George W. Housner, 97

George W. Housner, often considered the father of earthquake engineering, passed away on November 10 at the age of 97. Housner died of natural causes in Pasadena, California.

$10 Million Gift Will Create New Engineering Center at Caltech

The Gates Frontiers Fund has pledged $10 million to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to support the establishment of the Charles C. Gates Center for Mechanical Engineering within the soon-to-be-renovated Thomas Laboratory on the Caltech campus.

MacArthur Foundation Names Alexei Kitaev Latest Caltech "Genius"

Alexei Kitaev, a California Institute of Technology (Caltech) faculty member, has been named a MacArthur Fellow, winning one of the five-year, $500,000 grants that are awarded annually to creative, original individuals and that are often referred to as the "genius" awards.

Caltech Invention Earns R&D 100 Award

Research done at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been honored with R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Award. The award recognizes significant new technologies from the past year.

Caltech Scientists Create DNA Tubes with Programmable Sizes for Nanoscale Manufacturing

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a simple process for mass producing molecular tubes of identical--and precisely programmable--circumferences. The technological feat may allow the use of the molecular tubes in a number of nanotechnology applications.

Caltech Researcher Recognized as One of the World's Top Young Innovators

Julia Greer, assistant professor of materials science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the world's top innovators under the age of 35 for her work with materials on a nanoscale level.

Philip Geoffrey Saffman, 77

Philip Geoffrey Saffman, an influential teacher and noted researcher in fluid mechanics, died peacefully after a long illness on Sunday, August 17, in Pasadena. He was 77 years old.

Caltech Researchers Awarded $10 Million for Molecular Programming Project: Collaborative project may lead to revolutionary changes

The National Science Foundation's Expeditions in Computing program has awarded $10 million to the Molecular Programming Project, a collaborative effort by researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Washington to establish a fundamental approach to the design of complex molecular and chemical systems based on the principles of computer science.

Caltech Bioengineers Develop "Microscope on a Chip"

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have turned science fiction into reality with their development of a super-compact high-resolution microscope, small enough to fit on a finger tip. This "microscopic microscope" operates without lenses but has the magnifying power of a top-quality optical microscope, can be used in the field to analyze blood samples for malaria or check water supplies for giardia and other pathogens, and can be mass-produced for around $10.

Three New Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators Named

Every three years, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) appoints the nation's most creative biomedical scientists as investigators, giving them millions of dollars to unfetter their ambitious research plans. This year, three of the 56 newly named HHMI investigators come from the California Institute of Technology.


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