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03/13/2014

Caltech Appoints Diana Jergovic to Newly Created Position of Vice President for Strategy Implementation

Kathy Svitil
In the newly created position, Jergovic will collaborate closely with the president and provost, and with the division chairs, faculty, and senior leadership on campus and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
02/28/2014

Gurnis Wins Geology Award

Brian Bell
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02/24/2014

Detection of Water Vapor in the Atmosphere of a Hot Jupiter

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Researchers at Caltech and several other institutions have made the first detection of water in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the nearby star tau Boötis.
02/18/2014

The First 50 Years of Planetary Science

Douglas Smith
If you ask Andy Ingersoll how Caltech has contributed to our understanding of the universe, he'll tell you, "Caltech invented planetary science!" Since the field's origins 50 years ago, Caltech has become one of the top planetary-science research centers.
02/10/2014

Is Natural Gas a Solution to Mitigating Climate Change?

Cynthia Eller
Research by atmospheric chemist Paul Wennberg suggests that losses of natural gas—our "cleanest" fossil fuel—into the atmosphere may be a larger source than previously recognized.
02/10/2014

Caltech's "Secrets" to Success

Allison Benter
Everyone who really knows Caltech understands that it is unique among universities around the world. But just what makes Caltech so special? We've asked that question before, and the numbers don't tell the full story. So, is it our focus? Our culture? Our people?
01/28/2014

From Rivers to Landslides: Charting the Slopes of Sediment Transport

Cynthia Eller
In Caltech's Earth Surface Dynamics Lab the behavior of rivers is modeled through the use of artificial rivers through which water can be pumped at varying rates over a variety of sediments.
01/24/2014

Caltech Alum Leshin Named President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech alumna Laurie Leshin (MS '89, PhD '95), has been named the new president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts.
01/17/2014

Lessons from the 1994 Northridge Quake

Cynthia Eller
Since the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake 20 years ago, researchers at Caltech have learned much more about where earthquakes are likely to happen, and how danger to human life and damage to property might be mitigated when they do occur.
12/17/2013

Megafloods: What They Leave Behind

Cynthia Eller
Caltech researchers Michael Lamb and Kenneth A. Farley offer a plausible account that amphitheater-headed canyons on both Earth and Mars were created by enormous floods.