Shortcode to show Schedule Layout 1 [wep_schedule layout=1]
Special kickoff to EYU at the beginning of the event by Dean Miguel García-Garibay of the division of Physical Sciences at UCLA including a presentation of the 2023 Science and Education Pioneer Award.
Even wondered why your ice cream is so nice and creamy? Why it gets chunky in the freezer after melting? WELL, I have that answer as well as ICE CREAM! Learn about ice crystals as we make liquid nitrogen frozen treats. After all, when science meets dessert, it’s a recipe for a sweet, chilly success!
The Earth may have started out completely molten. How did it melt? What happened while it was molten? What were the atmosphere and magnetic field like? How did it crystallize to become the mostly solid Earth we see today?
Earth is hot on the inside, so hot that iron melts. And it is much cooler on the surface. Since heat always flows from high temperature to low temperature, that means the Earth is slowly cooling. How quickly is the Earth cooling? How does heat get from the inside to the outside? What is the […]
Since the dawn of humanity, we have wondered about our origins and if we are alone in the Universe. Modern advancements in technology and astronomy are allowing us to study the atmospheres of other planets and search for potential signs of life. In this talk, we will explore the various types of planets that may […]
The sun isn’t just a plain hot ball of gas, it has a lot going on. From spots and filaments, to storms and even planet-sized tornadoes. With solar maximum approaching, come discover what hundreds of years of observation have taught us and the mysteries we have yet to unravel. Then look through a solar scope […]
Come learn how to bring the power of the sun down to Earth. Starlight is produced by fusion and scientists are learning to replicate this process in the lab. Within our lifetimes, fusion will become a primary power source and someday you may even be able to hold a fusion device in the palm of […]
In our body, skin cells, heart cells, and liver cells all have the same genome, but how can they turn out so different? In this talk, we will explore what decides a cell’s fate and how cells remember their identity by understanding their memory.
This talk will include an introduction to how batteries work, why they currently cannot charge fast (no it is not just a matter of building more fast charging stations). We will then discuss new technologies that allow for fast charging, providing a look into a lower carbon future.
Humanity is engaged in the search for biosignatures and technosignatures with the goal of finding evidence of life elsewhere. Both strategies have merits, and I will argue that the search for technosignatures is a compelling, cost-effective strategy that may yield unambiguous evidence of life elsewhere in our lifetime. Since 2016, UCLA SETI has been conducting […]
We will discuss some basic concepts behind Beer-Lambert Law. Its application in the working principle in an oximeter. A demonstration on complementary color absorption will be included with the talk.
Almost every galaxy hosts a supermassive black hole at its heart with a mass between a million to a billion solar masses. Surrounding these monsters are dense environments of stars and stellar remnants. When a star ventures too close to one of these monsters, it is torn apart, potentially lighting up the darkest places in […]
Prof. Jingyi Jessica Li from UCLA Statistics will talk about how she used statistics to quantify the central dogma of biology: DNA becomes RNA, and RNA becomes protein.
We will learn about emerging and recent Nobel Prize frameworks for filming the quantum world using unique instruments that orchestrate and capture images of electronic, atomic, and molecular motion in action with unprecedented precision. One of modern science’s most important quests is to understand how the world works at its smallest and fastest constituents, and […]
Where do plastics come from? Which can be recycled? Can packing peanuts be recycled? How long are polymer chains? How many polymer chains are in a bowling ball? How are you supposed to open a ketchup package if it has no perforation marks? What is polyurethane foam used for and what is the largest polyurethane […]
Earth’s planetary-scale magnetic field flips, or reverses, its orientation roughly every 250,000 years. However, the field has remained in its current orientation for the last 760,000 years. In this talk, we will discuss the generation of the geomagnetic field within Earth’s molten metal core, the processes that underlie magnetic field reversals, and maybe do a […]