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In the spring issue of E&S, we talked to Caltech physicists John Schwarz and Alexei Kitaev about the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in our article, “Glitz and Qubits.” Alexander Varshavsky, Caltech’s Howard and Gwen Laurie Smits Professor of Cell Biology, is also a Breakthrough Prize winner; he was awarded one of the six 2014 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences.
The Graduate Student Council recently hosted a forum designed to bring graduate students, faculty, and the administration together to discuss important campus issues including campus culture, mentoring, diversity, and work-life balance.
Our Winter 2015 article “Seeking a Balanced Equation” referenced the Star Trek musical parody Boldly Go!, which was written by Caltech grad student Grant Remmen and his brother, Cole.
Today’s graduate students, like those showcased in our Winter 2015 issue, often become tomorrow’s scientific leaders. The careers of France Córdova (PhD ’79), Arati Prabhakar (MS ’80, PhD ’85), and Ellen Williams (PhD ’81), offer dramatic examples of how true that can be. #AGradExperience
Our Winter 2015 issue highlighted PhD students’ efforts to navigate copious amounts of coursework, lab work, and teaching duties as well as their personal lives. Here we look at two of Caltech’s pioneering graduate students. #AGradExperience
In our Fall 2015 issue, we asked alumni to share what they would do if they had no limits. Here are some of their responses. #Endnotes
As we noted in the Fall 2015 issue, the tiny hairs on gecko feet exploit attractive forces—called van der Waals forces—to allow the reptiles to defy gravity. Using a technology based on the same mechanism, one enterprising alumnus has found a way to meld physics with fashion. #RandomWalk
Our Fall 2015 article “Unlocking the Chemistry of Life” noted how Caltech’s Proteome Exploration Laboratory has helped researchers like biologist Mitch Guttman decipher details of the human proteome—the proteins encoded by the human genome. Here we dive deeper into Guttman’s exploration of how an abundant class of RNA genes, called long non-coding RNAs, can regulate key genes. #UnlockingTheChemistryOfLife
Our Fall 2015 article “Full Circle Physics” highlighted Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) and its researchers who are exploring the frontiers of quantum science. We revisit the topic here from the viewpoint of SURF participant Patrick Rall, a senior who spent the summer there doing cutting-edge science. # FullCirclePhysics
As noted in our Fall 2015 article “Viral Videos (And Bacterial Ones, Too)”, Grant Jensen, professor of biophysics and biology, has trained 11 researchers over the last decade in the use of electron cryotomology (cryo-EM); many of them have gone on to build and run cryo-EM labs of their own in various corners of the globe. Here, we talk to a few of those he has trained about their time in the Jensen lab. #ViralVideos
Caltech geochemist John Eiler has a knack for finding novel scientific niches to investigate, as we reported in our Fall 2015 article “Ready, Set, Explore.” One of his current areas of interest is measuring the body temperatures of a wide range of dinosaurs, providing insight into how the animals may have regulated their internal heat. #ReadySetExplore
In 2011, E&S published a story highlighting the recipients of the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching, named for the late Richard Feynman, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers of the 20th century.
In honor of the Institute’s first TeachWeek Caltech event—occurring October 19–23, 2015, we thought we would revisit and update that earlier article to include the honor’s four new recipients, who—like those who came before—were recognized for their ability, creativity, and innovation in teaching. #PlentyofRoomattheBlackboard
As noted in our Fall 2015 Random Walk article, “An Advanced Look,” Caltech president Thomas Rosenbaum spent a few hours in May 2015 touring the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in Hanford, Washington. This past summer, 27 students in Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program got an even more intimate look at LIGO: they became full partners in one of the biggest, most complex physics experiments ever. #RandomWalk
Our Fall 2015 issue discussed the 50-year history of Moore’s Law—a surprisingly prescient prediction by Gordon Moore (PhD ’54) that the number of transistors that could fit on a single silicon chip would double approximately every two years. A brief video explores how that growth has changed computing … and our world. #TheLawOfMoore
In the Fall 2015 issue, we wrote about how the tiny hairs on gecko feet exploit attractive forces—called van der Waals forces—between temporary electric dipoles to create adhesion. But a video is worth 10,000 words. #RandomWalk
In our Summer 2015 issue, we asked alumni to share the campus sounds that most remind them of Caltech. Here are some of their responses. #Endnotes
Our Summer 2015 article “Everything Noise” examined how vibrations of matter and energy can reveal crucial information about our world—at least when we’re able to tease a signal from the noise that often obscures it. We follow up here on that and a related topic from our Summer 2013 issue, “Can We Predict Earthquakes?” #EverythingNoise
Spiros Michalakis, the manager of outreach and a staff researcher at Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, drew a crowd of science-loving students to his 2013 TEDxYouth@Caltech lecture, “Atoms—An Unfinished Story.” #SuperheroPhysics
Our Summer 2015 issue highlighted a geological tour of Iceland by faculty members including Mark Simons, professor of geophysics. With limited space in the print magazine, we omitted mention of some fortuitous—from a scientific and educational standpoint—seismic events that happened to coincide with the excursion. #RandomWalk
KPCC’s AirTalk program recently featured an interview with Brendan Farrell, a former Caltech postdoctoral student in computing and mathematical sciences, about his Kickstarter campaign that aims to map the noise levels of Southland communities. #GoodVibrations
X-Ray Vision, an article in our Spring 2015 issue, examined the central role Caltech has played in developing a powerful technique for revealing the molecular machinery of life. In May, chemist André Hoeltz, who was featured in the article, published a new paper describing how he used the technique to reveal how protein-synthesizing cellular machines are built. #X-rayVision
Caltech alum Chester F. Carlson graduated in 1930 with a degree in physics and went on to invent an electrophotographic process that came to be called “xerography.” He also provided significant funding to build the Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory.
RoboSimian, JPL’s entry into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge, faced off against 22 teams from around the world in a series of physical tests that challenged the robots’ dexterity and mobility. #RobotsToTheRescue
Earthquake-prone Southern California would benefit greatly from having highly accurate ground maps of shaking activity during and after earthquakes. #TakeItToTheCrowd
Cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell, an expert on the intersection of culture and technology, delivered the main address at Caltech’s 121st annual commencement ceremony on June 12, 2015.
A team at Caltech’s Space Structures Laboratory has developed an efficient new packing technique that can be used to minimize the space required to store structures with large surface areas. #RiskyBusiness