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Updates for Caltech neighbors

Here you can find announcements and news for neighbors, ways to learn more and connect, and links to construction information and events you are welcome to attend.

January 2024

Did you know that in 2023, more than 170 Caltech students tutored PUSD students who want to build their math and science skills? This winter, we are proud to look back at some ways that Caltech students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty connected with and helped fellow residents of Pasadena in 2023. Volunteers set up telescopes for sky viewing on campus and in Old Town, rode trains holding "Ask-an-Astrophysicist" signs, and gave talks in local pubs and libraries. Geology students led school field trips. Volunteers prepared monthly meals at Union Station Homeless Services–Adult Center. Caltech scholars value these opportunities to learn, contribute, and connect.

Featured events

Neighbors, you are welcome at events on campus that are open to the community, including accessible talks on the latest science, varsity games, and musical performances and plays. The events featured below and on the events page for locals may especially interest you. Admission is free for each of the events below. Registration is recommended. Learn more and register on Caltech's public events page.

Watson Lectures with Bethany Ehlmann and Shri Kulkarni

On January 31, learn about NASA's Lunar Trailblazer, a small satellite set to explore water on the moon, from principal investigator Bethany Ehlmann, a professor of planetary science and the Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair of the Keck Institute for Space Studies. On February 7, hear from Shri Kulkarni, the George Ellery Hale Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science, about how the Zwicky Transient Facility at Palomar Observatory discovers objects that erupt or vary in brightness such as supernovae, comets, and asteroids. Both talks are at 7:30 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium. Arrive at 6 p.m. for preshow activities including one-on-one conversations with experts in the field. (Dinner, drinks, and merchandise will be available for purchase.) For more information, visit: caltech.edu/watson.

Science Journey with Tanner Harms

Did you know that, despite more than 100 years of research, turbulence continues to perplex scientists? Aerospace graduate student Tanner Harms breaks down this complicated phenomenon in a talk for middle and high school students on February 23 at 10 a.m. in Beckman Auditorium. Harms will discuss his approach to studying turbulence and his trajectory as a researcher in his Science Journeys presentation, "Chaos, Turbulence, and the Beauty of Uncertainty in Complex Systems."

Save the date: March 13 Watson Lecture about Einstein in Pasadena

Email neighbor@caltech.edu to be on the email list for a special event to celebrate Einstein's time in the city.

Stay in touch

If you would like to ask a question, share a comment, and/or be added to our list for occasional emails (a few per year), please email neighbor@caltech.edu. Neighbors are also welcome to subscribe to The Caltech Weekly, an email newsletter that highlights the most relevant research, news, and events at Caltech as well as the individuals who are advancing the boundaries of discovery. You can unsubscribe anytime.

Announcements

Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Center for Quantum Precision Measurement
A concrete outbuilding and pad will be demolished starting January 22 in preparation for construction of the Ginsburg Center, a future facility for physics, astronomy, and quantum information on the north side of California Boulevard, west of Arden Road. We anticipate loud noise through at least February 9 and appreciate your patience. Construction is expected through 2025.

Resnick Sustainability Center
This hub for sustainability research and education north of San Pasqual Street and east of Wilson Avenue will be completed in 2024. You may notice concrete trucks as workers create walkways and other outdoor features through May.

Campus on a path to decarbonize
As Caltech and Pasadena pursue sustainability, Caltech announced in January that it intends to source largely carbon-free electricity. It also plans a study to evaluate a potential transition from natural gas to electricity to power the campus heating system. That transition and the carbon-free-power purchase from Pasadena Water and Power could reduce by more than 85 percent the greenhouse gas emissions produced on campus and in the electricity Caltech buys.

Caltech and Carnegie Science partner
Caltech and Carnegie Science have formalized a partnership to advance life and environmental sciences research in Pasadena, further strengthening the city's reputation as a hub for high-impact innovation and discovery. Carnegie is relocating its life and environmental scientists to the area.

Connect With Us

Neighbors, stay up to date on the latest from Caltech via social media. Also, in the event of an emergency, Caltech will post updates on these platforms.