of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Center for Origin Studies (CCOS)
Faculty members and students from the Department of Astronomy
and Astrophysics, the Physics Department, and the Center for
Adaptive Optics combine their expertise and overlapping research
interests to form a CalSpace Center for Origin Studies (CCOS).
The scientific theme for the center is investigation of the
origins of the elements, stars, galaxies, and structures in
the universe. Its goals are to conduct a multi-disciplinary
attack on the science of the targeted themes in terms of theory,
education, and innovative new devices to allow us to explore
the universe. We leverage the activities of this Center by
bringing together the astrophysics, physics, engineering,
and related sciences at UCSC with programs and resources at
NASA/Ames, LLNL, the new Santa Clara Industrial Outreach Complex,
and other University of California campuses.
objectives of the UCSC CalSpace Center for Origin Studies
are to collaborate with the space and optics industry in California
to develop the instruments needed to explore the vast frontiers
of the cosmos and search for practical applications these
devices and techniques might have for industry and human health.
The Center also provides hands-on experience to students on
both technical and intellectual fronts. We shall seek to train
a new cadre of Ph.D.s who will be the leaders of our discipline
and impart the thrill of our discoveries and the basics of
astrophysics and science to an increasing number of undergraduates
at UCSC, in particular those who will go on to teach K-12.
In addition, the CCOS generates an outreach program designed
to disseminate the most up-to-date discoveries in astronomy
and adaptive optics to the general public and to inspire an
ever-increasing number of K-12 students to enter the field
of science and technology.
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