News

2023

Congratulations to Dr. Georgios Zacharegkas

July 14, 2023

Congratulations to Georgios Zacharegkas for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on “Modeling the non-linear scales in Cosmology via the galaxy-halo connection with applications in DES Y3”.


Leslie Rogers won a 2023 Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award

July 6, 2023

Leslie Rogers, Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Chicago, "Investigating the Biological Potential of Moons in the Uranus System"


Congratulations to Dr. Clarke Esmerian

June 27, 2023

Congratulations to Clarke Esmerian for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on “Modeling Dust Production, Growth, and Destruction in Reionization-Era Galaxies”.


Karia Dibert has been awarded a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year

June 14, 2023

Congratulations to graduate student Karia Dibert, who has been awarded a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year.


Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Diesing

May 26, 2023

Congratulations to Rebecca Diesing for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation on “Unraveling Particle Acceleration and the Nonthermal Universe”.


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.


Aster Taylor receives prestigious Hertz Fellowship

May 24, 2023

Aster Taylor (BS, Astrophysics, 2023) is one of 15 Hertz Fellows selected for this honor, which is awarded to doctoral students who have the "extraordinary creativity necessary to tackle problems others can’t solve."


“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.


First results from DAMIC-M chosen as PRL Editors’ Suggestion

May 3, 2023

Led by PI Privitera, the DAMIC-M experiment published it’s first, world-leading results
searching for sub-GeV dark matter via electron scattering in silicon CCDs.


Congratulations to Dr. Celeste Keith!

April 24, 2023

Congratulations to Celeste Keith for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation on "OBSERVATIONAL CONSEQUENCES OF HAWKING RADIATION FROM PRIMORDIAL BLACK HOLES".


A Cosmic Merger of Science And Art for South Side Students: The South Side Science Art Contest

April 13, 2023

In early 2023, the Community Engagement Working Group in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics organized the South Side Science Art Contest, open to children K-12 who attend schools on the South Side of Chicago. Work on this initiative had started in the Autumn Quarter of 2022, following a successful proposal by the group to the PSD's Inclusive Climate Grant, a fund that supports initiatives that increase diversity or positively impact that division’s culture.


“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.