15 for 2015: The Year in Research News at Caltech

Here are 15 stories highlighting a few of the discoveries, methods, and technologies that came to life at Caltech in 2015.

Unlocking the Chemistry of Life

Thanks to the Proteome Exploration Laboratory, members of the Caltech faculty have an advantage in the quest to decipher details of the human proteome—the proteins encoded by the human genome.

Two Caltech Faculty Inducted into the AAAS

Erik Winfree (PhD '98) and Jay R. Winkler (PhD '84) have been elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Tricking an Enzyme Into Making Better Insulin

Junior Mary Boyajian spent her summer as a student in the SURF program working on a project that aims to devise a faster-acting insulin-replacement therapy for the treatment of diabetes.

Three's Not a Crowd

The Butkovich sisters—junior Slava, sophomore Nina, and freshman Lazarina—find their own nearly identical trajectories unsurprising.

When Harry Met Arnold

Caltech celebrates the 25th year of the Beckman Institute and the 80th birthday of Harry Gray, the Beckman Professor of Chemistry and the institute's founding director.

Elachi to Retire as JPL Director

Charles Elachi has announced his intention to retire as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on June 30, 2016 and move to campus as professor emeritus. A national search is underway to identify his successor.

Peters Named New Director of Resnick Sustainability Institute

Jonas C. Peters, the Bren Professor of Chemistry, has been appointed director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute.

Alumnus Arthur McDonald Wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

Arthur B. McDonald (PhD '70), director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in Ontario, Canada, and Takaaki Kajita, at the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan, have shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery that neutrinos can change their identities as they travel through space.

New Polymer Creates Safer Fuels

A new fuel additive developed by Caltech and JPL researchers could reduce the risk of postcrash fuel explosions.


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