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John O. Dabiri Has Been Named a MacArthur Fellow

09-28-10

John O. Dabiri, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering, has been named a MacArthur Fellow. This unrestricted fellowship —also known as the "genius" grant— is awarded each year to individuals who show "exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future." Congratulations Professor Dabiri! [Caltech Press Release] [MacArthur Foundation]

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Professor Candes Has Been Selected to Receive the Collatz Prize

09-24-10

Emmanuel J. Candes, Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, has been selected to receive the Collatz Prize, in recognition of "his outstanding contributions to numerical solution of wave propagation problems and compressive sensing, as well as anisotropic extensions of wavelets." This prize is given once every four years to an individual scientist under 42 years of age for outstanding work on industrial and applied mathematics. Congratulations to Professor Candes.

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EAS Remembers Professor Jerrold Marsden

09-23-10

Jerrold Marsden, Carl F Braun Professor of Engineering, Control and Dynamical Systems, and Applied and Computational Mathematics, passed away on Tuesday September 21, 2010. "Jerry was an amazing intellectual, a gifted professor and one of the finest colleagues that I have met. He was a great mentor to many of our Caltech students and our younger colleagues. We will miss him greatly and remember him always." said Ares Rosakis, Chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science. [Caltech Press Release]

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Caltech Receives $10 Million in Gifts to Help Launch New Terrestrial Hazard Center

09-15-10

The Terrestrial Hazard Observation and Reporting Center (THOR) has been launched in an effort to find ways to minimize the damage caused by natural hazards. THOR will span two academic divisions at Caltech, Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) and Geological and Planetary Sciences. "The interdisciplinary and interactive nature of engineering at Caltech allows us to translate scientific knowledge and discovery into applications with direct societal impact," says Ares Rosakis, Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering; EAS Chair. "One of the areas of pioneering research and innovation made possible by THOR is seismo-engineering. The boundaries of seismo-engineering are fuzzy ones and lie exactly in the interface between seismology and earthquake engineering. We are delighted to have the opportunity to explore these boundaries." [Caltech Press Release]

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Jose Andrade Receives DOE Award

09-10-10

Congratulations to José E. Andrade, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, and colleagues whoes paper "Multi-scale calculation inside compaction bands: from the field to the lab" has been recognized by the DOE Basic Energy Sciences Office, with an award for outstanding contributions in geosciences research.

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Scientists Create New Process to "Program" Cancer Cell Death

09-10-10

Niles A. Pierce, Associate Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering, and colleagues have engineered a fundamentally new approach to killing cancer cells. The process uses small RNA molecules that can be programmed to attack only specific cancer cells; then, by changing shape, those molecules cause the cancer cells to self-destruct. [Caltech Press Release]

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Peter Siegel Has Been Selected by the IEEE to Spearhead a New Journal

09-09-10

Peter H. Siegel, Faculty Associate in Electrical Engineering and a Member of the Professional Staff in Biology, has been selected by the IEEE to spearhead a new journal: IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology. The journal will highlight activities in the emerging field of far-infrared technology (wavelength range between 1mm and 10 microns) with applications in high frequency communications, space, Earth and planetary science, ultrafast chemistry and physics, defense and security and even art history and preservation. The inaugural issue is slated for the fall of 2011.

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Joanne Maguire is the 2010 Recipient of the International von Kármán Wings Award

09-03-10

Aerospace engineer and executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Joanne Maguire is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious International von Kármán Wings Award for her sustained and visionary accomplishments in aerospace. The von Kármán Wings Award acknowledges outstanding contributions by international innovators, leaders, and pioneers in aerospace and is presented by the Aerospace Historical Society, which is part of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech (GALCIT). [Caltech Press Release]

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Professor Ravichandran and Justin Brown Receive Best Paper Award

08-30-10

Professor Guruswami Ravichandran and Justin L. Brown, graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, have been chosen to receive the Best Paper Award at the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) 2010 Conference. The title of the paper is "High Pressure Hugoniot Measurements Using Converging Shocks".

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Fruit Flies Use Horizontal Landmarks for Altitude Control

08-25-10

Michael H. Dickinson, Esther M. and Abe M. Zarem Professor of Bioengineering, and his team find that fruit flies follow horizontal edges to regulate altitude. This finding contradicts a previous model, which posited that insects adjust their height by visually measuring the motion beneath them as they fly. [Caltech Press Release]

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