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05/07/2012

Caltech's Kanamori Named Foreign Associate of National Academy of Sciences

Kimm Fesenmaier

Hiroo Kanamori, the John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, at Caltech, has been elected one of 21 new foreign associates of the National Academy of Sciences. Eighty-four new members were also announced during the 149th annual meeting of the academy in Washington, D.C. 

05/03/2012

Caltech Researchers Use Stalagmites to Study Past Climate Change

Kimm Fesenmaier

By analyzing stalagmites, a team of Caltech researchers has determined that the climate signature in the tropics through four glacial cycles looks different in some ways and similar in others when compared to the climate signature at high latitudes.

05/02/2012

Building a Research Program from the Ground Up

Douglas Smith

What's it like to build an entire research program from scratch? It's all about becoming part of a community, according to three brand-new professors who chat about their experiences in "From the Ground Up," an article in the Spring 2012 issue of Caltech's Engineering & Science magazine.

04/19/2012

Caltech Alumni Help Make Over the Moon

Katie Neith

An entirely new globe of the moon—the first in over 40 years—is now available, thanks, in part, to Caltech alumni. Using images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, a team at Sky & Telescope magazine, including senior contributing editor Kelly Beatty (BS '73), developed the updated model. 

04/10/2012

What Triggers a Mass Extinction?

Kimm Fesenmaier

A team led by Caltech scientists has determined that the majority of extinctions in Earth's history were caused by habitat loss due to falling sea levels and cooling of the tropical oceans.

03/28/2012

Caltech Legend Robert Sharp Honored by Mars Rover Team

Kimm Fesenmaier

The international science team of the Mars Science Laboratory mission has decided to honor legendary Caltech geologist Robert P. Sharp by dubbing the mountain that the rover will study "Mount Sharp."

03/06/2012

Looking at the Man in the Moon

Marcus Woo

Many of us see a man in the moon—a human face smiling down at us from the lunar surface. The "face," of course, is just an illusion, shaped by the dark splotches of lunar maria. But why did the moon settle into an orbit with the man always facing Earth?

03/02/2012

Caltech Geochemist Wins Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Katie Neith

Paul D. Asimow, professor of geology and geochemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has been awarded the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching—Caltech's most prestigious teaching honor. Asimow was selected for his "exceptional energy, originality, and ability to explain complicated concepts effectively," according to the award citation.

 

 

02/24/2012

Geological Society of America Honors Jason Saleeby

Allison Benter

The Geological Society of America has named Jason Saleeby, professor of geology at Caltech, the recipient of their Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division's Distinguished Geologic Career Award for this year. 

02/21/2012

Caltech Oceanographer Tests New Technology at the Bottom of the Earth

Katie Neith

Caltech's Andrew Thompson, assistant professor of environmental science and engineering, is interested in the circulation and ecology of the Southern Ocean and the role it plays in global climate.