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VSL Confirms
Nuclear Waste
Cleanup Method

The process, developed by CUA's Vitreous State Laboratory, will keep the highly volatile radioactive element technetium from escaping when nuclear waste is treated for disposal.

Astronomy Grad
Gazes at Galaxies

Elysse Voyer, a 2011 Ph.D. graduate, interprets data from ground- and space-based telescopes at Laboratoire D’Astrophysics de Marseille in France. During her two-year assignment, she will analyze star-forming galaxies in the Virgo Cluster.

Students Win
Travel Award

A group of undergraduates presented their research results at a recent nuclear physics conference. The students' research is part of the design of the kaon aerogel Cerenkov detector that CUA scientists are building for a strangeness physics program at the Jefferson Laboratory.

CUA Faculty Join
'Evolving Universe'
Conference in Brazil

The conference celebrated the collaboration of the International Network of Catholic Astronomical Institutions with the Vatican Observatory in conducting research on the universe.

Professor Horn Honored
As Outstanding Scholar

She was recognized for her research on the structures of subatomic particles, and for her accessibility to students, interactive style, and service as a mentor.

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.

 Supernova In Nucleus of QS02 Mrk477 Disocvered by CUA Intern, LuisFelipe Longo Micchi, under the direction of Dr. Steve Kraemer, Phsyics Dept, Chair 


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Students Receive Backstage Look at NASA Facilities

A group of 11 Catholic University students were given a behind-the-scenes look at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center earlier this month, as part of a special program intended to promote interest in the sciences while introducing them to the work of University faculty at the national science facility.

The tour, which was open to all honors students, regardless of major, was organized by Vadim Uritsky, associate professor of physics and director of the University’s Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, and Jennifer Paxton, clinical assistant professor of history and assistant director of the University Honors Program.

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