News: Faculty

2022

Young-Kee Kim elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 6, 2022

Young-Kee Kim is one of five UChicago scholars elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year, joining other scientists and researchers chosen in “recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”


Peter Littlewood elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 29, 2022

Academy members are world leaders in the arts and sciences, business, philanthropy, and public affairs, based across the United States and around the world. Professor Peter Littlewood was elected to Class I Section 2, Physics.


Young-Kee Kim elected as a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology

March 20, 2022

On February 17, 2022, the Korean Academy of Science and Technology elected Young-Kee Kim as a foreign member. Professor Young-Kee Kim is a global scholar in particle physics, and was recognized for her outstanding work as deputy director of the Fermilab Institute, representing a research group involving more than 700 people from 12 countries. Read the article in Korean here.


Nine University of Chicago scholars named 2021 AAAS fellows

February 6, 2022

Nine University of Chicago researchers, including the Physics Department's Prof. Edward Blucher, were named 2021 fellows of the AAAS for their distinguished contributions to the sciences.


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.

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UChicago Physicist William Irvine selected for $2 million Brown Investigator Award

March 13, 2021

The award, inaugurated this year and recognizing curiosity-driven basic research in chemistry and physics, supports the investigators’ research with $2 million over five years to their respective universities. Irvine, who researches fundamental problems in fluid dynamics and condensed matter, is one of two scientists chosen.


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