Caltech's Thomas F. Rosenbaum and colleagues at the University of Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory recently used a synchrotron X-ray source to investigate the existence of instabilities in the arrangement of the electrons in metals as a function of both temperature and pressure, and to pinpoint, for the first time, how those instabilities arise.
A team of scientists led by Caltech has pieced together the first complete account of what physically happened during the Gorkha earthquake—a picture that explains how the large temblor left the majority of low-story buildings in Kathmandu unscathed.
Caltech professors Alexei Kitaev and Christopher Umans have been named Simons Investigators. These appointments are given annually to "support outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions." Investigators receive $100,000 annually for five years.
On July 30, the U.S. Geological Survey announced approximately $4 million in awards to Caltech, UC Berkeley, the University of Washington and the University of Oregon, for the expansion and improvement of the ShakeAlert system.
On September 1, Guruswami Ravichandran, the John E. Goode, Jr., Professor of Aerospace and professor of mechanical engineering, will become the new chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science.
In studying the brain activity of test subjects as they decided to make either generous or selfish choices in range of circumstances, Caltech researchers found that a simple computational model could explain and understand altruistic behavior.