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.
Wendy Freedman has been elected to the Royal Society, PSD News
May 10, 2023
Wendy Freedman, John and Marion Sullivan University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, has been elected to the Royal Society, a fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. This year, 59 scientists from around the world were elected Fellows or Foreign Members of the Society for their outstanding contributions to science.
“NSF awards $52M to upgrade Simons Observatory in Chile to explore origins of universe”, UChicago News
May 9, 2023
Improvements include upgraded receiver, solar panels to power the observatory and data processing pipeline.
“Prof. Wendy Freedman to present Ryerson Lecture on ‘Our Expanding Universe’ “, UChicago News
April 5, 2023
Prof. Wendy Freedman, a leading astronomer who has made fundamental measurements of our universe, will deliver the 2023 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture on May 15 at the Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago.
Congratulations to Alex Drlica-Wagner
March 1, 2023
Congratulations to Alex Drlica-Wagner, who has been promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, part-time, in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Robert Rosner named a 2022 AAAS fellow
February 28, 2023
Robert Rosneris a theoretical physicist who since 1987 has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he is the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, as well as in the Enrico Fermi Institute, and the Harris School of Public Policy.
“Six University of Chicago researchers named 2023 Sloan Fellows”, UChicago News
February 15, 2023
Irina Zhuravleva, a Clare Boothe Luce assistant professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, has earned a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship.
The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society has selected Richard G. Kron’s collaborative research project for 2023–2024
February 14, 2023
“Capturing the Stars: Women’s Networks and the Advancement of Science at Yerkes Observatory, 1895–1940”, Richard G. Kron (Astronomy and Physics), Kristine Palmieri (Institute on the Formation of Knowledge), Andrea Twiss-Brooks (The University of Chicago Library), Emily Kern (History).
Prof. Michael Gladders is the 2022-2023 recipient of the Marian and Stuart Rice Research Award
February 8, 2023
Prof. Michael Gladders is the 2022-2023 recipient of the Marian and Stuart Rice Research Award, a U. Chicago Physical Sciences Divisional honor that provides funding for intellectually exciting and innovative research ventures that enables new directions of research.
Erik Shirokoff, astronomer who built instruments to map the universe, 1979-2023
February 3, 2023
Assoc. Prof. Erik Shirokoff, a University of Chicago astronomer who built instruments to understand the earliest ages of the universe, died Jan. 26. He was 43.
A coherent story of the Universe from galaxy and CMB surveys
January 31, 2023
Combining data from the Dark Energy Survey and the South Pole Telescope, scientists piece together a coherent story of the Universe from galaxy and CMB surveys. These are some of the most stringent tests of the standard cosmological model using cross-correlations of independent data sets.
“Robert Rosner, 2023 APS President, Takes the Helm”, APS News
January 28, 2023
Robert Rosner likes big questions.
How could nuclear power help humanity in a warming climate? How can physicists better explain their work to the public? And why are magnetic fields… well, everywhere? “The nerve of them, being so ubiquitous,” he says.
Congratulations to Prof. Leslie Rogers!
December 9, 2022
Assistant Professor Leslie Rogers has been awarded the J. and J. Neubauer Faculty Development Fellowship in the College for 2022-2023.