News: 2022


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 Anirudh Chiti

May 18, 2022

Anirudh Chiti won a  2021 IAU PhD Prize

Congratulations to Megan Mansfield

May 18, 2022

Megan Mansfield won a  2021 IAU PhD Prize

Congratulations to Zhijie Qu

May 18, 2022

Zhijie Qu won a  2021 IAU PhD Prize

“Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy”, UChicago News by Louise Lerner

May 12, 2022

South Pole Telescope, UChicago scientists help take historic image of Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.

Congratulations to Joshua A. Frieman

May 3, 2022

Josh Frieman elected to the National Academy of Sciences


“Supernova forensics: Eight years later, an explosion far out in space is still revealing secrets about the lives of stars”, UChicago News

April 27, 2022

Study including University of Chicago researchers analyzes aftermath of 2014 supernova

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.

Congratulations to our students received the NSF GSRFs Awards

April 14, 2022

Graduate student Alice Burington, undergraduate student Nick Corso, undergraduate student  Viraj Manwadkar, and undergraduate student Jared Siegel  received the NSF GSRFs Award.


Michael Zhang has been selected for the Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Fellowship

March 31, 2022

The Heising-Simons Foundation today announced Michael Zhang, California Institute of Technology, Astronomy Ph.D.’22, as a recipient of the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship. He is among eight fellows selected for 2022. Zhang will be joining the University of Chicago Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Fall term as a postdoctoral researcher as part of the fellowship, which was established in 2017 by the Heising-Simons Foundation, and named for the first exoplanet discovered orbiting a Sun-like star.

“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.

James Truran, pioneer in nuclear astrophysics and beloved colleague, 1940-2022

March 6, 2022

Prof. Emeritus James W. Truran, who helped lay the foundations for our understanding of how virtually all elements of the universe were created in stellar explosions, died March 5. He was 81.

Prof. Wendy Freedman named speaker for UChicago’s 2022 Convocation celebration, UChicago News

March 3, 2022

Prof. Wendy Freedman will address this year’s graduating class on the Main Quad. A renowned cosmologist, Freedman led the team that made a landmark measurement in 2001 of the Hubble constant—the rate at which the universe is expanding.

Michael Zhang, Inaugural Margarett Burbidge Prize Postdoc Fellow

March 1, 2022

Meet new Department member: Michael Zhang, Inaugural Margarett Burbidge Prize Postdoc Fellow