Caltech Receives $1.4 Million for L. K. Whittier Gene Expression Center

PASADENA-The California Institute of Technology has received a $1,444,000 grant from the L. K. Whittier Foundation. The award is for support of the L. K. Whittier Gene Expression Center.

Caltech discovers genetic process for controlling plant characteristics

Caltech biologists have harnessed a gene communication network that controls the size and shape of a flowering land plant. The discovery is a fundamental advancement in understanding the processes that make plants what they are. The knowledge could also lead to greater control over certain characteristics of plants such as fruit size and stem durability.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum architect to design Caltech's new Broad Center for Biological Sciences

PASADENA—James Freed, the architect who designed the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has been chosen to design the new Broad Center for the Biological Sciences on the Caltech campus.

Freed, a senior partner of the firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, was selected from four finalists to design the building, which is the cornerstone of a $100-million initiative to strengthen Caltech's research efforts in the biological sciences.

Professor Seymour Benzer Receives Ellison Medical Senior Foundation Scholar Award

PASADENA-The California Institute of Technology is pleased to announce that Seymour Benzer, the James G. Boswell Professor of Neuroscience, Emeritus, has been named a 1998 Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar as part of the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholars in Aging Program. The $993,000 award will support Benzer's research over the next four years.

Caltech neuroscience ranked No. 1 in impact

The California Institute of Technology has been recognized as the No. 1 institution in the nation for the impact of its neuroscience research. The results are reported in the September/October issue of Science Watch.

Caltech gets $2 million from HHMI for undergraduate biological sciences

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded $2 million to the California Institute of Technology for support of undergraduate programs in the biological sciences.

Caltech Launches Major Bioscience Initiative with $18 Million Donation from Eli Broad

Eli Broad, one of Southern California's most prominent civic and business leaders, has teamed with the California Institute of Technology to create a center for the biological sciences which will drive technological and scientific innovation and solidify Southern California's role as a leader in the biotechnology industry.

Mechanism of cell suicide determined by Caltech, MIT researchers

Biologists at MIT and Caltech have uncovered the chemical details of a mechanism that cells use to commit suicide. The work appears in the August 28 issue of the journal Science. Mechanism of cell suicide determined by Caltech, MIT researchers

New Study Shows How Axons Find Their Way Home

Like a commuter trying to get to work during rush hour, a growing axon must thread its way through a throng of other axons that are headed in many different directions in the developing brain. Axons are the wire-like extensions of nerve cells that carry electrical signals from one place to another in the brain, and during development they must navigate across long distances (many centimeters) to reach their correct address within the brain. If the axon gets lost, brain circuits cannot form normally and, like the commuter showing up at the wrong office, the axon may not be able to do its job. So how do axons find their way? A report published in the July 24th issue of the journal Science by Drs. Susan Catalano and Carla Shatz of the University of California at Berkeley sheds light on how axons home in on their correct targets. New Study Shows How Axons Find Their Way Home July 1998 98

Brain cells attuned to visual nearness and farness interact to allow judgments of size, research shows

In the July 24 issue of Science, Caltech biology professor John Allman and his colleagues write that brain cells involved in vision tend to be apportioned to picking up farness or nearness. In working with rhesus monkeys trained to follow dots of varying size on a moving TV monitor, the researchers have found that the monkeys use their nearness and farness cells in tandem. Brain cells attuned to visual nearness and farnessinteract to allow judgments of size, research shows July 1998 98

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