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New climate science degree extends UCLA’s commitment to environmental research and teaching

A new bachelor’s degree within the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences is among the world’s very first major programs in climate science and will prepare UCLA students to lead in this critical field. Click here to read more.

UCLA receives $2 million from physicist–philanthropist Mani Bhaumik

The gift from physicist and former UCLA postdoctoral fellow Mani Bhaumik to the UCLA Division of Physical Sciences will give students new resources to advance their education. Half of the gift will help establish the Mani L. Bhaumik Graduate Fellowship in Theoretical Physics; the other $1 million names a dedicated study and collaboration space in Young Hall. Click here to read more.

UCLA’s Neil Garg wins country’s leading teaching award and its $250,000 prize

California Professor of the Year Neil Garg is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The award, which is given once every two years, was announced today by Baylor University. The Cherry Award honors outstanding professors who are extraordinary, inspiring teachers with a positive, long-lasting effect on students and a record of distinguished scholarship. Click here to read more.

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Spotlight: SPINLab

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (EPSS) professor Jon Aurnou leads the Simulated Planetary Interiors Laboratory or SPINLab, which studies how the rotation of planets shapes the flow of fluids in their atmospheres and cores.

Now, fun, hands-on experiments developed by SPINLab students and postdocs are visiting local middle and high schools to teach younger students how Earth’s rotation impacts our day-to-day weather.

Click here to read more about this program and find out about how to bring DIYnamics to a school near you.


May 21–25, 2018: Undergraduate Research Week

Undergraduate Research Week showcases and celebrates undergraduate research and creative projects across disciplines. It provides opportunities for our undergraduate students to present their work to the UCLA campus community, alumni, and visitors. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to read more.

November 4, 2018: Exploring Your Universe

UCLA’s free all-day science festival for the whole family returns for its 10th year. Mark your calendar and stay tuned to as more details are announced.

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