Professor John Wasson Talks Meteorites

Posted on May 16, 2017

More than 130 people gathered at the Fowler Museum's Lenart Auditorium for a talk by UCLA Meteorite Gallery and Collection Curator John Wasson. The EPSS Professor Emeritus regaled attendees with the story of the historic Treysa meteorite and his own research into the characteristics of that meteorite and other important specimens. A video of the talk may be viewed here.

Following the talk, a panel discussed the significance of meteorite studies and its impact across a variety of disciplines. The panel included Wasson, EPSS Researcher and Meteorite Gallery Co-Curator Alan Rubin, EPSS Chair Jean-Luc Margot, UCLA EPSS graduate student Kaitlyn McCain, emergency medicine doctor and meteorite collector Peter Utas, and meteorite collector, artist, and philanthropist Arlene Schlazer.

Before the talk, attendees were given the chance to hold and examine a variety of meteorites.

The UCLA Meteorite Gallery Advisory Board, photographed below, gathered for the occasion. Wasson missed the photo shoot to prepare the talk that he gave that evening. From left to right: EPSS Prof. Ed Young, Nick Gessler; Peter Utas, Rubin, Barbara Broide, Arlene Schlazer, Ted Schlazer, Margot, and EPSS Prof. Kevin McKeegan.


Other photos from the event are below:


UCLA Meteorite Gallery and Collection Curator John Wasson with Dean of Physical Sciences Miguel GarcĂ­a-Garibay and EPSS Chair Jean-Luc Margot


Young attendees got hands-on lessons about meteorites.


UCLA Meteorite Gallery Advisory Board Member Nick Gessler gives a young attendee specifics on a meteorite.

Wasson delivering his lecture.

The panel discussion (from left to right): John Wasson, Peter Utas, Arlene Schlazer, Jean-Luc Margot, Kaitlyn McCain, and Alan Rubin.