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Portraits Predict Political Perfidiousness
09/12/2018

Portraits Predict Political Perfidiousness

Emily Velasco
A new study shows that people can separate corrupt politicians from clean ones by simply looking at portraits of the politicians.
A politician stands on a stage in front of a large crowd taking an oath of office. His fingers are crossed behind his back
Weinstein to Pen Book on Alzheimer's
08/17/2018

Weinstein to Pen Book on Alzheimer's

Emily Velasco
Three decades ago, Caltech's Cindy Weinstein watched her father succumb to early-onset Alzheimer's. Now she's writing a book about it.
Portrait of Cindy Weinstein, Caltech's Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English, vice provost, and chief diversity officer
Six Questions for Melanie Masterton Sherazi
07/31/2018

Six Questions for Melanie Masterton Sherazi

Melanie Masterton Sherazi has a fascination with Rome. Not the iconic Rome of the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. Rather, Sherazi’s focus—and the theme of the book she is currently writing—is the literature, visual culture, and performance art produced by African Americans in Rome during the Cold War. Sherazi, the Howard E. and Susanne C. Jessen Postdoctoral Instructor in the Humanities at Caltech, became interested in this field of study through the work of the late African American expatriate author William Demby. Intrigued by Demby’s work after reading his semiautobiographical experimental novel The Catacombs (1965), Sherazi went on to edit his final completed manuscript, King Comus, after his death in 2013. The novel was published by Ishmael Reed Publishing Company in 2017.
Melanie Masterton Sherazi standing infront of a large bookshelf
Democratic Countries More Prone to War?
07/18/2018

Democratic Countries More Prone to War?

Emily Velasco
A new study reveals surprising findings about how democracy affects international peace.
A black-and-white photo of soldiers standing in a row, holding their weapons
Testosterone and the Quest for Status Symbols
07/03/2018

Testosterone and the Quest for Status Symbols

Emily Velasco
Researchers examine testosterone's effect on men's desire for goods that are considered to have social cachet.
Two men sit in a Porsche while a police officer talks to them. A few more officers stand nearby, looking on.
Brain scans predict intelligence
06/28/2018

Brain scans predict intelligence

Emily Velasco
The approach is a step toward developing a tool for diagnosing conditions like autism, schizophrenia, and anxiety
An artist's rendering of a human brain in front of a background of scientific imagery
Congratulations to the 2018 HSS Prize Winners
06/15/2018

Congratulations to the 2018 HSS Prize Winners

It’s that time of year again, when the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates the accomplishments of our talented undergraduate and graduate students. We are pleased to present the 2017-2018 prize winners…
2018 Prize Winners
Three Cheers for the Class of 2018!
06/15/2018

Three Cheers for the Class of 2018!

On the occasion of Caltech’s 124th annual commencement ceremony, the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to present another group of outstanding PhD recipients. Please join us in congratulating the class of 2018 on their next steps.
Commencement 2018
Scientists Find Visual-Targeting Neurons
06/14/2018

Scientists Find Visual-Targeting Neurons

Emily Velasco
Caltech researchers have discovered the neurons that activate when a person finds an item they are looking for.
A black-and-white photograph of a crowd of people moving through a train station.
Caltech Celebrates Newest Cohort of Named Professors
06/11/2018

Caltech Celebrates Newest Cohort of Named Professors

During the 2017-18 academic year, Caltech recognized six faculty members with their first named professorship—the Institute's most distinguished award for individual faculty.
photo of arches in Blacker House