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The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with the Chicago Quantum Exchange, presents its annual Entrepreneurial Outlook series to discuss important emerging trends in select industries. In Quantum 2020, a panel of expert venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the field of quantum computing and technology will discuss the state of the industry in 2020 and where they see opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation within the field. Join a panel of expert venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the field…

From UChicago News, Feb. 6, 2020: Fermilab and University of Chicago scientist Brad Benson and colleagues use a different method to calculate the masses of distant galaxies: the polarization, or orientation, of the light left over from the moments after the Big Bang. In doing so, they demonstrate how to “weigh” galaxy clusters using light from the earliest moments of the universe — a new method that could help shed light on dark matter, dark energy and other mysteries of the cosmos.

From UChicago News, Oct. 18, 2019: The Department of Energy has honored University of Chicago scientists Josh Frieman, also of Fermilab, and Ian Foster, also of Argonne National Laboratory, for their transformative research and scientific leadership, selecting them as part of its inaugural Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellowship program. Frieman was listed for “pioneering advances in the science of dark energy and cosmic acceleration, including leading the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-II Supernova Survey, co-founding the Dark Energy Survey and service as its director.”

A new joint task force initiative between the University of Chicago, Argonne and Fermilab will provide seed funding for collaborative projects in AI and quantum information science. The new grants programs will offer a total of $400K funding for projects that advance scientific discovery and insights in these two fields. The grants programs are part of a larger Joint Task Force Initiative, organized by the University of Chicago’s Office of Research and National Laboratories, which aims to encourage new interactions…

The upcoming Short-Baseline Near Detector at Fermilab continues scientists’ search for evidence of a hypothetical particle, the sterile neutrino. Collaborators around the world are participating in the detector’s construction. Its first critical components recently arrived from partner institutions. When complete, SBND will be the third and final detector in Fermilab’s Short-Baseline Neutrino Program.