Physical Sciences faculty, along with the postdocs and students in their research groups, are making breakthroughs on a daily basis. Below are some highlights of their trailblazing work.

 

Jasper Kok

 

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. Click here to read more.

 

Moon collision

 

Moon was produced by a head-on collision between Earth and a forming planet

The moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a “planetary embryo” called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, UCLA geochemists and colleagues report. Read more…

 

Jim Bowie

 

Major Advance in Synthetic Biochemistry

UCLA biochemists have devised a clever way to make a variety of useful chemical compounds, which could lead to the production of biofuels and new pharmaceuticals. Read more…

 

Eric Scerri

 

Cracks in the Periodic Table

The discovery of element 117 filled the last remaining gap in the periodic table as we know it. But even as it is being completed, the table may be losing its power. Read more…

Steve Clarke

 

Why Do Tiny Amounts of Alcohol Dramatically Extend a Worm’s Life?

When a tiny worm used frequently as a model in aging studies more than doubled its life span, UCLA Biochemists initially thought the life was due to cholesterol. They were astonished to find the actual reason. Read more…

Sarah Tolbert

 

Organization at the Nanoscale

Chemist Sarah Tolbert explores how size and structure can be used to create change in the properties of materials. Read more…

 

 

Andrea Bertozzi oil spill model

 

Modeling to Avert Disaster

Research in the lab of mathematician Andrea Bertozzi on the behavior of sand and oil is casting new light on the impact of oil-related disasters. Read more…

 

 

Larry Lyons

 

An Explosion of Light

Using images from the NASA THEMIS mission, a UCLA research team has identified new and dramatic phenomena associated with the aurora borealis. Read more…

 

 

Song-Chu Zhu

 

Teaching Computers to See

Statistics professor Song-Chu Zhu studies artificial intelligence to help computers understand one of the most challenging skills of all. Read more…

 

 

 

Moon surface

 

A Whole New Way of Seeing the Moon

NASA’s first-ever moon temperature-mapping effort, led by UCLA planetary scientist David Paige, has  returned its first data. Read more…

 

 

Seth Putterman

 

Fiat Lux in a Flask

Seth Putterman studies a wide range of extraordinary physical phenomena,  such as the production of light by bursting gas bubbles, and X-rays produced by peeling adhesive tape. Read more…

 

Jorge Torres

 

A Particular Fascination with Cell Division

Jorge Torres in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry works to understand the cell processes that lead to cancer. Read more…

 

 

 

Large Hadron Collider

 

UCLA’s involvement with the “Big Bang” machine at CERN

Robert Cousins of UCLA’s Department of Physics & Astronomy played a lead role in one of the Large Hadron Collider’s main experiments. Read more…

 

 

 

UCLA’s Meteorite Collection

Cosmochemist John Wasson directs the UCLA Collection of Meteorites, one of the largest collections of its kind in the United States. Read more…