Among this year's cadre of returning Caltech students are four seniors—Adam Jermyn, Ann Miao Wang, Charles Tschirhart, and Lawrence Wang—who already have been recognized at the national level for their scholarly and research accomplishments.
Pushpa Neppala (BS '14) is spending her first year of post-Caltech life getting used to life in Finland, where she's studying the role of a gene called CIP2A in neuroblastoma, a cancer that most commonly affects children under the age of five.
Frank Earl Marble (Eng '47, PhD '48), Caltech's Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Jet Propulsion, Emeritus, was one of the fathers of modern jet engines.
Following Caltech tradition, the MOSH is a professorial faculty member who focuses on promoting a positive overall experience for Caltech undergraduates and acts as a liaison between students and faculty.
The SURF program supports students from Caltech and other universities while they participate in real laboratory research on campus. Since the program's inception in 1979, more than 6,200 students have SURFed.
Xie Chen comes to Caltech after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley. Originally from China, Chen received her BS from Tsinghua University in Beijing and her PhD from MIT. She recently discussed with us her research interests and ambitions for her Caltech career.
Konstantin Batygin recently joined the Caltech faculty as assistant professor of planetary science, following graduate school at Caltech (PhD '12) and a postdoc at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Batygin shares the string of synchronicities that brought him to planetary astrophysics and to Caltech.
Recently, senior physics major Lisa Lee had an opportunity to conduct a medical technology experiment aboard NASA's reduced gravity aircraft at Johnson Space Center's Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.We asked Lee to fill us in on her unique experience.