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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, ]This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Earlier this month, USC students and alumni were gloating about how their school had hired two top neuroscientists from UCLA, and UC system officials said they were upset by the loss. This week, however, UC announced that it has wooed away a prominent USC faculty member and former administrator at that campus. Howard Gillman, a longtime USC political science professor and former dean of the university's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has been appointed provost and executive vice chancellor of UC Irvine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1997 | H.G. REZA
Shin Lin, a leading international researcher in biophysics and molecular biology, has been named dean of the UC Irvine School of Biological Sciences, university officials said Wednesday. Lin, 52, is chair of biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught since 1974. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, pending approval by UC President Richard Atkinson. A statement issued by UCI lauded Lin's selection as dean. Chancellor Laurel L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1992
Cardinal John Henry Newman, in his immortal "The Idea of a University," notes, "A University may be considered with reference either to its Students or to its Studies." The observation is as true, and as double-edged, in 1992 as it was when he made it in 1852. Considered with reference to its studies, a university is that institution in which the whole of human knowledge is gathered not as in a repository, like an encyclopedia, but as a continuing interpersonal enterprise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, who has led the prestigious campus since 2004 through state budget cuts, Nobel Prizes and campus protests, announced Tuesday that he would step down Dec. 31. A Canadian-born physicist who is turning 70 this month, Birgeneau said he has stayed on the job longer than he originally anticipated because he wanted to leave the campus in stable financial shape. Although funding challenges remain, Birgeneau told reporters Tuesday that he "didn't want to step down until I was comfortable that we'd reached some kind of equilibrium with our budget.
NEWS
September 17, 1994 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of discussion, anxiety and anticipation, the moment finally arrived Friday for those awaiting a statement from UC Irvine Chancellor Laurel L. Wilkening about her vision for the still-young university. But those expecting a bombshell from the chancellor were likely to have been disappointed. Even Wilkening said her long-awaited statement, contained in a campus newspaper released to the university community, was in the end neither radical nor revolutionary.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2013 | Alana Semuels
The American scientific community is at one of the most exciting junctures in modern science; able to sequence the human genome, and with the help of advanced computers, researchers are making more progress each day on curing or preventing a variety of diseases. But much of this progress is being slowed -- or stopped entirely -- because of the government budget cuts known as sequestration, scientists say. About $1.6 billion has been cut from the budget of the National Institutes of Health, the biggest supporter of biomedical research in the world, which provides funding for research grants in hospitals and universities around the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, ]This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Earlier this month, USC students and alumni were gloating about how their school had hired two top neuroscientists from UCLA, and UC system officials said they were upset by the loss. This week, however, UC announced that it has wooed away a prominent USC faculty member and former administrator at that campus. Howard Gillman, a longtime USC political science professor and former dean of the university's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has been appointed provost and executive vice chancellor of UC Irvine.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2013 | Alana Semuels
The American scientific community is at one of the most exciting junctures in modern science; able to sequence the human genome, and with the help of advanced computers, researchers are making more progress each day on curing or preventing a variety of diseases. But much of this progress is being slowed -- or stopped entirely -- because of the government budget cuts known as sequestration, scientists say. About $1.6 billion has been cut from the budget of the National Institutes of Health, the biggest supporter of biomedical research in the world, which provides funding for research grants in hospitals and universities around the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, who has led the prestigious campus since 2004 through state budget cuts, Nobel Prizes and campus protests, announced Tuesday that he would step down Dec. 31. A Canadian-born physicist who is turning 70 this month, Birgeneau said he has stayed on the job longer than he originally anticipated because he wanted to leave the campus in stable financial shape. Although funding challenges remain, Birgeneau told reporters Tuesday that he "didn't want to step down until I was comfortable that we'd reached some kind of equilibrium with our budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Caltech celebrated the announcement Wednesday that it has been ranked the world's best research university by a British higher education magazine, beating Harvard University in the listing for the first time. The Pasadena institution, which specializes in science and engineering, was first in the World University Rankings by the Times Higher Education magazine in London. Harvard had topped the list since the ranking began in 2004 but slipped to second this year, tied with Stanford University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun
With rain soaking their clothing and fogging up their binoculars, 50 researchers and university students armed with butterfly nets and specimen bottles fanned out across Whitewater Canyon at daybreak Monday to take the first full accounting of wildlife in the oasis a few miles northwest of Palm Springs. The two-day "Whitewater Canyon Spring 2010 Bioblitz" aimed to survey 17 miles of the canyon framed by sandstone cliffs and watered by a year-round river roiling through overlapping biological zones including sandy desert, boulder fields, grasslands and forests.
OPINION
September 15, 1991 | Larry Gordon, Larry Gordon covers higher education for The Times. He interviewed Steven B. Sample in the university president's office
Steven B. Sample has been quietly taking up the reins as president of the University of Southern California since April. But the quiet will end soon. On Friday, Sample will be formally inaugurated as USC's 10th chief executive. After the presidential medallion is draped around his neck, Sample will deliver his first major speech about his vision for the school's future. People will listen closely.
NEWS
June 7, 1995 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Members of an Assembly committee and other legislators blasted UC Irvine officials Tuesday for what one called an "astounding" lack of oversight of university research programs and failure to promptly correct what should have been obvious problems at the school's troubled fertility clinic. During the first in what is expected to be a series of legislative sessions on the fertility clinic scandal, the chairwoman of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and guest panelist Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2006 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
At first glance, this eccentric beach town and the UC campus up the hill in the redwoods would seem made for each other. On campus, students are proud to claim the banana slug as their mascot. Deer wander freely around the grounds. In town, prominent Santa Cruzans push a low-key campaign to "Keep Santa Cruz Weird."
NATIONAL
December 16, 2005 | Liz Bowie, Baltimore Sun
More Americans are getting college degrees than they were about a decade ago, but skills in reading and analyzing data among the well-educated have dropped significantly, according to a national report on literacy released Thursday. When adults with higher-education degrees were asked to compare the viewpoints in two newspaper editorials, for example, or interpret a table about blood pressure, less than half could do it successfully.
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