News: 2020


Prof. John E. Carlstrom named 2020 AAAS Fellow

December 2, 2020

John E. Carlstrom, Chair and the Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, is a leading figure in the study of the cosmic microwave background—the light left over from the first few moments of the universe, has been named a 2020 AAAS Fellow.


Meet new KICP associate fellow:  Yuuki Omori

October 7, 2020

I have worked extensively with both the South Pole Telescope (SPT) and the Dark Energy Survey(DES) collaborations in the past years, and I am currently the contact person for many of the projects that involve both collaborations. I am additionally the acting organizer for the joint telecons, and I am planning to continue serving as the bridge between the two collaborations.

Meet new KICP associate fellow:  Susmita Adhikari

October 7, 2020

My work over the past few years has focussed mainly on cluster scale physics from a theoretical and observational perspective.

Congratulations to Grayson Rich

October 7, 2020

He has accepted a position as a Consultant at Bain & Company in Chicago, and in this capacity he will focus on strategy and management.


Two $5 million gifts to support Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, name directorship for Prof. David N. Schramm

September 29, 2020

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) has secured $10 million in new funding through two gifts: a $5 million gift from an anonymous alumnus and his wife and a match of $5 million from The Kavli Foundation. The first gift will name the directorship of the Institute in memory of Prof. David N. Schramm, a legendary professor of theoretical astrophysics at the University of Chicago.

Meet new KICP associate fellow: Anowar Shajib

September 22, 2020

My principle research interest is gravitational lensing and observational cosmology. I am currently working with Professor Tommaso Treu on time-delay cosmography.

Meet new KICP fellow: Keisuke Inomata

September 22, 2020

My research interests lie in Cosmology. So far, I have studied the early Universe in terms of primordial black holes (PBHs), gravitational waves (GWs), cosmic microwave background (CMB), and big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN).

Meet new KICP fellow: Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil

September 22, 2020

Burcin is a lead member of several large-scale imaging surveys, and uses observations of small and faint (dwarf) galaxies to study the smallest dark matter halos, and how they get populated with stars.


Meet new KICP fellow: Evan McDonough

August 21, 2020

I am a theoretical astrophysicist, working at the interface of astrophysics, cosmology, high energy theoretical physics, and particle physics.

Meet new KICP fellow: Lucas Secco

August 21, 2020

I am a Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher at UChicago, where I actively participate in the Survey Science group.

Meet new KICP fellow: Michael Zevin

August 21, 2020

My research revolves around ways we can investigate the lives and deaths of stars using observations of gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of spacetime that emanate from extreme systems in the universe such as merging black holes and neutron stars.


Congratulations to Dr. Sam Passaglia

July 24, 2020

Congratulations to Sam Passaglia for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on "The Black Hole Window on Cosmic Inflation". Sam has accepted a postdoctoral position at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe.

Congratulations to Dr. Philip Mansfield

July 22, 2020

Congratulations to Philip Mansfield for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on "Why Do Dark Matter Halos Die Together? An Intergalactic Murder Mystery". Philip has received a position of a KIPAC fellow at Stanford University.


“Dark matter detector picks up unexplained new signal”, UChicago News

June 17, 2020

XENON1T data could be either evidence of new particle physics or unexpected contaminant.

Prof. Paolo Privitera won a Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award

June 9, 2020

“Finding who you are, what you do best and what you enjoy doing will bring you in the right direction—in research, and more broadly, in life,” says Prof. Paolo Privitera. “For this reason, I do not rush the students to focus on a single big project when they start working with me.”