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April 17, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
The fanfare that accompanied Stephen Hawking's entrance into Caltech's Beckman Auditorium on Tuesday evening was at once cosmologically grand and a bit tongue-in-cheek. It was Richard Strauss' 1896 “Thus Spake Zarathustra," more familiar to modern audiences as the theme music for “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It brought the 500 people inside to their feet for the rock-star cosmologist with crossover va va voom from “The Simpsons” and “The Big Bang Theory.”   Hawking first visited Caltech in 1974, and he has been a visiting professor and speaker almost every year since 1991.
April 1, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
If you love to spend your beach time on top of the water rather than in it, you can thank Hobie for helping you do it. Hobie Alter, the “Henry Ford of surfing,” who revolutionized surfing and put his name on whole lines of surfboards and catamarans, died at age 80 , leaving as his legacy a flotilla of floating devices, beginning with the first lighter-than-wood polyurethane foam surfboard crafted more than 50 years ago. But Alter was...
July 15, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
In the wake of a scathing Penn State report that fractured faith in the integrity of college athletics comes the news that, buried under an astrophysics books somewhere, there is still hope. Caltech, the school that couldn't succeed at sports if it cheated, has turned itself in to the NCAA for cheating. One of the country's losingest athletic programs has chosen to vacate wins it doesn't have, shut down the recruiting it doesn't do and be ineligible for championships it never wins.
March 20, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
SAN FRANCISCO - The University of California took a big step Thursday toward what astronomers predict will be vastly improved exploration of the solar system and universe. The UC regents approved the university's participation in the construction and operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii, a scientifically ambitious project shared by Caltech and astronomy groups from Canada, Japan, India and China. The $1.4-billion telescope was described as the most advanced optical telescope in the world, with extra power and improved clarity to see distant planets and older stars than is possible now. Construction is scheduled to start this year and the telescope would be in operation in 2022, officials said.
January 27, 2011
FAMILY The Emmy Award-winning kid's science show "Beakman's World" comes to life, this time to explore the inner-workings of the human brain. Starring Paul Zaloom, the performance is chock-full of wacky humor, large-scale demonstrations and plenty of audience participation. Beckman Auditorium. 332 S. Michigan Ave, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Fri. $15 for adults, $10 for kids. (626) 395-4652.
February 19, 2013 | By Larry Gordon and Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
The president of Caltech, Jean-Lou Chameau, announced Tuesday that he would step down from the leadership of the prestigious science- and math-oriented campus in Pasadena at the end of the current school year and become head of a new and well-endowed university in Saudi Arabia. Chameau, a French-born civil engineer, has been president of Caltech since 2006 and helped the school maintain its high international academic rankings and achieve greater financial stability during a recessionary period of retrenchment at many other colleges, education experts said.
September 24, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
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.
October 2, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
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.
March 4, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
In a move to expand the small but prestigious math and science school, Caltech is preparing to relocate a campus child-care center to make way for a new dorm. But neighbors in the tony Pasadena neighborhood are complaining that the new site is too close to their homes and would create a traffic nightmare. Such town-gown issues are common in Southern California, where schools and universities share valuable stretches of real estate with their residential neighbors. The institutions are in a constant arms race to both attract students and find ways to accommodate them - leading to frequent clashes with the communities that surround them.
May 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
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.
March 12, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
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.
March 9, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Ask anyone about L.A. tech these days and they'll almost certainly point to Santa Monica and Venice, where hundreds of start-ups have emerged in the last few years. So-called Silicon Beach is home to Snapchat, sizable Google and Microsoft offices, and a growing number of venture capital firms and co-working spaces. Almost every night, tech entrepreneurs flock to networking happy hours and parties. Potential investors flock to demo days that showcase the latest start-ups. When BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt came to town last week, it was for a glitzy tech confab in Santa Monica.
February 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A man convicted in the only murder ever reported on the Caltech campus was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison. In 1995, Raul Alcazar Romero fatally shot Francisco Javier Mora, a 36-year-old Caltech custodian who was having lunch with co-workers near a loading dock. Among the people in the group was a woman who was Romero's ex-wife and Mora's new girlfriend. Romero fled the scene after firing six shots. He wasn't arrested in the U.S. until he was extradited from Mexico in 2012.
February 13, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
As an African American man pursuing a PhD in the sciences, Geoff Lovely has sometimes had to overcome a feeling that he didn't belong in the halls of top research universities where he saw few peers of color.  The Caltech student is intent on becoming a professor "where I think I can definitely make an impact" becoming a role model for other minority students interested in the sciences. A new venture announced Thursday aims to smooth a path for students like Lovely by joining the resources of four of California's top research institutions -- UCLA, Caltech, UC Berkelely and Stanford -- to increase the numbers of minority faculty and researchers in national laboratories and industry.
January 24, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Two thousand top student programmers have registered to participate in a hackathon at Santa Monica Place this weekend. The event kicks off Friday at 9 p.m. and runs through Sunday. It's hosted by HackTech, a partnership between Caltech's and UCLA's networks of hackers and entrepreneurs, which is calling it the biggest student-run hackathon ever. Party buses are transporting hackers from all over California; East Coast and Midwest engineers will also participate. Attendees are expected from Caltech, UCLA, USC, Stanford, UC Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and more than 50 other schools.
October 28, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
After reading my weekend column about the crisis in life science research, Hajime Hoji of USC's linguistics department reminded me of the late Richard Feynman's brilliant deconstruction of the flaws and pitfalls of science as it's done in the modern age. "Cargo Cult Science" was adapted from Feynman's 1974 commencement speech at Caltech, where his spirit reigns as one of that institution's two certified saints. (The other is Robert A. Millikan, Caltech's first president.)
June 15, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki and Robert Faturechi
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...
October 25, 2013 | By Larry Gordon and Monte Morin
Thomas F. Rosenbaum, an expert in condensed matter physics and second in command at the University of Chicago, will become the new president of Caltech, officials announced Thursday. Rosenbaum, 58, currently is provost at the University of Chicago, where he also holds the position of John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor of Physics. On July 1, he will succeed Jean-Lou Chameau, who left Caltech earlier this year to head King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.
October 24, 2013 | By Larry Gordon and Monte Morin
Thomas Rosenbaum, an expert in condensed matter physics, will become the new president of the California Institute of Technology, officials announced Thursday. Rosenbaum, 58, currently serves as provost at the University of Chicago , where he also holds the position of John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor of Physics. He succeeds Jean-Lou Chameau, who left Caltech earlier this year to head King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.  Before becoming Chicago's provost in 2007, Rosenbaum studied the behavior of closely-packed atoms in solids and liquids at the university's Rosenbaum Lab. By experimenting on materials in extreme cold -- temperatures that approached absolute zero -- Rosenbaum and his colleagues were better able to examine the quantum behavior of substances.
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