# News: Faculty

## 2022

### An Unexpected Twist Lights Up the Secrets of Turbulence

January 10, 2022

Having solved a central mystery about the “twirliness” of tornadoes and other types of vortices, William Irvine has set his sights on turbulence, the white whale of classical physics.

## 2021

### Professor Yau Wah becomes APS Fellow

October 28, 2021

Wah has been selected to be an APS Fellow for leadership in the experimental study of rare neutral kaon decays, in particular, the search for KL to pi0 nu nu-bar, the so-called golden mode of rare kaon decays.

Professors Aash Cleark and Liang Jiang from the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering became APS fellows as well.

### UChicago scientist Young-Kee Kim elected to presidency of the American Physical Society

September 17, 2021

Prof. Young-Kee Kim, an eminent experimental physicist at the University of Chicago, has been elected future president of the American Physical Society. She will assume the position in 2024, when she will become the ninth UChicago scientist to do so.

### Leading Xenon Researchers unite to build next-generation Dark Matter Detector

July 20, 2021

Grandi in one of the final phases of XENONnT Time Projection Chamber assembly. The next generation detector is expected to feature an active volume from 5 to 10 times larger.

### UChicago scientists harness molecules into single quantum state

May 1, 2021

Researchers have big ideas for the potential of quantum technology which all depend on a major technological feat: being able to build and control systems of quantum particles, which are among the smallest objects in the universe.
That goal is now a step closer with the publication of a new method by University of Chicago scientists. Published April 28 in Nature, the paper shows how to bring multiple molecules at once into a single quantum state.

### Graduate Student Ihar Lobach: Using Fluctuations to Measure Beam Properties

April 1, 2021

Scientists planning future particle accelerators and synchrotron light sources strive for tighter, more powerful electron beams. But as beams get narrower, it becomes harder to measure important properties. Now, Ihar Lobach of the University of Chicago and colleagues have demonstrated a new way to measure a beam’s vertical emittance more precisely than existing methods.

### Roger Hildebrand, Manhattan Project veteran and ‘giant’ of physics and astrophysics, 1922-2021

January 31, 2021

Prof. Emeritus Roger Hildebrand, who worked on the Manhattan Project as an undergraduate before conducting pioneering work in particle physics and astrophysics at the University of Chicago, died Jan. 21. He was 98.

### PUEO Selected by NASA for Pioneers Program

January 8, 2021

NASA has chosen four small-scale astrophysics missions for further concept development in a new program called Pioneers.

PUEO is a balloon mission designed to launch from Antarctica that will detect signals from ultra-high energy neutrinos. The principal investigator is Abigail Vieregg of the University of Chicago.

## 2020

### Michel Fruchart Receives Suzuki Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

December 21, 2020

Michel Fruchart has been named one of four recipients of the 2020-2021 Suzuki Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, which recognizes outstanding postdoctoral researchers. He was nominated by his supervisor, Vincenzo Vitelli, and will be recieve a \$10,000 prize.

### Linda Young, leader in X-ray sciences, pursues innovation, both in research and mentorship

July 13, 2020

Argonne physicist searches for new uses for X-ray lasers and ways to support junior scientists.

photo credit Kenneth Johnson

### XENON1T Dark matter detector picks up unexplained new signal

June 17, 2020

The XENON1T detector, tucked into an Italian mountainside to search for signs of a mysterious substance in the universe called dark matter, has picked up a new bump in the data that cannot be explained by current models.
On June 17, Evan Shockley, graduate student in the group of Professor Grandi, presented the results of a new analysis of XENON1T data searching for anomalies in the electron recoil channels.

### Professor Sidney Nagel elected to the American Philosophical Society

May 13, 2020

Professor Sidney Nagel is one of three UChicago professors and two UChicago alumni from a variety of disciplines elected to the American Philosophical Society this year. Congratulations to him for this remarkable accomplishment!

### Congratulations to Paolo Privitera

April 21, 2020

Paolo Privitera has been selected as a winner of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.

## 2019

### Congratulations to Young-Kee Kim

August 27, 2019

Professor Kim has been named the 2019 Scientist of the Year jointly by the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association (US) and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (Korea). Congratulations!