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Caltech Senior Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship
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.
Watson Lecture: "For Love or Money: Marriage and Economic Development in the Past"
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.
TEDxCaltech: If You Click a Cookie with a Mouse
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.
Reducing 20/20 Hindsight Bias
11/25/2012

Reducing 20/20 Hindsight Bias

Marcus Woo
A team led by Colin Camerer and Shinsuke Shimojo has found a way to predict the severity of hindsight bias and has identified a technique that successfully reduces it.
Snap Judgments During Speed Dating
11/12/2012

Snap Judgments During Speed Dating

Marcus Woo
Researchers at Caltech have found that people make speed-dating decisions based on a combination of two different factors that are related to activity in two distinct parts of the brain.
Literature in the Middle Ages: An Interview with Jennifer Jahner
10/28/2012

Literature in the Middle Ages: An Interview with Jennifer Jahner

Marcus Woo
This fall, Jennifer Jahner joined Caltech as an assistant professor of English. She recently answered a few questions about her research and her thoughts on joining Caltech.
Technology Has Improved Voting Procedures
10/18/2012

Technology Has Improved Voting Procedures

Marcus Woo
Thanks to better voting technology over the last decade, the country's election process has seen much improvement, according to a new report released today by researchers at Caltech and MIT. However, the report notes, despite this progress, some problems remain.
Handicapping the Election: An Interview with Erik Snowberg
10/16/2012

Handicapping the Election: An Interview with Erik Snowberg

Michael Rogers
Erik Snowberg, a Caltech professor of economics and political science, is an expert on the relationship between economics and politics. With the U.S. presidential election just about a month away, he recently answered a few questions about the presidential race.
Columbus to D'Ailly: Are We There Yet?
10/06/2012

Columbus to D'Ailly: Are We There Yet?

Ann Motrunich
Nicolás Wey-Gómez, a Christopher Columbus expert and Caltech history professor, explains why Columbus put much faith in medieval theologian and cosmographer Pierre D'Ailly in researching the route to Japan.
Caltech Again Named World's Top University by Times Higher Ed
10/03/2012

Caltech Again Named World's Top University by Times Higher Ed

Kathy Svitil
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.