The University of Maryland has announced plans to launch a now research and teaching program in astronomy next month. The University's Department of Physics will be renamed the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and courses of study leading to the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in astronomy will be offered. Faculty members will include Professor Gart Westerhout from the University of Leiden; Associate Professor William Erickson, who will come to Maryland from Convair Research Laboratory and the University of Leiden next year; Assistant Professor Uco Van Wijk, who joined the faculty last September; and at least two more astronomers to be appointed in the near future.

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