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UCLA chemistry professor honored as 2017 Packard fellow

Hosea Nelson (right) is one of 18 outstanding young scientists in the U.S. to be awarded Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. His lab is focused on the discovery of new chemical reactions that will enable the efficient and environmentally benign syntheses of fuels, materials and medicines. Read more.

Team led by UCLA astrophysicist observes primitive comet 1.5 billion miles from the sun

A team of astronomers led by UCLA professor David Jewitt has identified a “special comet” 1.5 billion miles from the sun. No other comet heading toward our sun has ever been seen at such a great distance.. Read more.

Studies of Saturn moon could lead to new insights about the impact of climate change

New research on Saturn’s largest moon Titan was published Oct. 9 in the journal Nature Geoscience by co-senior authors Jonathan Mitchell and Seulgi Moon, both professors of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences. Read more.


The problem with dust

It’s in the air, it’s on your car, it gets up your nose. It’s been with us for eons, and it’s not going away anytime soon. It’s dust, and we need to understand it better to battle climate change. Jasper Kok, assistant professor in UCLA’s Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, is doing just that. Read more.


November 5, 2017: Exploring Your Universe

Our popular science-themed event for the whole family is returning to the Court of Sciences! This day of activities is absolutely free and open to all ages. Click here for more details.

November 18, 2017: Glenn T. Seaborg Symposium & Medal Award Dinner

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry’s longstanding event honoring significant contributions to these fields. The topic of this year’s symposium is “Viruses, from Self-Assembly to Vaccines” and the 2017 Seaborg Medal recipient is UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry Professor William Gelbart.
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March 8–10, 2018: Latinx in the Mathematical Sciences Conference

The Institute of Pure &Applied Mathematics (IPAM) will host a conference showcasing the achievements of Latina/os in the mathematical sciences.
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