April 11, 2023
Professor David Keith has joined the Department of the Geophysical Sciences. David previously served as the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and as Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Now, at the University of Chicago, David will lead the Climate Systems Engineering initiative (see this article for more details). Welcome, David!
March 30, 2023
New research by former postdoctoral scholars Jennifer Bergner and Darryl Seligman published in Nature offers a suprisingly simple explanation for interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua’s weird orbit.
Read the University of Chicago news article here.
The Nature article, "Acceleration of 1I/‘Oumuamua from radiolytically produced H2 in H2O ice," can be found here.
March 27, 2023
While sweltering temperatures and acidic clouds form an environment too hostile for life on modern-day Venus, the question of whether the planet was habitable in its early history remains. Results from a new study by graduate student Sasha Warren and Associate Professor Edwin Kite suggest that Venus was unlikely to have ever been a habitable planet.
The study has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
To read a summary of the work, click here.