Welcome to the Physics Department
The physics department is a medium-sized department with 30 regular, research, and adjunct faculty members and approximately 35 graduate students. Programs of study lead to M.S. and Ph.D degrees in both pure and applied physics. The Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences (IACS) also operates through the CUA Physics Department.
Physics Majors on the Dean's List
Congradulations to Anna Fitzmaurice (Physics) and Kiera Lyons (Physics) who made the School of Arts & Sciences Dean list with distinction and to Sean O'Connor (Physics) and Mary Zwilling (Chemical Physics) who made the School of Arts & Sciences Dean list.
Department of Physics
No Colloquium for the week of March 13th
2016 Space Weather Center seminar series
The Space Weather Center (SWC) in the CUA’s Physics Department launches a series of educational seminar talks focused on scientific, engineering, and sociological aspects of cutting-edge space weather research.
Space weather phenomena are driven by magnetic storms on the Sun and echoed in the near-Earth space environment. Severe space weather events present significant health risks to astronauts working in space, and may have a detrimental effect on satellite missions, navigation systems, communication networks, power grids, cross-polar air traffic, and many other modern human technologies.
The SWC seminars will provide an entertaining overview of this important research subject in a set of educational lectures delivered by leading experts from CUA and NASA. The seminars are open to all interested CUA students; faculty and staff are welcome.
Schedule of talks
October 25, 2016 (Tuesday):
An Introduction to Space Weather
November 01, 2016 (Tuesday):
The Science of Solar HURRICANES
November 16, 2016 (Wednesday):
Forecasting Extreme Space Weather
November 30, 2016: (Wednesday):
Space Hazards and THE Human Society
Location: Rm 106, Hannan Hall
Students with sufficient backgrounds in physics and math will be offered a unique hands-on experience with space weather forecasting tools available at the SWC through its collaboration with the Community Coordinated Modelling Center at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Contact information: Dr. Vadim Uritsky, 206 Hannan Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Since February of this year, Lucas Paganini, a NASA-affiliated astronomer at the Catholic University of America, has been doing just that—looking for Europa’s shadowy plumes in near-infrared light using one of the twin 10-meter telescopes at the Keck observatory on Mauna Kea in Hawaii."
Congratulations to Dr. Fred Bruhweiler and Dr. Seiji Yashiro for receiving Heliophysics Science Division Peer Awards. These awards recognize contributions to HSD that are above and beyond job-related duties, including:
· Providing assistance to other members of HSD
· Adding to the knowledge base or prestige of HSD
· Facilitating the work of HSD as a whole
Congratulations to Fred and Seiji for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions!
Congratulation to Dr. Colin Komar was announced as the recipient of the 2016 Sunanda and Santimay Basu United States Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science.
The award is given annually to one early career scientist by the Space Physics and Aeronomy section of the American Geophysical Union in "recognition of significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth systems science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society."