Caltech geologist John Grotzinger, who was recently named chair of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, has stepped down as project scientist for NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity. He is succeeded by Ashwin Vasavada (PhD '98) of JPL.
"As an expert on the geopolitics of energy, Dan Yergin has examined the interface of science and public policy in depth," says Ed Stolper, interim president of Caltech. "We are excited to bring him to campus for commencement in June."
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.
Four California universities have founded a new consortium to support underrepresented minority graduate students in the fields of mathematics, the physical sciences, computer science, and engineering.
According to the new policy, all faculty members will automatically grant nonexclusive rights to the Institute to disseminate their scholarly papers, making wider distribution of their work possible and eliminating confusion about copyright when posting research results on Caltech's websites.