Caltech/MIT Issue Voting Technology Report to Florida Task Force

The Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project has submitted a preliminary report to the task force studying the election in Florida. Their nationwide study of voting machines offers further evidence supporting the task force's call to replace punch card voting in Florida. The statistical analysis also uncovered a more surprising finding: electronic voting, as currently implemented, has performed less well than was widely believed.

Caltech and MIT Join Forces to Create Reliable, Uniform Voting System

Caltech and MIT are joining forces to develop a United States voting system that will be easy to use, reliable, secure and modestly priced, the presidents of the two universities announced today.

"America needs a uniform balloting procedure," said Caltech President David Baltimore and MIT President Charles M. Vest in a letter to Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian who is recommending the corporation fund the initial research. "This has become painfully obvious in the current national election, but the issue is deeper and broader than one series of events."

Pasadena philanthropists donate $1.1 million for Caltech writing center and student writing award

PASADENA—The California Institute of Technology has received a $1.1 million gift from Pasadena philanthropists Alexander and Adelaide Hixon for the creation of a new writing center and an annual undergraduate writing prize.

The gift will be used to establish the Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon Writing Center, which will be available for use by the Caltech student body. The center will be directed by a professional with credentials in composition and rhetoric, and will provide a range of instruction and services in basic composition.

Latinos Like Gore's Position on Issues, but Are Lukewarm on Gore as a Candidate, Expert Says

PASADENA—In a year when Latinos overwhelmingly favor the Democrats on the issues, one would expect Al Gore to have a huge lead over George W. Bush in polls of Latino voters.

But he doesn't—and no one really knows why, says R. Michael Alvarez, a professor of political science at the California Institute of Technology and an authority on Latino voting patterns.

Caltech Humanities Professor Daniel J. Kevles Honored by the History of Science Society

PASADENA—California Institute of Technology humanities professor Daniel J. Kevles was awarded the History of Science Society's 1999 Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize for his book The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science, and Character.

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan novels and Tarzana suburb both reflected a "white flight" mentality, researcher says

PASADENA-Whether Edgar Rice Burroughs was writing his successful Tarzan novels or promoting his early-20th-century suburb, Tarzana, he always seemed to be making the world safe for bwana.

That's the conclusion of Catherine Jurca, an assistant professor of literature at the California Institute of Technology. Jurca is writing a book tentatively titled "White Diaspora: The Suburb and the Twentieth-Century American Novel." One chapter examines Tarzan in light of Burroughs' activities as a suburban real-estate developer in Los Angeles.

Advanced networks and ubiquitous computing to be the focus of new technology center

The David and Ellen Lee Family Foundation has donated $10 million to the California Institute of Technology for a center to improve computer networking through innovations such as wireless links.

Caltech Receives Grant to Teach Joint Seminar With Huntington Library

PASADENA—The California Institute of Technology has received a $90,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the newly created Mellon Seminar in Interpretation.

The Mellon seminar, to be taught jointly by Caltech Associate Professor of History William Deverell and Amy Meyers, curator of American art at the Huntington Library, will address the intersection between documentary and visual records in American history. Eight graduate students from across the United States will come to Pasadena to take part in the eight-week program.

Eleanor M. Searle, Caltech Professor of History, Dies

PASADENA— Eleanor M. Searle, Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of History, Emeritus, died Tuesday, April 6. She was 72.

Searle held the distinction of being the first woman at the Institute to receive a named professorship, to which she was appointed in 1988. She joined the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Caltech in 1979, after serving as a member of the faculty at UCLA for the previous 10 years.


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