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April 13, 2013
Stephen Hawking's Southern California lecture series continues Tuesday night at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium, where the renowned theoretical physicist will discuss the big bang, black holes and more in a lecture titled "The Origin of the Universe. " The event is free and open to the public, with 500 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be handed out as early as 6:45 p.m. An overflow audience can watch the talk on a live video feed elsewhere on campus.
March 14, 2013 | Joseph Serna
In the seismic annals of California, Monday's magnitude 4.7 earthquake was little more than a footnote. It gave Southern California a small morning jolt but caused no damage and was largely shrugged off by noon. But in one important way, the quake was highly significant because it marked an advance in California's burgeoning earthquake early warning system. The quake struck in the desert town of Anza, about 35 miles south of Palm Springs, and hundreds of sensors embedded in the ground immediately sent an alert to seismologists at Caltech in Pasadena.
March 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
For most people, March 14 is just another day. But for math fans and self-proclaimed nerds out there, the day - or, more specifically, the fact that it is 3/14 - is a day to celebrate one of the most important numbers in all of mathematics: pi. So what better way for pi fans to celebrate Pi Day than with … pie? A minute before 2 a.m. on Thursday, students at Caltech in Pasadena dug into 130 pies laid out for them outside student housing. There were 26 each of five different kinds of pie. Follow that?
March 5, 2013 | Tina Susman
The MIT students were stumped, or as stumped as a group of young adults with SAT scores dwarfing the average mortgage payment could be when faced with the question: Is it ever acceptable to dunk? Quiet settled over the roomful of round tables, where not a backward cap, gum-chomping jaw nor buzzing, bleeping or chirping cellphone was to be seen. A young woman's voice emerged from the back with the answer that etiquette expert Dawn Bryan was hoping to hear: "Basically, you don't dunk unless it's biscotti.
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.
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.
February 2, 2013 | By Kelly Corrigan, Los Angeles Times
Among the 23 scientists and innovators President Obama honored during a White House ceremony Friday were La Cañada Flintridge residents Frances Arnold and Solomon Golomb. Arnold, a chemical engineer and biochemist at Caltech, won a National Medal of Technology and Innovation; Golomb, a mathematician and professor of electrical engineering at USC, received a National Medal of Science. Arnold, 56, was recognized for her pioneering research in biofuels and chemicals that could replace fuel known for generating pollution.
December 12, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
The Los Angeles technology scene isn't getting the respect it deserves, a situation that the city is looking to change, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday. At an event in West L.A., Villaraigosa said that despite a boom in new start-ups, so-called Silicon Beach still suffers from perception issues and funding problems that have hindered it from reaching its potential as a major tech hub. “We're known as the entertainment capital in the world, but we're not known for Silicon Beach, and that needs to change,” he told a crowd of reporters and tech enthusiasts.
November 30, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The Particle at the End of the Universe How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World Sean Carroll Dutton: 352 pp., $27.95 On July 4, 2012, at the CERN laboratory in Geneva - home to the massive particle accelerator known as the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC - two groups of physicists announced the discovery of a new elementary particle, the Higgs boson. Widely known as "the God particle," the Higgs is important, on the most basic level, for giving other subatomic particles mass.
November 10, 2012 | From a Times staff writer
Wallace L.W. Sargent, a Caltech astrophysicist known for his observations of black holes, quasars and other celestial objects at the farthest reaches of the universe, died Oct. 29 at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, according to a Caltech spokesman. He was 77 and had been battling prostate cancer. A professor emeritus of astronomy, Sargent arrived at Caltech from his native Britain in 1959 and spent three years as a research fellow. He returned to the university in 1966 as an assistant professor and became a full professor in 1971.
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