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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.

June 2024

Campus will be active this summer, with 528 undergraduates here for research programs such as the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF). Another 229 students will conduct research with off-campus mentors, primarily at JPL, which Caltech founded and manages for NASA. About 400 of the summer program participants are visiting from universities around the nation and the world. Join us to learn about the research projects through 15-minute talks and poster displays on Summer Seminar Day.

Local high school students and teachers also will steep themselves in research on campus this summer.

PUSD students and teachers will join 17 Caltech research groups that have volunteered as Summer Research Connection (SRC) hosts. For six weeks, student–teacher teams will conduct studies at the forefront of science and engineering, mentored by Caltech researchers. Students across Southern California will participate in a hybrid version of the SRC. In addition, the Earthquake Fellows program will bring high school students from Pasadena, Alhambra, and LA unified school districts to campus for a month of seismology studies that complement weekend activities during the school year.

Caltech mentors prize these opportunities to share their science, teach research skills, and connect with junior scholars and fellow Pasadenans.

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 when possible. Learn more on Caltech's public events page.

Commencement

Join us Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m. on Beckman Mall, when Caltech's 130th Commencement exercises honor our students' achievements. You may hear two booms as the cannon fires celebratory blanks, and traffic may increase near campus. The keynote speaker is Jensen Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA, the world's leading maker of chips tailored for artificial intelligence.

Family-friendly math celebration

Come enjoy a free, public math fair on June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn beside Caltech Hall. We are celebrating 30 years of the American Institute of Mathematics, which is now located on Caltech's campus. We'll have games, puzzles, and other mathematical delights for all ages, along with giveaways, raffle prizes, and delicious treats. You'll also have a chance to go on a tour of our beautiful facility located in Caltech Hall's Richard N. Merkin Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics. Learn more at the event page and the registration page.

Caltech Astro Outreach 100th Stargazing Lecture, featuring Kip Thorne

Nobel laureate Kip Thorne, Caltech's Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, will present "An Odyssey Through the Warped Side of the Universe" on July 12 at 8 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium. After the talk, a panel including Thorne and other astronomers will answer questions while volunteers guide stargazing with telescopes on Beckman Mall. Free and open to the public; registration and information links to come.

Thoughts on amateur sports from an Olympian swimming champion, Caltech's Director of Athletics, Betsy Mitchell

On July 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium, Caltech's Behind the Book series features Betsy Mitchell and her new memoir, More than Medals: Lessons from an Olympian. Mitchell won gold and silver medals in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, held a world and American record, and represented the US in women's rowing at the world championships. Her first book is a love letter to amateur athletics and an homage to her parents for their sport parenting. Foreshadowing a second book, More than Medals also introduces how the youth, college, and Olympic sports model is broken and what we can do about it. Mitchell will discuss the state of educational sports in our country with Brian Stoltz, Caltech's Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry, who chairs the faculty athletic committee, and with her co-author, Ann Worthington. Come join us for this important conversation! Registration links to come.

Save the Dates for Science Journeys

The dates are set for the next season of Science Journeys, daytime in-person talks designed especially for middle- and high-school students and open to all. At these free events, Caltech graduate students and postdoctoral scholars explore a range of scientific topics, share what inspires them and their story so far, and answer students' questions. Let the teachers in your lives know about these terrific opportunities. Learn about future events and how to register yourself, your family, or a classroom, and watch videos of past talks on the Science Journeys page.

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. If you would like a glimpse of what happens at Caltech, we hope you will explore the This Is Caltech website.

Announcements

Resnick Sustainability Center
We are excited to report that this hub for sustainability research and education north of San Pasqual Street and east of Wilson Avenue is nearly complete. Research and classes will begin in the building this fall. The area to the north will be landscaped in September.

Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Center for Quantum Precision Measurement
This future facility for physics, astronomy, and quantum information will be built on the north side of California Boulevard, west of Arden Road. Lanes on California Boulevard will be adjusted south and restriped on Monday, June 17, to keep traffic flowing during construction. On the same morning, safety fences will be raised around the entire area that will be affected by construction, which is expected through mid-2026. See the related pages on this site and on the Caltech Facilities Ginsburg Center project site for in-depth information.

Campus on a path to decarbonize
As Caltech and Pasadena pursue sustainability, Caltech announced in January that it intends to buy largely carbon-free electricity and to evaluate a potential transition from natural gas to electricity to power campus heating. These steps could lead to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions produced on campus and in the electricity Caltech purchases by more than 85 percent.

Caltech and Carnegie Science partner
Caltech and Carnegie Science have formalized a partnership, further strengthening Pasadena as a hub for 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.