Congratulations to Joshua Frieman!
April 20, 2016
For more about the American Academy and the class of 2016 honorees see: Newly Elected Fellows
Michael S. Turner,
Director of the PFC and KICP
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KICP Members: Joshua A. Frieman; Michael S. Turner
Life Long Learning program
March 9, 2016
KICP Members: Michael D. Gladders; Daniel Grin; Jason Henning; Daniel E. Holz; Richard G. Kron; Andrew J. Long; Stephan S. Meyer; Daniel Scolnic
KICP Students: Sean Johnson; Brittany Kamai
KICP celebrates an historic day in science
February 15, 2016
KICP and LIGO collaboration members Daniel Holz, Ben Farr, Hsin-Yu Chen, and Zoheyr Doctor shared the excitement of the discovery of Gravitational Waves with the rest of the KICP and Physical Sciences Division at a live stream event of the discovery press conference on February 11.
The crowd overflowed the ERC auditorium as students, faculty, and staff all clamored to hear the historic announcement. Upon hearing the phrase “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have detected gravitational waves, we did it!” the room broke into spontaneous applause. Following the press conference, Holz answered questions from the audience. Later that day, he expanded upon the announcement at an overflow Physics Colloquium.
LIGO press conference
KICP Members: Ben Farr; Daniel E. Holz
KICP Students: Hsin-Yu Chen; Zoheyr Doctor
The KICP will welcome 3 new Fellows in the Autumn of 2016
February 15, 2016
Chihway Chang received her PhD at Stanford University where she studied the potential systematic effects in weak lensing measurements for the Large Synoptics Survey Telescope (LSST). She then ventured to Switzerland as a postdoc at ETH Zurich and worked on weak lensing data from the Dark Energy Survey (DES). At KICP, Chihway is interested in extending her current work and exploring the power of combining CMB data from SPT with DES.
Christopher Tunnell is involved in the XENON1T as the analysis coordinator and will be collaborating with Luca Grandi at KICP. Before coming to KICP, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Dutch particle-physics laboratory Nikhef where he researched light Dark Matter. He completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford on sterile-neutrino physics.
KICP Members: Luca Grandi
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES); South Pole Telescope (SPT); XENON1T
Chen He Wins Best Poster Prize at the "Essential Cosmology For Next Generations" conference
February 3, 2016
Chen He's work focuses on understanding fundamental physics in the early universe through cosmological observations of the cosmic microwave background.
KICP Members: Daniel Grin; Wayne Hu
KICP Students: Chen He
Searching for dark matter: Inside the Xenon1T detector
December 24, 2015
"Of course we want to detect the dark matter particle," Grandi said, "but even if we have only found some hints after two years, we are in an excellent position to move on as we are already now preparing the next step of the project, which will be the far more sensitive XENONnT."
KICP Members: Luca Grandi; Michael S. Turner
Scientific projects: XENON1T
Erik Shirokoff has received a NSF CAREER award
December 22, 2015
The CAREER award is presented to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
KICP Members: Erik Shirokoff
Congratulations to Dr. Lee McCuller!
October 30, 2015
"Lee has been a central contributor to the design, construction, operation and analysis of the Holometer experiment. Lee designed and implemented the control system that maintains the power-recycling cavity locked to the laser and the interferometer differential arm length constant to better than than 1/2 Angstrom over their 40 meter length. His analysis of the system has lead to precise understanding of the instrument state including knowledge of the calibration and constraints on systematics."
- Stephan Meyer, Ph.D. advisor
Lee will be starting a post-doctoral position with the LIGO Gravitational-Wave observatory at their MIT laboratory.
KICP Members: Stephan S. Meyer
KICP Students: Lee McCuller
We've moved into the William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC)!
October 21, 2015
Our center of mass is the 4th floor of ERC, with some offices on the 3rd floor, labs on the 5th floor and LL1. We share the ERC with the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Institute for Molecular Engineering. In addition to state-of-the-art laboratories and the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility, the building features a beautiful 150-seat auditorium looking out on the North Science Quad, seminar and meeting rooms and many interaction areas and the 5th floor Astro Lounge.
We said goodbye to LASR on September 11th and opened up operations in the ERC on the following Monday. We have already hosted two workshops, our annual Jamboree and the first two colloquia in our Future of Cosmological Physics series. And there is much more to come!
"Homebase" for the KICP is the NW corner of the building (angle left when getting out of the elevator), where the Director, Assistant Director, Assistant to the Director, Business Manager and Meeting Coordinator have their offices. Click here for a building seating plan.
Our mailing address remains almost the same:
Name, ERC office #, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, the University of Chicago, 5640 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-1433.
Congratulations to Dr. Tyler Natoli!
September 29, 2015
Tyler has received a Dunlap Fellow position with the Dunlap Institute at the University of Toronto.
KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom
KICP Students: Tyler Natoli
Scientific projects: South Pole Telescope (SPT)
Congratulations to Dr. Jing Zhou!
September 1, 2015
"Jing has made fundamental contributions to the DAMIC experiment in its crucial R&D phase. Her measurements of radiogenic backgrounds in silicon include novel powerful methods which make use of the excellent spatial resolution of the CCDs. These measurements put stringent limits on the presence of uranium and thorium and provide a first evidence for sizeable cosmogenic silicon 32 in the bulk of high-purity silicon, an important discovery for the present and next generation of dark matter silicon detectors. Also, she has measured the nuclear recoil ionization efficiency in silicon below 3 keV, an energy range so far unexplored and fundamental for the search of low mass WIMPs. The impact of these results goes beyond their application in DAMIC, and will influence any WIMP detector based on silicon."
- Paolo Privitera, Ph.D. advisor
Jing has received a position of Quantitative Analyst in WorldQuantat.
KICP Members: Paolo Privitera
KICP Students: Jing Zhou
Congratulations to Dr. Alan Robinson!
August 31, 2015
"Alan's thesis goes beyond presenting new WIMP limits from our bubble chambers. In addition to that, he has provided the community of dark matter experimentalists with new tools that should generate a wide interest: revised cross-section libraries for neutron production and neutron scattering that can be employed to better assess the sensitivity of any WIMP detector."
- Juan I. Collar, Ph.D. advisor
Alan has received a Research Associate position at the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics.
KICP Members: Juan I. Collar
KICP Students: Alan Robinson
Scientific projects: Chicagoland Observatory for Underground Particle Physics (COUPP)
John Carlstrom has received 2015 Gruber Cosmology Prize
August 6, 2015
KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom; Michael S. Turner
Scientific projects: South Pole Telescope (SPT)
Congratulations to Dr. Pierre Gratia!
July 20, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Louis Abramson!
July 13, 2015
"Dr. Louis Abramson is an expert on the observation and phenomenological modeling of galaxy evolution, with a particular focus on the relationship between bulk statistical observables of galaxies, such as the distributions of star-formation-rate and mass over cosmic time, and the star formation histories of galaxies. His work during his Ph.D. has led to several new insights into the relationship between the passive (i.e., bulges) and actively star-forming components of galaxies, and led to a clear understanding that the scatter of galaxies across the so-called 'star forming main-sequence' is a critical observable to consider in further analyses, which he will continue as a postdoc at UCLA."
- Michael D. Gladders, Ph.D. advisor
Louis has received a Postdoctoral Scholar at the UCLA Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
KICP Members: Michael D. Gladders
KICP Students: Louis Abramson
KICP Members Win Midwest Famelab Competition
June 17, 2015
FameLab USA is a NASA-sponsored, science-based take on American Idol, aimed at fostering an open community for science communication and development. Dan summed up the training and competition experience, "It was really fun, and the organizers spent a lot of time giving us lessons on better ways to convey hard science topics to audiences."
KICP Members: Daniel Scolnic
KICP Students: Ross Cawthon
Congratulations to Dr. Ke Fang!
June 11, 2015
Ke has received a joint postdoctoral position at the University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
KICP Members: Angela V. Olinto
KICP Students: Ke Fang
Congratulations to Dr. Benedikt Diemer!
June 11, 2015
"In his PhD thesis Benedikt Diemer has shown that radial density profiles of dark matter halos cannot be characterized only as a function of halo mass, as was thought previously, but also depend on the mass accretion rate of halos. The work has resulted in a new model that accurately describes halo profiles in simulations from small radii out to 10 virial radii. Likewise, Benedikt has shown that halo concentrations depend not only on the halo mass (or more precisely on halo peak height), but also on the local slope of the power spectrum. Overall, this thesis showed that previously believed "universality" of the halo profiles is limited. Beyond just criticizing previous models, new models were developed that take into account the extra dependencies of halo profile parameters on the mass accretion rate and power law slope."
- Andrey V. Kravtsov, Ph.D. advisor
Benedikt has received a fellow position at the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Harvard University.
KICP Members: Andrey V. Kravtsov
KICP Students: Benedikt Diemer
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Helsby!
June 11, 2015
"To constrain cosmology, and in particular to probe dark energy, from deep optical imaging surveys such as the Dark Energy Survey (DES), requires precise estimates of the redshifts of the distant galaxies they observe. Traditionally, these redshift estimates are made using galaxy colors, but this technique has known limitations and biases. Jennifer's thesis work involved the testing and implementation of a novel technique for estimating redshifts of galaxies, using the fact that they cluster in space with galaxies for which the redshifts may be known from spectroscopic measurements. Using simulations, Jen found that this "clustering redshift" technique accurately reconstructs the galaxy redshift distribution for a survey such as DES. She then applied this technique to determine the redshift distribution for several million galaxies in the first year of DES data, an important result that should prove extremely valuable for the cosmological analysis of these data."
- Joshua A. Frieman, PhD advisor
Jennifer has received a 2015 Data Science for Social Good Fellowship position at the University of Chicago.
KICP Members: Joshua A. Frieman
KICP Students: Jennifer Helsby
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES)
Cameron Jia Liang has won a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
June 3, 2015
This fellowship award is a recognition of his accomplishment so far and allows him to continue the effort in pursuing a better understanding of the baryon cycle between galaxies and their surrounding medium.
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
Awarded annually, NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowships are given to students pursing masters or doctoral degrees in Earth and space sciences or related disciplines. The mission of the fellowship program is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA's primary scientific goals. Those goals include studying planet Earth from space to advance scientific understanding and meet societal needs; understanding the Sun and its effects on Earth and the solar system; advancing scientific knowledge of the origin and evolution of the solar system, the potential for life elsewhere, and the hazards and resources present as humans explore space; and discovering the origin, structure, evolution, and destiny of the universe and search for Earth-like planets.
KICP Members: Hsiao-Wen Chen
KICP Students: Cameron Liang
Congratulations to Dr. Vinicius Miranda!
June 2, 2015
Vinicius has received a Postdoctoral Fellow position at the University of Pennsylvania.
KICP Members: Wayne Hu
KICP Students: Vinicius Miranda
Congratulations to Dr. Yin Li!
June 2, 2015
Yin has received a joint postdoc position at the Berkeley and Kavli IPMU (Japan).
KICP Members: Wayne Hu
KICP Students: Yin Li
Sugarman Awards for Excellence in Student Research
June 2, 2015
KICP Members: Daniel E. Holz; Andrey V. Kravtsov; Abigail G. Vieregg
KICP Students: Jessica Avva; Hsin-Yu Chen; Benedikt Diemer
Angela Olinto wins a 2014-2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring
June 1, 2015
The award will be presented to her at the Spring Quarter Convocation on Saturday, June 13, 2015, during the Division of the Physical Sciences Diploma and Hooding Ceremony. That ceremony will take place at noon at the Logan Center, Performance Hall. It will be a special pleasure for me to present it to her.
Dean of the Physical Sciences Division
KICP Members: Edward W. Kolb; Angela V. Olinto