News: Faculty


“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

“XRISM satellite launches to study the universe in different colors of X-rays”, Uchicago News

September 12, 2023

Data to reveal flows of matter and energy close to black holes, elemental makeup of the universe

Leslie Rogers won a 2023 Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award

July 6, 2023

Leslie Rogers, Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Chicago, "Investigating the Biological Potential of Moons in the Uranus System"

Michael Gladders will receive a Quantrell Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching

May 24, 2023

Prof Michael Gladders will receive a Quantrell Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University next week. Mike was nominated by the students in his Astronomy Field Course, an innovative course he designed that gets astronomy majors directly engaged in research with the Magellan telescope. This is one of the highest honors for faculty at the University.

“Answering big questions at the South Pole”, PSD News

May 17, 2023

Most people seek warmer destinations for travel to escape the tough Chicago winters. Brad Benson, on the other hand, sets his sights on the South Pole nearly every year. On his list of top reasons to visit: the intense cold creating extremely low levels of moisture in the air, dryer even than the highest mountain peaks in the world. 

“Researchers get first up-close look at mysterious planet’s atmosphere”, UChicago News

May 11, 2023

Exoplanet GJ 1214b is too hot to be habitable, but likely contains water vapor.