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11/13/2012

Diving Into the Unknown: An Interview with Andrei Faraon

Kimm Fesenmaier
This fall, Andrei Faraon (BS '04) returned to his alma mater to take a position as an assistant professor of applied physics and materials science. In his work, he builds devices that attempt to use light to manipulate single quantum systems in solids.
11/01/2012

Caltech Faculty Named AMS Fellows

Marcus Woo
Nine members of Caltech's faculty have been named to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).
10/30/2012

Caltech Mourns the Passing of Wallace L. W. Sargent

Allison Benter
Wallace L. W. Sargent, Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, at Caltech, passed away on October 29.
10/17/2012

Developing the Next Generation of Microsensors

Kimm Fesenmaier
Setting the stage for a new class of motional sensors, Caltech researchers have developed a new ultrasensitive, microchip-scale accelerometer that uses laser light to measure displacement.
Soon-Jo Chung
10/16/2012

Two Faculty Members Named Packard Fellows

Marcus Woo
Two Caltech faculty members have been awarded Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. Biologist Alexei Aravin and astronomer John Johnson each were awarded $875,000, to be distributed over five years.
Caltech STEMonstrators
10/03/2012

Noted Physicist Robert F. Christy Dies

Kathy Svitil
Robert F. Christy, one of the last people alive to have worked on the Manhattan Project and whose later research in astrophysics contributed to our understanding of the size of the universe, passed away on October 3 at his home in Pasadena. The former provost and acting president of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he was a longtime professor, was 96 years old.
LIGO Hanford, LIGO Livingston and Virgo.
10/03/2012

Caltech Again Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking

Kathy Svitil
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.
10/01/2012

Caltech Faculty Members Honored by Popular Mechanics

Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech engineers and scientists often work at the frontiers of science—pushing the limits of what is known and what is possible. Now, with its eighth annual Breakthrough Awards, Popular Mechanics magazine is recognizing two projects that fall into this category and in which Caltech faculty members have played major roles—the development of ultralight micro-lattices by materials scientist Julia Greer and colleagues, and the Voyager 1 and 2 missions, whose project scientist, physicist Ed Stone, has been at Caltech for the missions' entire 35-year ride.
Artist's impression of the exoplanet in study.
09/26/2012

Working Optimally

Kimm Fesenmaier
Venkat Chandrasekaran, an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences, arrived at Caltech in early September.
09/05/2012

Happy 35th Birthday, Voyager!

Kimm Fesenmaier

Today, September 5, marks the 35th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1, which lifted off in 1977 on a Titan III–Centaur launch system just 16 days after its twin, Voyager 2. Now 11 billion and 9 billion miles from the sun, respectively, the spacecraft are the farthest-flung man-made objects, traveling every 100 days a distance equal to that between sun and Earth.