Science and Technology
New Dean of Graduate Studies Named

Credit: Bob Paz On July 1, 2015, Doug Rees, the Roscoe Gilkey Dickinson Professor of Chemistry, will begin serving as the new dean of graduate studies at Caltech. “Doug’s experience and concern with graduate education make him an ideal choice for dean of graduate studies. I am very pleased that he is willing to make this commitment to the Institute and its students,” says Anneila…

JPL, Caltech Team Up to Tackle Big-Data Projects

Photo courtesy NASA's JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology are now actively collaborating on a project to provide scientists and engineers adequate tools that could help them handle, explore and analyze…

Caltech Robotics Launches New and Greatly Improved Robot Called “Crush”

Caltech’s Robotics Team has just launched “Crush,” its new entry for the upcoming 2015 Robosub Competition, and a “faster, smarter, more integrated machine than last year’s “Bruce” which earned the team 7th place. “We’ve been…

Pasadena Scientists Conduct Experiment in Middle of Oil Spill Exercise Off Coast of Norway

Three scientists from Pasadena, two of them from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and one from Caltech, were able to run a science experiment in the middle of a North Sea oil clean-up exercise early this…

Students in Bioengineering Course Take Inspiration from Nature

Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech A new class in bioengineering debuted this term at Caltech: “Exploring Biological Principles Through Bio-Inspired Design” (BE 107). The class was the brainchild of Michael Dickinson, the Esther M. and Abe M.…

Caltech Grads,Undergrads Collect Impressive Array of National and International Prizes

Caltech undergraduate and graduate students have collected an impressive array of awards this year, including three Fulbright grants, two Goldwater Scholarships, two Watson Fellowships, two…

Biology, With a Beat

Nicholas Meyer and Tyler Perez rapping about GFP for Caltech's Biology 1 class. This term, students in Biology 1—Principles of Biology—were offered a novel alternative…

Caltech Water Conservation and the “New Normal”

Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech At Caltech, as is true elsewhere in Pasadena and throughout California, water—and how to use it conservatively, conscientiously, and effectively—is a top…

Caltech Teams with City of Hope to Tackle Curing Type 1 Diabetes

Credit: Alyce Nicolo/Caltech Researchers at Caltech and its Duarte neighbor, City of Hope, are reporting promising strides in their collaborative project, the Caltech-City of Hope…

JPL Spacecraft Detects Impact Glass on Surface of Mars

Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has detected deposits of glass within impact craters on Mars. Though formed in the searing heat of a violent impact, such deposits might provide a delicate window into the possibility of past life on the Red Planet. During the past few years, research has shown evidence about past life has been preserved in impact glass here on Earth. A 2014 study led by scientist Peter Schultz of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, found organic molecules and plant matter entombed in glass formed by an impact that occurred millions of years ago in…

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