Congratulations to EPSS Graduate Student Bryce Mitsunaga for being awarded an NSF Fellowship for his project titled "A reconstruction of temperature and δ18O data at the Last Glacial Maximum using soil and gastropods from the Chinese Loess Plateau"! EPSS Postdoc Jeana Drake has also received an NSF Fellowship for her project titled "Coral skeleton protein evolution: Using ancient and modern skeletal protein data to elucidate coral evolution patterns". Congratulations to the both of them on their success!

The NASA Dawn Mission In The News

Posted on March 25, 2016

The Dawn Mission has made news headlines with more information on the bright spots found at Occator Crater on the asteroid Ceres. Dr. Christopher T. Russell of UCLA is the PI for the Dawn Mission. Read more about it here: www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35880029

Former UCLA Graduate Student, Matthew Siegler and EPSS Professor Dr. David Paige are co-authors in a Nature Publication regarding lunar polar wander and the effect on ice deposits. Congratulations to their research group and the publication! You can read about it here

Meteorite expert Dr. Alan Rubin was recently in the news having helped a team of meteorite hunters successfully ID meteorite fragments recovered in Florida: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/11/science/how-an-amateur-meteorite-hunter-tracked-down-a-fireball.html?hpw&rref=science&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0

EPSS's own Chris Russell and the NASA Dawn Mission Team have received the Collier Trophy that is awarded “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.” You can read about it here

UCLA geochemist finds striking similarities between climate change patterns today and millions of years ago. Read more about it here from the UCLA Newsroom: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/antarctica-could-be-headed-for-major-meltdown

Professor Ed Young 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 summer. Congratulations, Ed! Professor Young also had a recent publication in the journal Science on the formation of the Moon which you may read here: science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6272/493.full