When senior Tim Menninger was accepted to Caltech in 2013, it was a no-brainer for him to move from Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Pasadena to study computer science. He was less certain, however, about whether he would still be able to participate in baseball—a game he has loved and played since he was 6 years old.
Nature makes it look so easy. Sunlight and carbon dioxide go in, greenery grows, and oxygen comes out. For our contemporary society hooked on fossil fuels, deriving power from abundant, natural sources is an alluring idea. But how can humankind mimic nature? Caltech is committed to figuring it out.
After nearly five decades at Caltech, Tom Soifer is still smiling. The former Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair of the division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy (PMA) continues to advance our understanding of the universe by hunting for dust-obscured galaxies—DOGs—where others can’t see.
“The instructorship gives me complete freedom to teach far beyond what is normally taught in a history department and to design the courses, which is amazingly liberating,” says Keith Pluymers, Caltech’s inaugural Howard E. and Susanne C. Jessen Postdoctoral Instructor in the Humanities. Pluymers recently taught a course titled Rivers from Sumeria to Los Angeles.