Emmanuel Candes is the recipient of the 2010 George Pólya Prize


Emmanuel J. Candes, Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, is the recipient of the 2010 George Pólya Prize. The prize recognizes Professor Candes's role in developing the theory of compressed sensing and matrix completions "the algorithms and analysis are not only beautiful mathematics, worthy of study for their own sake, but they also lead to remarkable solutions of practical engineering problems."

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Evan Gawlik Wins George W Housner Award


Congratulations to Evan S. Gawlik, senior undergraduate student working with Mathieu Desbrun, for winning the George W Housner Award, formerly the Sigma Xi Award, for outstanding piece of original scientific research.

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Isaac Jushiang Chao is the Recipient of the 2010 Bhansali Prize


Isaac Jushiang Chao, a senior student in Computer Science working with Peter Schröder is the recipient of the 2010 Bhansali Prize. The Bhansali Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student for outstanding research in Computer Science in the current academic year.

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55th Annual Staff Service Awards


The 55th Annual Staff Service Awards recognized 242 staff members for their 4,080 collective years of service to Caltech. The staff recognized for their service to the EAS division were: Ann Harvey and Eleonora Vorobieff for 10 years of service; Sylvie Gertmenian and Christine Silva for 15 years of service; Marionne Epalle, and Bahram Valiferdowsi for 20 years of service; Janet Couch, Daniel Lang, and Ya Yun Liu for 25 years of service; and Calvin Jackson, Jr. and Sheila Shull for 30 years of service. Congratulations and thank you! [Listen and learn more about the staff honored]


2010 ASCIT Teaching Awards


Adam Wierman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and Glen A. George, Lecturer in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, have been chosen by the Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology (ASCIT) to receive 2010 ASCIT Teaching Awards. These awards recognize individuals who inspire and motivate students, are approachable, and present course material effectively and efficiently.

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Molecules that Behave Like Robots


Erik Winfree, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Computation and Neural Systems, and Bioengineering, and colleagues from Columbia University, Arizona State University, and the University of Michigan have programmed an autonomous molecular "robot" made out of DNA to start, move, turn, and stop while following a DNA track. The development could ultimately lead to molecular systems that might one day be used for medical therapeutic devices and molecular-scale reconfigurable robots—robots made of many simple units that can reposition or even rebuild themselves to accomplish different tasks. [Caltech Press Release]

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Joel Tropp Awarded Sixth Vasil A. Popov Prize


Joel Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, has been awarded the sixth Vasil A. Popov Prize. The Popov Prize recognizes distinguished research accomplishments in Approximation Theory and related areas of mathematics. It is awarded every third year and is restricted to young mathematicians removed less than 6 years from their doctoral degree.

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Joel Tropp is a Recipient of the 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship


Congratulations to Joel Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, for being a recipient of the 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship. The Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

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Professor Krause Receives NSF CAREER Award


Andreas Krause, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, has been awarded the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his proposal "Coping with the Data Deluge -- Algorithms, Human Aspects and Applications" which investigates principled, scalable methods for extracting the most useful information from massive data sets. The CAREER program is NSF's most prestigious awards for junior faculty members. The level and 5-year duration of the awards are designed to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding teacher-scholars.

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Andreas Krause is a Recipient of the 2009 Okawa Foundation Research Grant


Congratulations to Professor Andreas Krause who is a recipient of the 2009 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for his research in "Rigorous and Scalable Approaches for Optimized Information Gathering". This prize honors top young researchers working in the fields of information and telecommunications. [Learn more about the grant]

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