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

Duília in front of the historic telescope within Hubble’s Operations Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute, located at the Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore. Photo taken by Tommy Wiklind. 


Dr. Duilia de Mello, associate professor, was named the 2013 Professional of the Year for her work in the field of technology, information, and communication. This prestigious award is given to select Brazilian professionals who live abroad (Diaspora Brazil) by the Brazilian minister of foreign affairs, the minister of industry and foreign commerce, and the Brazilian Association of Industrial Development. Dr. de Mello was interviewed by the Brazilian magazines Galileu and Contigo in the August and October issues about winning the award Diaspora Brazil, her career in astronomy and the future of science. 

The Galileu magazine is a science magazine for the general public and her two page interview can be found here.

The Contigo magazine is a general magazine featuring fashion and curiosities and her original four page interview can be found here (Portuguese.) A translation of the Contigo article into English can be found here.


Link to the CUA press release about the award is available here.