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Brown is best known for his discovery of Eris, the largest object found in the solar system in 150 years, and the object which led to the debate and eventual demotion of Pluto from a real planet to a dwarf planet. In 2006 he was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. At Caltech he teaches undergraduate and graduate students, in classes ranging from introductory geology to the formation and evolution of the solar system and has been awarded the Richard P. Feynman Prize, the highest teaching award at Caltech. He was also named one of Wired Online's Top Ten Sexiest Geeks in 2006, the mention of which never ceases to make his wife laugh.
Raymond Weitekamp, a PhD candidate in organic chemistry in Robert Grubb's lab, just released a trippy atmospheric track under the name ingMob. Spin.com calls it "a kaleidoscopic blend of bleeps, warbling keys, and echoing vocals... that may beget comparisons to Animal Collective's woozy day-dreams."
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Tech entrepreneur and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian visited Caltech to promote his book Without Their Permission. Caltech students and guests turned out to Hameetman auditorium to hear Ohanian speak about his experience building Reddit into one of the internet's top news sharing sites, with more than 100 million users.
"As Caltech students, you have the tools and the skills to cut out the middle man and change the world," Ohanian said.
Ohanian engaged in a "fireside chat" with former student Greg Tanaka, founder of the startup Bay Sensors in Palo Alto, to speak about how Tanaka's Caltech education has helped to shape his experience as an entrepreneur.
On Monday, when it seemed all eyes were on the Bowl Championship Series national title football game at the Rose Bowl, 100 Caltech undergraduates performed a two-part prank. Early in the morning, the group erected a 2,000-square-foot sign that spelled out "Pasadena" on a hillside overlooking the Rose Bowl. Then, just before the game's halftime, they used 6,300 orange lights to illuminate and transform the sign so that it read "Caltech."
"The scale of this prank is really what makes it amazing," said Caltech senior Julie Jester. "The design had a lot of us, including myself, very worried that we'd be unable to make it so big. On top of the sheer size, we had to figure out how to actually transport everything up the steep, thin, long, and winding trail to the top of the mountain. By putting our heads together we managed to work through all of the issues."
Written by Allison Benter