News: Faculty

2022

Leslie Rogers won a 2022 Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award

October 3, 2022

Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Heising-Simons Foundation, The Kavli Foundation and NASA are announcing awards totaling $1,045,000 to eight multidisciplinary teams of researchers from institutions across the United States and Canada in the second year of Scialog: Signatures of Life in the Universe. Each of the 19 individual awards is $55,000.


“The Webb Space Telescope Snaps Its First Photo of an Exoplanet,” by Jonathan O’Callaghan, WIRED.com

September 12, 2022

The grainy image of a “super Jupiter” is a sign of what’s to come as the telescope’s observations ramp up.


“Scientists announce first detection of carbon dioxide on a faraway planet with James Webb Space Telescope”, UChicago News, by Louise Lerner

August 25, 2022

First unequivocal detection of carbon dioxide ushers in a new era of exoplanet science.


Abigail Vieregg has been appointed the David N. Schramm Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

August 1, 2022

Abigail Vieregg, Professor in the Department of Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics, and the EFI, has been appointed the David N. Schramm Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics for a term beginning August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2025.


“Donald G. York honored for ‘exceptional vision’ in helping to found the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”, UChicago News, by Maureen McMahon

July 19, 2022

Eminent UChicago astronomer to receive 2022 George Van Biesbroeck Prize from the American Astronomical Society


Joshua A. Frieman, Chair of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

July 1, 2022

The appointment of Joshua A. Frieman, Professor, as chair of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2025.


Adina Feinstein will receive William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship

June 7, 2022

Adina’s dissertation is on a multi-wavelength investigation of young stellar and planetary systems, supervised by Jacob Bean.


Rebecca Diesing will receive William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship

June 7, 2022

Rebecca’s dissertation is on the acceleration and astrophysical impact of galactic cosmic rays, supervised by Damiano Caprioli.


“Donald G. York to receive 2022 George Van Biesbroeck Prize from the American Astronomical Society”, UChicago News by Maureen McMahon

June 1, 2022

The American Astronomical Society has announced that it will present its 2022 George Van Biesbroeck Prize to Donald G. York, the Horace B. Horton Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College. The award is presented biannually and honors a living individual for long-term extraordinary or unselfish service to astronomy.


Congratulations to Dr. Huanqing Chen

May 27, 2022

Congratulations to Huanqing Chen for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation on “Probing Cosmic Reionization with Quasar Proximity Zones” (PhD Advisor: Nick Gnedin)


Congratulations to Edward “Rocky” Kolb

May 24, 2022

Edward "Rocky" Kolb, Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the David N. Schramm Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, receives a Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service on June 4.


Congratulations to Joshua A. Frieman

May 3, 2022

Josh Frieman elected to the National Academy of Sciences


Associate Professor Jeff McMahon named co-spokesperson for the CMB-S4, PSD News

April 21, 2022

PSD scientist named co-spokesperson for international science collaboration mapping remnant light from the Big Bang.


“Eugene Parker, ‘legendary figure’ in solar science and namesake of Parker Solar Probe, 1927-2022”, UChicago News by Louise Lerner

March 16, 2022

Eugene Parker, University of Chicago Prof. Emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics, is remembered for seminal contributions to the understanding of our sun and solar system.


“196 lasers help scientists recreate the conditions inside gigantic galaxy clusters”, UChicago News by Louise Lerner

March 12, 2022

Experiments point the way to solving mystery that keeps clusters hot.