News: 2020

September

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.


August

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.


July

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.


June

“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.”


In this stressful time

June 2, 2020

We have recently received statements from Provost Lee and Dean Olinto regarding recent tragic events in Minneapolis, and indeed, throughout our country. I urge you to read these statements. Please know that, alongside the PSD and the University, the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the KICP remain committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


May

2020 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics: Andrew Fabian, Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy

May 27, 2020

Professor Andrew Fabian from Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy has been awarded the 2020 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, one of the world's most prestigious science prizes. 


Nora Shipp has been selected to receive a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship

May 20, 2020

Nora’s dissertation research is on the discovery and modeling of Milky Way stellar streams, supervised by Alex Drlica-Wagner.


Karthik Ramanathan has won a 2020 Sugarman Award

May 17, 2020

Congratulations to Karthik Ramanathan on receiving a 2020 Sugarman Award!


Philip Mansfield has won a 2020 Sugarman Award

May 17, 2020

Congratulations to Phil Mansfield on receiving the 2020 Sugarman Award!