoes of the Big Bang in Universe’s Oldest Light

June 5, 2024

The observatory’s four telescopes will make the most precise measurements ever taken of the cosmic microwave background and reveal information about what happened just after the universe’s birth

Wendy Freedman has been awarded the Georges Lemaître International Prize

May 30, 2024

Prof. Freedman is a Canadian-American cosmologist at the University of Chicago who works in the area of refining measurement of the Hubble Constant. She is renowned for her work on Cepheid variable stars through a Hubble Space Telescope Key Project. Her work and accomplishments are closely connected to the big-bang theory of Georges Lemaître.

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

May 28, 2024

UChicago students conduct research at Magellan Observatory as part of new field course

John Carlstrom has been awarded the Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service in the PSD

May 22, 2024

John Carlstrom, Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, the Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College, receives this prize in recognition of his critical contributions to the Physical Sciences Division and the continued success of both academic departments.

“Initial results from South Pole Telescope SPT-3G camera hint at future insights about our universe”, UChicago News

February 29, 2024

New data on the cosmic microwave background released from upgrade with 10 times more detectors

“Summary of a Life in Observational Ultraviolet/Optical Astronomy” by Donald G. York

February 9, 2024

My main science research is of an observational nature, concerning Galactic and intergalactic interstellar gas. Highlights for me included my work on the orbiting telescope Copernicus, including the discovery of interstellar deuterium; early observations of absorption associated with five-times ionized oxygen; and discoveries concerning the phases of gas in the local interstellar medium, based on previously unobservable interstellar UV spectral lines.

Dean Angela Olinto Named Provost of Columbia University

February 8, 2024

Angela Olinto, Dean of the Physical Sciences Division, and Professor in A&A, EFI, and Senior Member of the KICP will become the next provost of Columbia University.

“Scientists find an unusual star that hints at a new way stars can die”, UChicago News

January 11, 2024

Discovery by UChicago astrophysicists may change our picture of how stars explode and elements are made

John Carlstrom has been awarded the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics

January 11, 2024

University of Chicago astrophysicist celebrated for work investigating the cosmic microwave background for clues about the early universe.

Meet a new Assistant Professor: Harley Katz

January 2, 2024

Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2017

Dr. Leslie Rogers has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

January 2, 2024

Congratulations to Leslie Rogers for her promotion to tenured associate professor.


“NSF awards up to $21.4M for design of next-gen telescopes to capture earliest moments of universe”, UChicago News

October 30, 2023

Instruments would help us understand beginning, history, makeup of the universe

Professor Rocky Kolb awarded the APS Lilienfeld Prize

October 24, 2023

In an interview with APS News, Kolb discusses the Big Bang, parallel universes, and the need for public outreach.

Meet new faculty member: Jamie Law-Smith

October 3, 2023

 Assistant Professor | PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz, 2021