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2/9/22
Watson Lecture - Artificial Intelligence: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Watson Lecture - Artificial Intelligence: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Wed
2/9/22
 
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2/9/22
 
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a remarkable technology that has profoundly impacted our lives. It now beats humans at some of their own games. How did we get here? In this lecture, Professor Yaser Abu-Mostafa (PhD '83) will describe the scientific journey of AI since the 1980s, as well as Caltech's foundational role in its development, providing examples of AI's achievements and its potential. He will also address the hype that surrounds AI, both positive and negative, and put it in scientific perspective.

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1/19/22
Watson Lecture - When Earth Breathed Deeply

Watson Lecture - When Earth Breathed Deeply

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Wed
1/19/22
 
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1/19/22
 
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Oxygen levels in the atmosphere have increased by many orders of magnitude throughout Earth's history, profoundly affecting biologic and chemical cycles at the surface of the Earth. In this lecture, Assistant Professor Claire E. Bucholz will explore how shifts in atmospheric oxygen concentrations went even deeper, altering Earth's inner workings.

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12/1/21
A Conversation with Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Charles Elachi

A Conversation with Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Charles Elachi

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Wed
12/1/21
 
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12/1/21
 
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Join 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Dr. Charles Elachi (MS ’69, PhD ’71) in conversation with president Thomas F. Rosenbaum. Caltech professor emeritus of electrical engineering and planetary science, Charles Elachi (MS '69, PhD '71), is recognized "for his distinguished leadership in space exploration and planetary science as the longtime director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was instrumental to realizing missions across the solar system including our own planet Earth, and for his many contributions helping to map out NASA's long-term scientific future."

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11/15/21
A Conversation with Distinguished Alumna Dr. Laurie Leshin

A Conversation with Distinguished Alumna Dr. Laurie Leshin

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Mon
11/15/21
 
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11/15/21
 
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Join 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Dr. Laurie Leshin (MS '89, PhD '95) in conversation with fellow DAA recipient Sandra Tsing Loh (BS ’83). President Thomas F. Rosenbaum will give opening remarks. President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Laurie Leshin (MS '89, PhD '95), is lauded "for her barrier-breaking leadership at universities such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which has been recognized for both teaching and research excellence and essential strides in diversity, equity, and inclusion under her guidance as the first woman to serve as president; and for her accomplishments as a distinguished geochemist and space scientist."

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11/10/21
Watson Lecture - Quantum Matter: Why It Matters

Watson Lecture - Quantum Matter: Why It Matters

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Wed
11/10/21
 
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11/10/21
 
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Quantum effects are usually thought to be too delicate to manifest in the macroscopic world. However, recent physics breakthroughs have revealed that, in carefully engineered materials, such as metals, insulators, or magnets, quantum effects not only show up but also fundamentally change the way these materials behave. In this lecture, Professor Xie Chen will cover superconductivity, topological order, and a range of phenomena in quantum matters that may hold unprecedented power for quantum computers and even for our fundamental understanding of the universe.

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10/21/21
Reimagining Plastics for a Sustainable and Bright Future

Reimagining Plastics for a Sustainable and Bright Future

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Thu
10/21/21
 
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10/21/21
 
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Plastics are ubiquitous materials in every sector of modern society due to their versatility, light-weight, diverse and tunable properties, and often low cost. In this talk, Yan Xia will present several unusual types of plastics developed in my lab at Stanford, including degradable polymers that could replace the environmentally-persistent plastics, molecular-sieving membranes for energy efficient chemical separations, and mechanically responsive polymers that sense, respond, and transform under stress.

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10/20/21
Watson Lecture - Megasupramolecules: From Disaster to Discovery

Watson Lecture - Megasupramolecules: From Disaster to Discovery

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10/20/21
 
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10/20/21
 
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The events of 9/11 spurred Caltech Professor Julia A. Kornfield’s research team to begin researching polymers that, when added to fuels like gasoline, minimize the risk of explosion when ignited. These polymers, known as megasupramolecules, change the way liquid fuels flow and could help reduce fatalities and injuries from plane crashes, auto accidents, and IED attacks on the battlefield.

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10/18/21
Conversations on Sustainability: A Smarter Electricity Grid

Conversations on Sustainability: A Smarter Electricity Grid

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10/18/21
 
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10/18/21
 
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Electrical engineer Steven Low and computer scientist Adam Wierman speak with science writer Emily Velasco about ways to reimagine an electric grid that incorporates renewable, intermittent energy sources, such as solar and wind, while meeting today’s power demands. Presented by the Caltech Science Exchange.

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10/18/21
Wharton Alumni Climate Change Conference

Wharton Alumni Climate Change Conference

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Mon
10/18/21
 
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10/21/21
 
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This October 18 marks the kickoff of the 4-day Wharton Club of the National Capital Region (WCNCR) Climate Change Conference, and with the help of its hosts, including the Wharton Risk Center, Wharton Clubs across the nation, and ColumbiaDC, we invite all Caltech alumni to attend virtually and free of cost. Some of the best minds in the world—including our own Caltech alumnus Dr. Brian Von Herzen, Director of the Climate Foundation—will be discussing climate change adaptation, mitigation, restoration, and climate change investment opportunities.

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9/27/21
In Conversation with Barbara Burger (PhD ’87)

In Conversation with Barbara Burger (PhD ’87)

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Mon
9/27/21
 
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9/27/21
 
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Join Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and 2021 Distinguished Alumna Barbara Burger (PhD ’87), who will be in conversation via Zoom with Sandra Tsing Loh (BS ’83).

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7/15/21
My Summer Job at General Motors

My Summer Job at General Motors

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7/15/21
 
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7/15/21
 
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Kent Kresa was on the GM Board for 10 years when he was tapped by the Obama Administration in January 2009 to become Chairman of that Board and lead the company thru bankruptcy proceedings sponsored by the Government. In this talk, he will describe the reasons it happened, who played major roles in the activity and outcome, and some of the lessons learned. The process took only 40 days even though it was the fourth largest emergence from bankruptcy ever accomplished in America.

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6/17/21
Informatics Approach to Forecasting & Optimizing Batteries: Will Chueh

Informatics Approach to Forecasting & Optimizing Batteries: Will Chueh

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Thu
6/17/21
 
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6/17/21
 
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The vast design space and long lifetime of batteries have limited the speed of innovations at the materials, cell, and systems level. In this talk, Will Chueh will share his efforts at Stanford to dramatically accelerate the pace of research and development for lithium-ion batteries by hybridizing physics-based and data-driven approaches.

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6/7/21
Software That Never Fails... Join Dan O'Dowd (BS '76) for a Virtual Event

Software That Never Fails... Join Dan O'Dowd (BS '76) for a Virtual Event

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Mon
6/7/21
 
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6/7/21
 
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Join Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Dan O’Dowd (BS ’76) for a lively exploration of why most security software is ineffective and options for making things better.

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5/26/21
Out of the Lab: Konstantin Batygin

Out of the Lab: Konstantin Batygin

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Wed
5/26/21
 
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5/26/21
 
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Hailed by Forbes as the "next physics rock star," Caltech planetary science professor Konstantin Batygin (MS '10, PhD '12) is also a prolific musician who, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, actively performed with his band, The Seventh Season.

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5/15/21
Register Now for Seminar Day 2021

Register Now for Seminar Day 2021

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Sat
5/15/21
 
9:00 am
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5/15/21
 
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Hear about cutting-edge investigations from alumni and researchers across campus and JPL during this once-a-year opportunity to connect with Caltech scientists and engineers who are transforming science and society.

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4/27/21
Archiving Communities of Resilience and Resistance in Caltech's Present & Past

Archiving Communities of Resilience and Resistance in Caltech's Present & Past

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4/27/21
 
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4/27/21
 
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Chang Prize recipient Niv Karthikeyan (BS '20) hosts a panel Caltech staff, faculty, and alumni to offer reflections on their personal histories of organizing, agitating, and advocating on campus in the name of social justice.

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3/20/21
Match Madness: Online Chess Tournament

Match Madness: Online Chess Tournament

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3/20/21
 
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3/20/21
 
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Join Caltech and MIT alumni chess champions who will compete for school pride before a live Zoom audience to determine the best player from both institutes!

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2/25/21
Caltech-Harvard Recent Alumni Movie Night

Caltech-Harvard Recent Alumni Movie Night

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Thu
2/25/21
 
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2/25/21
 
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Grab some popcorn and join recent alumni from Caltech and Harvard for a virtual social and movie night!

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1/28/21
MIT Forum for Equity: On Challenges Facing Math & Physics

MIT Forum for Equity: On Challenges Facing Math & Physics

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1/28/21
 
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1/28/21
 
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Join Caltech alumnus Edray Goins, PhD (BS ’94) and former Caltech postdoctoral scholar Jim Gates, PhD for a discussion addressing challenges facing traditionally underrepresented populations in math and physics.

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12/14/20
A Conversation with Charles T. Munger (Cert ’44, Cavu)

A Conversation with Charles T. Munger (Cert ’44, Cavu)

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12/14/20
 
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12/14/20
 
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Join our conversation with Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Charles T. Munger

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12/3/20
Virtual Holiday Mixer for Recent Caltech and Harvard Alumni in SoCal

Virtual Holiday Mixer for Recent Caltech and Harvard Alumni in SoCal

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Thu
12/3/20
 
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12/12/20
 
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Join recent Caltech and Harvard Alumni in SoCal for a virtual holiday mixer and scavenger hunt!

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10/29/20
MIT Forum for Equity: On Congressman John Lewis

MIT Forum for Equity: On Congressman John Lewis

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10/29/20
 
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10/29/20
 
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Join Caltech Professor Morgan Kousser and MIT alumni for a special film discussion

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10/23/20
2020 Reunion Weekend Online

2020 Reunion Weekend Online

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Fri
10/23/20
 
11:00 am
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10/24/20
 
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Thank you to all alumni who attended Caltech's 2020 Reunion Weekend online!

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5/16/20
Seminar Day Online

Seminar Day Online

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5/16/20
 
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5/16/20
 
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The tradition of Seminar Day continues! Join your global network of alumni for a live, virtual experience featuring Caltech's cutting-edge research and the many alumni and faculty behind the breakthroughs.

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