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July 9, 2009

Chemist Greg Engel named outstanding early-career scientist

President Obama has named Greg Engel, assistant professor in chemistry at the University of Chicago, among the 100 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

June 24, 2009

Stream of Sand Behaves Like Water

University of Chicago researchers recently showed that dry granular materials such as sands, seeds and grains have properties similar to liquid, forming water-like droplets when poured from a given source.

September 9, 2008

Physicists harness effects of disorder in magnetic sensors

University of Chicago scientists have discovered how to make magnetic sensors capable of operating at the high temperatures that ceramic engines in cars and aircraft of the future will require for higher operating efficiency than today's internal combustion technology.

May 14, 2008

Research puts new wrinkle in study of materials folding under pressure

Scientists at the University of Chicago and the University of Santiago in Chile have explained, for the first time, the physics that governs how thin materials at scales millions of times different in thickness make the transition from wrinkles into folds under compression.

March 11, 2008

MRSEC professors Aaron Dinner & Margaret Gardel awarded 2008 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowhips

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has selected three University of Chicago scholars to receive 2008 Sloan research fellowships.

December 19, 2007

Physics department kicks off holidays with a “bang”

The holidays began with a “bang” this month for the University’s Physics Department as students, families, teachers and neighbors gathered in laboratories inside the Gordon Center to participate in hands-on demonstrations and learn about some of the exciting science talking place there. 

November 6, 2007

Physicists see similarities in stream of sand grains, exotic plasma at birth of universe

Streams of granular particles bouncing off a target in a simple tabletop experiment produce liquid-like behavior also witnessed in a massive research apparatus that simulates the birth of the universe.

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