News: 2021

July

“Event Horizon Telescope takes pioneering image of massive jet spewing from black hole”, UChicago News

July 26, 2021

UChicago-led South Pole Telescope helps pinpoint location of supermassive black hole in galaxy Centaurus A


June

Congratulation to Astrophysics Class of 2021!

June 17, 2021

Students’ final year of undergraduate study is filled with opportunities to make fond memories while preparing for life after their time at the College.


“Solving the biggest mysteries of our universe, with Dan Hooper”,  UChicago News

June 3, 2021

Cosmologist discusses what happened after the Big Bang, ‘breaking’ the Standard Model of Physics


“Dark Energy Survey releases most precise look yet at the universe’s evolution”, UChicago News

June 1, 2021

The Dark Energy Survey mapped an eighth of the night sky from a mountaintop in Chile.


May

Congratulations to Chihway Chang, Brian Nord, and Lindsey Bleem

May 27, 2021

Congratulation to the winners of the Department of Energy Early Career Awards:  Chihway Chang, Brian Nord, and Lindsey Bleem.

 


“UChicago announces 2021 winners of Quantrell and Graduate Teaching Awards”, UChicago News

May 26, 2021

Prof. Daniel Fabrycky received a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship


“A UChicago astronomer’s decades-long quest to map millions of stars”,  by Natalie Lund, UChicago News

May 22, 2021

Sloan Digital Sky Survey founder Richard Kron leaves legacy of scientific discovery and education


Congratulations to Gourav Khullar

May 4, 2021

Gourav Khullar, graduate student,  has been awarded a Physical Sciences Teaching Prize for 2020-2021.


April

Congratulations to Angela Olinto

April 26, 2021

Angela Olinto has been elected to the American Academy of  Arts & Sciences and to to the National Academy of Sciences.


PSD climate grants foster belonging while socially distanced

April 14, 2021

A safe space for EDI in A&A: Back in 2017, a group of graduate students and postdocs from the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics created IDEA, or Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Astronomy.


Jazmine Jefferson has been awarded a 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 6, 2021

Jazmine Jefferson is a second year PhD student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.


March

Associate Professor Daniel Fabrycky won the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

March 22, 2021

Dan Fabrycky has been selected as a winner of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. Dan will receive the prize and recognition during Convocation Weekend.


“Using powerful lasers, scientists recreate how magnetic fields grow in clusters of galaxies”, by Louise Lerner, UChicago News

March 16, 2021

 “This work blazes a path to laboratory investigations of a variety of astrophysical processes mediated by magnetized turbulence,” said Don Lamb, the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago and principal investigator of the Turbulent Dynamo team National Laser User’s Facility project. “It’s truly exciting to see the scientific results that the ingenuity of this team is making possible.”


“The solar wind, explained”, by Louise Lerner, UChicago News

March 11, 2021

The solar wind is a flow of particles that comes off the sun at about one million miles per hour and travels throughout the entire solar system. First proposed in the 1950s by University of Chicago physicist Eugene Parker, the solar wind is visible in the halo around the sun during an eclipse and sometimes when the particles hit the Earth’s atmosphere—as the aurora borealis, or northern lights.


Major step for UChicago partnership: “Engineering Marvel: Sixth Mirror Cast for Giant Magellan Telescope”, GMTO News

March 5, 2021

The Giant Magellan Telescope announces fabrication of the sixth of seven of the world’s largest monolithic mirrors. These mirrors will allow astronomers to see farther into the universe with more detail than any other optical telescope before.