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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

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in News | Comments Off

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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2014 Distinguished Alum To Lecture About Asteroids

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

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...

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High school students experience science at UCLA during outreach visit

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in News, Outreach | Comments Off

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...

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TwentyWonder Charity Event Mixes Art, Science, and Quirkiness

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in News, Outreach | Comments Off

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...

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Invite UCLA volunteers to your school

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Featured, News, Outreach | Comments Off

Invite UCLA volunteers to your school

Are you an educator or youth group leader interested in sharing the excitement of astronomy and planetary science with your students?  Submit a request to have volunteers visit your school or apply to bring your class to UCLA.  Our outreach events include hands-on activities for all ages ranging from building bottle rockets to gazing through solar telescopes. Our list of outreach activities details the hands-on science demos that can be brought to your classroom.  For more specific information about any of these activities and how to...

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