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Knowing the Vote

Knowing the Vote

Forecasting elections is becoming more sophisticated, thanks in part to methods developed by Erin Hartman (BS ’07).

The Long View

The Long View

An accomplished scientist and leader, France Córdova(PhD ’79) brings a lifetime of experience to her role as the director of the National Science Foundation, defying expectations, placing big bets, and always keeping an eye toward the future.

The Impossible Rock

The Impossible Rock

A strange mineral in an Italian museum, secret diaries, gem smugglers, a meteorite, and an expedition to a remote part of the world... The extraordinary global hunt for the origins of a rock that was not supposed to exist. 

Caltech and the Factory of Ideas

Caltech and the Factory of Ideas

Long before Google, Apple, or SpaceX got in the game, the most powerful company to pursue privatized basic scientific research belonged to “Ma Bell.” 

Quantum Hoop Dreams

Quantum Hoop Dreams

How Dean Oliver (BS ’90) became known as the father of basketball analytics.

Looking for E.T.

Looking for E.T.

After five decades hunting for intelligent life in the universe, we have yet to find any evidence. Does it mean there’s nothing out there? Or do we need to rethink what we’re searching for?