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A Sky Full of Planets
11/27/2012

A Sky Full of Planets

Ann Motrunich
The confirmed count of planets in other solar systems has skyrocketed to more than 850, plus thousands of identified candidates. The opportunity to characterize so many solar systems has brought together Caltech planetary scientists and astronomers, who are forming a Center for Planetary Astronomy.
High-Energy Physicists Smash Records for Network Data Transfer
11/21/2012

High-Energy Physicists Smash Records for Network Data Transfer

Marcus Woo
Physicists led Caltech have smashed yet another series of records for data-transfer speed. The international team of high-energy physicists, computer scientists, and network engineers reached a transfer rate of 339 gigabits per second.
Caltech Faculty Named AMS Fellows
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).
Caltech Mourns the Passing of Wallace L. W. Sargent
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.
New Caltech Fellows
10/16/2012

New Caltech 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 Mourns the Passing of Robert Christy
10/03/2012

Caltech Mourns the Passing of Robert Christy

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.
Caltech Again Named World's Top University by Times Higher Ed
10/03/2012

Caltech Again Named World's Top University by Times Higher Ed

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.
Caltech Faculty Members Honored by Popular Mechanics
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.
Dennis Kochmann Wins International Solid Mechanics Award
08/31/2012

Dennis Kochmann Wins International Solid Mechanics Award

Brian Bell

Caltech assistant professor of aerospace Dennis Kochmann received the 2012 IUTAM Bureau Prize in solid mechanics from the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Weighing Molecules One at a Time
08/26/2012

Weighing Molecules One at a Time

Marcus Woo

A team led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has made the first-ever mechanical device that can measure the mass of individual molecules one at a time.