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New Center Supports Data-Driven Research
11/20/2014

New Center Supports Data-Driven Research

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
The new Center for Data-Driven Discovery makes advanced computational tools available to researchers from all six Caltech divisions, plus JPL researchers.
Using Simulation and Optimization to Cut Wait Times for Voters
11/03/2014

Using Simulation and Optimization to Cut Wait Times for Voters

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
By developing a tool to help better prepare polling places, Caltech sophomore Sean McKenna is hoping to minimize the amount of time we spend in line at the polls.
The Risk and Reward of Venture Capital: An Interview with Michael Ewens
10/03/2014

The Risk and Reward of Venture Capital: An Interview with Michael Ewens

Cynthia Eller
Michael Ewens, who recently joined Caltech as associate professor of finance and entrepreneurship, explains how he discovered venture capital through a summer job and shares his ambitions for his future at Caltech.
Michael Ewens Portrait
Finessing Finance
09/29/2014

Finessing Finance

Cynthia Eller
"Everything has a price," the saying goes, and though that might sound cynical, taking the adage seriously can lead to a lifetime of fascinating inquiry. Just ask Richard W. Roll, who recently joined Caltech as the Linde Institute Professor of Finance.
Richard Roll Portrait
Valuable Decisions
09/19/2014

Valuable Decisions

Kimm Fesenmaier
Neuroeconomists recognize that while decision making is complex and a bit messy, it is also so central to our daily lives that a better understanding could greatly enhance our grasp of human nature.
image of a man in a bowler hat facing away
New Master of Student Houses Appointed
09/12/2014

New Master of Student Houses Appointed

Kathy Svitil
Following Caltech tradition, the MOSH is a professorial faculty member who focuses on promoting a positive overall experience for Caltech undergraduates and acts as a liaison between students and faculty.
New Division Chair for HSS
07/24/2014

New Division Chair for HSS

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, the Rea A. and Lela G. Axline Professor of Business Economics, has been named the new chair of the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Neuroeconomists Confirm Warren Buffett's Wisdom
07/07/2014

Neuroeconomists Confirm Warren Buffett's Wisdom

Kimm Fesenmaier
Investment magnate Warren Buffett has famously suggested that investors should try to "be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful." That turns out to be excellent advice, according to the results of a new study.
Frederick B. Thompson
07/01/2014

Frederick B. Thompson

Douglas Smith
Frederick Burtis Thompson, professor of applied philosophy and computer science, emeritus, passed away on May 27, 2014. The research that Thompson began in the 1960s helped pave the way for today's "expert systems" such as IBM's supercomputer Jeopardy! champ Watson and the interactive databases used in the medical profession. His work provided quick and easy access to the information stored in such systems by teaching the computer to understand human language, rather than forcing the casual user to learn a programming language.
Caltech Professor of Applied Science and Philosophy Frederick B. Thompson
Sorting Out Emotions
06/30/2014

Sorting Out Emotions

Katie Neith
Building on previous studies targeting the amygdala, a team of researchers has found that some brain cells recognize emotions based on the viewer's preconceptions rather than the true emotion being expressed.