KICP News



 
Congratulations to Dr. Zoheyr Doctor
June 5, 2019
Dr. Zoheyr Doctor
Dr. Zoheyr Doctor
Congratulations to Zoheyr Doctor for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on "Hearing and Seeing the Universe: Results from Gravitational-Wave and Optical Studies of Merging Neutron Stars and Black Holes".

"Zoheyr's thesis represents a major contribution to multi-messenger gravitational wave astronomy. He has published on a wide range of important topics, including a machine learning analysis of black hole waveforms, the first multi-messenger estimates for kilonova ejecta and r-process element production, and the leading observational constraints on electromagnetic counterparts to black hole mergers. Zoheyr's work is at the forefront of an entirely new and exciting field of science."
- Daniel Holz, Ph.D. advisor

Zoheyr has received a postdoc position in Ben Farr's group, University of Oregon.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Daniel E. Holz
KICP Students: Zoheyr Doctor
Scientific projects: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)
 
Wayne Hu has been selected to receive a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring
June 3, 2019
Wayne Hu has been selected to receive a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring
Dear Colleagues,
I am thrilled to share that Wayne Hu has been selected to receive a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. This award honors faculty members for their achievements in classroom teaching and for their special contributions in encouraging the work of graduate students. We plan to recognize Wayne at PSD's Diploma and Hooding Ceremony on June 15.

Please join me in congratulating Wayne on this honor.

Angela V. Olinto
Dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences,
Albert A. Michelson Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics

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KICP Members: Wayne Hu; Angela V. Olinto
 
Congratulations to Dr. Vadim Semenov
May 31, 2019
Dr. Vadim Semenov
Dr. Vadim Semenov
Congratulations to Vadim Semenov for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on "How Galaxies Form Stars: the Connection between Local and Global Star Formation in Galaxies".

Vadim has received a position of Hubble Fellow at the Institute for Theory and Computation, Harvard University.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Andrey V. Kravtsov
KICP Students: Vadim Semenov
 
Congratulations to Taylor Hoyt
May 24, 2019
Philip Mansfield, KICP graduate student
Philip Mansfield, KICP graduate student
Please join me in congratulating Taylor Hoyt on his appointment as the 2019 Brinson-Carnegie Graduate Fellow. Taylor is pursuing observational research aimed at improving the measurement of the Hubble Constant.

Congratulations Taylor!

John Carlstrom
Chair and Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor

Related Links:
KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom; Wendy L. Freedman
KICP Students: Taylor Hoyt
 
Congratulations to Maya Fishbach
May 24, 2019
Maya Fishbach, KICP graduate student
Maya Fishbach, KICP graduate student
I am most pleased to report that Maya Fishbach has been selected to receive William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year!

The award is one of the University of Chicago's highest honors and is given in recognition of outstanding achievement and professional promise.

Congratulations Maya!

John Carlstrom
Chair and Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor

Related Links:
KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom; Daniel E. Holz
KICP Students: Maya Fishbach
 
Congratulations to Philip Mansfield
May 24, 2019
Philip Mansfield, KICP graduate student
Philip Mansfield, KICP graduate student
I am most pleased to report that Philip Mansfield has been selected to receive William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year!

The award is one of the University of Chicago's highest honors and is given in recognition of outstanding achievement and professional promise.

Congratulations Phil!

John Carlstrom
Chair and Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor

Related Links:
KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom; Andrey V. Kravtsov
KICP Students: Phil Mansfield
 
Vadim Semenov was selected for prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP)
April 8, 2019
Vadim Semenov was selected for prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP)
Vadim will be taking Hubble fellowship to the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at Harvard. After 3 years of the Hubble fellowship he will continue there as an ITC fellow, position he was also offered as part of the process.

The program enables outstanding postdoctoral scientists to pursue independent research in any area of NASA Astrophysics, using theory, observation, experimentation, or instrument development. Each fellowship provides the awardee up to three years of support.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Andrey V. Kravtsov
KICP Students: Vadim Semenov
 
Lars Bergstrom on Sabbatical at the KICP
March 21, 2019
Lars Bergstrom on Sabbatical at the KICP
Professor Lars Bergstrom from Stockholm University is currently visiting the KICP as a long-term sabbatical visitor until May 8. Lars is an Astroparticle Physicist and Cosmologist, who is world renowned for his work on many aspects of the Dark Matter problem. His research has touched on many areas of cosmological physics and he has made numerous fundamental contributions to the WIMP paradigm of dark matter, with indirect detection of annihilating WIMPs being a particular focus. Lars is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and was Scientific Secretary of its Nobel Committee for Physics from 2004-2015. During his visit Lars will be in office ERC 421 and welcomes visits from all KICP members interested in discussing science. Professor Bergstrom will present the April 17 KICP Colloquium.
 
The KICP will welcome 4 new Fellows in the Autumn of 2019
March 18, 2019
The KICP will welcome 4 new Fellows in the Autumn of 2019
Danielle Norcini
Danielle Norcini will receive her Ph.D. from the Wright Laboratory at Yale University in particle/nuclear physics. She helped lead the R&D and construction of the PROSPECT detector to measure neutrinos at very short distances from a nuclear reactor in a challenging background environment. Her thesis details a search for sterile neutrino oscillations and the world-leading measurement of the uranium-235 antineutrino energy spectrum. As a KICP and Grainger fellow, she plans to develop instruments to measure astrophysical neutrinos and other cosmic particles, probing fundamental physics and cosmology.

Yiming Zhong
I received my PhD from Stony Brook University in 2016 and I did my first postdoc at Boston University before coming to KICP. As a phenomenologist, I am interested in connecting theory to data. My work centers on the search for light dark matter and dark sectors at accelerator experiments or through observations of small-scale cosmological structure. At KICP, I hope to develop new ways to probe dark matter properties and investigate the puzzling anomalies in current cosmological observations.

Victor Buza
Victor Buza will receive his PhD from Harvard University. For his graduate career, he codeveloped the likelihood analysis framework used to analyze BICEP/Keck/Planck/WMAP data and place the tightest constraints on primordial gravitational wave to date. He was also the author of the performance-based forecasting framework that guided the optimization and design of CMB-S4, and determined the currently proposed baseline CMB-S4 instrument configuration. As a KICP Fellow Victor plans to work closely with the KICP community on theory and analysis for CMB polarization experiments (SPT-3G, BICEP/Keck, CMB-S4) and cross-correlations of CMB data with large-scale structure efforts (DES/LSST).

Jose Maria Ezquiaga
Jose Maria Ezquiaga will receive his PhD from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. His research focuses on probing the pillars of the standard cosmological model with gravitational waves. As a KICP and Einstein Fellow, Jose Maria will exploit LIGO's data to constrain the propagation of gravitational waves, the expansion of the Universe and the origin of the observed black-holes, anticipating as well how to improve such tests with the next generation of detectors, specially with the space antenna LISA.



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Scientific projects: BICEP2/The Keck Array/BICEP3; Dark Energy Survey (DES); Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST); Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO); South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Donald York has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society Service Award for Astronomy
January 13, 2019
Prof. Donald G. York, KICP senior associate
Prof. Donald G. York, KICP senior associate
Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Don York who has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society Service Award for Astronomy.

The RAS citation reads:
"Professor Donald York, as the Founding Director of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), was a key figure in the conception, design, construction, and initial operation of one of the most successful astronomical facilities of the 21st century. With its first-ever digital image of the entire northern high galactic latitude sky, homogeneously and painstakingly calibrated in a novel photometric system, plus millions of homogeneously obtained spectra, SDSS has touched every subfield of astronomy.

Multiple studies agree that SDSS is the most cited and most impactful facility in ground-based astronomy, or even all astronomy. More than 7,600 papers refer to SDSS in the title or abstract, and these publications have garnered roughly 400,000 citations. Twenty-five of these papers have 1,000 or more citations, and almost 800 have 100 or more citations.

Professor York enabled one of the most significant astronomical projects of our lifetimes, one that benefits the entire international community, and is a truly deserving recipient of the RAS Service Award."

Congratulations Don!

John Carlstrom,
Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor and Chair Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

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KICP Members: Donald G. York
 
Congratulations to Wayne Hu
January 2, 2019
Wayne Hu, KICP senior member
Wayne Hu, KICP senior member
Please join me in congratulating Wayne Hu on his appointment as the Paul Snowden Russell Distinguished Service Professor.

Congratulations Wayne!

John Carlstrom
Chair of Astronomy & Astrophysics,
Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor

Read in UChicago News

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KICP Members: Wayne Hu
 
Congratulations to Abigail Vieregg
December 12, 2018
Abigail Vieregg, KICP senior member
Abigail Vieregg, KICP senior member
Senior Member Abigail Vieregg awarded a J. and J. Neubauer Faculty Development Fellowship.

The J. and J. Neubauer Faculty Development Fellowships are funded through the generosity of Joseph and Jeanette Neubauer in support of excellence in teaching. The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize innovative and effective teaching on the part of Assistant and Associate Professors who regularly participate in the College's instructional programs. The Neubauer Fellowships are awarded upon the recommendation of the Dean of the College and the Masters of the Collegiate Divisions.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Abigail G. Vieregg
 
Congratulations to Grayson Rich
October 23, 2018
Grayson Rich, KICP fellow
Grayson Rich, KICP fellow
Grayson Rich has received a APS Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics.
Citation: "For outstanding contributions to the first observation of coherent elastic neutrino nucleus scattering as a member of the COHERENT neutrino experiment at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory."

The Dissertation Award recognizes a recent Ph.D. in nuclear physics. The annual award consists of $2,500, a certificate, travel reimbursement, and a registration waiver to receive the award and give an invited talk at a Division of Nuclear Physics session at the APS April Meeting.

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KICP Members: Grayson Rich
 
Response to Claims On Gender and Physics
October 13, 2018
Response to Claims On Gender and Physics
We reject the recent claims on gender and physics by Alessandro Strumia. Our Departments and Institute believe that diversity is essential to the health of our fields and to advancing our science. We reaffirm our commitment to making our communities more diverse and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment. All the members of a community share the responsibility for its climate, and so we welcome suggestions on how to improve ours.

John E. Carlstrom, Chair, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Young-Kee Kim, Chair, Department of Physics
Michael S. Turner, Director, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

Related Links:
KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom; Michael S. Turner
 
Elizabeth Buckley-Geer, Salman Habib and Liantao Wang have all been elected Fellows of the APS
September 25, 2018
Elizabeth Buckley-Geer, Salman Habib and Liantao Wang
Elizabeth Buckley-Geer, Salman Habib and Liantao Wang
Elizabeth Buckley-Geer
Citation: For the creation and leadership of the Dark Energy Survey Strong Lensing Group including discovery and confirmation of numerous strong lenses and multiply lensed quasars and their application to new measurements of cosmic dark matter and dark energy.

Salman Habib, KICP senior member
Citation: For outstanding contributions and leadership in the study of quantum-to-classical transitions in nonlinear dynamical systems and the development of the Hybrid/Hardware Accelerated Cosmology Code providing the most detailed simulations of the universe using the world's most advanced supercomputers.

LianTao Wang, KICP senior member
Citation: For novel contributions to jet sub-structure studies (jet-trimming), facilitating LHC searches for Higgs boson, dark matter, supersymmetry and new dynamics in the electroweak sector, and pioneering explorations for future e+e- and hadron colliders.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Salman Habib; Lian-Tao Wang
 
Josh Frieman became President Elect of the Aspen Center for Physics
August 27, 2018
Josh Frieman, KICP Senior Member
Josh Frieman, KICP Senior Member
KICP Senior Member Josh Frieman recently became President Elect of the Aspen Center for Physics. In a year's time, Josh will become President of the Center for a three-year term. The Aspen Center for Physics is well known for hosting cutting-edge, multi-week workshops in the summer and intensive one-week conferences in winter. Typically, 500-600 physicists visit every summer, for workshops, for smaller working groups, and to carry out individual research in a unique setting.

Aspen Center for Physics

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KICP Members: Joshua A. Frieman
 
Film screening: "The Atomic Cafe (1982)"
August 22, 2018
Film screening:
A special event for the Bulletin of the Atomic (Cafe) Scientists at the Sunday, September 23, 5:30 screening - atomic cocktails before and Questions and Answers with the Auteur Herself after.

Artfully culled from newsreel footage, government archives, and pop-culture artifacts (cocktails, fashions, cartoons, jukebox songs, etc.), THE ATOMIC CAFE is a mind-boggling compendium of misinformation that was aimed at selling nuclear war to the postwar American public like a new brand of laundry detergent. As singing Polynesians are evacuated from Bikini Atoll and Burt the Turtle tells schoolchildren how to "Duck and Cover," public officials promote a devil-may-care attitude toward the dangers of nuclear attack and radioactive fallout. This groundbreaking, often-imitated documentary created a sensation when first released in 1982; now, with fake news in ascendancy, and the "Bulletin of Atomic Scientists" famous Doomsday Clock set at its furthest point (two minutes to midnight) since 1953, it seems as timely as ever. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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"On the Future: Prospects for Humanity" with physicist Martin Rees
August 11, 2018
Prof. Martin Rees
Prof. Martin Rees
October 2, 2018 @ 6PM
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
Harold Washington Library Center,
Chicago Public Library
400 South State Street

World-renowned scientist Martin Rees offers his look at the future of humanity and science in this talk based upon his new book On the Future: Prospects for Humanity. Rees argues that humanity's future is bound to the future of science, and our prospects hinge on how successfully we harness technological advances to address the challenges to our collective future. If we are to use science to solve our problems while avoiding its dystopian risks, Rees shows how we must think rationally, globally, collectively, and optimistically about the long-term future. Advances in biotechnology, cybertechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence - if pursued and applied wisely- could empower us to boost the developing and developed world and overcome the threats humanity faces on Earth, from climate change to nuclear war. Rees offers fascinating insights into cutting-edge science and technology while providing a unique perspective on the critical issues that will define the future of humanity on Earth and beyond.

Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Public Library.

Doors to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium open at 5 p.m. and seating is available first come, first served. The event is free but registration is recommended. Books are available for purchase from Seminary Co-op Books and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.

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Congratulations to Brad Benson
July 26, 2018
Bradford A. Benson, KICP senior member
Bradford A. Benson, KICP senior member
Please join me in congratulating Brad Benson on his promotion from Associate Scientist to Scientist at Fermilab. The Scientist appointment is parallel to that of an Associate Professor with tenure at a university.

Congratulations Brad!

- John E. Carlstrom
Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor and Chair Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Related Links:
KICP Members: Bradford A. Benson; John E. Carlstrom
Scientific projects: South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Congratulations to Mike Gladders
July 25, 2018
Prof. Michael D. Gladders, KICP senior member
Prof. Michael D. Gladders, KICP senior member
Please join me in congratulating Mike Gladders on his promotion to the rank of Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Congratulations Mike!

- John E. Carlstrom
Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor and Chair Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Related Links:
KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom; Michael D. Gladders
 
Congratulations to Dr. Ross Cawthon
July 18, 2018
Dr. Ross Cawthon
Dr. Ross Cawthon
Congratulations to Ross Cawthon for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on "Effects of Redshift Uncertainty on Cross-Correlations of CMB Lensing and Galaxy Surveys".

Ross has received a position of Research Associate at the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Joshua A. Frieman
KICP Students: Ross Cawthon
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES); South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Honoring Rocky Kolb for his service as Dean of the Physical Sciences
June 27, 2018
Honoring Rocky Kolb for his service as Dean of the Physical Sciences
President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Daniel Diermeier hosted a reception honoring Rocky Kolb for his service as Dean of the Physical Sciences Division. Friends, colleagues, and family all celebrated his many successes and wished him well as he returns to being a full-time faculty member at the KICP.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Edward W. Kolb