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Caltech Economics Professor James Quirk Dies at 93

Monday, October 18, 2021 | 3:38 pm

James “Jim” P. Quirk, a former professor of economics at Caltech noted for his research into the economics of sports, died in June 2020, the Institute has recently learned. He was 93. Quirk was born in 1926 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned a degree in civil e... More »

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Caltech Professor Appointed to U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 5:36 am

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that John O. Dabiri (MS ’03, PhD ’05), the Centennial Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, has been appointed to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). The board is an important component of ... More »

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Pasadena Resident to Receive Award at Nixon Library

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 5:05 pm

Pasadena resident and former Trump administration National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien has been selected, along with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to receive the Richard Nixon Foundation’s 2021 Architect of Peace Award for their work developing... More »

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Former Caltech Scientist Shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | 12:12 pm

Princeton Professor David MacMillan, who earned his doctorate from UC Irvine and once worked as a scientist at Caltech, is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, an honor he is sharing with Benjamin List, who is a former student and assistant professor at... More »

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City of Pasadena Welcomes New Public Works Director

Friday, October 1, 2021 | 9:55 am

After completing a nationwide search that spanned four months and attracted well-qualified candidates, Tony Olmos has been appointed public works director with the City of Pasadena effective Nov. 1. He will oversee a department with 230 full-time employees and... More »