News: 2020

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!
 


Congratulations to Dr. Maya Fishbach

May 7, 2020

Congratulations to Maya Fishbach for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation on "Astrophysics and Cosmology with Gravitational Waves" (PhD Advisor: Daniel E. Holz).


April

Paolo Privitera has been selected as a winner of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

April 21, 2020

Congratulations to Prof. Paolo Privitera


March

“Leftover Big Bang light helps calculate how massive faraway galaxies are”, UChicago News

March 3, 2020

Fermilab, UChicago scientists tap South Pole Telescope data to shed light on universe

A team of scientists have demonstrated how to "weigh" galaxy clusters using light from the earliest moments of the universe - a new method that could help shed light on dark matter, dark energy and other mysteries of the cosmos, such as how the universe formed.


February

“New Solar Telescope Reveals Sun’s Surface in More Detail than Ever Before”, WTTW News

February 13, 2020

A new solar telescope in Hawaii has captured images of the sun unlike any seen before.  Professor Robert Rosner, an astrophysicist at the University of Chicago and one of the lead investigators on the project, says he’s been waiting for almost 40 years to see images like the ones recently captured.


January

“What will the next decade bring in science?”, UChicago News

January 9, 2020

"The most exciting thing is always something you haven't anticipated. In astronomy, whenever we've invented a new way to look at the sky, we discover something new that no one had ever thought of before. Our gravitational wave detectors haven't discovered anything profoundly unexpected, at least not yet."
- Daniel Holz, astrophysicist