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    • Caltech to Eliminate Requirement for SAT Subject Test Scores in Admissions
      Caltech's Undergraduate Admissions office, with the support of the Faculty Committee on Freshman Admissions, has announced that it will be eliminating the requirement for submission of SAT subject test scores as part of the undergraduate admissions process. This change will be in effect for those students applying for the Caltech class that begins in the […]
    • Roc Cutri Wins 2020 American Astronomical Society Prize
      Roc Cutri, the deputy director of Caltech's IPAC astronomy center, has received the 2020 George Van Biesbroeck Prize, an award presented by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) to a "living individual for long-term extraordinary or unselfish service to astronomy, often beyond the requirements of their paid position."According to the prize citation, Cutri is being honored […]
    • Watson Lecture, Thomas Soifer, January 29: The Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope
      On January 30, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission will end, more than 16 years after launch and four decades after conception.In his January 29 Watson Lecture, "The Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope," Thomas Soifer, the Harold Brown Professor of Physics, Emeritus, and director of the Spitzer Science Center, will describe the innovations that led […]
    • Ultrafast Camera Takes 1 Trillion Frames Per Second of Transparent Objects and Phenomena
      A little over a year ago, Caltech's Lihong Wang developed the world's fastest camera, a device capable of taking 10 trillion pictures per second. It is so fast that it can even capture light traveling in slow motion.But sometimes just being quick is not enough. Indeed, not even the fastest camera can take pictures of […]
    • The Evolution of Shape
      New Professor of Mathematics Lu Wang says she first became interested in math in elementary school. Her sixth grade teacher, she says, was passionate about math and taught her that math could be a creative endeavor.Today, Wang is just as enamored with math as her teacher. Her speciality is an area known as geometric flow, […]
    • Should You Take the Bet?
      The decision to buy a lottery ticket, gamble on a stock, or buy an insurance policy often comes down to an assessment of risk. How much do I have to lose or gain? For centuries, economists have debated about when somebody should take or walk away from a bet. Now, in new research from Caltech […]
    • New Mechanisms Describe How the Genome Regulates Itself
      An organism's genome contains all of the information necessary for each of its cells and tissues to develop and function properly. Written in DNA, each individual gene encodes for something, whether it is a structural protein that helps define a tissue's shape, an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reactions of life, or a signaling protein […]
    • First Asteroid Found Inside Orbit of Venus
      A rare asteroid orbiting snugly within the inner confines of our solar system has been discovered by Caltech's Zwicky Transient Facility, or ZTF, a survey camera based at Palomar Observatory. The newfound body, named 2020 AV2, is the first asteroid found to orbit entirely within the orbit of Venus."Getting past the orbit of Venus must […]
    • Donald S. Cohen (1934–2020)
      Donald S. Cohen, Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied Mathematics, Emeritus, passed away on January 9. He was 85 years old.Cohen was one of the first faculty members recruited for Caltech's newly formed applied mathematics program in 1965, starting as an assistant professor of mathematics. He was named associate professor of applied mathematics in 1967 […]
    • Ralph Amos Appointed to Lead Caltech's Alumni Association
      Ralph Amos, an alumni relations and outreach professional with more than 25 years of experience in the field, has been named as Caltech's assistant vice president for alumni relations and executive director of the Caltech Alumni Association (CAA). His official start date will be January 29, 2020."Caltech's influence in the world depends markedly and extensively […]