The Catholic University of America


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.

 In the Spotlight



Happy Retirement!

Since she began here in the CUA Physics Department in 1985, the recently retired Gail Hershey has been a bright spot in our offices. In her thirty year career here at CUA, she has provided students, faculty, and staff alike with help and advice, as well as a warm and welcoming smile. As the assistant to the chair, she has long been the face of our department. She has two sons, Steve and Jim, both of whom attended CUA as undergraduates. Currently, she resides in Annapolis, Maryland. In her retirement she plans to spend more time with family and to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation! Thank you Gail, and congratulations on a wonderful career! We will all miss you!