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Initiatives on Cosmic Origins
VIRGINIA Initiative on Cosmic Origins
A new research initiative hosted by the Depts. of Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, and Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Virginia and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville, VA, USA, focused on Cosmic Origins Science. We address fundamental questions about the formation of galaxies, stars, planets and life in the Universe.
VICO has been established in 2017 with support from the University of Virginia Strategic Investment Fund (PI: Prof. Eric Herbst) and the arrivals of Professor Jonathan C. Tan and Assistant Professor Ilse Cleeves. VICO has formed strategic international partnerships with the Chalmers Initiative on Cosmic Origins (CICO) and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Caselli group). For more information about VICO and its activities please contact Herbst and/or Tan.
VICO Faculty
  1. Crystal Brogan
    Crystal Brogan
    Associate Astronomer, NRAO
    Star Formation, Protoplanetary Disks
  2. L. Ilsedore Cleeves
    L. Ilsedore Cleeves
    Assistant Professor, Astronomy
    Observational and theoretical studies of protoplanetary disks
  3. Rachel Friesen
    Rachel Friesen
    Research Scientist, NRAO
    Star Formation
  4. Brooks H. Pate
    Brooks H. Pate
    Professor, Chemistry
    Molecular spectroscopy using highly efficient methods.
  5. Anthony Remijan
    Anthony Remijan
    Research Scientist, NRAO
    Observational radio-astronomy of new molecules, especially with ALMA.
  6. Anne Verbiscer
    Anne Verbiscer
    Research Professor, Astronomy
    Solar System planetary studies.
  7. Al Wooten
    Al Wooten
    Astronomer, NRAO
    Astrochemistry and radio-astronomical observations of molecules, especially with ALMA.
VICO Postdocs
  1. Nicola Da Rio
    Nicola Da Rio
    Postdoctoral Associate, Astronomy
    Star and star cluster formation; pre-main sequence evolution
  2. Viviana Rosero
    Viviana Rosero
    Postdoctoral Associate, Astronomy
    Massive star formation; radio astronomy, including observation programs with VLA and ALMA.
  3. Thomas Bisbas
    Thomas Bisbas
    Postdoctoral Associate, Astronomy
    Interstellar medium physics in the local and distant universe
  4. Duncan Christie
    Duncan Christie
    Postdoctoral Associate, Astronomy
    Magneto-hydrodynamics; exoplanet atmospheres
  5. Brett McGuire
    Brett McGuire
    Hubble Fellow, NRAO
    Laboratory molecular spectroscopy and radio-astronomical observations
VICO Graduate Students
  1. Yu Cheng
    Yu Cheng
    Ph.D. student, U. Florida Astronomy
    Core mass function; star cluster formation, massive star formation
  2. Ilsa Cooke
    Ilsa Cooke
    Ph.D. student, Chemistry
    Experiments on diffusion and photodissociation in low temperature ices
  3. Ceci Xue
    Ceci Xue
    Ph.D. student, Chemistry
    Analysis of ALMA data to determine and explain with high spatial resolution the abundance distributions of three isomers (methyl formate, acetic acid, glycolaldehyde) in the Sgr B2(N) region
  4. Jessica Tennis
    Jessica Tennis
    Ph.D. student, Chemistry
    Cosmic ray bombardment
  5. Alec Paulive
    Alec Paulive
    Ph.D. student, Chemistry