September 24, 2013 |
A Caltech researcher who fused economics and neuroscience to make sense of human decisions that often don't make cents has won the MacArthur genius grant. Colin Camerer came to Caltech in 1994 with an MBA in quantitative studies and a doctorate in decision theory from the University of Chicago's business school, a place he described as “the temple of beliefs in highly rational people who make really good decisions and take into account the future.” “I just thought that was a useful caricature, but not the right model of human nature,” Camerer said.
May 24, 2013 |
Wearing an ear-to-ear smile and her hair slightly frizzy from her helmet, Caltech junior Curie Ahn craned her neck up toward the sky, her eyes still wide from the adrenaline. “I was actually pretty terrified,” the biology major said. “I'm a little bit afraid of heights.” Afraid or not, Ahn didn't have much of a choice when the senior class gave her the task of rappelling about 60 feet down the side of one of the school's buildings Friday. It was “Ditch Day” at Caltech, and overcoming the senior class obstacles is tradition.
May 14, 2013 |
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Tuesday said it planned to appeal a National Labor Relations Board judge's order to rescind disciplinary actions against five engineers and scientists who shared emails at work about a Supreme Court decision on background security checks for JPL employees. Administrative Law Judge William G. Kocol ordered JPL, which is operated by the California Institute of Technology for NASA, to remove disciplinary letters related to the case from the employee files of the five who were accused of violating spam rules, and to post a notice of his ruling in a public place.
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June 15, 2013 |
A man who was struck by a car while riding a bicycle on Saturday near the Caltech campus in Pasadena has died, according to police. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. on the 1100 block of East Del Mar Boulevard , between Wilson and Michigan avenues, said Pasadena Police Lt. Tom Delgado. The bicyclist, a man in his 30s whose name is being withheld pending notification of family members, died from his injuries at an area hospital, Delgado...
March 12, 2014 |
It's the biggest sporting event at Caltech. Six teams competed in the annual robot competition at the Pasadena school on Tuesday. Their homemade creations -- built over 20 weeks for $800 -- rolled, climbed and flew with a goal of getting an empty can onto a 5-foot, pyramid-shaped platform. The Pasadena Star News reports the winner of the "Raiders of the Lost Can" competition, held inside the school's Brown Gymnasium, was a team named ... 40 Pc Chicken McNuggets. This is the mechanical-engineering highlight of the year in a land of brainiacs and gear heads, nerd nirvana for the people who will someday be your boss.
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October 2, 2013 |
For the third year in a row, Caltech has been ranked as the top research university in the world by the Times Higher Education magazine of Great Britain. Three other California campuses - Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA - also scored in the top dozen. Harvard University was tied for second with Britain's University of Oxford, followed by Stanford, MIT, Princeton, the University of Cambridge, UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Imperial College London, Yale and UCLA. The Times Higher Education listing emphasizes research and research reputation more strongly than some other rankings of universities.