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 be missed in both the fields of astronomy and planetary science and within the UCLA community.
We leave you with a brief video that Mike recorded for iPLEX in 2012 explaining his attraction to science at a young age and the wonder that he held for studying the cosmos, in particular white dwarfs.