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Watson Lecture Preview: Aiding and Abetting a Culture of Corruption
01/13/2014

Watson Lecture Preview: Aiding and Abetting a Culture of Corruption

Douglas Smith
Jean Ensminger, Caltech's Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of Social Sciences, is studying a corruption network linked to aid money, using interviews and quantitative analytical methods to follow the money disbursed by a large World Bank project in Africa.
Assessing Others: Evaluating the Expertise of Humans and Computer Algorithms
12/27/2013

Assessing Others: Evaluating the Expertise of Humans and Computer Algorithms

Cynthia Eller
Subjects were asked to observe the shifting value of a hypothetical financial asset and make predictions about whether it would go up or down, while simultaneously interacting with an "expert" who was also making predictions.
Focusing on Faces
11/20/2013

Focusing on Faces

Katie Neith
A group of researchers led by Caltech neuroscientist Ralph Adolphs has made the first recordings of the firings of single neurons in the brains of autistic individuals, and has found specific neurons in a region called the amygdala that show reduced processing of the eye region of faces.
Einstein: On the Beach and at Caltech
11/08/2013

Einstein: On the Beach and at Caltech

Cynthia Eller
A revival of the opera "Einstein on the Beach" afforded an opportunity for the Einstein Papers Project to display some of its treasures: prized portraits, plus texts and images from Einstein's life.
Materialities, Texts, and Images
11/01/2013

Materialities, Texts, and Images

Cynthia Eller
The humanities' interest in the material has given rise to a new collaboration between Caltech and the Huntington Library, a two-year pilot program exploring texts and images through the lens of the material.
Caltech Names Thomas F. Rosenbaum as New President
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.
Caltech Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking
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.
Cause and Effect: An Interview with Frederick Eberhardt
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.
Colin Camerer Named MacArthur Fellow
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.
What Causes Some to Participate in Bubble Markets?
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."