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enGilmartin Named Dean of Undergraduate Students
https://www.caltech.edu/news/gilmartin-named-dean-undergraduate-students-50810
<div class="field field-name-news-writer field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">News Writer: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Jon Nalick</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-images field-type-file field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="ds-1col file file-image file-image-jpeg view-mode-full_grid_9 clearfix ">
<img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/styles/article_photo/s3/Gilmartin-Kevin_1804-NEWS-WEB.jpg?itok=-CX6vjRj" alt="" /><div class="field field-name-field-caption field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Kevin Gilmartin</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-credit-sane-label field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Credit: Caltech</div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>On July 1, 2016, <a href="https://www.hss.caltech.edu/content/kevin-m-gilmartin">Kevin Gilmartin</a>, professor of English, will begin serving as Caltech's dean of undergraduate students.</p><p>In announcing Gilmartin's appointment, Joseph E. Shepherd, vice president for student affairs and the C. L. Kelly Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, described him as "an accomplished scholar and author who brings to this position twenty-five years of experience in teaching and mentoring our students, and who has shown a keen interest in the welfare of our undergraduate students in and outside of the classroom."</p><p>In his new role as dean of undergraduate students, Gilmartin will work on fostering academic and personal growth through counseling and support for student activities as well as acting as a liaison between students and faculty, says Shepherd.</p><p>A recipient the <a href="/news/english-professor-awarded-feynman-teaching-prize-46555">Feynman Prize</a>, Caltech's highest teaching award, Gilmartin says he was attracted to the job of dean because "I have always found our students to be so interesting, and engaging. They are extraordinarily optimistic. They seem to have a positive attitude toward the world—they're curious, and they're open to new things. What more could you ask for?"</p><p>He says he sees his role as helping undergraduates develop and thrive. "I'm excited to work with students to help foster their intellectual and academic growth and their development as individuals," he says. "Our students are remarkably diverse and they have diverse interests. The Caltech curriculum is demanding, and focused, no doubt. But within it, and through it, our students do find so many opportunities."</p><p>He adds, "The dean's office provides essential support. But we can also encourage our students to do more than they are inclined to do, to challenge themselves, to try new things."</p><p>Gilmartin received his undergraduate degree in English from Oberlin College in 1985. He received both his MS ('86) and PhD ('91) in English from the University of Chicago, joining the faculty of Caltech in 1991.</p><p>Barbara Green, who has served as the interim dean over the past year will return to her regular position as associate dean in July. In his announcement, Shepherd thanked Green "for her work with our students and service to the Institute [and for] being so willing and committed to the success of our undergraduate student body."</p></div></div></div>Wed, 25 May 2016 23:51:21 +0000rbasu50810 at https://www.caltech.eduDitch Day? It’s Today, Frosh!
https://www.caltech.edu/news/ditch-day-it-s-today-frosh-50804
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<img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/styles/article_photo/s3/DitchDay2015-3390-NEWS-WEB.jpg?itok=fZKdbof1" alt="" /><div class="field field-name-field-caption field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ditch Day 2015</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-credit-sane-label field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Credit: Caltech</div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Today we celebrate Ditch Day, one of Caltech's oldest traditions. During this annual spring rite—the timing of which is kept secret until the last minute—seniors ditch their classes and vanish from campus. Before they go, however, they leave behind complex, carefully planned out puzzles and challenges—known as "stacks"—designed to occupy the underclassmen and prevent them from wreaking havoc on the seniors' unoccupied rooms.</p><p>Follow the action on Caltech's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/californiainstituteoftechnology" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/caltech" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="https://instagram.com/caltechedu" target="_blank">Instagram</a> pages as the undergraduates tackle the puzzles left for them to solve around campus. Join the conversation by sharing your favorite Ditch Day memories and using #CaltechDitchDay in your tweets and postings.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/californiainstituteoftechnology"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/icon-round-facebook.png" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/caltech"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/icon-round-twitter.png" /></a> <a href="https://instagram.com/caltechedu"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/icon-round-instagram.png" /></a></p><p> </p><p><object height="353" width="470"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fcaltech%2Fsets%2F72157668936150975%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fcaltech%2Fsets%2F72157668936150975%2F&set_id=72157668936150975&jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=261948265" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fcaltech%2Fsets%2F72157668936150975%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fcaltech%2Fsets%2F72157668936150975%2F&set_id=72157668936150975&jump_to=" height="353" src="https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=261948265" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="470"></embed></object></p></div></div></div>Tue, 24 May 2016 23:58:23 +0000rbasu50804 at https://www.caltech.eduThe Power of Entanglement: A Conversation with Fernando Brandão
https://www.caltech.edu/news/power-entanglement-conversation-fernando-brand-o-50770
<div class="field field-name-news-writer field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">News Writer: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Lori Dajose</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-images field-type-file field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="ds-1col file file-image file-image-jpeg view-mode-full_grid_9 clearfix ">
<img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/styles/article_photo/s3/FBrandao-Faculty-NEWS-WEB.jpg?itok=VC-Oj7H8" alt="" /><div class="field field-name-field-caption field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Fernando Brandão</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-credit-sane-label field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Credit: Courtesy of F. Brandão</div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Computers are a ubiquitous part of modern technology, utilized in smartphones, cars, kitchen appliances, and more. But there are limits to their power. New faculty member <a href="http://iqim.caltech.edu/profile/fernando-brandao/?portfolioID=13661">Fernando Brandão</a>, the Bren Professor of Theoretical Physics, studies how quantum computers may someday revolutionize computing and change the world's cryptographic systems.</p><h3><strong>What do you do?</strong></h3><p>My research is in quantum information science, a field which seeks to merge two of the biggest discoveries of the last century: quantum mechanics and computer science. Particularly, I am interested in studying quantum entanglement. Entanglement is a special kind of correlations only found in quantum mechanics. We are all familiar with the concept of correlations. For example, the weather in Southern California is pretty well-correlated from one day to the next—if it is sunny today, it will likely be sunny tomorrow. Quantum systems can be correlated in an even stronger way. Entanglement was first seen as a weird feature of quantum mechanics—Einstein famously referred to it as a "spooky action at a distance." But with the advancement of quantum information science, entanglement is now seen as a physical resource that can be used in information processing, such as in quantum cryptography and quantum computing. One part of my research is to develop methods to characterize and quantify entanglement. Another is to find new applications of entanglement, both in quantum information science and in other areas of physics. </p><h3><strong>What is a quantum computer?</strong></h3><p>At the most basic level, computers are made up of millions of simple switches called transistors. Transistors have two states—on or off—which can be represented as the zeroes or ones that make up binary code. With a quantum computer, its basic building blocks (called qubits) can be either a one or a zero, or they can simultaneously exist as a one <em>and</em> a zero. This property is called the superposition principle and, together with entanglement and quantum interference, it is what allows quantum computers to, theoretically, solve certain problems much faster than normal, or "classical," computers could. It will take a long time until we actually have quantum computers, but we are already trying to figure out what they can do.</p><h3><strong>What is an example of a problem only solvable by a quantum computer?</strong></h3><p>It is a mathematical fact that any integer number can be factored into the product of prime numbers. For example, 21 can be written as 3 x 7, which are both prime numbers. Factoring a number is pretty straightforward when it is a small number, but factoring a number with a thousand digits would actually take a classical computer billions and billions of years—more time than the age of the universe! However, in 1994 Peter Shor showed that quantum computers would be so powerful that they would be able to factor numbers very quickly. This is important because many current cryptographic systems—the algorithms that protect your credit card information when you make a purchase online, for example—are based on factoring large numbers with the assumption that some codes cannot be cracked for billions of years. Quantum computing would change the way we do cryptography.</p><h3><strong>What got you interested in quantum information?</strong></h3><p>During my undergraduate education, I was looking online for interesting things to read, and found some lecture notes about quantum computation which turned out to be by Caltech's John Preskill [Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics]. They are a beautiful set of lecture notes and they were really my first contact with quantum information and, in fact, with quantum mechanics. I have been working in quantum information science ever since. And now that I'm on the Caltech faculty, I have an office right down the hall from Preskill!</p><h3><strong>What is your background?</strong></h3><p>I am originally from Brazil. I did my bachelors and masters degrees there in physics, and my PhD at Imperial College London. After that, I moved among London, Brazil, and Switzerland for various postdocs. Then I became faculty at University College London. Last year I was working with the research group at Microsoft, and now I am here at Caltech. The types of problems I have worked on have varied with time, but they are all within quantum information theory. It is stimulating to see how the field has progressed in the past 10 years since I started working on it. </p><h3><strong>What are you particularly excited about now that you are at Caltech?</strong></h3><p>I can't think of a better place than Caltech to do quantum information. There are many people working on it from different angles, for example, in the intersection of quantum information and condensed-matter physics, or high-energy physics. I am very excited that I get to collaborate with them.</p><h3><strong>What do you like to do in your free time?</strong></h3><p>I used to go traveling a lot, but six months ago my wife and I had a baby, so he is keeping us busy. Along with work and exercise, that basically takes up all my time.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-pr-links field-type-link-field field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Related Links: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="http://www.caltech.edu/news/contemplating-quantum-future-49742" class="pr-link">Contemplating a Quantum Future</a></div></div></div>Thu, 19 May 2016 17:15:38 +0000ldajose50770 at https://www.caltech.eduLIGO Founders and Team Receive Cosmology Prize
https://www.caltech.edu/news/ligo-founders-and-team-receive-cosmology-prize-50727
<div class="field field-name-news-writer field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">News Writer: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Lori Dajose</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-images field-type-file field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="ds-1col file file-image file-image-jpeg view-mode-full_grid_9 clearfix ">
<img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/styles/article_photo/s3/Drever_Orig.jpg?itok=FndyU6gt" alt="" /><div class="field field-name-field-caption field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ronald Drever</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-credit-sane-label field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Credit: Photo courtesy of the Gruber Foundation</div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href="https://pma.caltech.edu/content/ronald-w-drever">Ronald Drever</a>, professor of physics, emeritus; <a href="https://pma.caltech.edu/content/kip-s-thorne">Kip Thorne</a>, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus; Rai Weiss, MIT professor of physics, emeritus; and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) discovery team have been selected to receive the 2016 Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize for their observation of gravitational waves, distortions in the fabric of spacetime. The Cosmology Prize honors a leading cosmologist, astronomer, astrophysicist, or scientific philosopher for theoretical, analytical, conceptual, or observational discoveries leading to fundamental advances in our understanding of the universe.</p><p>In a press release, the Gruber Foundation called the detection of gravitational waves a "technologically herculean and scientifically transcendent achievement."</p><p>The existence of gravitational waves was predicted by Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity, but it was not until the 1960s that technological and theoretical advances made detection even possible to consider. In the 1970s, Thorne founded a research group at Caltech to study the theory of gravitational waves. Weiss had developed a design for a gravitational wave detector; he and Thorne recruited Drever, one of the leading creators of gravitational-wave interferometer prototypes, to lead what would become LIGO. On September 14, 2015, during the first observations with the newly upgraded Advanced LIGO interferometers, LIGO detected the first signal of gravitational waves—the result of the collision of two black holes to produce a single, more massive black hole. The detection was announced on February 11, 2016.</p><p>The Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize includes a $500,000 award, to be divided equally among Drever, Thorne, and Weiss. Each will also receive a gold medal.</p><p>Past recipients of the prize include Caltech's <a href="https://pma.caltech.edu/content/charles-chuck-steidel">Charles Steidel</a>, the Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astronomy, who received the Gruber Prize in 2010 for his studies of the distant universe.</p><p>The award ceremony will take place on July 12 at the 21st International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, held at Columbia University in the City of New York.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-pr-links field-type-link-field field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Related Links: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="http://www.caltech.edu/news/ligo-team-awarded-special-breakthrough-prize-fundamental-physics-50657" class="pr-link">LIGO Team Awarded Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="http://www.caltech.edu/news/gravitational-waves-detected-100-years-after-einstein-s-prediction-49777" class="pr-link">Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein’s Prediction</a></div></div></div>Thu, 12 May 2016 20:40:10 +0000ldajose50727 at https://www.caltech.eduOoguri Receives Chunichi Award
https://www.caltech.edu/news/ooguri-receives-chunichi-award-50716
<div class="field field-name-news-writer field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">News Writer: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Robert Perkins</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-images field-type-file field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="ds-1col file file-image file-image-jpeg view-mode-full_grid_9 clearfix ">
<img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/styles/article_photo/s3/Ooguri_Hirosi.jpeg?itok=lNXz9oTK" alt="" /><div class="field field-name-field-caption field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Hirosi Ooguri</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-credit-sane-label field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Credit: Bill Youngblood for Caltech</div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href="https://www.pma.caltech.edu/content/hiroshi-hirosi-ooguri-oguri">Hirosi Ooguri</a>, the Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics and founding director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics, will be the 2016 recipient of the Chunichi Cultural Award. Founded in 1947 by Japanese newspaper Chunichi Shimbun to commemorate the enacting of the Japanese constitution, the award celebrates individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the arts, humanities, and natural or social sciences. Other awardees this year include physicist and 2015 Nobel Laureate Takaaki Kajita, poet Toru Kitagawa, and biologist Ikue Mori, each of whom will receive the 2 million yen ($20,000) prize. Previous recipients include six other Nobel laureates and one Fields medalist.</p><p>The prize honors Ooguri for the "development of innovative methods of modern mathematics in high energy theory," according to the prize citation. His research focuses on creating new theoretical tools in quantum field theory and superstring theory, which may ultimately lead to a unified theory of the forces and matter in nature. He is particularly renowned for his work on topological string theory, which has had broad applications ranging from black hole physics to algebraic geometry and knot theory in mathematics.</p><p>This April, Ooguri was elected as a fellow of the <a href="/news/american-academy-arts-and-sciences-elects-two-caltech-50547">American Academy of Arts and Sciences</a>. He is also the recipient of the <a href="http://www.caltech.edu/content/physicist-hirosi-ooguri-awarded-novel-research-black-holes">Leonard Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics</a> from the American Mathematical Society, the Nishina Memorial Prize, the Humboldt Research Award, the <a href="/news/two-caltech-professors-named-simons-investigators-47457">Simons Investigator Award</a>, and is a <a href="http://www.caltech.edu/content/caltech-faculty-named-ams-fellows">fellow of the American Mathematical Society</a>. He also received Japan's <a href="/news/superstring-theorist-honored-science-writing-prize-43479">Kodansha Prize for Science Books</a> for his popular Introduction to Superstring Theory in 2014.</p><p>Ooguri will receive the Chunichi Award at a ceremony to be held in Japan on June 3.</p></div></div></div>Wed, 11 May 2016 19:14:51 +0000abenter50716 at https://www.caltech.eduTom M. Apostol, 1923–2016
https://www.caltech.edu/news/tom-m-apostol-1923-2016-50698
<div class="field field-name-news-writer field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">News Writer: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Lori Dajose</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-images field-type-file field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="ds-1col file file-image file-image-jpeg view-mode-full_grid_9 clearfix ">
<img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/styles/article_photo/s3/Apostol_Tom_2013.jpg?itok=nPx20o1A" alt="" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Tom M. Apostol, professor of mathematics, emeritus, passed away on May 8, 2016. He was 92.</p><p>Apostol was born in Helper, Utah, on August 20, 1923. He received his bachelor of science in chemical engineering in 1944 and a master's degree in mathematics in 1946, both from the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1948, he received his PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1950, he arrived at Caltech as an assistant professor; he was named associate professor in 1956, professor in 1962, and professor emeritus in 1992.</p><p>Apostol was the author of several influential textbooks. For more than five decades, undergraduate introductory mathematics courses at Caltech have used Apostol's two-volume text, "<em>Calculus</em>," which is often referred to by Caltech students as "Tommy 1" and "Tommy 2." These volumes, as well as many of his other textbooks in mathematical analysis and analytic number theory, have been translated into Greek, Italian, Spanish, Farsi, and Portuguese. Apostol also worked with a Caltech team that produced <em>The Mechanical Universe . . . and Beyond</em>, a 52-episode video lecture series based on <em>The Mechanical Universe: Introduction to Heat and Mechanics</em> and <em>Beyond the Mechanical Universe: From Electricity to Modern Physics</em>, the introductory physics textbooks that Apostol coauthored.</p><p>Apostol later was the creator, director, and producer of <em>Project MATHEMATICS!</em>, a series of award-winning computer animated videos that explore basic topics in high school mathematics such as the Pythagorean Theorem, scaling, sines and cosines, and the history of mathematics. The nine videos, which are still available for order through the Caltech bookstore, are estimated to have been viewed by 10 million people worldwide.</p><p>"Tom was a great scholar and a beloved teacher and mentor. Generations of Caltech students benefited from his passion and dedication," says Fiona Harrison, the Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics and the Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy.</p><p>"Tom Apostol was a great human being and mathematician, and an inspiration to many. He was very famous the world over for his immense talent for mathematical exposition," says Dinakar Ramakrishnan, Caltech's Taussky-Todd-Lonergan Professor of Mathematics and executive officer for mathematics. "His books set a high standard but remained accessible to many, as decades of Caltech undergraduates would testify, while his videos have stimulated high school students to pursue the beauty of mathematics."</p><p>In 1982, Apostol received an award for teaching excellence from the Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology (ASCIT). In 1998 the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) awarded him the annual Trevor Evans Award, presented to authors of an exceptional article that is accessible to undergraduates, for his piece entitled "What Is the Most Surprising Result in Mathematics?" (Answer: the prime number theorem). In 2005, 2008, and 2010, he was awarded MMA's Lester R. Ford Award, given to recognize authors of articles of expository excellence. He additionally served as a visiting lecturer for the MMA and as a member of hits Board of Governors.</p><p>He was <a href="http://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-faculty-named-ams-fellows-37310">named</a> as one of the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.</p><p>Apostol, who was an American of Greek descent, spent four months in Greece as a visiting professor of mathematics at the University of Patras in 1978. Additionally, he spent eight years as a member of an Electoral Committee selecting faculty for the University of Crete. In 2001, he was elected as a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens.</p><p>Apostol is survived by his wife, Jane Apostol; his stepson, Stephen Goddard; his sisters, Kay Navrides and Betsie Strouzas; and his brother, John Apostol.</p><p>A memorial service is being planned for later this year.</p></div></div></div>Mon, 09 May 2016 22:04:33 +0000abenter50698 at https://www.caltech.eduLIGO Team Awarded Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
https://www.caltech.edu/news/ligo-team-awarded-special-breakthrough-prize-fundamental-physics-50657
<div class="field field-name-field-images field-type-file field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="ds-1col file file-image file-image-jpeg view-mode-full_grid_9 clearfix ">
<img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/styles/article_photo/s3/Breakthrough-Prize-Trophy-RV-NEWS-WEB.jpg?itok=O952xXqL" alt="" /><div class="field field-name-field-caption field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The Breakthrough Prize trophy was created by Olafur Eliasson. “The whole idea for me started out with, ‘Where do these great ideas come from? What type of intuition started the trajectory that eventually becomes what we celebrate today?’” Like much of Eliasson's work, the sculpture explores the common ground between art and science. It is molded into the shape of a toroid, recalling natural forms found from black holes and galaxies to seashells and coils of DNA.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-credit-sane-label field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Credit: Courtesy of the Breakthrough Prize</div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Selection Committee of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics <a href="https://breakthroughprize.org/News/32">has announced</a> a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizing the scientists and engineers who contributed to the detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).</p><p>The $3 million award is being shared between two groups of laureates. The three founders of LIGO—Caltech's Ronald W. P. Drever, professor of physics, emeritus, and Kip S. Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, emeritus; and MIT's Rainer Weiss, professor of physics, emeritus—will share $1 million equally. In addition, 1,012 contributors will equally share $2 million; of these, 1,005 are the authors of the paper from the LIGO and Virgo collaborations, while the remaining seven are scientists who "made important contributions to the success of LIGO." This group of seven includes Caltech's Mark Scheel, senior research associate in physics, and Rochus E. Vogt, the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Physics, Emeritus.</p><p>In announcing the special prize, Yuri Milner, one of the founders of the Breakthrough Prizes, said, "The creative powers of a unique genius, many great scientists, and the universe itself, have come together to make a perfect science story."</p><p>For more about Caltech's Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics laureates, read <a href="https://eands.caltech.edu/glitz-qubits/">Glitz and Qubits</a> in the current issue of Caltech's <a href="https://eands.caltech.edu/"><em>E&S</em></a> magazine.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-pr-links field-type-link-field field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Related Links: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://www.caltech.edu/news/two-caltech-alumni-receive-breakthrough-prize-48730" class="pr-link">Two Caltech Alumni Receive Breakthrough Prize</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="https://www.caltech.edu/news/john-h-schwarz-wins-fundamental-physics-prize-41536" class="pr-link">John H. Schwarz Wins the Fundamental Physics Prize</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-cell-biologist-wins-3-million-breakthrough-prize-life-sciences-41525" class="pr-link">Caltech Cell Biologist Wins $3 Million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences</a></div></div></div>Tue, 03 May 2016 20:41:05 +0000abenter50657 at https://www.caltech.eduGift to Spark Powerful New Projects
https://www.caltech.edu/news/gift-spark-powerful-new-projects-50584
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<img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/styles/article_photo/s3/Linde-Portrait.JPG?itok=2Ty17fE3" alt="Ron and Maxine Linde" /><div class="field field-name-field-caption field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ron (MS ’62, PhD ’64) and Maxine Linde</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-credit-sane-label field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Credit: Bob Paz for Caltech</div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Caltech leaders announced today two new funds that will provide flexible resources to support top priorities and launch bold academic endeavors.</p><p>These endowments—The Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for New Initiatives and the Ronald and Maxine Linde Leadership Chair in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)—were created with money allocated from one of the largest single gifts ever pledged to Caltech, made public last year: the $50 million commitment by Ronald (MS '62, PhD '64) and Maxine Linde.</p><p><a href="http://giving.caltech.edu/linde-center-new-initiatives-leadership-chair-hss/">Read the full story at giving.caltech.edu.</a></p></div></div></div>Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:34:51 +0000rbasu50584 at https://www.caltech.eduGlitz & Qubits
https://www.caltech.edu/news/glitz-qubits-50563
<div class="field field-name-news-writer field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">News Writer: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Marcus Woo</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-images field-type-file field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="ds-1col file file-image file-image-jpeg view-mode-full_grid_9 clearfix ">
<img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/styles/article_photo/s3/glitz_and_qubits.jpg?itok=aWt9Fgcs" alt="" /><div class="field field-name-credit-sane-label field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Credit: Joey Guidone @Salzman Art for Caltech</div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>When the first email came, <a href="http://www.cms.caltech.edu/people/3083/profile">Alexei Kitaev</a> ignored it. The subject heading said something about a physics award, but he thought it was just spam. "Then I received another email," says the Caltech physicist. "So I actually took a look and understood that it was real."</p><p>Real it was. Kitaev had won the first ever <a href="https://breakthroughprize.org/">Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics</a>, established in 2012 by Russian billionaire entrepreneur Yuri Milner. And this new prize came with $3 millionthree times what winners of the Nobel Prize get. Moreover, unlike the Nobel Prizes, the money is not shared among the winners, of which there were eight others. "I couldn't believe that each person received $3 million," Kitaev says.</p><p>Milner meant the award to come with a significant amount of money; his goal is not only to recognize scientists doing fundamental research, but also to raise their profiles among the general public to equal the likes of actors, sports stars, and other celebrities. "We have a disbalance in the world today that the best minds are not appreciated enough," Milner said at the 2013 prize ceremony.</p><p>A year later, <a href="/news/john-h-schwarz-wins-fundamental-physics-prize-41536">theoretical physicist John Schwarz</a> won the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Schwarz and his corecipient, Michael Green of the University of Cambridge, were recognized for their efforts to develop a unified theory that describes all the basic forces and particles of nature--a theory of everything.</p><p>For more on how this prize puts physics in the spotlight, read <a href="https://eands.caltech.edu/glitz-qubits/">Glitz & Qubits</a> on E&S+.</p></div></div></div>Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:21:08 +0000rbasu50563 at https://www.caltech.eduAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Two from Caltech
https://www.caltech.edu/news/american-academy-arts-and-sciences-elects-two-caltech-50547
<div class="field field-name-news-writer field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">News Writer: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Lori Dajose</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-images field-type-file field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="ds-1col file file-image file-image-jpeg view-mode-full_grid_9 clearfix ">
<img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu/styles/article_photo/s3/Hirosi_Ooguri.jpg?itok=u2CPmLoh" alt="" /><div class="field field-name-field-caption field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Hirosi Ooguri</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-credit-sane-label field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Credit: Bill Youngblood for Caltech</div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected two Caltech professors—Hirosi Ooguri and Rob Phillips—as fellows. The American Academy is one of the nation's oldest honorary societies; this class of members is its 236th, and it includes a total of 213 scholars and leaders representing such diverse fields as academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts.</p><p><a href="http://ooguri.caltech.edu/research"><strong>Hirosi Ooguri</strong></a> is the director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy. He works on quantum field theory and superstring theory, aiming to invent new theoretical tools to solve fundamental questions in physics.</p><p><a href="http://www.rpgroup.caltech.edu/"><strong>Rob Phillips</strong></a> is the Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology and has appointments in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science and the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering. He focuses on the physical biology of the cell using biophysical theory as well as single-molecule and single-cell experiments.</p><p>Ooguri and Phillips join <a href="http://www.caltech.edu/content/american-academy-arts-and-science-fellows">86</a> current Caltech faculty as members of the American Academy. Also included in this year's list are two Caltech trustees, David Lee (PhD '74) and Ron Linde (MS '62, PhD '64); as well as three additional alumni: Gerard Fuller (MS '77, PhD '80), Melanie Sanford (PhD '01), and Robert Schoelkopf (PhD '95).</p><p>Founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots, the academy aims to serve the nation by cultivating "every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." The academy has elected as fellows and foreign honorary members "leading thinkers and doers" from each generation, including George Washington and Ben Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Woodrow Wilson in the 20th. This year's class of fellows includes novelist Colm Tóibín, La Opinión publisher and CEO Monica Lozano, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, former Botswanan president Festus Mogae, and autism author and spokesperson Temple Grandin.</p><p>A full list of new members is available on the academy website at <a href="https://www.amacad.org/content/members/members.aspx"><strong>www.amacad.org/members</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p>The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 8, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-pr-links field-type-link-field field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Related Links: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://www.amacad.org/content/news/pressReleases.aspx?pr=10257" class="pr-link">AAAS Elects 213 National and International Scholars, Artists, Philanthropists, and Business Leaders</a></div></div></div>Thu, 21 Apr 2016 22:36:20 +0000ldajose50547 at https://www.caltech.edu