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10/24/2013

Caltech Names Thomas F. Rosenbaum as New President

Today Caltech announced the appointment of Thomas F. Rosenbaum as the Institute's ninth president. Dr. Rosenbaum is currently the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor of Physics and provost at the University of Chicago.
10/02/2013

Caltech Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking

Kathy Svitil
For the third year in a row, the California Institute of Technology has been rated the world's number one university in the Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.
10/01/2013

Cause and Effect: An Interview with Frederick Eberhardt

Cynthia Eller
Untangling causal relations and correlations is what Professor of Philosophy Frederick Eberhardt has come to Caltech to do. We recently spoke with him about how causal relations can be identified—and why they matter.
09/24/2013

Colin Camerer Named MacArthur Fellow

Kathy Svitil
Colin Camerer, a behavioral economist at the California Institute of Technology whose work integrates psychology with economics experiments to understand how people behave when making decisions, has been named a MacArthur Fellow and awarded a five-year, $625,000 "no strings attached" grant.
09/18/2013

What Causes Some to Participate in Bubble Markets?

Kimm Fesenmaier
New neuroeconomic research at Caltech has found that the financial investors most likely to take a risk and fuel bubble markets are those with good "theory of mind" skills—those who are good at "putting themselves in others' shoes."
09/13/2013

Caltech to Offer Online Courses through edX

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
To expand its involvement in online learning, the California Institute of Technology will offer courses through the online education platform edX beginning this October.
07/01/2013

Psychology Influences Markets

Marcus Woo
Economists argue that the dominant players in a market almost always make well-informed and objective decisions. Psychologists, on the other hand, say that markets are not immune from human irrationality. Now, a new analysis shows that markets are indeed susceptible to psychological phenomena.
04/19/2013

Caltech Senior Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Kimm Fesenmaier
Catherine Bingchan Xie, a senior bioengineering major and English minor at Caltech, has been selected to receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which will fund her graduate studies next year.
01/26/2013

Watson Lecture: "For Love or Money: Marriage and Economic Development in the Past"

Douglas Smith
Getting married and moving out of your parents' house may be key to your personal economic development, but are marriage patterns key to an entire society's development as well? Professor of Social Science History Tracy Dennison tells us what love's got to do with it at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
01/14/2013

TEDxCaltech: If You Click a Cookie with a Mouse

Marcus Woo
When offered spinach or a cookie, how do you decide which to eat? Do you go for the healthy choice or the tasty one? To study the science of decision making, researchers in the lab of Caltech neuroeconomist Antonio Rangel analyze what happens inside people's brains as they choose between various kinds of food. The researchers typically use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the changes in oxygen flow through the brain; these changes serve as proxies for spikes or dips in brain activity. Recently, however, investigators have started using a new technique that may better tease out how you choose between the spinach or the cookie—a decision that's often made in a fraction of a second.