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2021

  • Female student with CUA shirt on digging a hole

    CatholicU Community Marks Earth Week with Day of Service

    Approximately 50 members of the University community gathered on Sunday, April 18, to participate in service projects celebrating Earth Week.

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    Biology Professor Details His Work on COVID-19 Vaccine During Research Day

    For the sixth year in a row, Research Day provided a showcase for some of the best and most exciting research The Catholic University of America has to offer.

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    Design Jam Addresses Equity of COVID-19 Vaccinations in D.C.

    As the COVID-19 vaccine is currently being administered in D.C. and around the world, Catholic University School of Engineering’s Center for Service Through Innovation hosted a student-led Design Jam - Vaccine D.C. in March that focused on effective and equitable vaccination in the District.

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  • Catholic Project, Harvard Co-Host Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healing Conference

    Catholic University’s Catholic Project is a proud co-sponsor of “Faith and Flourishing: Strategies for Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse.”

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    CatholicU to Host 132nd Annual Commencement Ceremony In Person at FedExField

    After months of research and preparation, Catholic University announces that its 132nd Annual Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m., at FedExField in nearby Landover, Md. 

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  • Dr. Rao

    University Establishes Bacteriophage Medical Research Center

    The Catholic University of America has announced the establishment of a research center that
    will focus on advancing biomedical technologies using a unique bacteriophage T4 technology
    developed by Biology Professor Venigalla Rao.

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  • Catholic Athletics to Move Forward With No Spectators

    With no change in the policy regarding attendance at College and University sporting events in the District of Columbia on Monday, Catholic University Athletics will continue its no spectator policy until further notice.

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  • CatholicU Researcher Analyzes COVID-19 Structures To Understand Different Variants

    New research from Victor Padilla-Sanchez, a postdoctoral research scientist at The Catholic University of America, analyzes COVID-19 structures to understand why the UK, South Africa, and Brazil variants appear to be more infectious than the original novel coronavirus.

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  • American Impasse: Politics, Citizenship, and Democracy in 2021

    The School of Arts and Sciences has gathered leading voices from government, journalism, academia, and think tanks to discuss the causes and meaning of the Capitol riot in their 2021 Spring Speakers’ Series, “American Impasse: Politics, Citizenship, and Democracy in 2021” sponsored by the school’s Board of Visitors.

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  • Graphic depicting the Cardinal logo and the words CARDS United

    Athletics Launches Diversity Initiative "CARDS United"

    On Friday, Catholic University Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Sullivan announced the formation of an Athletics Diversity Initiative called "CARDS United."

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  • Personal Meeting with Pope Francis Leads to Global Virtual Symposium on Abuse

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  • Volunteers standing in front of new community garden

    University Breaks Ground for New Community Garden

    On Saturday, March 27, students from the Student Government Association (SGA) Environmental Initiative, Catholic University Environmental Club, and staff from Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) joined forces to break ground for a new community garden, located on the north side of Curley Hall. 

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  • Programs depicting Oscar Romero with Mass going on in background

    CatholicU Celebrates St. Oscar Romero

    The Catholic University of America celebrated St. Oscar Romero last week during a series of events planned by the Center for Cultural Engagement, Campus Ministry, and the Student Organization of Latinos. 

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  • Student conducting musicians in a church

    Singing Safely: Repertory Chorus Presents Spring Performances

    While many things have started to return to some form of “normal” this spring, music performances, especially vocal programs, have continued to present large risks to performers and audiences. The Catholic University Repertory Chorus — housed within the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art — overcame the obstacles presented by the pandemic to present a Spring Series of sacred music concerts. 

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  • Nurse standing outside hospital

    Nursing Graduate Program Receives High U.S. News Ranking

    The Conway School of Nursing was ranked #27 on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of the 220 Best Graduate Schools for Nursing, marking a significant jump from last year’s ranking of #36.

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  • Dr. Bui

    Computer Science Professor Awarded Grant for DNA Research

    Hieu Bui, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was recently
    awarded a three-year grant from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the Defense Threat
    Reduction Agency totalling $192,000.

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  • Collaboration, Creativity, and Community

    New Annual Report Tells a Pandemic Story

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  • American Impasse: Politics, Citizenships, and Democracy in 2021

    The School of Arts and Sciences at The Catholic University of America presents their 2021 Spring Speakers’ Series, “American Impasse: Politics, Citizenship, and Democracy in 2021.” 

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  • Research Examines Mental Health Among Churchgoers During COVID-19

    New research from Catholic University Professor Brandon Vaidyanathan explores the link between religious involvement and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Doctoral Students Reflect on Day 51 of the Biden Presidency

    Three politics doctoral students reflected on the challenges and successes of President Joe Biden’s administration during a webinar entitled “The Biden Presidency on Day 51.”

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  • Professor and Alumna Present Virtual Stations of the Cross

    Theology Research Associate Professor Monsignor Stephen Rossetti and music alumna Crossley Hawn recently collaborated with the Museum of the Bible to prepare a “virtual exhibit” on the Stations of the Cross.

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  • Harvard, Vatican, The Catholic Project Host International Virtual Symposium on the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse

    The Catholic Project at Catholic University, in partnership with The Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Papal Commission on the Protection of Minors, will convene public health professionals, religious leaders, and abuse survivors from across the world for a free, public, interfaith symposium to improve the health and spiritual wellbeing of victims of childhood sexual abuse, trafficking, and exploitation.

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  • Webinar Sheds Light on Medieval Pandemics

    History Professor Katherine Jansen organized the first ever webinar for the journal, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies in order to launch the January themed issue entitled, “Disease, Death and Therapy.”

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  • Members of the swimming teams celebrating their championship

    Swimming Teams Sweep Landmark Championships

    For the second-straight year, the Catholic University men's and women's swimming teams swept the Landmark Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.

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  • 70 Years Later: Remains of Hero Priest Alumnus Recovered

    On Thursday, March 4, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced that the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency of the Department of Defense had identified the remains of Catholic Priest Emil J. Kapaun.

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  • Reception area of new Alexandria campus

    Catholic University Adds Alexandria to Growing 'Skyline'

    Catholic University's presence on the higher education landscape has grown for the second time in a year with the opening of a new location in Alexandria, Va.

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    Ambassadors of Mexico and France visit CatholicU Libraries Special Collections

    On Feb. 10, 2021, Ambassador of Mexico Martha Bárcena, and Ambassador of France Philippe Étienne — and their spouses Agustín Gutiérrez Canet and Patricia Étienne respectively — visited Catholic University Libraries Special Collections.

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  • Artwork depicting a mother mourning her son

    Catholic Law Welcomes the Iconography of Kelly Latimore’s “Mama”

    With the conclusion of Catholic Law’s Black History Month program, which boasted an impressive list of events throughout the month of February, the Catholic Law community held an unveiling and blessing of a new icon for the Law School’s Mary Mirror of Justice Chapel.

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  • Various trees on campus

    University Earns Tree Campus Recognition

    The Catholic University of America was honored with a 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

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  • Whatcha Doin Podcast Logo

    Students Interview Broadway Stars with New Podcast

    A pair of students in the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art are interviewing Broadway stars as part of their podcast series, “Whatcha Doin.”

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  • Mobile virus testing lab

    CatholicU Joins Area Universities to Deploy Shield T3 COVID Testing Program

    With tremendous support offered by American University and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Catholic University will be partnering with local universities and organizations to utilize a new mobile COVID-19 testing lab that is in place at Gallaudet University in Northeast D.C.

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  • Professor and students

    Dual Enrollment Programs for High Schoolers

    In 2020, the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship in the Busch School of Business launched a college-level course for Catholic high schools to introduce students to business and entrepreneurship from a Catholic perspective. 

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  • Biology Professor Elected to Prestigious Microbiology Fellowship

    Catholic University biology Professor Venigalla Rao is being honored for his more than three decades of multidisciplinary research with a highly prestigious fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

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  • Military logo

    CatholicU Awarded ‘Gold-Level’ Military Friendly School

    The Catholic University of America has been awarded gold-level for being a military friendly school.

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  • Cover of press catalog

    The Catholic University of America Press Celebrates Record Sales

    The Catholic University of America Press has exceeded it’s “best-ever” year of book sales with two full months left in the fiscal year.

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  • A Black nun standing in the middle of a group of white nuns

    The Real Sister Act: Historian Explains the Hidden Story of Black Nuns

    Shannen Dee Williams presented her research to members of the Catholic University community Feb. 10 during a lecture entitled, “The Real Sister Act: Why the Stories of Black Catholic Sisters Matter.” 

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  • Exterior of planned nursing-science building

    CatholicU Chooses Clark Construction Group to Build Nursing School

    The Catholic University of America is pleased to announce that Clark Construction Group has been selected to construct the new nursing and sciences building, the future home of the University’s Conway School of Nursing.

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  • Nurses Succeed Even Through Pandemic Conditions

    Despite having to complete their senior year online at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last spring, nursing students from the Conway School of Nursing class of 2020 achieved a 100% pass rate the first time they took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam. 

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  • Presidents' Council Approves Fall/Spring Sport Competition

    The Landmark Conference Presidents' Council has approved a plan to conduct collegiate competition in fall and spring sports during the 2021 spring semester. 

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  • A sign along the Civil Rights Walking Tour of campus

    Community Reflects on Dr. King’s Example

    Members of the Catholic University community spent a week learning about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the current state of racial justice in America during the MLK Teach-In in January.

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  • Arts and Sciences Awards Mid-Career Sabbaticals

    The School of Arts and Sciences has awarded its first ever Mid-Career Sabbaticals to associate professors Tobias Gregory (English), Laura Mayhall (History), and Alex Russo (Media Studies).

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  • Professors Discuss Ethics of the COVID-19 Vaccines

    COVID-19 vaccines can be used “with a clear conscience,” according to Professor of Moral Theology Paul Scherz, who joined three other Catholic University faculty members for an in-depth discussion about the ethical questions pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • Very Rev. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., celebrant of the Mass

    Catholic University Community Celebrates St. Thomas Aquinas Mass Virtually

    Members of the University community and the Domincan House of Studies gathered (virtually) to pray at the start of the  spring semester at the annual Mass in honor of University patron St. Thomas Aquinas on Feb. 4.

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  • President John Garvey tours the university's power plant

    Four-Year Energy Project Nears Completion

    Thanks to a three-phase project begun in 2016, the Catholic University campus is now running more smoothly and efficiently.

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  • Uritsky

    Professor’s Solar Plumelet Discovery Could Help Explain Solar Winds

    Catholic University Physics Associate Professor Vadim Uritsky and a team of American and British scientists led by him have uncovered evidence of small solar structures —  or “plumelets” — that could shed new light on the Sun’s flow of high-speed solar wind.

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  • Biology Professor Nominated for Distinguished Research Award

    Biology Professor Venigalla Rao and his bacteriophage T4 lab have been nominated for the 2021 MolecularCloud Distinguished Research Award, which is sponsored by the biotechnology company GenScript.

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  • Workplace Religious Inclusion Highlighted in 2nd Annual Conference

    The Second National Faith@Work Employee Resource Group (ERG) Conference  will bring together representatives of Fortune 500 companies who are members of faith-and-belief ERGs Feb. 9-11, 2021.

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  • Screenshot of online school featuring equations

    CatholicU Co-Hosts Virtual School on Artificial Intelligence for Physics

    More than 300 students, researchers, and science enthusiasts from around the world signed up to participate in a weeklong series of virtual lectures and hands-on exercises that was co-hosted by The Catholic University of America, the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab), and the University of Maryland. 

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    Latin American Music Center Receives Latin GRAMMY Grant

    This week, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced the winners of its Research and Preservation Grant program. Among the four winners was the Latin American Music Center, housed in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art at The Catholic University of America, which received a $5,000 grant.

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  • Julio Bermudez

    Architecture Professor Receives International Distinguished Professor Award

    Julio Bermudez, professor of architecture and planning, has been named a Distinguished Professor in the 2021 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Architectural Education Awards. 

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  • Catholic University athletic fields

    Catholic Athletics Intends to Offer Spring Semester Competition

    In conjunction with today's Landmark Conference announcement, Catholic Athletics intends to attempt to offer its student-athletes opportunities for competition throughout the spring semester.

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  • Cardinal Health Ambassador Marie Fitzpatrick hands out raffle tickets to students she encounters who are practicing COVID-19 safety guidelines.

    Cardinal Health Ambassadors set Positive Example for Students

    A team of Catholic University students is working to set good examples when it comes to pandemic health precautions. The students are part of the Cardinal Health Ambassador program, an initiative that began last semester to encourage students to follow social distancing and masking guidelines. 

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  • Students Marching for life in 2020

    Quarantined Students Continue March for Life Tradition

    For every year in recent memory, toward the end of January, hundreds of Catholic University students, faculty, and staff would bundle up (regardless of snow or rain) and head downtown to participate in the annual March for Life. Although weather couldn’t keep them indoors, this year, a pandemic has.

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  • CatholicU Law Community Discusses Unrest at the Capitol

    The Columbus School of Law's recent "Hot Topics in the Law" event focused on the Jan.6 unrest at the U.S. Capitol. Law professors Sarah Duggin and Antonio Perez and Politics professor Matthew Green served as panelists, providing a contextual framework for the discussion.

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  • Nursing Student

    School of Nursing Recognized as a ‘Best Online Program’

    The school’s online graduate nursing program was ranked #5 on a list of 194 nursing programs across the country, thanks in part to its high scores in faculty credentials and training, student engagement, and student excellence.

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  • President Garvey and Family

    Ten Years Ago: Looking Back at the Garvey Inauguration

    Across the country and especially in Washington, D.C., the inauguration of the 46th U.S. president has been the focus of attention. Here, at The Catholic University of America, we also take a moment to recall the inauguration of our own University President 10 years ago.

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  • St. Thomas Aquinas Mass Celebrates Spring Semester

    St. Thomas Aquinas Mass Celebrates Spring Semester

    The Catholic University of America and the Dominican House of Studies will kick off the second semester of the academic year at the annual University Mass in honor of our patron St. Thomas Aquinas on Feb 4.

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  • Marty Hurney

    Alumnus Named Executive VP for Washington Football Team

    The Washington Football Team announced today that it has named Marty Hurney '93 as its Executive Vice President of Football/Player Personnel. Hurney will report directly to Head Coach Ron Rivera.

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    University Magazine Winter Issue Features Women in Engineering

    The new winter 2021 CatholicU magazine includes feature articles on women in STEM, the history of Catholic activism in the fight for racial justice, and an important anniversary for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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    Professor Collaborates with Amateurs on Deep Images of Galaxies

    This winter, Professor Duilia de Mello will present work she is collaborating on with amateur astrophotographers in Brazil at the American Astronomical Society’s 237th Meeting in January.

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