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Professor Kivelson is an accomplished scholar, mentor, and role model.  We were thrilled to celebrate her career with an event on campus on February 12, 2018.  We hope you enjoy the videorecording ...

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The course EPSS 136C Field Geophysics provides one of the most powerful educational models in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences.  Students consider a scientific question, go to the field for a ...

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2018 Commencement Celebration

Posted on March 19, 2018

Date: Saturday, June 16th 2018
Time: 12:45 p.m - 2:30.
Location: Young Hall Patio

The Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (EPSS) invites all of our graduating students and award recipients, along ...

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This article was adapted from the UCLA Newsroom.

Iceberg Drew Avery/Wikimedia Commons - Iceberg off the coast of Greenland.

It may not rank among the all-time greatest dramas, but the history of ice on Greenland ...

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2018 Summer Courses

Posted on March 2, 2018

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Introduction to ...

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By Mara Johnson-Groh (NASA GSFC) 
and Emmanuel Masongsong (UCLA EPSS)


Artist rendition of electrons interacting with chorus waves.  Credit: ERG Science Team

Sometimes on a dark night near the poles, the sky ...

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Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni lecturing in front of slides


Prof. Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni, a geodynamicist, will join EPSS in July 2018.  She will hold the Louis B and Martha B Slichter Endowed Chair in the Geosciences, which has been endowed specifically to support ...

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EPSS Professor Lars Stixrude

Prof. Lars Stixrude, a mineral physicist, will join EPSS in July 2018.  Prof. Stixrude received his B.S. in Geology and Physics from the University of Delaware in 1985, and completed his Ph.D ...

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This article was adapted from the UCLA Newsroom.

Kevin McKeegan in lab Courtesy of Kevin McKeegan
Kevin McKeegan will be presented with the medal at a ceremony April 29 in Washington, D.C.

Kevin McKeegan professor of cosmochemistry in ...

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It’s a Hard Rain on Titan

The Titan story is in the Planetary Radio podcast segment starting at 6:05 and ending at 34:15.

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Sean Faulk

Sean Faulk

Graduate Student, UCLA Department ...