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04/22/2014

Spring Break in the Galápagos

Kimm Fesenmaier
As the final element of Evolution, Caltech's new Bi/Ge 105 course, a dozen students spent their spring break snorkeling with penguins and sharks, hiking a volcano, and otherwise taking in the natural laboratory for evolution that is the Galápagos Islands.
04/20/2014

Unlocking a Mystery of Human Disease . . . in Space

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
An experiment just launched into orbit by Caltech researchers could be an important step toward understanding the protein that causes Huntington's disease—a devastating and untreatable hereditary disorder.
04/17/2014

John Dabiri Named Dean of Undergraduate Students

Katie Neith
Starting on July 1, 2014, John Dabiri (MS '03, PhD '05), professor of aeronautics and bioengineering, will serve as Caltech's dean of undergraduate students.
04/16/2014

Caltech Researchers Discover the Seat of Sex and Violence in the Brain

Katie Neith
Caltech biologist David J. Anderson and his colleagues have genetically identified neurons that control aggressive behavior in the mouse hypothalamus.
04/16/2014

For Cells, Internal Stress Leads to Unique Shapes

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech resaearchers have found that the unusual shape of pavement cells, found on the leaves of flowering plants, represents a state of balance—an individual cell's tug-of-war to maintain structural integrity.
04/15/2014

Cell Biologist Alexander Varshavsky Wins Albany Medical Center Prize

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Alexander Varshavsky, Howard and Gwen Laurie Smits Professor of Cell Biology at Caltech, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research.
04/11/2014

Professor Pierce named 2014 Guggenheim Fellow

Niles A. Pierce, Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering, is one of only two engineers nationwide to be named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
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04/10/2014

Antennae Help Flies "Cruise" In Gusty Winds

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech researchers uncover a mechanism for how fruit flies regulate their flight speed, using both vision and wind-sensing information from their antennae.
A tracing of flight trajectories of fruit flies.
03/31/2014

Watson Lecture Preview: Sarkis Mazmanian on the Microbiome

Douglas Smith
On Wednesday, April 2, Professor of Biology Sarkis Mazmanian will introduce you to the array of bacteria—your microbiome—residing on your skin, in your mouth, and even deep in your guts.
03/13/2014

Caltech Appoints Diana Jergovic to Newly Created Position of Vice President for Strategy Implementation

Kathy Svitil
In the newly created position, Jergovic will collaborate closely with the president and provost, and with the division chairs, faculty, and senior leadership on campus and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.