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New Humanities Class Explores Blurry Line Between Humans and Animals
03/08/2018

New Humanities Class Explores Blurry Line Between Humans and Animals

Emily Velasco
Professor of Comparative Literature Jocelyn Holland is teaching a new class at Caltech this term, The Human Animal, which uses literature from the 16th through 18th centuries to discuss questions about animal intelligence, whether animals have souls, and what makes a human.
Image of a 19th-century engraving depicting animals dressed in Victorian garb and acting as humans
You Don't Think Your Way Out of a Tiger Attack
03/05/2018

You Don't Think Your Way Out of a Tiger Attack

Emily Velasco
Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Dean Mobbs and other researchers have discovered the presence of two "fear" circuits in the brain. One circuit deals with immediate threats without using conscious thought. The other circuit deals with more distant threats in a cognitive, strategic fashion.
Image of a tiger running toward the viewer
From Physics to Finance
02/15/2018

From Physics to Finance

Emily Velasco
An unexpected setback sent a Thomas Luke's (BS '86) career in a new direction.
Photo of Caltech Alumnus Thomas Luke with Washington, D.C. in the background.
Caltech Social Scientists Weigh in on Gerrymandering Before the Supreme Court
02/12/2018

Caltech Social Scientists Weigh in on Gerrymandering Before the Supreme Court

As the U.S. Supreme Court tackles many hot-button issues, its justices recently received advice from ...
Kousser Katz Gerrymandering Story
New Windows on Nature: Caltech's Instrument Makers
01/05/2018

New Windows on Nature: Caltech's Instrument Makers

In this 2017 address, President Rosenbaum discusses the history, future, and critical importance of the instruments designed and built by Caltech researchers.
photo of the lecture
New Faculty Join Caltech in 2017
12/21/2017

New Faculty Join Caltech in 2017

In 2017, Caltech welcomed 20 new faculty members to the Institute's six divisions—specialists in fields ranging from entomology to quantum physics.
photo of wistaria on Arms Laboratory at Caltech
Caltech's Chen Building Breaks Ground
12/05/2017

Caltech's Chen Building Breaks Ground

Lorinda Dajose
The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building breaks ground as a first round of funding to researchers is announced.
Detail of a rendering of a brain surface region from three-dimensional magnetic resonance images acquired from a healthy volunteer at the Caltech Brain Imaging Center.
Unexpected Connections: A Conversation with Jocelyn Holland
12/01/2017

Unexpected Connections: A Conversation with Jocelyn Holland

Emily Velasco
New comparative literature professor Jocelyn Holland's research in comparative literature explores connections between literature, philosophy, and science around around the turn of the 19th century.
A portrait of Jocelyn Holland
The Ins and Outs of Matching: A Conversation with Economist Laura Doval
11/28/2017

The Ins and Outs of Matching: A Conversation with Economist Laura Doval

Emily Velasco
Caltech's new assistant professor of economics studies dynamic matching markets—those in which prices aren't the primary drivers and in which each side of a transaction has to be chosen by the other side.
A portrait of Laura Doval
Female Tech Entrepreneurs Hampered by Bias Among Male Investors, Study Finds
11/16/2017

Female Tech Entrepreneurs Hampered by Bias Among Male Investors, Study Finds

Emily Velasco
Michael Ewens of Caltech and Richard Townsend of UC San Diego examined data for nearly 18,000 start-ups and found that companies started by women have a harder time finding funding because male investors prefer companies started by men.
Graphic showing a woman being held back by sexism while men advance