News: Faculty


“Discovering the highest energy particles from the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet”, PSD spotlight

October 27, 2022

Prof. Abigail Vieregg and her students build instruments to detect the highest energy neutrinos.

Congratulations to Abigail Vieregg

October 27, 2022

Abigail Vieregg received a Moore Foundation Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative Award for instrumentation development to advance the detection of the highest energy neutrinos.

KICP Senior Member Marcela Carena has been named a DOE Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellow

October 26, 2022

Dr. Marcela Carena of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory – Honored “for leadership and influential contributions to particle physics, including novel theoretical ideas and strategies for HEP experiments related to the Higgs boson, dark matter and electroweak baryogenesis, and promoting Latin American participation in DOE-hosted experiments.”

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.

Joshua A. Frieman, Chair of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

July 1, 2022

The appointment of Joshua A. Frieman, Professor, as chair of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2025.

Congratulations to Edward “Rocky” Kolb

May 24, 2022

Edward "Rocky" Kolb, Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the David N. Schramm Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, receives a Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service on June 4.

Congratulations to Joshua A. Frieman

May 3, 2022

Josh Frieman elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Prof. Wendy Freedman named speaker for UChicago’s 2022 Convocation celebration, UChicago News

March 7, 2022

Prof. Wendy Freedman will address this year’s graduating class on the Main Quad. A renowned cosmologist, Freedman led the team that made a landmark measurement in 2001 of the Hubble constant—the rate at which the universe is expanding.

“Dietrich Müller, renowned cosmic ray scientist, 1936-2021”, by Louise Lerner, UChicago News

January 18, 2022

Prof. Emeritus Dietrich Müller, a renowned experimental physicist at the University of Chicago who spent half a century building instruments to study energetic particles from space called cosmic rays, died Dec. 22 at the age of 85.

NASA gives go-ahead for $20M multi-institution balloon experiment led by UChicago scientists

January 6, 2022

University of Chicago physicist Abby Vieregg is leading an international experiment that essentially uses the ice in Antarctica as a giant detector to find extremely energetic particles from outer space. Recently approved by NASA, the $20 million project will build an instrument to fly above the Antarctic in a balloon, launching in December 2024.

Hsiao-Wen Chen named AAS Fellow

January 5, 2022

Hsiao-Wen Chen, KICP senior member and Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics , has been named 2022 American Astronomical Society Fellows. The AAS Fellows program was established in 2019 to recognize AAS members for their contributions toward the Society's mission of enhancing and sharing humanity's scientific understanding of the universe.  


“New metamaterials for studying the oldest light in the universe”, by Brianna Barbu, FermiLab News

February 17, 2021

Jeff McMahon and his team have developed new techniques for working with curved lenses instead of flat silicon wafers for CMB telescope lenses.

Interview with Dan Hooper “What happened at the big bang?”, New Scientist

February 5, 2021

For Dan Hooper, head of theoretical astrophysics at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Chicago, solving these questions involves radically rethinking what we think we know about the universe’s very early history.
Interviewed by Richard Webb, Executive Editor, New Scientist at the Royal Institution, London in Feb 2020.

Joshua Frieman named Fellow of the American Astronomical Society

February 5, 2021

Citation: "Joshua Frieman (Fermilab / University of Chicago): For significant theoretical work on inflationary cosmology and dark energy and for pioneering contributions to optical survey science."

NASA selects PUEO to Study Universe’s Secrets

January 11, 2021

PUEO is a balloon mission designed to launch from Antarctica that will detect signals from ultra-high energy neutrinos, particles that contain valuable clues about the highest energy astrophysical processes, including the creation of black holes and neutron star mergers. Neutrinos travel across the universe undisturbed, carrying information about events billions of light years away. PUEO would be the most sensitive survey of cosmic ultra-high energy neutrinos ever conducted. The principal investigator is Abigail Vieregg of the University of Chicago.