Sandra Tsing-Loh (BS ’83) Releases New Book and One-Woman Show

For Sandra Tsing Loh, Change Is Good

Excerpt from the New York Times
by Alexandra Jacobs

A perpetual darling of the ever-beleaguered Los Angeles intelligentsia (“queen of the shoe box,” as she characterized her public-radio stardom) and constant candidate for that publishers’ holy grail, “the female David Sedaris,” Ms. Loh, 52, was given a national platform a decade ago as an essayist in The Atlantic magazine. From this she effectively performed a triple somersault with “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” (2009), in which she announced that she was leaving her husband of 20 years and questioned the very idea of modern marriage; “The Bitch Is Back” (2011), a paean to menopause; and “Daddy Issues” (2012), a declaration of her fervent wish, yet-ungranted, that her nettlesome 90-something father, Eugene, would just die already.

Ms. Loh has expanded these pieces, with emphasis on the least gasp-inducing middle one, into a new book, “The Madwoman in the Volvo,” and a one-woman show, with petite “Greek chorus,” that she will perform on Monday at Joe’s Pub in downtown Manhattan. In both, she distills from the work of Dr. Christiane Northrup that, contrary to conventional wisdom about hot flashes and hurled crockery, it is actually the fertile phase of a woman’s life that is one, literally, of lunacy.

“It’s like you lived on earth, and then you went to the moon, and lived there for a while,” Ms. Loh said. “Now you’re back where you started” — the hormone levels of a preadolescent — “and it’s, like, ‘Welcome home.’ ”

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Caltech Featured by Times Higher Education


For the past three years, Caltech has sat atop the rankings of the world’s universities published by the Times Higher Education. This week’s cover story features an in-depth look at the Institute, asking the question, “How does a tiny institution create such outsized impact?”

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The factors driving Caltech’s extraordinary success thus seem quite simple: it stays deliberately small, resolutely interdisciplinary, exceptionally selective when hiring, and maintains a flat, flexible management system.

CaltechTHESIS: Making Your Work Available to the World


The Caltech Library wants to publish your thesis online


For more than a decade, the Caltech Library has been converting its collection of theses to digital format, to share with researchers around the world. They just need your help.

From the Caltech Library:

The Caltech Library and the Grad Office have been supporting an electronic thesis program since 2002.  All PhD graduates have been required to deposit an electronic thesis since 2003.  In the print era, a heavily used PhD dissertation was one that was borrowed from the library more than once, EVER.  Things have changed.  Caltech theses were downloaded more than 1,000,000 times during 2013 and usage has been growing every year for more than a decade.

The library has been working under guidance of the Office of General Counsel to scan and make available all of the Caltech PhDs, regardless of the year in which you received your degree.  The thesis database, CaltechTHESIS, has approximately 6,300 PhD theses online currently and more are added all of the time.  Not all of the theses have been digitized yet and not all of those that are online can be accessed from off campus, in accordance with copyright law.  You, the authors, hold the key to allowing your thesis to be globally available.  Depending on graduation date, the Library must have permission from the author to make a thesis available from off campus.

Please consider helping the Library make this part of your Caltech legacy available to the world. Use this web form to provide the necessary permission and, perhaps, some additional information about your thesis, advisor, and committee.  The Library will scan, if necessary, and remove access restrictions from theses as quickly as possible following the submission of your information.  Depending on the volume of responses it may take several days to process all of the theses.