The University of Chicago (ascending order)
- The Goldilocks zone (web exclusive): Planets originally thought too hot to sustain life might be just right.
- White coat, Greek oath (web exclusive): First-year medical students receive the symbol of the alliance between science and personal care.
- On the dark side: Astrophysicist Josh Frieman, PhD’89, works on the dark side, studying the night sky for insight into the accelerating expansion of the universe.
- Scinema (web exclusive): Science on film—educational, beautiful, creepy.
- Bare bones (web exclusive): A photographic tour through Paul Sereno’s Fossil Lab.
- About-face: Turned back toward Earth, a new telescope in space will search for the origin of high-energy cosmic rays.
- STEM study (web exclusive): Advancing science, technology, engineering, and math education through research and evaluation.
- Hologram reflection: UChicago astrophysicist Craig Hogan tests the digital nature of space.
- Small universe, big glass: Leading cosmologist Wendy Freedman trains a telescopic lens on the biggest questions in the universe.
- A singular discovery: Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves a century ago. Daniel Holz was part of the team of scientists that finally found them last fall.
- Proof of concept: Three mathematicians team up to advance Zimmer’s conjecture. Yes, that Zimmer. (A more general audience take on Burden of Proof.)
- Nighttime at noon: UChicago astronomers and astrophysicists prepare for a total eclipse of the sun.
Let sleeping dogs lie: µChicago asks if itʼs ok to share your bed with your dog.
- By the dozens: Microbiologist Maurice Hilleman, PhD’44, and his feathered friends.
Image of health: Professor and entrepreneur Maryellen Giger, PhD’85, brings computer-aided breast cancer detection and diagnosis from bench to bedside.
Splashdown: Chicago teens search the bottom of Lake Michigan for a meteorite.
Butterfly effect: The mysteries of coloration, revealed.
Singing for the pine trees are stormy winds: Meteorologist Tetsuya Theodore Fujita (1920–1998) led a tempestuous career.
Pilot program: The Chicago school of meteorology found and made waves.
Teaching science through Star Trek: How Mohamed Noor, SMʼ95, PhDʼ96, uses science fiction to help students engage.
A measure of pleasure: For nearly two decades psychologist Andrea King has followed a group of social drinkers to find out why only some develop alcohol use disorder.
- Earthside assistance: Dave Fischer, AB’87, helps the space industry become more sustainable.
- Testing ground: Benson Farb imagines mathematics transformation through collaboration.
- Envision: the future of PSD: The Physical Sciences Division looks to the future.
- Chemistry switches: Yamuna Krishnan builds chemical tools with nucleic acids.
- A fuzzy concept: Scientists turned to nature to solve a high-tech problem.
- Early exposure: A precursor to the liquid argon time projection chamber shows particles in motion.
- Fabric of the universe: Art and science join forces to imagine the unknown.
- Statistically speaking: Professor Matthew Stephens discusses statistical variation and repetition.
- Star witness: Wendy Freedman calculated when the universe began. Now she wants to see it happen.
- Smashing pumpkins: Physics professor Henry Frisch shares a piece of atomic history.
- Rosetta’s stone: Scientist Thomas Stephan catches up with a comet.
- A fleeting force of physics: Colleagues and friends say goodbye to Yoichiro Nambu.
- Making a mark: Chuan He breaks new ground in RNA and DNA epigenetics.
- Groundwork: PSD facilities keep up with an ever-progressing scientific landscape.
- Reliable source: Women in computer science, a three-part story: Shan Lu’s research on software bugs, efforts to increase gender diversity in the Department of Computer Science, and Grace Hopper’s “first” computer bug.
- Science nonfiction: We asked recently appointed computer scientists what fantastical, futuristic technology they’d like to see invented. Turns out some of their foresights aren’t so far off.
- Juggling act: Mathematician David Eisenbud answers Inquiry’s questions.
- 125 years of PSD discovery: The Division of the Physical Sciences celebrates UChicago’s 125th anniversary.
- Mission: Improbable: Planetary scientists fact-check The Martian.
- Lonely planets: Astronomers and planetary scientists debate if and when we’ll find extraterrestrial life.
- Mirror image: Jonathan Simon blurs the line between matter and light.
- A pattern of progress: How an automated loom inspired the earliest computer inventors.
- Change of state: Former Argonne director; UChicago VP of research, trustee, and now representative on the Giant Magellan Telescope board; physicist; and retiring art school president Walter E. Massey enters a new phase.
- A unified theory: The Physics Research Center will unite theorists and experimentalists for the first time in half a century.
- Scaling up: New computer science chair Michael Franklin discusses the past, present, and future of computation.
- Cosmic cuisine: Professor Wendy Freedman applies astrophysics expertise to the Latke-Hamantash Debate.
- Burden of proof: Three mathematicians team up to advance Zimmer’s conjecture. Yes, that Zimmer.
Manhattan’s critical moment: The University marks the 75th anniversary of Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction.
A wider scope: Nancy Grace Roman, PhD’49, didn’t get tenure. She changed the course of astronomy instead.
Strength in numbers: Physics offers an example of how the division can support women in science.
Uncharted: From dark matter to gravitational waves to a balloon-born telescope, scientists discuss how they handle setbacks.
Eclipsed: UChicago astronomers and astrophysicists brought family and friends to the path of totality to watch the solar eclipse on August 21.
Cluster and synthesize: Whether finding neutrinos, improving solar energy storage, or programming quantum computers, the Physical Sciences Division’s Eckhardt Scholars collaborate, create, and communicate.
Shifting sands: Associate professor Charles Smart summits the Abelian sandpile.
Data mind: Computer scientists Heather Zheng, Ben Zhao, and Blase Ur mine data to study behavior and expose security flaws.
Distortion: Astrophysicist Brian Nord looks for lenses through AI eyes.
Origins: Angela Olinto brings high energy to the deanʼs office.
Seeing spots: Rumor has it that artificial intelligence image recognition sees giraffes everywhere—but that might be a stretch.
Science fare: Physicist David McCowan, SM’08, PhD’14, explains food science to lay readers in the Takeout.
Instrumental: Computer scientist Pedro Lopes integrates technology with anatomy to reimagine the role of “human” in human-computer interaction.
Light hearted: Chemist Bozhi Tian illuminates pacemaker technology.
- Taking wing: A closer look at a common campus sight.
- Symbolic scavengers: Please don’t make assumptions about these nonheteronormative turkey vultures.
- The other one: Twins Laurie and Lynne Butler—one a UChicago chemistry professor, the other a double alumna—discuss math, horses, and a college boyfriend who never got them confused.
Lost and foundry: D. Allan Drummond resurrects trilobites using modern and ancient techniques.
How a photographer turned electron beams into abstract art: At Fermilab, artist in residence Adam Nadel, AB’90, used high-energy electrons to capture portraits of the invisible natural world.
Roy Mackal’s wild speculation: How a UChicago biochemist gained fame—and lost credibility—when he developed a midlife obsession with legendary creatures.
- Left behind: Forensic Memory and “Traces” of Identity: Historian Ken Alder studies identity at the intersection of science and law.
- Brain training: Northwestern’s new neuroscience major prepares undergraduates for a lifetime of discovery.
- Who can you trust?: You can’t see it, but you can feel it. Even more, you feel its absence: trust.