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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.
Developing the Next Generation of Microsensors
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.
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.
Venkat Chandrasekaran: Working Optimally
09/26/2012

Venkat Chandrasekaran: Working Optimally

Kimm Fesenmaier
Venkat Chandrasekaran, an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences, arrived at Caltech in early September.
Happy 35th Birthday, Voyager!
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.

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.