Alumni Lecture 2014 - Alan Harris

This year, the EPSS distinguished alumni lecturer is Alan Harris, M.S. '67, Ph.D. '75. His lecture is titled “Hunting for Killer Asteroids, the Past, Present and Future of Near-Earth Asteroid Surveys” will be held on October 9th, 2014 6:30PM at the Court of Sciences 76.

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ELFIN - Students Satellite

To conduct research on “space weather,” an enterprising group of UCLA undergraduates is manufacturing the first satellite built entirely on the UCLA campus.

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Greetings from the Chairman

In the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, we seek to understand the Earth and the planets. Our students, researchers, and faculty tackle a wide range of problems, from the Sun to the most distant planets, and from the center of the Earth to the tenuous ionized gases of the solar wind. We probe the interior of the Earth using seismic data, laboratory measurements, and computer modeling. We study both the ancient tectonics of the Earth and its ongoing activity. We explore Earth's upper atmosphere using spacecraft to measure magnetic fields and plasmas. Moving outward from Earth, we study other planets, their interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, and particle and field environments.

--Kevin McKeegan

Upcoming Events

ESS M288A - Space Physics Seminar

Title: ARTEMIS observations of flux ropes/time dependent reconnection model
Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speaker: Stefan Kiehas

ESS 235A - Geocheminar

Title: Zinner-TBA
Date: Oct. 28, 2014
Time: noon - 1 p.m.
Speaker: Ernst Zinner

ESS 245A - Tectonics Seminar

Title: Zagros
Date: Oct. 29, 2014
Time: noon - 1 p.m.
Speaker: Mortaza Pirouz

News and Announcements

10/14/2014 - Viscosity of Carbonate Melts Similar to Water, not Silicate Melts

Despite extensive studies on the occurrence and stability of carbonate-rich melts, physical properties (such as density, viscosity, and mobility) of ...

9/24/2014 - Spinlab Featured on Popular Fluid Dynamics Website

The SpinLab is featured on a popular fluid dynamics website. SPINLab scientists used a tank, a record player, and dye ...

9/02/2014 - Adjunct Position in Geology

The UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences is recruiting an assistant adjunct professor to each geologic mapping. Please ...