Caltech Research News

  • Three Caltech undergraduates, Jessie Gan, Miguel Liu-Schiaffini, and Sophia Wu, have been awarded the esteemed Goldwater Scholarship for 2024. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students and provides each recipient with $7,500 to cover tuition and expenses for each remaining year of their degree program. Colleges and universities can nominate up to four sophomores or juniors for […]
  • At the inaugural Bill Gross Business Plan Competition, aspiring entrepreneurs pitched start-up ideas to a panel of seasoned investors. In this version of Shark Tank, each team was made up of Caltech undergraduate and graduate students armed with scientific expertise and a vision of how next-generation technology will improve the world.Fifteen student teams—selected as finalists […]
  • Lynne Hillenbrand, professor of astronomy at Caltech, and Anneila Sargent (PhD '78), the Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, have been named 2023 AAAS Fellows. In addition, Joseph Giaime, the head of the LIGO Livingston laboratory, which is managed by Caltech and MIT, has also been named a fellow. According to the AAAS, or […]
  • Jupiter's moon Io is the most volcanically active place in the solar system. During its 1.8-day orbit, this moon is gravitationally squeezed by Jupiter, leading to volcanic eruptions larger than any on Earth today.Io, Europa, and Ganymede are in an orbital configuration known as a Laplace resonance: For every orbit of Ganymede (the farthest of […]
  • Since 1998, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans have been awarded to immigrants and children of immigrants for their graduate studies in the United States. This year, the fellowship was awarded to 30 graduate students, including Abigail Jiang, who graduated from Caltech in 2023 with a double major in materials science and […]
  • Mikhail Shapiro, the Max Delbrück Professor of Chemical Engineering and Medical Engineering, has been awarded the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award by the Franco-American Fulbright Commission. The award will support Shapiro's ongoing research and teaching at two institutions in France, ESPCI Paris – PSL and Inserm, during the 2024–25 academic year while he is on sabbatical […]
  • Solar eclipses are not only stunning and rare phenomena, but they are also central to our understanding of the cosmos: The 1919 total eclipse helped test Einstein's theory of general relativity by allowing astronomers to observe starlight bending around the sun. And community events like the one on April 8, which was hosted by Caltech's […]
  • Many of us would love the superpower to fly, and for good reason: Flight offers a crucial evolutionary advantage. Flying enables an animal to travel large distances quickly, in search of food and new habitats, while expending far less energy than walking. Through flight, insects colonized the planet and fostered the massive diversification of flowering […]
  • For decades, researchers believed that lamprey—eel-like jawless fish—did not have sympathetic neurons, which are a part of the peripheral nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is made up of nerves that target internal organs throughout the body, including the heart, pancreas, and gut. Persistent activity of the sympathetic nervous system is required to maintain homeostasis, […]
  • David Goodstein, the Frank J. Gilloon Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor, Emeritus, and professor of physics and applied physics, emeritus, passed away on April 10. He served as a professor at Caltech for more than four decades, and as the Institute's vice provost from 1987 to 2007. His research focused on condensed matter physics, in […]