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Susan Kidwell - William Rainey Harper Professor in Geophysical Sciences and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology - receives Mary Clark Thompson Medal

The National Academy of Sciences has awarded the 2015 Mary Clark Thompson Medal to geologist Susan Kidwell, the William Rainey Harper Professor in Geophysical Sciences and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. The Thompson Medal, given once every three years since 1921, honors important services to geology and paleontology.

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Financial Mathematics Program - The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Financial Mathematics Program has had the honor of shaping some of the brightest minds in the financial industry today.

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Study identifies common elements of STEM schools

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics schools vary in many ways, but they share eight major common elements. So finds a nationwide study of 23 STEM schools conducted by the University of Chicago’s Outlier Research & Evaluation group.

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UChicago Water Research Initiative

Matthew Tirrell, director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering, and Steven Sibener, professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, talk about water scarcity - and protecting our water interests.

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Master’s student, Luke Hwang talks about his inspiring journey to graduate school at UChicago

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Exotic, gigantic molecules fit inside each other like Russian nesting dolls

University of Chicago scientists have experimentally observed for the first time a phenomenon in ultracold, three-atom molecules predicted by Russian theoretical physicist Vitaly Efimov in 1970.

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AFOSR awards grants to 57 scientists and engineers through its Young Investigator Program

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Bozhi Tian receives an AFOSR Young Investigator Award. This proposal-based young investigator program provides research funds to recent PhDs who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

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Study shows how planetary building blocks evolved from porous to hard objects

Thinking small has enabled an international team of scientists to gain new insight into the evolution of planetary building blocks in the early solar system.

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New YorkTimes highlights graduate student Sean Gibbons' microbial research

Public restrooms aren’t any dirtier than the rest of our environment, researchers report.

To reach this conclusion, scientists first decontaminated two men’s and two women’s restrooms, then let people come and go. They tracked the accumulation of bacteria and viruses on toilet seats, floors and soap dispensers, checking periodically to determine which germs were present and in what quantities.

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Marshall scholar to study energy and human rights

Fourth-year Hope Bretscher has won a Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious award for graduate study that will send her to the United Kingdom next year to pursue her interests in science and human rights.

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New Members of the University Faculty in the Physical Sciences Division

PSD welcomes new faculty members to the Physical Sciences Division. 

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