Just published my fourth novel. "Stranded on Mars" It's a hard science fiction piece about surviving a hundred million miles from help. It's a hard science fiction piece about engineering help long distance.Read More…
It is a good idea to try to collect information about our classmates. My wife is the Alumni Notes editor for her class (1952) at Occidental. She has found the long-time graduates don't respond well to internet notices. They often do not have access to email and/or forget to look at their email. They move to retirement homes and forget to re-establish their email address.
I am living in Lompoc, CA, which has the best climate of anywhere in the world. My wife is here with me. We have 5 grown children. They have 12 children (grand children). They have 6 children (great-grand children) with another one due this week.
Tom Blaschko's latest book, "We All Have Souls and I Think We Can Prove It," was released June 21, 2017. The book looks at evidence for souls from many sources and proposes a model that is compatible with Western Science. Well, almost compatible. We can keep all the science we have now and only need to add a new force that Tom calls life force. (It has other names in other cultures, such as Ki in karate.) Then we also need to consider the part of ourselves that interacts with the life force. That part has a lot of names, too, but Tom prefers a simple one: soul. The result is a system that respects some well-done science in soul reality and also offers an underlying model that makes sense of the millions of reports of ghosts, angels, precognition, and other phenomena that have been dismissed as impossible using the current Western science model. More information is available on the weallhavesouls.com website.
Sylvia and I have recently moved into Capriana, a senior retirement facility in Brea, CA with 79 apartments and currently 105 residents - 74 women and 31 men. We don't have to cook, or clean, or mow, or plant, or weed, or otherwise take care of anything except ourselves. The meals are very good, and there are lots of local activities plus transportation to off campus activities. I would guess the average age of the residents to be in the late eighties. There are not a lot of active golfers, team ball players, or even swimmers. We mostly breathe in and out a lot, read, and watch movies or TV. And talk. We talk a lot about everything.
After a three-city career (Pasadena, Washington, DC, and Santa Fe), I'm now spending more of my retirement time than I had expected organizing local scientists and engineers (of whom there are many in Santa Fe) to provide help in local schools (which need a lot of help). I'm joined by my 1962 classmate Dean Gerber, who co-organizes science fairs with me. Along with Ed Angel, '64, we're among about 100 volunteers who comprise the Santa Fe Alliance for Science (www.sfafs.org). Previously I had been a founder of the Santa Fe Center for Emergent Strategies, vice president of Santa Fe Institute, worked at NSF, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, a Washington think tank, and even Caltech in my youth. Our daughters (an archaeologist and a conservation biologist) were born in Pasadena but raised on the east coast, where they live with their families. Nancy and I accumulate a lot of frequent flyer miles visiting our four grandchildren.
Any Caltech people in my area who would like to do some work with students, contact us through our website.Read More…
At age 95 I am well and living in a retirement community in Huntington Beach, CA. Sadly, I lost my wife Jeanne in 2015. I keep busy mainly with World War II veterans work. One group is from my Air Force squadron. I write a quarterly newsletter for them and participate in their annual reunions. Another, the Freedom Committee of Orange County, is a group of veterans who meet monthly and go to high schools to present Living History of our wartime experiences to their history classes. With a third group I have made several return trips to China, where I served, to make similar presentations to the Chinese people. I have written a book "A Young Man in the Wild Blue Yonder." My training at Caltech has helped me substantially to perform my work.Read More…
I left Caltech and joined TRW in 1973. In 1975 I was hired by Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, NM. I worked at Sandia for 32 years in several R&D and management positions. One of my more interesting Sandia assignments was serving in Washington DC as the Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology division (2003-2005). I retired from Sandia in 2008. My wife Ellen and I split our time between WA and CO because our 2 sons and their families (8 grandkids) live in those 2 states. In addition to spending lots of time with our extended family, we also do volunteer work and are active in our church.
I left Caltech after two fantastic years in order to pursue a career that would combine my artistic and technical interests. Computer Animation and Visual Effects have been a great route to accomplish that goal, and I now play big roles in setting the looks of movies and/or creating photo-realistic effects in movies like:
- Alice Through the Looking Glass
- American Sniper
- The Amazing Spider-man
But I still love science and Caltech. Still in touch with some classmates, and drop by the campus anytime I'm nearby. I hope to one day work more with scientific visualizations or find other ways to apply by work to helping broaden understanding of your work.
On June 2, 2017, I received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
In spring 2017, I was appointed as a Changjiang Scholar (长江学者) at Central China Normal University (华中师范大学) with the title of Visiting Professor of Early Modern and Contemporary Chinese History (中国近现代史 讲座教授), 2016-2019. Appointment as a Changjiang Scholar is the highest academic honor conferred on individual scholars by the PRC Ministry of Education. Only a limited number of overseas scholars are recognized every year, especially in the humanities and social sciences. In connection with this appointment, I will work with Central China Normal University to advance training and research in quantitative history, with an emphasis on the construction and analysis of big social science datasets. My primary appointment remains at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where I am Professor of Social Science since 2013 and Associate Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Science.
-- I am trying to save the Pacifica listener-supported radio network, by forming an email discussion group of listeners and hosts. Sort of a blog without the insults. Hoping that friends of a station will give more generously.
-- I am also trying to get the takeoff procedure changed at John Wayne Airport (Newport Beach) to a fast climb entirely over the swamps and mudflats of Upper Newport Bay, where there are no residents to be disturbed by the noise.
-- I am the original owner of a 1961 VW bug, license 1234ETC, over 600,000 Mi.
-- I have 2 daughters but NO grandchildren. You can't blame overpopulation on me.
-- I delighted my 1939 English teacher by reciting from memory, at a chance meeting, the epilog of Scott's "The Lady of the Lake."
-- A calculus student turned in a paper on June 6, 1966, commenting, "6/6/66. How about that, Mr. Beek?" I answered "The question is, where will you be, and where will I be, on 7/7/77?" Answer: We had dinner together. And with our spouses on 8/8/88 and 9/9/99. She died before 1/1/11.
1001 = 7x11x13. 10101 = 3x7x13x37 Good for some parlor tricks.
It took me seven years, but I finished my book "Human and Machine Hearing", published by Cambridge University Press in May 2017. Well, 40 years, really, if you include my side trips into VLSI design, handwriting recognition, digital cameras, and such. See my blog at http://machinehearing.org
I just finished submitting my PhD thesis at Indian Institute of Science. While the contributions were small and fundamental, they were the fun small things that I could contribute in. I think nature should have a few pages for contributions from developing countries :)
Anyway I have been going around finding out a few problems at home (and international ones) and fixing them while researching on my futures and options (like stock market).
India is a wonderful place for international students to have fun locally and in clubs and malls. I have been going around in both places. We still need to have a way of securing developed country citizens in developing countries and vice versa. Or else both people will keep ending up in hospitals and the doctors will get all the money :P
I also went around travelling the country getting some fresh air. I recommed everyone to do this after their PhD. That is the best time to enjoy and chill out and travel (preferably alone or in small groups = you can break up and reunite everyday).
After graduating from Caltech in 1976, I furthered my education with a Masters in Physical Therapy. Many years down the road, after my husband Hal FInney (BS 1978) was diagnosed with ALS, I found my background was very helpful. After Hal passed away in 2014, I continued to work with other people who were living with severe and progressive neurodegenerative diseases. This year the ALS Association approached me, offering a position in their organization. I am very happy to be able to use my experiences and expertise to help so many other people.Read More…
At Google I am building algorithms that analyze text from the web and assign topics to it. This is useful in contextual advertising, when we are trying to show an ad relevant to the web content that a user is currently browsing and is interested in.
From 2012-2015 I was a data science consultant and worked in fraud detection, natural language processing, recommender systems, customer retention/analytics and other fields.
Earlier I worked as a quantitative trader at a hedge fund, trading stocks and stock options.
Very much enjoying retirement. Keeping active in all the stuff I couldn't do while working. I help the Maloof Foundation with photography, computer support and creating catalogs of their art exhibits. I volunteer in a high school physics class in an under served neighborhood. This is sponsored by EnCorps, a wonderful SoCal charity that provides meaningful training and support to professionals helping in STEM teaching, or will help you get a teaching credential in a STEM subject. I'm working on wood working as a hobby (but usually too busy to actually do it).Read More…
Ed and Judie Seidman are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a two week tour of the Canadian Rockies. They have four sons and 14 grand children.
Continuing to enjoy the retired life (second childhood without parental supervision!) in Texas. Celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in July with a family reunion where all 5 children, their spouses, and 19 grandchildren came together for a week in the Colorado Rockies. Earlier in the year we visited our daughter and her family in The Netherlands and included a cruise through the fjords of Norway. Also enjoyed attending our 1967 50th Class Reunion. It was great to relive memories and see "old" friends.
Michael Pravica was promoted to Full Professor of Physics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) on July 1, 2017.
I'm absolutely loving my job - from recreating mini Titan hydrocarbon lakes in the laboratory, to field work in Iceland (a great analogue environment for Mars), the opportunities for contributing to meaningful science questions seem endless at JPL. I have also been fortunate enough to participate in several mission proposals, and am involved with the Europa Clipper mission, which will study Jupiter's most astrobiologically promising moon. I hope that we are able to discover life on an ocean world in our solar system within our lifetime! Such a discovery would revolutionize our understanding of how ubiquitous life might be in the Universe.