News: 2023


Meet new CASE Associate:  Andrew P Hearin

September 15, 2023

Andrew Hearin received his Ph.D. in physics in 2012 from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a postdoc in the Theoretical Astrophysics group at Fermi National Lab, and then as postdoctoral fellow at Yale before joining Argonne in 2017.


Meet new Associate KICP Fellow:  Keith McBride

July 31, 2023

Ph.D., Physics, Ohio State University, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Georgios Zacharegkas

July 14, 2023

Congratulations to Georgios Zacharegkas for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on “Modeling the non-linear scales in Cosmology via the galaxy-halo connection with applications in DES Y3”.


Congratulations to Dr. Clarke Esmerian

June 27, 2023

Congratulations to Clarke Esmerian for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on “Modeling Dust Production, Growth, and Destruction in Reionization-Era Galaxies”.

Karia Dibert has been awarded a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year

June 14, 2023

Congratulations to graduate student Karia Dibert, who has been awarded a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year.


Michael Gladders will receive a Quantrell Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching

May 25, 2023

Prof Michael Gladders will receive a Quantrell Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University next week. Mike was nominated by the students in his Astronomy Field Course, an innovative course he designed that gets astronomy majors directly engaged in research with the Magellan telescope. This is one of the highest honors for faculty at the University.

“Answering big questions at the South Pole”, PSD News

May 22, 2023

Most people seek warmer destinations for travel to escape the tough Chicago winters. Brad Benson, on the other hand, sets his sights on the South Pole nearly every year. On his list of top reasons to visit: the intense cold creating extremely low levels of moisture in the air, dryer even than the highest mountain peaks in the world. 

Wendy Freedman has been elected to the Royal Society, PSD News

May 10, 2023

Wendy Freedman, John and Marion Sullivan University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics,  has been elected to the Royal Society, a fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. This year, 59 scientists from around the world were elected Fellows or Foreign Members of the Society for their outstanding contributions to science.

“NSF awards $52M to upgrade Simons Observatory in Chile to explore origins of universe”, UChicago News

May 9, 2023

Improvements include upgraded receiver, solar panels to power the observatory and data processing pipeline.

Meet new KICP Fellow: Cyndia Yu

May 8, 2023

Cyndia is wrapping up her PhD in physics at Stanford/SLAC working on CMB instrumentation and analysis with Chao-Lin Kuo and Zeeshan Ahmed.

First results from DAMIC-M chosen as PRL Editors’ Suggestion

May 3, 2023

Led by PI Privitera, the DAMIC-M experiment published it’s first, world-leading results searching for sub-GeV dark matter via electron scattering in silicon CCDs.


Meet new KICP Fellow: Tanvi Karwal

April 26, 2023

I’m wrapping up a postdoc at the Center for Particle Cosmology at UPenn, and will join KICP this Fall.

Meet new KICP Fellow: Brandon Roach

April 26, 2023

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2023

Meet new Associate KICP Fellow: Gabriela A. Marques

April 26, 2023

Ph.D. in Astronomy from Observatório Nacional, Brazil, 2019

PSD April Spotlight: Galen Tsongas

April 24, 2023

PSD’s April spotlight is Galen Tsongas, Event Administrator for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and KICP. Galen joined the PSD on February 1, 2023, to plan, organize, and execute events within KICP and A&A.