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UCLA Plasma Fest Registration Open!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in News | Comments Off on UCLA Plasma Fest Registration Open!

Plasma Fest is a celebration of the outstanding breadth and depth of UCLA-based research related to the fourth state of matter known as plasma. This includes space and astrophysical plasmas, fusion energy, advanced accelerators and radiation sources, plasma-materials interactions, and space propulsion. Join us at our symposium, poster session, and focus-area discussions. Plasma Fest is hosted by the Plasma Science and Technology Institute (PSTI), an Organized Research Unit at UCLA spanning seven departments in the Division of Physical Sciences...

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

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in News | Comments Off on 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 Date Announced!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Exploring Your Universe 2015 Date Announced!

Exploring Your Universe 2015 Date Announced!

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 by on May 29, 2015 in News | Comments Off on First JPL-UCLA Planetary Science Workshop a Great Success

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...

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First Joint JPL-UCLA Planetary Science Workshop Announced

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in News | Comments Off on First Joint JPL-UCLA Planetary Science Workshop Announced

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...

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

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Prof. Jean-Luc Margot says to stop blaming the Moon

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 by on Apr 5, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Two large meteorites added to UCLA Meteorite Gallery

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 on Watkins’ research featured as Planetary Geomorphology Photo of the Month

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 on iPLEX Presents Science Education Program at AGU

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 on Graduate student recognized for outstanding talk

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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