Archives for Graduate students

Researchers invent tiny, light-powered wires to modulate brain's electrical signals

February 19, 2018

The human brain largely remains a black box: How the network of fast-moving electrical signals turns into thought, movement and disease remains poorly understood. But it is electrical, so it can be hacked—the question is finding a precise, easy way to manipulate electrical signaling between neurons."+ ""+ "A new University of Chicago study shows how tiny, light-powered wires could be fashioned out of silicon to provide these electrical signals. Published Feb. 19 in Nature Nanotechnology, the study...

UChicago scientists use gyroscopes to find unusual state of matter

January 16, 2018

You don’t have to be perfectly organized to pull off a wave, according to University of Chicago scientists."+ ""+ "Using a set of gyroscopes linked together, physicists explored the behavior of a material whose structure is arranged randomly, instead of an orderly lattice. They found they could set off one-way ripples around the edges, much like spectators in a sports arena—a “topological wave,” characteristic of a particularly unusual state of matter."+ ""+ "Published Jan. 15 in Nature Physics, the...

Q&A: Council co-chairs discuss goals and challenges of graduate students

October 13, 2017

For more than a year, the Graduate Council has increased its programming, advocacy and awareness as the representative body for graduate students. Comprised of an executive team and 17 representatives chosen by the various professional and graduate divisions, the council has been heavily involved in planning and executing programming aimed at the graduate community while also serving as an intermediary between graduate students and the administration."+ ""+ "UChicago News recently spoke with the new...

Fieldwork takes UChicago researchers across the globe

September 13, 2017

When classes let out for the summer, it’s time for many UChicago faculty to head into the field to conduct research. Their destinations ranged from the mountains of Nepal to street markets in Afghanistan to inside Brazilian prisons."+ ""+ "As Autumn Quarter approaches, five UChicago scholars share how they spent their summer “vacations” this year."+ ""+ "Understanding sharing in Cambodia"+ ""+ "Humans share a unique capacity for pro-social behavior, like sharing and a sense of fairness. But Jean Decety, the...

Graduate students in biological sciences attend computation bootcamp

August 25, 2017

As biology increasingly transforms into a discipline driven by ever-expanding datasets and computational analysis, students need new forms of training to follow best practices and build a successful research career. With a new award from the National Science Foundation, the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division will test an innovative curriculum, which it piloted at the Marine Biological Laboratory, that focuses on hands-on learning in computational methods and how to use these...

New program teaches data science for energy and environment research

August 11, 2017

For the future of the planet, there are few research subjects more important than the global supplies of food, water and energy. To comprehensively study, understand and inform policy around these complex systems, the next generation of researchers in the physical, social and biological sciences will need fluency with data analysis methods that transverse traditional academic boundaries."+ ""+ "A new interdisciplinary curriculum will train graduate students from geosciences, economics, computer...

Tiny scientists mobilized to study solar eclipse

July 26, 2017

Graduate students bring astrophysics lessons to preschool