Robert Phillip Sharp Dies

Robert Phillip Sharp, a leading authority on the surfaces of Earth and Mars and longtime head of the geological sciences division at the California Institute of Technology, died May 25 at his home in Santa Barbara. He was 92.

White House Names Three from Caltech Faculty as Presidential Early Career Award Winners

Three members of the faculty at the California Institute of Technology have been named among the most recent winners of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The honor was announced today by the White House.

Caltech geoscientist named Guggenheim Fellow

PASADENA—Joann Stock, an authority on plate tectonics and a professor of geology and geophysics at the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced. Stock joins 184 other artists, scholars, and scientists this year for the prestigious honor, which is now in its 80th year. A member of the Caltech faculty since 1992, Stock came from Harvard University where she was an associate professor.

From Cosmos to Climate, Six Caltech Professors Awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

Six members of the Caltech faculty have received Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships for 2004.

Researchers demonstrate existenceof earthquake supershear phenomenon

As if folks living in earthquake country didn't already have enough to worry about, scientists have now identified another rupture phenomenon that can occur during certain types of large earthquakes. The only question now is whether the phenomenon is good, bad, or neutral in terms of human impact.

Most distant object in solar system discovered; could be part of never-before-seen Oort cloud

A planetoid more than eight billion miles from Earth has been discovered by researchers led by a scientist at the California Institute of Technology. The new planetoid is more than three times the distance of Pluto, making it by far the most distant body known to orbit the sun.

Caltech mineralogy professor George Rossman wins Feynman Prize for teaching excellence

Ever wonder what becomes of the type of kid who keeps a rock collection?

Planetary scientists find planetoid in Kuiper Belt; could be biggest yet discovered

Planetary scientists at the California Institute of Technology and Yale University on Tuesday night discovered a new planetoid in the outer fringes of the solar system.

Caltech geophysicists gain new insights on Earth's core–mantle boundary

Earth's core–mantle boundary is a place none of us will ever go, but researchers using a special high-velocity cannon have produced results showing there may be molten rock at this interface at about 1,800 miles. Further, this molten rock may have rested peacefully at the core-mantle boundary for eons.

Atmospheric scientists still acquire samples the old-fashioned way--by flying up and getting them

Just as Ishmael always returned to the high seas for whales after spending time on land, an atmospheric researcher always returns to the air for new data.

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