News: 2022

July

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.


June

Congratulations to Dr. Rostom Mbarek

June 1, 2022

Congratulations to Rostom Mbarek for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on “Particle Acceleration, Propagation, and Detection: A Journey from the Kinetic Structure of Plasma Physics to Particle Transport on Cosmic Scales”


May

Congratulations to Dr. Huanqing Chen

May 27, 2022

Congratulations to Huanqing Chen for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation on “Probing Cosmic Reionization with Quasar Proximity Zones” (PhD Advisor: Nick Gnedin)


Kaeli Hughes won a Nathan Sugarman Award

May 26, 2022

Congratulations to Kaeli Hughes, graduate student, for winning a 2022 Nathan Sugarman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research.


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 Anirudh Chiti

May 18, 2022

Anirudh Chiti won a  2021 IAU PhD Prize


“Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy”, UChicago News by Louise Lerner

May 12, 2022

South Pole Telescope, UChicago scientists help take historic image of Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.


Congratulations to Joshua A. Frieman

May 3, 2022

Josh Frieman elected to the National Academy of Sciences


April

“Two NASA Hubble Einstein Fellows have selected KICP for their postdoctoral research”, PSD News

April 4, 2022

Two astrophysicists who have been selected for the prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) have chosen to join the University of Chicago Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) to conduct their postdoctoral research. The Fellows are Jessica Avva and Hayley Macpherson.


March

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.


January

“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.


“Twelve for dinner: How the Milky Way ‘ate’ smaller star clusters and galaxies”, UChicago News

January 12, 2022

Study including UChicago scientists creates map of nearby stellar streams and dark matter


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.  


“Massive Webb Telescope May See Close to the Beginning of Time”,  bloomberg.com

January 4, 2022

Asst. Prof. Alex Ji comments on the potential of the James Webb Telescope