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UCLA-led Dawn Mission provides closest ever look at dwarf planet Ceres

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 in News

UCLA-led Dawn Mission provides closest ever look at dwarf planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn Mission, which is led by UCLA Professor Chris Russell, reached the dwarf planet Ceres earlier this year after its previous rendezvous with asteroid Vesta. It is now observing Ceres from 2700 miles about the surface and returning the closest images that have ever been taken of the object. A one-minute video animation has been produced with the images, showing the object’s mysterious “bright spots” and its heavily cratered terrain. To read the full article, visit...

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Graduate student Carolyn Crow named recipient of 2015 Gordon McKay Award of the Meteoritical Society

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 in News

Graduate student Carolyn Crow named recipient of 2015 Gordon McKay Award of the Meteoritical Society

UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences graduate student Carolyn Crow has been named recipient of the 2015 Gordon McKay Award of the Meteoritical Society.  The award honors the memory of experimental petrologist and lunar scientist Gordon A. McKay and is given each year to the student who gives the best oral presentation at the annual meeting of the society.  Carolyn’s talk in Berkeley was entitled “I-Xe degassing ages of terrestrial and lunar impact...

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UCLA Plasma Fest Registration Open!

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 in News

UCLA Plasma Fest Registration Open!

  Registration for Plasma Fest 2015 is open (and FREE!) but required due to limited seating. In case you haven’t done that yet, please register now at: http://psti.ucla.edu/plasmafest/register.html AGENDA 8:30-12:30: Symposium Location: Physics and Astronomy Building (PAB) Room 1-434 After a welcome by Joseph Rudnick, Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, and opening remarks by Frank Jenko, Director of UCLA’s Plasma Science and Technology Institute (PSTI), there will be several overview talks highlighting the outstanding breadth and depth of UCLA-based plasma research....

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Discovery of “zebra stripes” in space by Yuri Shprits and Chris Russell

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in News

Discovery of “zebra stripes” in space by Yuri Shprits and Chris Russell

UCLA researcher Yuri Shprits, along with Prof. Chris Russell have observed the structure of plasma waves in the equatorial regions of near-Earth space. The waves, which have until now only been observed as noise, have a highly structured pattern reminiscent of a zebra pattern. The discovery is highly significant for satellites and humans in space, which can be harmed by the high-energy particles. To read the full press release, visit the UCLA...

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Exploring Your Universe 2015!

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 in News

Exploring Your Universe 2015!

This year’s Exploring Your Universe (EYU) event at UCLA will be held on Sunday, November 8th, 2015.  Exploring Your Universe is an annual event held on the UCLA campus that includes science exhibitions, hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments.  The event is free to the public and promises an exciting time and a great learning experience for kids and adults alike. To read more about previous years’ EYU events and other iPLEX outreach events, please visit our Exploring Your Universe page and stay tuned for more...

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First JPL-UCLA Planetary Science Workshop a Great Success

Posted on May 29, 2015 in News

First JPL-UCLA Planetary Science Workshop a Great Success

Researchers from JPL and UCLA came together on May 27th to celebrate the adoption of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote cooperation between scientists at both institutions.  This first joint JPL-UCLA planetary science workshop under the auspices of the MOU was attended by over ninety scientists and members from both institutions (approximately half from JPL and half from UCLA).  The workshop featured 9 invited science talks and 35 posters in two poster sessions.  UCLA’s Dean of Physical Sciences Joe Rudnick and JPL’s Chief Scientist Dan McCleese both signed the MOU,...

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First Joint JPL-UCLA Planetary Science Workshop Announced

Posted on May 8, 2015 in News

First Joint JPL-UCLA Planetary Science Workshop Announced

We are extremely happy to announce that JPL and UCLA have agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “to enable collaboration in the planetary sciences between UCLA and JPL to promote the stature, visibility, and excellence of the field…by facilitating interactions among scientists and students at both institutions.” To mark this occasion, we are celebrating with a collaborative science workshop to be held from 10am-4pm on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at UCLA.  The meeting will include the joint signing of the MOU at 3pm by UCLA’s Senior Dean Joe Rudnick and...

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Prof. Jean-Luc Margot says to stop blaming the Moon

Posted on Apr 5, 2015 in News

Prof. Jean-Luc Margot says to stop blaming the Moon

In a study published online in the journal Nursing Research, Professor Jean-Luc Margot debunks the myth that the full Moon has an influence on the number of hospital admissions, births, and other human affairs.  Margot explains that this belief stems from “confirmation bias” – where we take note of evidence that reinforces beliefs we already have and ignore evidence that conflicts with those beliefs. For more information, read the full press...

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Two large meteorites added to UCLA Meteorite Gallery

Posted on Apr 5, 2015 in News

Two large meteorites added to UCLA Meteorite Gallery

Two large iron meteorites are now on display at the UCLA Meteorite Gallery.  The specimens are both on long-term loan to the gallery through the generosity of UCLA alumnus Peter Utas and his wife, Barbara Broide.  The larger of the two specimens is 811 pounds, making it the largest meteorite on display in the gallery. To learn more, read the full press release...

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Watkins’ research featured as Planetary Geomorphology Photo of the Month

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 in News

Watkins’ research featured as Planetary Geomorphology Photo of the Month

EPSS graduate student Jessica Watkins explains her research about massive landslides on Mars in a new post featured on the Planetary Geomorphology Photo of the Month blog run by Dr. Mary Bourke.  Watkins uses satellite imagery of Mars to identify and study signs of long-runout landslides, large scale movement of material over distances greather than 50 kilometers.  To learn more about her work, read the full post.

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iPLEX Presents Science Education Program at AGU

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 in News, Outreach

iPLEX Presents Science Education Program at AGU

At the 2014 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, more than 24,000 students and researchers met to discuss topics in the Earth and Space Sciences.  However, the latest scientific discoveries were not the only issues presented.  iPLEX’s own Ivy Curren shared our organization’s recent innovations in science education and outreach that include streamlining the process of scheduling community outreach events and keeping better tabs on UCLA volunteers through online forms and databases.  Informal and formal educators can easily access the outreach hub of...

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Graduate student recognized for outstanding talk

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 in News

Graduate student recognized for outstanding talk

EPSS graduate student Carolyn Crow is being recognized by Wiley-Blackwell and The Meteoritical Society for her outstanding presentation at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society in Casablanca this past September.  Carolyn received a prize for her talk entitled “Impact shock microstructures in Apollo 14...

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UCLA Graduate Student awarded Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 in News

UCLA Graduate Student awarded Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award

EPSS graduate student Patrick Boehnke has been named the 2014 recipient of the Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award from the Geological Society of America’s Division of Planetary Geology.  This international award honors the memory of Eugene M. Shoemaker, one of the founders of the science of impact cratering who brought geological principles into the emerging discipline of planetary science.  The Shoemaker award has been given 16 times since its founding in 1999, and Patrick becomes the 2nd EPSS student to win the prize.  You can read more about Gene Shoemaker and the award that bears...

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SPINLab video pairs music and science

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in News

SPINLab video pairs music and science

SPINLab scientists used a tank, a record player, and dye to create an exciting video that illustrates the formation of  Taylor columns.  These striking columns are fluid dynamics phenomenon that occur as fluid moves around an obstacle in a rotating system.  Check out the new video below:

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Prof. Velli named AGU Fellow

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 in News

Prof. Velli named AGU Fellow

Assistant Professor Marco Velli in the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences department has just been named as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.  Marco is cited “For his pioneering work on coronal heating, the origin of the solar wind, and the theory of solar wind turbulence driven by wave reflections.”  This honor is given to members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of Earth and space sciences. It is limited to no more than 0.1 percent of the total membership of AGU annually.  Marco and his 2014...

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UCLA Professor David Paige and Team Selected for Mars 2020 Mission

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in News

UCLA Professor David Paige and Team Selected for Mars 2020 Mission

UCLA’s David Paige along with a team of US and foreign collaborators has been selected to design and run a ground-penetrating radar instrument to be included as part of the payload of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission. The Radar Imager for Mars’ Subsurface Exploration (RIMFAX), was one of seven (out of 58 proposals) carefully-selected instruments that will conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. A unique instrument that has not been taken to Mars previously, the RIMFAX will provide centimeter-scale resolution of the geology and...

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New SpinLab video brings fluid dynamics to life

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in News

New SpinLab video brings fluid dynamics to life

Professor Jon Aurnou and the UCLA SPINLab have posted a new educational video illustrating the rotational effects on falling droplets in both air and water.  The video features music composed by EPSS department administrator Mike Rathjen.  Learn more about SPINLab and watch more videos like this one on their website.

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2014 Distinguished Alum To Lecture About Asteroids

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in News

2014 Distinguished Alum To Lecture About Asteroids

On October 9th, Dr. Alan Harris will give the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Lecture for the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Department.  There will be a reception held at 5:30pm at the Young Hall Patio, followed by the lecture at 6:30pm in Court of Sciences 76.  The talk title is “Hunting for Killer Asteroids, the Past, Present and Future of Near-Earth Asteroid Surveys”.  Dr. Harris, who earned his PhD from UCLA in 1975, has spent the majority of his career studying the impact hazards of near-Earth asteroids. Learn more about the lecture and Dr. Harris...

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High school students experience science at UCLA during outreach visit

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in News, Outreach

High school students experience science at UCLA during outreach visit

On June 27th, a group of 40 high school students visited UCLA from the Moreno Valley College Upward Bound Math and Science Program.  They toured the newly renovated UCLA Meteorite Gallery and spoke to a student panel about physics and astronomy.  This visit was sponsored by AstronomyLive! and iPLEX.  Upward Bound coordinator Micki Clowney said of the experience: “The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Everything from the tour of the gallery to the student panel to the mini tour to the Bruin Bear was memorable.  The students really enjoyed speaking to the undergraduate and...

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TwentyWonder Charity Event Mixes Art, Science, and Quirkiness

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in News, Outreach

TwentyWonder Charity Event Mixes Art, Science, and Quirkiness

On June 28, 2014, iPLEX planetary scientists sponsored several activities at the TwentyWonder charity event held in Echo Park in Los Angeles.  The 21+ event, part smorgasbord for the mind and part roller derby, included a variety of exhibits ranging from comedians to musicians to scientists.  iPLEX volunteers brought an inflatable planetarium and ran shows throughout the evening and also set up a gravity well demo.  Proceeds from TwentyWonder went to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) – to find out how to donate, visit their website. [Show...

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