News: Faculty


“Scientists confirm third-nearest star with a planet—and it’s rocky like Earth”,  by Louise Lerner, UChicago News

March 4, 2021

MAROON-X instrument built by UChicago team measures its first planet.
In the past two decades, scientists have discovered more and more planets orbiting distant stars—but in some sense, they’re still just dots on a map.
“It’s kind of like looking at a map of Europe and seeing the dot that’s labeled ‘Paris,’” said University of Chicago astrophysicist Jacob Bean. “You know where it is, but there’s a whole lot that you’re missing about the city.”

“Aging stars provide a new cosmological yardstick”, by Nora Bailey, PSD News

March 1, 2021

Astrophysicist and University of Chicago graduate student Abigail Lee is the lead author on a new paper that analyzed observations of light from a nearby galaxy to validate the JAGB method for measuring cosmological distances. This novel technique will allow future independent distance measurements that can help answer one of the biggest outstanding questions in cosmology: how fast is the universe expanding?

“Synergies and a supernova”,  by Sherry Byrne, UChicago Library News

February 24, 2021

Library staff, faculty, and students join forces to drive new astronomical discoveries
The University of Chicago Library continues to look to the sky in our ongoing collaborative work with Professor Rich Kron, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, exploring the use of data obtained from historical astronomical glass plates to drive new astronomical discovery. Since we last reported on the project in 2019 (“Mining historical glass slides for astronomical data”), a National Science Foundation grant, new collaborations, and detection of a likely supernova have furthered our work, strengthened our partnerships, and expanded our experiences and expertise.

New metamaterials for studying the oldest light in the universe

February 19, 2021

Richard Kron, Sloan Digital Sky Survey co-founder, retires

February 9, 2021

Dan Hooper: What happened at the Big Bang?

February 4, 2021

Joshua Frieman & Eugene Parker named Fellows of the American Astronomical Society

February 4, 2021

Roger Hildebrand, Manhattan Project veteran and ‘giant’ of physics and astrophysics, 1922-2021

January 27, 2021

Dark Energy Survey releases catalog of nearly 700 million astronomical objects to the public

January 14, 2021


Peter O. Vandervoort, astrophysicist and beloved UChicago mentor, 1935-2020

December 18, 2020

John Carlstrom named 2020 AAAS Fellow

November 25, 2020

James Truran awarded 2021 Hans Bethe Prize

October 8, 2020

Robert Rosner elected to presidency of the American Physical Society

September 23, 2020

UChicago to partner with Berkeley Lab to build next-gen cosmic microwave background experiment

September 9, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Passaglia

July 24, 2020

Congratulations to Sam Passaglia for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on "The Black Hole Window on Cosmic Inflation". Sam has accepted a postdoctoral position at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe.