On Demand

Cryptocurrencies: A Scam, Our Savior, or Somewhere In Between?

In this talk, Dr. Shaun Maguire will talk about the past, present and future of blockchains, cryptocurrencies, and what some might call "Web 3.0."

Cryptocurrencies: A Scam, Our Savior, or Somewhere In Between?

In Conversation with Sudhir Kumar Jain, PhD (MS' 80, PhD '83)

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Sudhir Kumar Jain, PhD (MS' 80, PhD '83), vice chancellor of Banaras Hindu University in India, is recognized for his lifesaving impact as India's preeminent earthquake engineer, for his research, advocacy, and establishment of training programs for engineers and of seismic building codes, and for his leadership in higher education. Jain has been an activist for earthquake safety who has undertaken numerous outreach activities.

In Conversation with Sudhir Kumar Jain, PhD (MS' 80, PhD '83)

In Conversation with Bette Korber, PhD (PhD '88)

Sandra Tsing Loh, MA (BS ’83) speaks to Dr. Korber on breaking new ground in bioinformatics, viral evolution, vaccine design, and SARS-CoV-2 genomic monitoring in this DAA webinar.

In Conversation with Bette Korber, PhD (PhD '88)

Your Mind on the Metaverse

In this talk, Dr. Jeremy Bailenson will discuss the psychology of virtual and augmented reality, explaining how they transform the ways companies and schools teach, train and operate; build culture; and change communication among people. He will also talk about why VR and AR provide new environments that offer countless opportunities for experimentation and innovation.

Your Mind on the Metaverse

Silicon Valley Monthly Seminar: August

For our next webinar, Dave Thompson will discuss, “My 50-Year Adventure: From Teenage Rocketeer to Space Entrepreneur to Caltech Board Chair.”

Silicon Valley Monthly Seminar: August

Behind The Book: Distinguished Alumna Sandra Tsing Loh, MA (BS '83)

Caltech Behind The Book Series Presents: Distinguished Alumna Sandra Tsing Loh, MA (BS '83).

Behind The Book: Distinguished Alumna Sandra Tsing Loh, MA (BS '83)

Board Ballots Due

Board ballots must be received by the CAA before September 9, 2022 at 6:00 PM PT.

Board Ballots Due

Annual Meeting of Members 2022

The Caltech Alumni Association Annual Meeting via Zoom is scheduled for 5:30pm (PT) on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, where CAA will announce the new Board slate. CAA will post this information on the website after the Annual Meeting. Registration required.

Annual Meeting of Members 2022

Conversations on the Quantum World: Why Space Isn't What You Think It Is

Magnify a digital picture enough times and you will discover the pixels that make up the image. Could the universe itself be pixelated, or "quantized"?

Conversations on the Quantum World: Why Space Isn't What You Think It Is

What Flying an Airplane Upside Down Taught Me About Data Science

In this talk Dr. Cecilia Aragon will describe her journey from extremely fearful daughter of immigrants to daredevil airshow pilot — and then to using supercomputers to solve some of the greatest mysteries of the universe. She’ll present examples from a 30-year career in aviation, astrophysics, and data science; and talk about how using math to face her fears enabled her to become the first Latina pilot on the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team. She scaffolded that courage to build a career in data science, developing the new field of human-centered data science, and becoming the first Latina to achieve the rank of Full Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington in its 100-year history.

What Flying an Airplane Upside Down  Taught Me About Data Science

Caltech Energy 10

How do we cut U.S. global warming gas emissions in half by 2032?

Caltech Energy 10

Caltech in Seattle: Join Caltech Alumnus Chris Diorio

Join us for a conversation with Caltech alumnus Chris Diorio, CEO, Vice Chair, and Co-Founder at Impinj, Inc. Today, Chris is also an Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington and a Director of the RAIN RFID Alliance.

Caltech in Seattle: Join Caltech Alumnus Chris Diorio

Watson Lecture - Rising Tide: Tackling Sea Level Rise from Above and Below

Global sea level rise is one of the major environmental challenges of the 21st century. As lead scientist for multiple NASA JPL projects, Josh Willis and team are addressing this urgent problem from above and below.

Watson Lecture - Rising Tide: Tackling Sea Level Rise from Above and Below

The Sustainability of Forests with Fewer Trees

Restoring heavily overstocked forests in the western U.S. to reduce wildfire severity has many co-benefits for water supply, hydropower, habitat, recreation, carbon storage, and more.

The Sustainability of Forests with Fewer Trees

Legends of the Nile, featuring Cairo, Luxor & Abu Simbel – March 28 – April 8, 2023

From the UNESCO sites at Luxor and Giza to the engineering marvel of Aswan High Dam, see the wonders of ancient and modern Egypt on this 10-day land and cruise excursion. An Egyptologist will be available to answer all your questions as you explore the sites together.

Legends of the Nile, featuring Cairo, Luxor & Abu Simbel – March 28 – April 8, 2023

Can We Stop Aging, and Should We Do It?

In a fireside chat, Anirvan Ghosh will discuss with Caltech senior Andy Tong the science behind the aging headlines and how aging research could impact our lives.

Can We Stop Aging, and Should We Do It?

Banff Mountain Film Festival

The renowned Banff Mountain Film Festival, hosted by Caltech's Alpine Club, is coming to Caltech on Wednesday, April 27th and tickets are currently on sale!

Banff Mountain Film Festival

From the Earth to the Moon Musical

Theater Arts Caltech presents the world premiere of a new musical: From the Earth to the Moon, opening April 15, 2022

From the Earth to the Moon Musical

Exploring Patagonia & The Skies of The Southern Hemisphere, - November 1-15, 2022

Join Caltech Professor Fiona Harrison, PhD, on this expedition to Chile and Argentina, featuring exclusive, private visits to some of the world’s most advanced observatories and telescopes.

Exploring Patagonia & The Skies of The Southern Hemisphere, - November 1-15, 2022

Conversations on the Quantum World: The Power of Quantum Materials

Electronics continue to shrink in size to grow in capability, speed, and efficiency. The devices that power society now rely on components engineered at the nanoscale. At such small scales, quantum effects begin to take over, exerting a powerful influence on how materials work. Industry professionals turn to physicists for answers about these seemingly confounding but critically important effects. In this event, experimental physicist Nai-Chang Yeh will share insights on what quantum materials are and why we can expect them in all our future technologies.

Conversations on the Quantum World: The Power of Quantum Materials

Conversations on the Quantum World: Storytelling and Science

Caltech physicist Spiros Michalakis and Hollywood screenwriter Ed Solomon will chat with Caltech science writer (and science fiction devotee) Whitney Clavin about how they collaborate to make science shine in film and television scripts, and the many similarities between the creative and scientific processes. Learn how core quantum concepts like entanglement can inform out-there cinematic concepts from time travel to the multiverse.

Conversations on the Quantum World: Storytelling and Science

Early Detection of Disease Using Wearables

Early detection of disease is crucial for early intervention. Nowhere is this more evident than in the detection of infectious disease.

Early Detection of Disease Using Wearables

Aging Demographics and Increased Longevity

People age 50 and older account for over 50% of consumer spending in the US and 83% of household wealth. These numbers are expected to grow significantly due to a combination of increased longevity and the aging of the baby boomer generation. This is the largest and one of the fastest growing business opportunities both in the US and worldwide. Many business managers and entrepreneurs, however, do not consider the over-50 demographic in their plans, and those that do often do not understand how best to design products and services for this group. It is a huge missed-opportunity.

Aging Demographics and Increased Longevity

Roving with Perseverance: Findings from One Year on Mars

After a year on the planet, what can Perseverance teach us about Mars' watery past and our potential future?

Roving with Perseverance: Findings from One Year on Mars

Neuroscience without neurons: From mechanical computing to perceptive machines

Prior to the evolution of the nervous system or neurons, in the precambrian times, soft-bodied animals crawling the planet possibly relied on chemo-mechanical modes of information processing. This talk will explore principles and limits of mechanical computing, building on our work on physical computation implemented in drops/bubbles and other soft materials. Through our work, we have discovered how complex behavior is encoded in unicellular protists and flat “simple” animals without neurons.

Neuroscience without neurons: From mechanical computing to perceptive machines

Journey to Southern Africa - September 24 - October 9, 2023

Experience the raw beauty, wildlife, and unparalleled natural wonders on this exceptional adventure. See the grand cascades of Victoria Falls, follow in Mandela’s footsteps on Robben Island, and see untamed wilderness from aboard the elegant Rovos Rail. Experience South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe on this remarkable luxury safari tour.

Journey to Southern Africa - September 24 - October 9, 2023

Paris, featuring the African American Experience - April 15-23, 2023

Immerse yourself in the world of jazz in Montmartre, cruise on the Seine, and experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site and tour the architectural and cultural institution – the Musée du quai Branly. Caltech Professor Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, PhD (PhD ’88) will join you on special tours highlighting the influence of African American expatriates on Parisian life and culture.

Paris, featuring the African American Experience - April 15-23, 2023

Cruise the Heart of Europe, featuring the Modern Engineering Feat of the Cross-continent Waterway - October 13-26, 2022

Tour medieval Germany, explore Bratislava and Budapest, and marvel at the incredible beauty of the Rhine Gorge and Wachau Valley while on an exclusively chartered first-class ship through three of Europe’s most prolific rivers and engineering wonders.

Cruise the Heart of Europe, featuring the Modern Engineering Feat of the Cross-continent Waterway - October 13-26, 2022

My Path to the Perkin Medal

The Perkin Medal is considered the highest honor in American industrial chemistry. It has been awarded annually over the past 115 years to a recipient chosen by the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Chemical Industry, and the Science History Institute. In this talk, Dr. Jane Frommer will describe some of the lessons learned at chosen points along the path, often surprising until the underlying chemistry is revealed.

My Path to the Perkin Medal

How to Enhance Robot & Aerospace Control, Planning, and Navigation with Machine Learning & AI

One common theme of our research projects at Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST) is to systematically leverage AI and Machine Learning (ML) towards achieving safe and stable autonomy of robotic and aerospace systems, such as spacecraft swarms and drones.

How to Enhance Robot & Aerospace Control, Planning, and Navigation with Machine Learning & AI

Watson Lecture - Quantum Matter: Why It Matters

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.

Watson Lecture - Quantum Matter: Why It Matters

CAA Board Ballots Due

The ballot packages include thorough instructions for voters. Following the guidelines set by the Bylaws, ballots must to ARRIVE at Alumni House (or the vendor contracted to receive ballots on behalf of CAA) by 6:00 PM Pacific Time, November 18, 2021, to be counted. Alumni can return ballots by postage-paid return mail (USPS) or in person.

CAA Board Ballots Due

Watson Lecture - Megasupramolecules: From Disaster to Discovery

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.

Watson Lecture - Megasupramolecules: From Disaster to Discovery

Wharton Alumni Climate Change Conference

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.

Wharton Alumni Climate Change Conference

Conversations on Sustainability: A Smarter Electricity Grid

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.

Conversations on Sustainability: A Smarter Electricity Grid

A Conversation with Distinguished Alumna Dr. Laurie Leshin

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."

A Conversation with Distinguished Alumna Dr. Laurie Leshin

A Conversation with Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Charles Elachi

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."

A Conversation with Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Charles Elachi

Reimagining Plastics for a Sustainable and Bright Future

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.

Reimagining Plastics for a Sustainable and Bright Future

In Conversation with Barbara Burger (PhD ’87)

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).

In Conversation with Barbara Burger (PhD ’87)

Cheers to Brits and Yanks

Princeton and Caltech alumni celebrate Faraday’s birthday at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences, inside the Royal Institution.

Cheers to Brits and Yanks

My Summer Job at General Motors

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.

My Summer Job at General Motors

Informatics Approach to Forecasting & Optimizing Batteries: Will Chueh

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.

Informatics Approach to Forecasting & Optimizing Batteries: Will Chueh

Out of the Lab: Konstantin Batygin

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.

Out of the Lab: Konstantin Batygin

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

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.

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

Register Now for Seminar Day 2021

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.

Register Now for Seminar Day 2021

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

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.

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

Discover Norway with Mark Simons

Caltech Alumni, Alexx Tobeck and Mark Simmons visit Norway.

Discover Norway with Mark Simons

Columbia & Snake Rivers with John Hall

Columbia and Snake River Trip with John Hall

Columbia & Snake Rivers with John Hall

Cultural and Culinary Tour of the Amalfi Coast with Tom Mannion

We set out to plan a special itinerary for the Caltech Alumni Association that combines beautiful walks with an emphasis on the cooking and culinary traditions of the Amalfi peninsula.

Cultural and Culinary Tour of the Amalfi Coast with Tom Mannion

Madras, Oregon Eclipse Trip

Madras eclipse trip with Caltech Alumni

Madras, Oregon Eclipse Trip

A Biogeographical and Cultural Exploration of New Zealand's South Island with Rob Phillips

Caltech professor Rob Phillips and some of his students in New Zealand to explore a tropical rainforest…at the foot of a glacier.

A Biogeographical and Cultural Exploration of New Zealand's South Island with Rob Phillips

Galápagos Islands Aboard National Geographic Endeavor Ii with Rob Phillips

More than 90 Caltech Associates and alumni took a trip of a lifetime to the Galápagos Islands from August 24 to September 2.

Galápagos Islands Aboard National Geographic Endeavor Ii with Rob Phillips

Seminar Day Online

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.

Seminar Day Online

2020 Reunion Weekend Online

Thank you to all alumni who attended Caltech's 2020 Reunion Weekend online!

2020 Reunion Weekend Online

MIT Forum for Equity: On Congressman John Lewis

Join Caltech Professor Morgan Kousser and MIT alumni for a special film discussion

MIT Forum for Equity: On Congressman John Lewis

Virtual Holiday Mixer for Recent Caltech and Harvard Alumni in SoCal

Join recent Caltech and Harvard Alumni in SoCal for a virtual holiday mixer and scavenger hunt!

Virtual Holiday Mixer for Recent Caltech and Harvard Alumni in SoCal

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

Join our conversation with Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Charles T. Munger

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

MIT Forum for Equity: On Challenges Facing Math & Physics

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.

MIT Forum for Equity: On Challenges Facing Math & Physics

Match Madness: Online Chess Tournament

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!

Match Madness: Online Chess Tournament

Antarctica: Cruise Aboard the National Geographic Explorer

Visit Antartica, one of the last remote and wild places on Earth, on the National Geographic Explorer.

Antarctica: Cruise Aboard the National Geographic Explorer

Caltech-Harvard Recent Alumni Movie Night

Grab some popcorn and join recent alumni from Caltech and Harvard for a virtual social and movie night!

Caltech-Harvard Recent Alumni Movie Night
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Seminar Day Online

Seminar Day Online

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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.

Register Now
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10/24/20
2020 Reunion Weekend Online

2020 Reunion Weekend Online

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10/24/20 12:00 pm
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Thank you to all alumni who attended Caltech's 2020 Reunion Weekend online!

Register Now
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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 12:00 pm
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10/29/20 1:00 pm
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Join Caltech Professor Morgan Kousser and MIT alumni for a special film discussion

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

Virtual Holiday Mixer for Recent Caltech and Harvard Alumni in SoCal

7:00 pm
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12/3/20 7:00 pm
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12/12/20 8:00 pm
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Join recent Caltech and Harvard Alumni in SoCal for a virtual holiday mixer and scavenger hunt!

Register Now
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12/14/20
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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 1:00 pm
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12/14/20 2:00 pm
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Join our conversation with Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Charles T. Munger

Register Now
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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

12:30 pm
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1/28/21 12:30 pm
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1/28/21 1:30 pm
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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.

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

Caltech-Harvard Recent Alumni Movie Night

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2/25/21 6:15 pm
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2/25/21 9:00 pm
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Grab some popcorn and join recent alumni from Caltech and Harvard for a virtual social and movie night!

Register Now
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3/20/21
Match Madness: Online Chess Tournament

Match Madness: Online Chess Tournament

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3/20/21 1:00 pm
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3/20/21 3:00 pm
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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!

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

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

4:00 pm
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4/27/21 5:30 pm
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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.

Register Now
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5/15/21
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Register Now for Seminar Day 2021

Register Now for Seminar Day 2021

9:00 am
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5/15/21 9:00 am
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5/15/21 3:00 pm
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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.

Read More
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Out of the Lab: Konstantin Batygin

Out of the Lab: Konstantin Batygin

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5/26/21 5:00 pm
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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.

Learn more and register!
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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

12:00 pm
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6/7/21 12:00 pm
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6/7/21 1:00 pm
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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.

Register Now
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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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6/17/21 5:30 pm
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6/17/21 7:00 pm
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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.

Register Now
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7/15/21
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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 5:30 pm
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7/15/21 7:00 pm
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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.

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

In Conversation with Barbara Burger (PhD ’87)

12:00 pm
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9/27/21 12:00 pm
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9/27/21 1:00 pm
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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).

Register Now
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10/21/21
Wharton Alumni Climate Change Conference

Wharton Alumni Climate Change Conference

8:00 am
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10/18/21 8:00 am
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10/21/21 10:00 am
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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.

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

Conversations on Sustainability: A Smarter Electricity Grid

11:00 am
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10/18/21 11:00 am
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10/18/21 12:00 pm
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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.

Register Now
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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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6:00 pm
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Wed
10/20/21 5:00 pm
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Wed
10/20/21 6:00 pm
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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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10/21/21
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10/21/21
Reimagining Plastics for a Sustainable and Bright Future

Reimagining Plastics for a Sustainable and Bright Future

5:30 pm
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7:00 pm
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Thu
10/21/21 5:30 pm
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Thu
10/21/21 7:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

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

Watson Lecture - Quantum Matter: Why It Matters

5:00 pm
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6:00 pm
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Wed
11/10/21 5:00 pm
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Wed
11/10/21 6:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

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

A Conversation with Distinguished Alumna Dr. Laurie Leshin

12:00 pm
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1:00 pm
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Mon
11/15/21 12:00 pm
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Mon
11/15/21 1:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

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

A Conversation with Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Charles Elachi

12:00 pm
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1:00 pm
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Wed
12/1/21 12:00 pm
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Wed
12/1/21 1:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

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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1/20/22
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1/20/22
My Path to the Perkin Medal

My Path to the Perkin Medal

5:30 pm
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7:00 pm
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Thu
1/20/22 5:30 pm
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Thu
1/20/22 7:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

The Perkin Medal is considered the highest honor in American industrial chemistry. It has been awarded annually over the past 115 years to a recipient chosen by the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Chemical Industry, and the Science History Institute. In this talk, Dr. Jane Frommer will describe some of the lessons learned at chosen points along the path, often surprising until the underlying chemistry is revealed.

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2/17/22
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2/17/22
Neuroscience without neurons: From mechanical computing to perceptive machines

Neuroscience without neurons: From mechanical computing to perceptive machines

5:30 pm
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7:00 pm
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Thu
2/17/22 5:30 pm
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Thu
2/17/22 7:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

Prior to the evolution of the nervous system or neurons, in the precambrian times, soft-bodied animals crawling the planet possibly relied on chemo-mechanical modes of information processing. This talk will explore principles and limits of mechanical computing, building on our work on physical computation implemented in drops/bubbles and other soft materials. Through our work, we have discovered how complex behavior is encoded in unicellular protists and flat “simple” animals without neurons.

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2/17/22
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2/17/22
Roving with Perseverance: Findings from One Year on Mars

Roving with Perseverance: Findings from One Year on Mars

7:00 pm
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8:30 pm
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Thu
2/17/22 7:00 pm
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Thu
2/17/22 8:30 pm
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Online (YouTube)

After a year on the planet, what can Perseverance teach us about Mars' watery past and our potential future?

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3/17/22
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3/17/22
Aging Demographics and Increased Longevity

Aging Demographics and Increased Longevity

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7:00 pm
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Thu
3/17/22 5:30 pm
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Thu
3/17/22 7:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

People age 50 and older account for over 50% of consumer spending in the US and 83% of household wealth. These numbers are expected to grow significantly due to a combination of increased longevity and the aging of the baby boomer generation. This is the largest and one of the fastest growing business opportunities both in the US and worldwide. Many business managers and entrepreneurs, however, do not consider the over-50 demographic in their plans, and those that do often do not understand how best to design products and services for this group. It is a huge missed-opportunity.

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4/21/22
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4/21/22
Conversations on the Quantum World: Storytelling and Science

Conversations on the Quantum World: Storytelling and Science

11:00 am
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1:00 pm
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Thu
4/21/22 11:00 am
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Thu
4/21/22 1:00 pm
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Caltech physicist Spiros Michalakis and Hollywood screenwriter Ed Solomon will chat with Caltech science writer (and science fiction devotee) Whitney Clavin about how they collaborate to make science shine in film and television scripts, and the many similarities between the creative and scientific processes. Learn how core quantum concepts like entanglement can inform out-there cinematic concepts from time travel to the multiverse.

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4/21/22
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4/21/22
Early Detection of Disease Using Wearables

Early Detection of Disease Using Wearables

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7:00 pm
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Thu
4/21/22 5:30 pm
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Thu
4/21/22 7:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

Early detection of disease is crucial for early intervention. Nowhere is this more evident than in the detection of infectious disease.

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5/19/22
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5/19/22
Can We Stop Aging, and Should We Do It?

Can We Stop Aging, and Should We Do It?

5:30 pm
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7:00 pm
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Thu
5/19/22 5:30 pm
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Thu
5/19/22 7:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

In a fireside chat, Anirvan Ghosh will discuss with Caltech senior Andy Tong the science behind the aging headlines and how aging research could impact our lives.

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5
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5/25/22
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5/25/22
Conversations on the Quantum World: The Power of Quantum Materials

Conversations on the Quantum World: The Power of Quantum Materials

11:00 am
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1:00 pm
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Wed
5/25/22 11:00 am
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Wed
5/25/22 1:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

Electronics continue to shrink in size to grow in capability, speed, and efficiency. The devices that power society now rely on components engineered at the nanoscale. At such small scales, quantum effects begin to take over, exerting a powerful influence on how materials work. Industry professionals turn to physicists for answers about these seemingly confounding but critically important effects. In this event, experimental physicist Nai-Chang Yeh will share insights on what quantum materials are and why we can expect them in all our future technologies.

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6/14/22
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6/15/22
Caltech Energy 10

Caltech Energy 10

10:00 am
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12:15 pm
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Tue
6/14/22 10:00 am
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Wed
6/15/22 12:15 pm
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Online (Zoom)

How do we cut U.S. global warming gas emissions in half by 2032?

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7/12/22
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7/12/22
Conversations on the Quantum World: Why Space Isn't What You Think It Is

Conversations on the Quantum World: Why Space Isn't What You Think It Is

11:00 am
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12:00 pm
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Tue
7/12/22 11:00 am
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Tue
7/12/22 12:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

Magnify a digital picture enough times and you will discover the pixels that make up the image. Could the universe itself be pixelated, or "quantized"?

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7/21/22
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7/21/22
What Flying an Airplane Upside Down  Taught Me About Data Science

What Flying an Airplane Upside Down Taught Me About Data Science

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7:00 pm
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Thu
7/21/22 5:30 pm
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Thu
7/21/22 7:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

In this talk Dr. Cecilia Aragon will describe her journey from extremely fearful daughter of immigrants to daredevil airshow pilot — and then to using supercomputers to solve some of the greatest mysteries of the universe. She’ll present examples from a 30-year career in aviation, astrophysics, and data science; and talk about how using math to face her fears enabled her to become the first Latina pilot on the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team. She scaffolded that courage to build a career in data science, developing the new field of human-centered data science, and becoming the first Latina to achieve the rank of Full Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington in its 100-year history.

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8/18/22
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8/18/22
Silicon Valley Monthly Seminar: August

Silicon Valley Monthly Seminar: August

5:30 pm
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7:00 pm
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Thu
8/18/22 5:30 pm
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Thu
8/18/22 7:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

For our next webinar, Dave Thompson will discuss, “My 50-Year Adventure: From Teenage Rocketeer to Space Entrepreneur to Caltech Board Chair.”

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9/15/22
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9/15/22
Your Mind on the Metaverse

Your Mind on the Metaverse

5:30 pm
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7:00 pm
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Thu
9/15/22 5:30 pm
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Thu
9/15/22 7:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

In this talk, Dr. Jeremy Bailenson will discuss the psychology of virtual and augmented reality, explaining how they transform the ways companies and schools teach, train and operate; build culture; and change communication among people. He will also talk about why VR and AR provide new environments that offer countless opportunities for experimentation and innovation.

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9/16/22
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9/16/22
In Conversation with Bette Korber, PhD (PhD '88)

In Conversation with Bette Korber, PhD (PhD '88)

12:00 pm
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1:00 pm
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Fri
9/16/22 12:00 pm
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Fri
9/16/22 1:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

Sandra Tsing Loh, MA (BS ’83) speaks to Dr. Korber on breaking new ground in bioinformatics, viral evolution, vaccine design, and SARS-CoV-2 genomic monitoring in this DAA webinar.

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10/20/22
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10/20/22
Behind The Book: Distinguished Alumna Sandra Tsing Loh, MA (BS '83)

Behind The Book: Distinguished Alumna Sandra Tsing Loh, MA (BS '83)

6:00 pm
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7:00 pm
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Thu
10/20/22 6:00 pm
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Thu
10/20/22 7:00 pm
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Caltech Beckman Auditorium

Caltech Behind The Book Series Presents: Distinguished Alumna Sandra Tsing Loh, MA (BS '83).

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11
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05
11/5/22
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11/5/22
In Conversation with Sudhir Kumar Jain, PhD (MS' 80, PhD '83)

In Conversation with Sudhir Kumar Jain, PhD (MS' 80, PhD '83)

6:00 pm
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7:00 pm
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Sat
11/5/22 6:00 pm
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Sat
11/5/22 7:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Sudhir Kumar Jain, PhD (MS' 80, PhD '83), vice chancellor of Banaras Hindu University in India, is recognized for his lifesaving impact as India's preeminent earthquake engineer, for his research, advocacy, and establishment of training programs for engineers and of seismic building codes, and for his leadership in higher education. Jain has been an activist for earthquake safety who has undertaken numerous outreach activities.

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