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Watson Lecture: "Brain Control with Light"
12/04/2012

Watson Lecture: "Brain Control with Light"

Douglas Smith
Viviana Gradinaru (BS '05) might one day be getting inside your head—but in a good way. An assistant professor of biology at Caltech, Gradinaru is trying to map out the brain's wiring diagrams. Gradinaru will discuss her work at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
An Eye for Science: In the Lab of Markus Meister
11/20/2012

An Eye for Science: In the Lab of Markus Meister

Katie Neith
But Meister, who earned his PhD at Caltech in 1987 and was the Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard before returning to Caltech.
A Fresh Look at Psychiatric Drugs
11/20/2012

A Fresh Look at Psychiatric Drugs

Drugs for psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia often require weeks to take full effect. "What takes so long?" has formed one of psychiatry's most stubborn mysteries. Now a fresh look at previous research on quite a different drug—nicotine—is providing answers.
Developmental Bait and Switch
10/31/2012

Developmental Bait and Switch

Katie Neith
A Caltech-led team has discovered the enzyme responsible for the development of neural crest cells in vertebrates.
Progress for Paraplegics
10/25/2012

Progress for Paraplegics

Michael Rogers
Caltech engineers, who last year helped enable a paraplegic man to stand and move his legs voluntarily, have developed a new method to automate the system, which provides epidural electrical stimulation to people with spinal-cord injuries. This advancement could make the technology widely available to rehab clinics and thousands of patients worldwide.
Two Faculty Members Named Packard Fellows
10/16/2012

Two Faculty Members Named Packard Fellows

Marcus Woo
Two Caltech faculty members have been awarded Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. Biologist Alexei Aravin and astronomer John Johnson each were awarded $875,000, to be distributed over five years.
Wordy Worms
10/12/2012

Wordy Worms

Katie Neith
Lurking in the crevices of our planet are millions and millions of microscopic worms. They live in soil, plants, water, ice, wildlife, and sometimes even humans. In fact, nematodes are among the most abundant and diverse animals on Earth, where they play a variety of roles.
Traveling with Purpose
10/08/2012

Traveling with Purpose

Katie Neith
Years spent studying HIV in the lab were beginning to make Pamela Bjorkman feel disconnected from the possible impact of her work. So this summer she visited India, spending time with HIV-positive women and others who are at risk.
Caltech Again Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking
10/03/2012

Caltech Again Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking

Kathy Svitil
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.
Caltech Biologist Named MacArthur Fellow
10/02/2012

Caltech Biologist Named MacArthur Fellow

Katie Neith
Sarkis Mazmanian, a microbiology expert at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) whose studies of human gut bacteria have revealed new insights into how these microbes can be beneficial, was named a MacArthur Fellow and awarded a five-year, $500,000 “no strings attached” grant.
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