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SCU astrophysicist Kristin Kulas (far right) with current SCU students and  NASA colleagues on the catwalk of the Shane Telescope at nearby Lick Observatory.

SCU astrophysicist Kristin Kulas (far right) with current SCU students and NASA colleagues on the catwalk of the Shane Telescope at nearby Lick Observatory.

New Opportunities in Observational Astronomy and Astrophysics

Kristin Kulas and students collaborate with NASA Ames

SCU astrophysicist Kristin Kulas, Ph.D. continues to provide wonderful hands-on opportunities for SCU physics and engineering physics majors who are interested in observational astronomy and astrophysics. Her work is funded in part by the National Science Foundation. Since coming to SCU, Kulas has established an active research program in collaboration with her colleagues at NASA Ames, including SOFIA Associate Director for Science Operations and USRA, Dr. B-G Andersson.  Their work focuses on understanding how magnetic and strong radiation fields can affect star formation. 

Every year Dr. Kulas takes her research students to observe a night at Lick Observatory. The photo to the right shows Dr. Kulas (far right) observing with now-former SCU students Remy Dennis (left, currently a systems engineer at Raytheon ), Janik Karoly (back, currently a Ph.D. graduate student at the University Of Central Lancashire ), Mandy Caputo (back-right, currently a Ph.D. graduate student at the University of Toledo), and collaborating NASA postdoc Dr. Archana Soam (middle).

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Kristin Kulas (far right) with current SCU students and  NASA colleagues on the catwalk of the Shane Telescope at nearby Lick Observatory (April, 2019).