Break Through: The Caltech Campaign will ensure the ability to explore and innovate for Caltech, its researchers, and the students who represent the future. For more information, read the stories below or use the drop-down menu to explore campaign priority areas.
The most life-threatening of all psychiatric disorders is anorexia nervosa. Caltech neuroscientist Cindy Hagan is searching for detectable differences in brain structure and function that could help doctors identify early warning signs of the disorder, and help patients sustain or regain health.
When Richard Alvarez (BS ’57) worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, he helped a team fire an electron beam down 10,000 feet of three-quarter-inch tube to probe elementary particle physics. He was one of the people in the lab, he recalls, who understood the whole machine.
For as long as he can remember, David Ignacio Fager has adored mathematics. In high school, he lived for Mu Alpha Theta competitions and skipped ahead in math textbooks the way impatient readers sometimes peek at the last page of a mystery novel.