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Sloan Foundation Supports Work of Five Young Caltech Researchers February 15, 2012

Five Caltech assistant professors have been chosen as recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2012. Awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a not-for-profit grant making institution, the annual fellowships are given to scholars "whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders." more [Press Release]

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AAS Honors John Johnson for Observational Astronomical Research January 18, 2012

John Johnson, assistant professor of astronomy at Caltech, has been named the recipient of the American Astronomical Society's 2012 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, which is awarded for outstanding achievement in observational astronomical research based on measurements of radiation from an astronomical object. more

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Astronomers Find Three Smallest Planets Outside Solar System January 11, 2012

PASADENA, Calif.—A team of astronomers led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has discovered the three smallest confirmed planets ever detected outside our solar system. The three planets, which all orbit a single star, are smaller than Earth and appear to be rocky with a solid surface. Until now, astronomers have found at most only four other rocky planets, also called terrestrial planets, around other stars. more