06/03/2016 16:25:37
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
In a conversational French class at Caltech, scientists pick up technical vocabulary to prepare for research and educational experiences abroad.
04/28/2016 17:42:45
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Historian of science Asif Siddiqi sheds light on forgotten global contributions to the space race.
02/11/2016 17:53:40
Lori Dajose
On February 4, Caltech welcomed Dr. Laila Lalami as part of the writer-in-residence program.
01/26/2016 08:56:38
Kimm Fesenmaier
The division will mark the anniversary with a lecture series, inviting distinguished HSS alumni and faculty members—both past and present—to speak about their work and the impact that Caltech has had on their careers. Historian and Caltech professor emeritus Daniel Kevles will deliver the first lecture on Thursday, January 28, at 5 p.m. in Caltech's Baxter Lecture Hall.
10/12/2015 15:42:57
Rod Pyle
MTI is a research program that investigates the roles of a wide range of material things in human culture.
06/23/2015 11:23:04
Kathy Svitil
Three years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which was enacted in 1965 and extended four times since then by Congress. The decision, says Kousser, was wrong.
05/18/2015 10:49:11
Douglas Smith
Conservation scientists and materials scientists use the same methods to work toward very different ends: conservation scientists study the treasures of the past, whereas materials scientists create the everyday stock of the future. Professor Faber does both.
Scanning an oil painting with an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer.
02/02/2015 11:24:04
Douglas Smith
It is often said that people who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. John P. O'Doherty, professor of psychology and director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center, discusses our current understanding of how we learn from experience.
fMRI scans of brain regions involved in value judgements
12/05/2014 09:56:21
Kimm Fesenmaier
The Einstein Papers Project at Caltech, the Princeton University Press, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have launched a digital edition of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. We recently spoke with Diana Kormos-Buchwald, director and general editor of the Einstein Papers Project, about the new, free resource.
07/01/2014 12:19:52
Douglas Smith
Frederick Burtis Thompson, professor of applied philosophy and computer science, emeritus, passed away on May 27, 2014. The research that Thompson began in the 1960s helped pave the way for today's "expert systems" such as IBM's supercomputer Jeopardy! champ Watson and the interactive databases used in the medical profession. His work provided quick and easy access to the information stored in such systems by teaching the computer to understand human language, rather than forcing the casual user to learn a programming language.
Caltech Professor of Applied Science and Philosophy Frederick B. Thompson
06/30/2014 14:11:10
Katie Neith
Building on previous studies targeting the amygdala, a team of researchers has found that some brain cells recognize emotions based on the viewer's preconceptions rather than the true emotion being expressed.
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