October 24, 2013 |
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.
October 17, 1991
Jacqueline K. Barton, a Caltech professor of chemistry, has been awarded the 1992 Garvan Medal, recognizing distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists. Barton is a bioinorganic chemist who studies the chemistry gene expression, DNA and metal complexes.
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July 1, 1993
A 14-year-old girl who had been in critical condition since being hit by a car while bicycling last week died Wednesday, police said. On June 23, Jacqueline R. Barton of Cypress was riding on Orangewood Avenue when she was struck as she tried to turn left onto Newland Street. Paramedics from the Orange County Fire Department airlifted the unconscious girl to UCI Medical Center in Orange. The driver of the car was not injured, Police Sgt. Ray Peterson said.
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September 19, 1996 |
The plants and animals that live in the Earth's darkest environments are the focus of an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. "In the Dark" explores the worlds of a forest at night, a limestone cave, the ocean depths, life found beneath a typical backyard and how humans have adapted to the dark. There are interactive displays for kids--and adults--to tinker with, such as the computer game "Robomite" in which children help navigate a termite through the dark underground.
May 1, 1995 |
One of the most divisive questions in the affirmative action debate is whether the preferences hurt the very people they were intended to help. Some researchers have found that the stigma of being hired as part of an affirmative action effort erodes self-esteem and colors people "presumed incompetent" in the eyes of their colleagues. Others have found the opposite: that people benefiting from affirmative action feel welcomed, and appreciate the opportunity to display their abilities.
October 13, 1999 |
Caltech chemist Ahmed H. Zewail won the Nobel Prize for chemistry Tuesday for finding a way to freeze-frame the private matings of molecules using ultra-fast laser probes, a technique with the potential to revolutionize everything from dentistry to microelectronics.