News: 2022

June

Young-Kee Kim and Edward “Rocky” Kolb Receive Prize for Exceptional Service in PSD

June 14, 2022

The 2022 recipients of the Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service in the Physical Sciences Division are Young-Kee Kim and Edward "Rocky" Kolb.


Abigail Vieregg appointed Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

June 10, 2022

Abigail Vieregg, Associate 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. Rocky Kolb will continue as the David N. Schramm Director of KICP through the end of July.


Colin Scheibner Receives Harper Dissertation Fellowship

June 10, 2022

Colin Scheibner, a graduate student of Professor Vincenzo Vitelli, has received a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship in the PSD for the 2022-2023 academic year.  This award, one of the University of Chicago’s highest honors, is given in recognition of Colin's record of achievement and professional promise.


May

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.”


Grace Chesmore one of two students awarded DOE Office of Science funds

May 4, 2022

Grace Chesmore, a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Physics, and Celeste Keith, a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, will conduct research at Fermi National Laboratory as part of the Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program.


April

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.


Meet Elise Hinkle

April 23, 2022

Elise Hinkle is in her second year at UChicago pursuing graduate studies in physics and working with Professor Ed Blucher, and is a member of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) Collaboration. We interviewed Elise about her experiences below.


Margot Young Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 10, 2022

Undergraduate student Margot Young has recieved an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a five-year fellowship providing three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000, in addition to a $12000 educational allowance to the institution.


March

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.


Argonne and DOE programs guide physics student Buduka Ogonor’s pathway into scientific career

March 13, 2022

As a child, Buduka Ogonor would look out at the night sky and wonder about the physics behind neutron stars and black holes. Today, as a fourth-year student in the College at UChicago, Ogonor has continued to explore his fascination with physics through two programs at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.


Fifth-year Physics Student Savannah Gowen Wins MRSEC Science Slam

March 13, 2022

Award-winning film presentation by Savannah Gowen demonstrates how training materials can be used to induce desired properties.


February

UChicago scientists create strange quantum ‘domain walls’ in laboratory

February 12, 2022

University of Chicago researchers at Chin Lab discovered how to create and manipulate a quantum phenomenon known as a "domain wall" - shown in this image as the lighter line between two groups of atoms. (Image adapted and color added from experiment data.)


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.


January

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.