In the Press
Signed AAAS Science editorial, "Expanding the endless frontier"
This is a rare moment, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance the nation's research enterprise and adapt it to current challenges for the benefit of the country and the world. We urge our colleagues to engage now.
Quoted in Chemical & Engineering News article about rules around research security
September 25, 2019
Thomas Rosenbaum, president of the California Institute of Technology, worries that changing policies because a handful of scientists might have hidden their Chinese ties could end up tainting thousands of other scientists who are trying to follow the rules. . . . "The question for us is should you make policy on the basis of outliers?" Rosenbaum asks. "You can do a lot of harm to yourself with overreaction."
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Quoted in a Times Higher Education article on World University Rankings
September 11, 2019
"We have a somewhat different model than our peers in that we actually don't try to grow...We try to get better but not bigger. What that means is that we are constantly trying to identify areas where Caltech can be a world leader. We put big bets on those areas, we devote a lot of resources to them and given the constrained size then we're constantly asking what do we do and what don't we do."
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Interview with Society for Science & the Public
Maya Ajmera, President & CEO of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News, sat down to chat with Dr. Rosenbaum.
This Is Exactly the Wrong Time to Retreat from Space
February 20, 2018
At the dawn of the space age, President John F. Kennedy challenged Americans to set foot on the moon. The quest was grand, but the reason was simple: "We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained…" Seven years later, on July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bounded across the lunar surface as Michael Collins orbited above.
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Yahoo Finance Video: "Caltech is doing fascinating research on the brain"
January 19, 2017
Interview with Times Higher Education
June 23, 2016
We can do things because of our small size that other places can't…the major advantage [we have is] the interactions between people. We have a culture that emphasises people asking big questions, talking to each other about it, being unintimidated by disciplinary boundaries.
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Op-Ed for SFGate
November 12, 2014
From our perspectives in the world of private research universities, we have been watching with mounting alarm the general disinvestment by states in public higher education. This is painfully true in California, and we are especially concerned about the impact on the University of California and what it bodes for our state's future.
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