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Welcome to IACS

The IACS was established in October 1996 to develop strong research and educational programs in the areas of astrophysics and computational sciences at The Catholic University of America (CUA), and promote closer cooperation between CUA and government agencies and with industry. This has been done to take advantage of CUA’s proximity to major laboratories and its existing collaborations with government and private enterprise. The ultimate goal is to enhance research, educational, and employment opportunities for CUA faculty, research staff, and students over what is typically offered in the academic environment. The IACS operates within the Department of Physics at CUA.

Recent News

The most recent paper by Dr. Vadim Uritsky was chosen for Highlight from Journal of Geophysical Research.

The annual mini Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) workshop will be held in San Francisco, CA  December 4, 2011 Westin San Francisco Market Street, 50 Third St. San Francisco (Third Floor meeting rooms). 2011 mini GEM sessions are ULTIMA- ground magnetometer workshop, Magnetosheath, Near-Earth Plasma and Fields, Plasmasphere-Magnetosphere Interactions, Substorm Onset, Themis Data Analysis Software tutorial, Radiation Belts and Wave Modeling, Magnetic Mapping, GGCM-Metrics & Validation and GEM-CEDAR Modeling Challenge. You can contact A. Pulkkinen ( for further details.

DARPA awards Catholic University, Pamela Clark research project lead, to develop artificially intelligent, Web-based software for configuring spacecraft into clusters capable to perform different jobs.

Read the most recent NASA press release about Dr. Leon Ofman research.

NASA's "Deep Impact" blast revealed that hidden cavities filled with pressurized gas hid within the comet Tempel 1, the new study led by Dr. Sergei Ipatov of Catholic University in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

NASA Awards Cooperative Agreement for Solar-Heliospheric Science Center to the Catholic University of America.

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Image Credits

Images are courtesy to NASA and HST.