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Registration open for The Asteroid-Meteorite Connection Workshop at UCLA

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Registration open for The Asteroid-Meteorite Connection Workshop at UCLA

Registration open for The Asteroid-Meteorite Connection Workshop at UCLA

Registration for The iPLEX-hosted Asteroid-Meteorite Connection Workshop has been extended to April 15th! The workshop will feature an international cast of scientists researching asteroids, meteorites and comets using several methods with the hope of achieving a more complete understanding of the formation and evolution of planetesimals in the early Solar System and extrasolar systems. You can register as well as look at the final program and details regarding the workshop via the workshop website:...

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UCLA Researcher Alan Rubin featured in New York Times article

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in News | Comments Off on UCLA Researcher Alan Rubin featured in New York Times article

Dr. Alan Rubin, a researcher at UCLA and meteorite identification expert, was interviewed for a recent article by the New York Times. The article and Alan discuss the discovery of several meteorites in Florida and the history of the parent asteroid they likely came from. To read the full article, click here:...

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UCLA Professor emeritus narrows space between astronomy, environmentalism

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in News | Comments Off on UCLA Professor emeritus narrows space between astronomy, environmentalism

UCLA Astronomy Professor Emeritus Ben Zuckerman was recently featured in the Daily Bruin for his passion for environmentalism, conservation, and sustainability. Read more about Ben’s lifelong work here:...

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Professor Ed Young named Fellow of two geochemical associations

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Professor Ed Young named Fellow of two geochemical associations

Professor Ed Young named Fellow of two geochemical associations

Congratulations to Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Professor Ed Young who has been named a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and of the European Association of Geochemistry.  The award is “bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry”.  Ed will be honored at the Goldschmidt meeting in Yokohama this...

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Planets on Parade

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Planets on Parade

Planets on Parade

Late January and early February have provided spectacular views of the planets in the early morning sky. It is the first time that the bright planets that can be seen with the naked eye have been simultaneously visible since 2005. In their outward order from the sun, the five bright planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. They are visible because they are large and relatively close compared with other celestial objects like stars. Their surfaces and disks reflect sunlight and shine steadily, compared to the distant twinkling...

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Bidding Farewell to UCLA Professor Mike Jura

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Bidding Farewell to UCLA Professor Mike Jura

Bidding Farewell to UCLA Professor Mike Jura

It is with sadness that we report the passing of UCLA professor and distinguished astronomer, Michael Jura. A facet to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and an active member of iPLEX, Mike always encouraged the interdisciplinary blending of planetary science and astronomy. He made major contributions to the fields of theoretical and observational astronomy and was influential in the development of infrared astronomy and the Infrared Laboratory at UCLA, which now has instruments in many terrestrial and space telescopes. His presence will...

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UCLA scientists study the Moon-forming impact using oxygen isotopes

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in News | Comments Off on UCLA scientists study the Moon-forming impact using oxygen isotopes

UCLA scientists study the Moon-forming impact using oxygen isotopes

UCLA scientists Ed Young, Issaku Kohl, Paul Warren, and their collaborators are featured in Science today (January 29, 2016) with their paper “Oxygen isotopic evidence for vigorous mixing during the Moon-forming giant impact.” Using their new Panorama high-resolution mass spectrometer, which is housed at UCLA, the team has performed ultra-high precision oxygen isotope analyses of lunar samples. The compositions match those of Earth’s mantle rocks to within a few parts-per-million (in the Δ17O parameter), demonstrating that the Earth...

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UCLA Astronomer Gives TED Talk

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UCLA Astronomer Gives TED Talk

UC President’s Postdoctoral Program Fellow Dr. Aomawa Shields was awarded a TED Fellowship, which included giving a TED talk about how she searches for clues that life might exist elsewhere in the universe by examining the atmospheres of distant exoplanets. The classically trained actress-turned-astronomer also discusses her passion for engaging young women in the sciences through theater and...

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UCLA scientists attend the 47th annual American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Science meeting

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in News | Comments Off on UCLA scientists attend the 47th annual American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Science meeting

UCLA scientists attend the 47th annual American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Science meeting

Direct from the 2015 Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, pictured is a small fraction of UCLA’s EPSS students and researchers from the Jewitt and Margot Research Groups; (left to right) Man-To Hui, Ariel Graykowski, Danielle Hastings, Ashok Verma, Dave Milewski, Oliver Bowman, and Adam Greenberg, with 3 posters and 2 talks: –107.05. Mercury’s gravity field, tidal Love number k2, and spin axis orientation revealed with MESSENGER radio tracking data –307.04. Improved Algorithms for...

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iPLEX and space scientists featured in UCLA’s Prime Magazine

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on iPLEX and space scientists featured in UCLA’s Prime Magazine

iPLEX and space scientists featured in UCLA’s Prime Magazine

The Institute for Planets and Exoplanets (iPLEX) is currently featured in UCLA’s Prime Magazine. The article, written by UCLA student Allison Ong recaps the efforts of the institute and individuals to promote planetary and space science at UCLA and within the broader community over the past four years, from hosting conferences to building a public outreach program. The article is available at newsstands on the UCLA Campus and online...

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