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

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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

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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 by on Mar 11, 2015 in News | Comments Off

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...

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iPLEX Presents Science Education Program at AGU

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in News, Outreach | Comments Off

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...

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Graduate student recognized for outstanding talk

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in News | Comments Off

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

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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...

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SPINLab video pairs music and science

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in News | Comments Off

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 by on Aug 15, 2014 in News | Comments Off

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...

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UCLA Professor David Paige and Team Selected for Mars 2020 Mission

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in News | Comments Off

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...

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New SpinLab video brings fluid dynamics to life

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in News | Comments Off

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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