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What History Has Taught Us About Epidemics
05/08/2020

What History Has Taught Us About Epidemics

Whitney Clavin
A Caltech professor who studies the Parisian cholera outbreak of 1832 talks about how that epidemic compares to what we are experiencing now.
Jean-Laurent Rosenthal
Forming New Habits in the Era of the Coronavirus
04/27/2020

Forming New Habits in the Era of the Coronavirus

Whitney Clavin
Behavioral economist Colin Camerer talks about washing hands, telecommuting, and other habits emerging from the coronavirus pandemic.
Photo of hand washing.
An Invisible Threat
04/06/2020

An Invisible Threat

Whitney Clavin
The coronavirus pandemic has caused our anxiety-producing brain circuits to go into overdrive.
Illustration of the coronavirus as an invisible threat.
Super Tuesday in California: Voting Expert Explains What to Expect at the Polls
03/02/2020

Super Tuesday in California: Voting Expert Explains What to Expect at the Polls

Nicole Cho
Voters in Los Angeles and Orange counties, two of the state’s most populous, will see new voting machines as well as new voting processes.
voting buttons for 2020
A Mingling of Computational and Economic Ideas
02/18/2020

A Mingling of Computational and Economic Ideas

Whitney Clavin
The flourishing field of computational economics was born in the spaces between disciplines.
Federico Echenique, Laura Doval, and Adam Wierman at Caltech.
Hidden Donors Play Significant Role in Political Campaigns
02/10/2020

Hidden Donors Play Significant Role in Political Campaigns

Whitney Clavin
A new analysis of millions of campaign funding records reveals the role of small contributions.
Stock photo of flag and money
Should You Take the Bet?
01/16/2020

Should You Take the Bet?

Whitney Clavin
When somebody's overall uncertainty in life is large enough, then the risk of a smaller gamble becomes less significant.
Photo of dice
From the Break Through Campaign: Mathematician in Motion
01/13/2020

From the Break Through Campaign: Mathematician in Motion

For as long as he can remember, David Ignacio Fager has adored mathematics. Then came freshman year of college, and Caltech’s social science core introduced him to a new love: economics. Happily, he was able to marry his two passions.
David Fager
AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls
01/08/2020

AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls

Robert Perkins
Machine learning could be a powerful tool for allowing social media platforms to spot online trolls.
Twitter trolls
From the Break Through Campaign: What Makes Up a Mind
01/08/2020

From the Break Through Campaign: What Makes Up a Mind

Since his years as a Caltech graduate student,Ralph Adolphs has wanted to learn how the biological brain produces the intangible mind, what the mind’s basic elements are, and how the two influence each other.
Ralph Adolphs
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