This term, students in Biology 1—Principles of Biology—were offered a novel alternative to the traditional final exam: the opportunity to create a two-to-four-minute video explaining some aspect of biology in an interesting, entertaining and, yes, musical way.
Leadership from Caltech and City of Hope and members of the public celebrated Caltech-City of Hope Biomedical Research Initiative, which provides seed grants to accelerate the development of basic scientific research and its translation into applications ranging from new pharmaceuticals to medical devices to treatment methods, at a special event on May 13.
The Gates-Thomas Laboratory, a renovated building that will house Caltech's Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, will provide generations of students and researchers access to state-of-the-art laboratories and experimental and computational facilities, as well as to areas for interdisciplinary work.
Robert A. Taylor has worked at Caltech for the last 45 years, most recently in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy (PMA) for the Laser Interferometry Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project. We spoke with Taylor about his four-and-a-half decades at the Institute.
Known as the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy, or CARMA, the telescopes tucked away on a remote, high-altitude site in the Inyo Mountains formed one of the most powerful millimeter interferometers in the world.
Feynman Teaching Award winner Mike Brown ventures into new fields of instruction: the Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, and the "flipped" classroom, which inverts the traditional arrangement of listening to lectures in class and doing assignments at home.