Research

With a commitment to free and open inquiry, our scholars take an interdisciplinary approach to research that spans arts to engineering, medicine to education. Their work transforms the way we understand the world, advancing fields of study, and often creating new ones. Generating new knowledge for the benefit of present and future generations, UChicago research has had an impact around the globe, leading to such breakthroughs as discovering the link between cancer and genetics, establishing revolutionary theories of economics, and developing tools to produce reliably excellent urban schooling.

Research News

UChicago physicist earns Dirac Medal for pioneering research

August 10, 2018—Physicist Dam Thanh Son, University Professor at the University of Chicago, has been awarded the 2018 ICTP Dirac Medal for his contributions to revolutionizing human understanding of how quantum mechanics affects large groups of particles.

Four Argonne transportation and fuel experts collect Dept. of Energy honors

August 9, 2018—Four researchers at Argonne National Laboratory — Andrew Burnham, Keith Hardy, Amgad Elgowainy and Jeongwoo Han (now with Exxon) — have earned Distinguished Achievement awards for helping to reimagine transportation, sustainability and mobility.

Javier Tiffenberg wins $2.5 million DOE award for research on pixelated detectors

August 8, 2018—Last month, Javier Tiffenberg, Fermilab scientist and Fellow in the University of Chicago's Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, was awarded the Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Award to investigate how to build large-scale detectors using special kinds of CCDs that can probe two of the most mysterious substances in the universe: neutrinos and dark matter.

Ted Petry, last known witness to pioneering nuclear reaction at UChicago, 1924-2018

August 7, 2018— Working for Nobel-winning scientists Arthur Compton and Enrico Fermi, Ted Petry played a small but important role in the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. The last known living person to witness one of the most important scientific experiments of the 20th century, Petry died July 28 at age 94.

A ‘noisier’ cell calls for a simpler circadian clock, UChicago scientists find

August 3, 2018—In a pair of experimental and theoretical papers published in Nature Communications and eLife, University of Chicago scientists studied the mechanisms of two kinds of circadian “clocks” that nearly all living organisms use to keep track of time.