Bruce Churchill Murray, Caltech Professor of Planetary Science, Emeritus, and former head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), succumbed to complications of Alzheimer's disease on August 29, 2013. He was 81.
Overcast skies couldn't dampen spirits as the California Institute of Technology held its 116th annual commencement on June 11. With family, friends, mentors, and professors in attendance, 491 graduates received their diplomas from President Jean-Lou Chameau.
On the eve of Caltech’s 116th commencement, which will take place Friday, June 11, senior class copresidents Julianne Gould ("Joules") and Daniel Obenshain ("Dano") took time out from their final preparations to talk about their experiences during four years at what some call "the boot camp of science." Read their story and listen to a podcast of their take on life at Caltech and what lies ahead for both of them.
On a visit to Caltech in March, astronaut and alumnus Garrett Reisman (PhD '97) talked at length about his upcoming mission on space shuttle Atlantis. On that two-week voyage, he'll be making two space walks and working at the Space Station, but he also hopes to fit in a bit of sightseeing and perhaps some Superman impersonations.
Caltech has recognized five of its graduates with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor regularly bestowed by the Institute. The award acknowledges a particular achievement, a series of achievements, or a career of achievements of noteworthy value. Since its inception in 1966, the award has been granted to outstanding alumni in the sciences, engineering, business, and the arts. This year's recipients span fields from computer science to culinary science.
Caltech is opening the new Warren and Katharine Schlinger Laboratory for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The state-of-the-art, sustainable Schlinger Laboratory will provide a custom-designed, adaptable facility for a number of Caltech's chemists and chemical engineers, and will house synthetic chemistry and chemical engineering, enabling new research in catalysis, materials, and the atmosphere.
Whether you're a movie minutia savant or so clueless about the cinema that even timeless utterances like "She's my sisterand my daughter!" leave you scratching your head, you'll want to take a peek at Rankmaniac 2010: the Game, an online movie trivia game dreamed up by a trio of Caltech students.The game serves up a series of six paired "tags" for movies, and challenges you to figure out which film they describe.
As NASA's shuttle program enters its final year, Caltech's three active astronauts are all gearing up for one more flight aboard the rocket-borne space plane. First up is Robert Behnken, PhD '97, who is serving as a mission specialist on the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Endeavour.