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Caltech Alumni Help Make Over the Moon
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. 

What Triggers a Mass Extinction?
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.

Caltech Legend Robert Sharp Honored by Mars Rover Team
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."

Looking at the Man in the Moon
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?

Caltech Geochemist Wins Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching
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.

 

 

Geological Society of America Honors Jason Saleeby
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. 

Caltech Oceanographer Tests New Technology at the Bottom of the Earth
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.

Two Caltech Researchers Added to the Mars Science Laboratory Science Team
02/10/2012

Two Caltech Researchers Added to the Mars Science Laboratory Science Team

Kimm Fesenmaier

With the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) well on its way to Mars, the newest members of its science team have been announced. Two Caltech professors—Kenneth Farley and Bethany Ehlmann—are among 18 researchers who have been selected as funded participating scientists on the mission.

Stolper Honored by the Geochemical Society
02/03/2012

Stolper Honored by the Geochemical Society

Allison Benter

Edward M. Stolper, Caltech's provost and William E. Leonhard Professor of Geology, has been named the recipient of the Geochemical Society's V. M. Goldschmidt Award for 2012, the highest award of the international geochemical community.

Heather Knutson Receives AAS Cannon Award in Astronomy
01/20/2012

Heather Knutson Receives AAS Cannon Award in Astronomy

Allison Benter

Caltech assistant professor of planetary science Heather Knutson has been named the recipient of this year's Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The award is given for outstanding research and promise for future research by a North American female astronomer within five years of receiving her PhD.