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Remembering Fredric Raichlen
01/23/2015

Remembering Fredric Raichlen

Douglas Smith
Fredric ("Fred") Raichlen, professor emeritus of civil and mechanical engineering in Caltech's Division of Engineering and Applied Science, passed away on December 13, 2014. He was an expert in coastal engineering whose pioneering studies of tsunami mechanics have led to standards for designing tsunami-resistant structures that have saved lives around the world.
Fred Raichlen
Grotzinger Steps Down as Curiosity’s Project Scientist
01/15/2015

Grotzinger Steps Down as Curiosity’s Project Scientist

Lorinda Dajose
Caltech geologist John Grotzinger, who was recently named chair of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, has stepped down as project scientist for NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity. He is succeeded by Ashwin Vasavada (PhD '98) of JPL.
Remembering Don L. Anderson
01/12/2015

Remembering Don L. Anderson

Katie Neith
A pioneer in the use of seismic anisotropy—variations in the velocities of seismic waves as they move at different angles through materials—to study the earth's interior, and a researcher whose work helped advance our understanding of the composition, structure, and dynamics of the earth and of earth-like planets, Don L. Anderson passed away on December 2, 2014.
Kanamori Receives Sacred Treasure from Japanese Government
12/17/2014

Kanamori Receives Sacred Treasure from Japanese Government

Lorinda Dajose
Geophysicist Hiroo Kanamori has been awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure Gold and Silver Star by the government of Japan.
Fred Raichlen
12/16/2014

Fred Raichlen

Douglas Smith
Fredric ("Fred") Raichlen, professor emeritus of civil and mechanical engineering at Caltech, passed away on December 13, 2014. He was 82 years old. Raichlen was an expert on the mechanics of tsunamis, the waves created by underwater earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other geologic events.
Fred Raichlen
Don L. Anderson
12/03/2014

Don L. Anderson

Kathy Svitil
Don L. Anderson, the Eleanor and John R. McMillan Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, passed away on December 2, 2014. He was 81 years old.
Caltech Geologists Discover Ancient Buried Canyon in South Tibet
11/20/2014

Caltech Geologists Discover Ancient Buried Canyon in South Tibet

Kimm Fesenmaier
A team of researchers has discovered an ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet. The geologists say that the ancient canyon—thousands of feet deep in places—effectively rules out a popular model used to explain how the massive and picturesque gorges of the Himalayas became so steep, so fast.
New Center Supports Data-Driven Research
11/20/2014

New Center Supports Data-Driven Research

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
The new Center for Data-Driven Discovery makes advanced computational tools available to researchers from all six Caltech divisions, plus JPL researchers.
Watson Lecture: "Photosynthesis: A Planetary Revolution"
11/17/2014

Watson Lecture: "Photosynthesis: A Planetary Revolution"

Douglas Smith
Two and a half billion years ago, single-celled organisms called cyanobacteria harnessed sunlight to split water molecules, producing energy to power their cells and releasing oxygen into an atmosphere that had previously had none. These early environmental engineers are responsible for the life we see around us today, and much more besides. At 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium, Professor of Geobiology Woodward "Woody" Fischer will describe how they transformed the planet. Admission is free.
Sun shining through a leaf
Robotic Ocean Gliders Aid Study of Melting Polar Ice
11/10/2014

Robotic Ocean Gliders Aid Study of Melting Polar Ice

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech researchers use robotic ocean gliders to study how warm water is making its way to Antarctic ice sheets—and how this warming ultimately leads to rising ocean levels.