(Photo courtesy Division of the Physical Sciences)    
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Inquiry, the biannual publication produced for University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division alumni and friends.
Faculty additions, retirements, and accolades
Updates from the Division of the Physical Sciences.


We’ve moved! The PSD dean’s office, the development office, the dean of students, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics now reside in the Eckhardt Center, 5640 South Ellis Avenue. Come visit us and check out UChicago’s newest precision science facility.

Faculty additions

John Anderson, SB’08, SM’08, Assistant Professor in Chemistry Francesco Calegari, Professor in Mathematics Frederic Chong, Professor in Computer Science Philipp Heck, Associate Professor (part time) in Geophysical Sciences Malte Jansen, Assistant Professor in Geophysical Sciences Edwin Kite, Assistant Professor in Geophysical Sciences Yanjing Li, Assistant Professor in Computer Science Arvind Murugan, Assistant Professor in Physics Sergei Nagaitsev, Professor (part time) in Physics Charles Smart, Associate Professor in Mathematics Scott Snyder, Professor in Chemistry 


John Frederick, Professor in Geophysical Sciences Donald Lamb, Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics Gene Mazenko, Professor in Physics Frank Merritt, Professor in Physics Robert Soare, Professor in Computer Science and Mathematics

Award and honor highlights

László Babai (Computer Science and Mathematics) received the 2015 Donald E. Knuth Prize; elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. John E. Carlstrom (Astronomy and Astrophysics) received the 2015 Gruber Prize in Cosmology. Frederic Chong (Computer Science) named the Seymour Goodman Professor of Computer Architecture. Ravi Chugh (Computer Science) awarded Neubauer Faculty Fellowship. Jian Ding (Statistics) received an NSF CAREER award. Alex Eskin (Mathematics) elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Wendy Freedman (Astronomy and Astrophysics) received the R. M. Petrie Prize at the Canadian Astronomical Society; named the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor. Henry Hoffmann (Computer Science) received a Department of Energy Early Career Award. Daniel Holz, SM’94, PhD’98, (Physics) received a Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Richard Jordan (Chemistry) named the Paul Snowden Russell Distinguished Service Professor. David Miller, AB’05, (Physics) received an NSF CAREER award. Ray Moellering (Chemistry) won the 2015 V Scholar Award from the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Angela Olinto (Astronomy and Astrophysics) awarded a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. Norbert Scherer, SB’82, (Chemistry) awarded the 2015 Peter Debye Prize from the Edmond Hustinx Foundation. Panagiotis E. Souganidis (Mathematics) elected a fellow of SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics). Andrei Tokmakoff (Chemistry) received the 2016 Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology. Yanbin Wang (Senior Scientist, Center for Advanced Radiation Sources) named a 2015 American Geophysical Union fellow. Jonathan Weare (Statistics) received a Department of Energy Early Career Award. Paul Wiegmann (Physics) received a 2015 Simons Fellowship Award. Shmuel Weinberger (Mathematics) named the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor.