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Chemistry Professor Andrei Tokmakoff has won the 2016 Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology.

This prestigious National Award from the American Chemical Society recognizes original and outstanding contributions to fundamental discoveries or inventions in ultrafast science and technology in the areas of physics and chemistry. Recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in conjunction with the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA. 

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Chemistry Professor Wenbin Lin part of $1M CRF team science initiative to target lethal lung cancer

A $1 million gift from the Cancer Research Foundation (CRF) is mobilizing a team of renowned University of Chicago physicians and scientists to mount an all-out attack on a deadly lung cancer and fuel advances in cancer care more generally. Bringing together leaders in cancer research and care, clinical trials, immunology, drug development, nanotechnology, computation, genomics, and pathology, the three-year initiative encompasses five projects that collectively will drive toward game-changing targeted treatments for small cell lung cancer (SCLC), which each year strikes approximately 30,000 people in the United States alone and is almost uniformly fatal.

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Professor John E. Carlstrom receives 2015 Gruber Cosmology Prize

In the call-and-response manner of modern science, the theoretical work of Jeremiah P. Ostriker and the leadership in the design and execution of observations of the universe’s relic radiation by John E. Carlstrom and Lyman A. Page, Jr., have contributed to, clarified, and advanced a new model of the universe—one that is part dark matter, part regular matter, and part dark energy, and was wholly powered by a primordial hyper-expansion of space called inflation.

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Lab experiment mimics early-stage planetary formation process

Physicists have directly observed, for the first time, how highly charged dust-sized particles attract and capture others to build up clusters particle by particle. This process can lead to the formation of “granular molecules” whose configurations resemble those of simple chemical molecules.

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Systematic growth-- UChicago's computer science department proliferates

In 2011, the Computer Science Department hired Andrew Chien—previously Intel’s vice president of research and now a William Eckhardt Distinguished Service Professor. His appointment, which then-PSD dean Robert Fefferman called “game-changing,” marked the beginning of a transformative recruitment period.

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Senior scientist Yanbin Wang elected American Geophysical Union 2015 fellow

Being elected a Union Fellow is a tribute to those AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by section and focus group committees. This honor is bestowed on only 0.1% of the membership in any given year.

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High-performance computing helps chemists sort through cellular statistics

DNA is often referred to as “the blueprint of life.” But it’s more than just a blueprint—it’s also a kind of operations manual for the workings of the cell, telling it what proteins to manufacture and when.

Aaron Dinner, professor in chemistry, and his graduate student Herman Gudjonson are trying to read that manual, as part of the Dinner group’s research into bioinformatics—the application of statistics to biological research.

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Yoichiro Nambu, Nobel-winning theoretical physicist, 1921-2015

Physicist Yoichiro Nambu once said he came to the University of Chicago in 1954 because of the “many great names” in physics at the University, including Nobel laureates such as Enrico Fermi. Nambu became a major figure in his own right during his long tenure at UChicago, culminating in winning a share of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics for his theory about the workings of the subatomic world. 

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Discovery of Jupiter-esque planet orbiting sun-like star could be key in search for similar solar system

Astronomers have discovered a planet similar to Jupiter in another solar system which could take them one step closer to finding a planetary system that mirrors our own.

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David Raup, paleontologist who transformed his discipline, 1933-2015

University of Chicago paleontologist David Raup, SB’53, an innovative authority on evolution and mass extinctions, died of pneumonia July 9 in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. He was 82.

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UChicago researchers develop artificial, bonelike material for use with medical devices

Researchers have developed a new approach for better integrating medical devices with biological systems. The researchers, led by Bozhi Tian, assistant professor in chemistry at the University of Chicago, have developed the first skeleton-like silicon spicules ever prepared via chemical processes.

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Five Students win prestigious Harper Dissertation Fellowship

Five students in the Physical Sciences Division (PSD) were awarded the William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship for 2015-16, one of the highest honors that the University of Chicago confers on doctoral candidates.  Each PSD award includes a $5,000 stipend. 

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Hall of Fame astronaut looks to future of space science

John Grunsfeld, SM’84, PhD’88, recalls how UChicago trained him for NASA

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FEMMES encourages middle-school girls to acquire coding skills

Earlier this year, middle school girls used algorithms to strategically string beads into bracelets as part of a coding exercise for the University of Chicago FEMMES Code Camp. The event aimed to introduce computer science to girls in a series of entertaining and hands-on activities set to continue throughout the year. 

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Dauphas Awarded Best Paper Prize

Professor Nicolas Dauphas in Geophyiscal Sciences has been awarded the "Prix SFIS du meilleur article 2014" (SFIS=Société Française des Isotopes) for his paper "Magma redox and structural controls on iron isotope variations in Earth's mantle and crust." 

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Professor John Carlstrom wins 2015 Gruber Prize in Cosmology

The 2015 Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize has honored the University of Chicago’s John E. Carlstrom, alumnus Jeremiah P. Ostriker, PhD’64, and Princeton University’s Lyman Page for their individual and collective contributions to the study of the universe on the largest scales. 

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PSD faculty receive named professorships

Four PSD faculty members - Fred Chong, Wendy Freedman, Rich Jordan, and Shmuel Weinberger - have received named professorships effective July 1, 2015.

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Computer Science and Mathematics Professor Laszlo Babai receives the 2015 Donald E. Knuth Prize

The 2015 Donald E. Knuth Prize is awarded to Laszlo Babai of the University of Chicago for his fundamental contributions to theoretical computer science, including algorithm design and complexity theory. 

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University to bestow four honorary degrees at 523rd Convocation

The University of Chicago will present honorary degrees to four distinguished scholars during the 523rd Convocation on Saturday, June 13, on the Main Quadrangle.

The honorary degree recipients are glaciologist Richard B. Alley, cancer researcher Titia de Lange, economist Andreu Mas-Colell, and mathematician Peter Sarnak.

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Assistant Professors Henry Hoffmann in Computer Science and Jonathan Weare in Statistics receive the DOE Early Career Research award

DOE’s Office of Science Selects 44 Scientists to Receive Early Career Research Program Funding

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Chemistry's Grad Student Anthony Martinez is a recepient of the Campus Life and Leadership Award

2015 Student Leader Awards Recipients

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NSF Postdocs awarded to 5 Graduate Students in Mathematics

This year, five graduate students in Mathematics won National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships.

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New form of DNA modification may carry inheritable information

Professor Chuan He co-authors three studies identifying roles for N6-methyladenosine in algae, worms, and flies.

Scientists at the University of Chicago, Harvard University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have described the surprising discovery and function of a new DNA modification in insects, worms and algae.

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences elects 12 members with UChicago ties

New class includes five faculty members, seven alumni

The newly elected class of members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences includes five UChicago faculty members and seven additional University alumni, including University Trustee Joseph Neubauer, MBA’65.

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Shape-shifting molecule tricks viruses into mutating themselves to death

A newly developed spectroscopy method is helping to clarify the poorly understood molecular process by which an anti-HIV drug induces lethal mutations in the virus’ genetic material. The findings from the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could bolster efforts to develop the next generation of anti-viral treatments.

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Impact of Everyday Mathematics continues to grow

Prof. Zalman Usiskin made an audacious promise in the mid-1980s while recruiting a high school math teacher to manage editorial content for the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project.

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Materials Research Science and Engineering Center receives $20.6 million grant

The National Science Foundation has renewed funding for the University of Chicago's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center for another six years with a $20.6 million grant. UChicago was one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive a MRSEC grant from the NSF in this round of competition.

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