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04/11/2019

This is Your Brain on Fear

Dean Mobbs, assistant professor of cognitive neuroscience, researches what happens in the brain when people feel threatened. In a video interview for the Caltech Break Through campaign, Mobbs explains how he draws inspiration for his experiments from an unlikely source: horror movies.
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04/04/2019

Mental Math and Life Stories

Hamed Hamze (MS ’10) uses math to study how people make decisions. As a graduate student in economics, he models scenarios ranging from the hypothetical to real-world social choices such as voting.
Hamed Hamze
03/28/2019

NSF Director France Córdova to Speak at Caltech's 125th Commencement Ceremony

Davin Malasarn
The distinguished astrophysicist, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Caltech alumna (PhD '79), will give the keynote speech at Caltech's 2019 Commencement ceremony on June 14.
Headshot of France Córdova
03/06/2019

Caltech Student Selected for Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford

Emily Velasco
Caltech senior Kavya Sreedhar awarded Knight-Hennessy scholarship to pursue graduate studies in circuit design and hardware at Stanford
A portrait of Kavya Sreedhar. She wears a maroon blouse and white cardigan sweater
03/01/2019

Finding New Applications for Economics

Emily Velasco
Charlie Plott's latest research looks at the bus systems that transport disabled students to school in Australia.
A portrait of Charlie Plott
02/13/2019

Caltech and The Huntington Launch Research Institute for History of Science and Technology

Caltech and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens are establishing the Advanced Research Institute in the History of Science and Technology.
A colorful collage showing bits from the history of science and technology, including a portrait of Ada Lovelace, a castle, a steam locomotive, Nikola Tesla, and a PDP-7 computer
02/08/2019

Antonio Rangel Receives NOMIS Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award

Emily Velasco
Antonio Rangel is a recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award from NOMIS, a Swiss organization that promotes innovative interdisciplinary research.
A portrait of Antonio Rangel. He wears glasses and a blue polo. Green trees are in the background
01/24/2019

Autism and Theory of Mind

Lorinda Dajose
Theory of mind, or the ability to represent other people's minds as distinct from one's own, can be difficult for people with autism. A new test provides researchers with a better understanding of the source of this difficulty.
A cartoon depiction of many people thinking.
01/07/2019

Watson Lecture Preview: The Long-Run Behavior of Random Walks

Omer Tamuz, this year’s Biedebach Memorial Lecturer, will describe some classical results from random walk research and a surprising connection to economics.
photo of Omer Tamuz
12/14/2018

Neuroscience Initiative Turns Two

Lorinda Dajose
An update on the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience, two years after the Chens announced their historic gift to Caltech
A rendering of the Chen Neuroscience Research Building.