News: 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.


Donna Elbert is receiving recognition for her work with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

September 18, 2022

Donna worked for many years as a calculator for Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and as a department administrator.

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

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.

UChicago Alumnus Professor Arnab Rai Choudhuri selected as 9th Laureate of Chandrasekhar Prize of Plasma Physics

September 12, 2022

Professor Arnab Rai Choudhuri has been selected as the 9th (2022) Laureate of the Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Prize of Plasma Physics, which is awarded to scientists who have made seminal or pioneering contributions in the field of plasma physics.

“Scientists Find Bizarre ‘Water-Rich’ Worlds Around Red Dwarf Stars”,  by Becky Ferreira,

September 9, 2022

Rafael Luque, a postdoctoral scholar and astronomer at the University of Chicago, and Enric Pallé, an astronomer at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and the University of La Laguna, present tantalizing new evidence that these systems contain strange water-logged worlds, as well as rocky and gas-rich planets, that “could potentially be habitable if the appropriate conditions are met,” according to a study published on Thursday in Science. 


“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.

“Black hole collisions could help us measure how fast the universe is expanding”,  UChicago News, by Louise Lerner

August 16, 2022

In their new paper, Holz and first author Jose María Ezquiaga suggest that they can use our newfound knowledge about the whole population of black holes as a calibration tool.

“$205 Million Investment Accelerates Construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope”, GMTO News

August 5, 2022

Funding round represents one of the largest in project history, with investments from Carnegie Institution for Science, Harvard University, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), The University of Texas at Austin, University of Arizona, University of Chicago

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

Congratulations to Dr. Taylor Hoyt

July 14, 2022

Congratulations to Taylor Hoyt for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on “The Tip of the Red Giant Branch and its Application to Measurements of the Hubble Constant”.

Congratulations to Graduate student Abby Lee

July 14, 2022

Graduate student Abby Lee has been awarded the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) grant

“NASA’s new flagship telescope just released its beautiful first images of the universe”, UChicago News, by Louise Lerner

July 12, 2022

Nebulas, galaxy clusters among first batch of images from James Webb Space Telescope, successor to Hubble

Congratulations to Dr. Meng-Xiang Lin

July 12, 2022

Congratulations to Meng-Xiang Lin for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on “Seeking Solutions for the Hubble Tension”.

Congratulations to Dr. Dimitrios Tanoglidis

July 12, 2022

Congratulations to Dimitrios Tanoglidis for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on “Shedding light on the Low-Surface-Brightness Universe with Galaxy Surveys and Machine Learning”.