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Voter Information Session Set for February 11

Voters in LA County will be using a new voting system in the March 3 elections. Long gone is the traditional, pre-assigned polling place, be it a fire station or junior high school. Instead, eligible residents will be able to vote at any of the estimated 1,000 voting centers across the county. The centers will be open more hours and days ahead of election day to make voting more convenient. You'll also be able to vote at any vote center throughout the county, not just the one closest to home.

Voting by mail will still be available. Voters will have the choice to send their sealed ballot through the Postal Service, or drop it off at a local drop-off box. Each voting center will have a designated box, and the county is promising other drop-off locations to be available.

Representatives from the Pasadena League of Women Voters will be on campus on February 11 to talk about all the changes to the voting process in LA County.  Join us February 11 at noon in Beckman Institute Auditorium to learn about voting centers and the other changes to the process so you're prepared for voting on March 3!  No RSVP required.


Caltech Ballroom and Swing Classes to Start Next Week


Learn to ballroom dance! Join lot's of other first-time dancers in learning a variety of dance styles. Not sure? Try two classes for free! $20 for students, $50 otherwise for an entire term of weekly classes. Have experience? Great! Beginner class starts Jan 13th, repeats on Mondays from 8-9:30pm.

Email or visit for more info.

West Coast Swing

Want to learn a fun social dance with a friendly group of Caltech students and community? Come try West Coast Swing! Our lessons will get you grooving with new friends, even if you've never danced before. Try the first class just for fun! Classes take place on Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm, starting January 15 in South Catalina recreation room. Classes are $3 per student, $5 per non-student. Social dancing every Wednesday from 8:30pm-late.

More information at


New Director, Career Development Center

To the Campus Community:

I'm excited to announce that Claire Ralph has been appointed as the new Director of the Career Development Center.

Claire has been at Caltech since the summer of 2016 working for the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science as its founding Director of the CMS/EE Outreach and Partnerships Program, as well as a lecturer teaching a variety of CMS classes along with being a faculty advisor to the Women in CMS program. During her time, Claire has built from the ground up a highly respected program that has transformed how CMS/EE provides opportunities for startups and companies to meaningfully engage with students, connect with research, and support educational and outreach efforts. In fact, many of her programs have also helped address the specific and diverse needs of historically underrepresented STEM students (minority, female and low-income students) in their own career path, mentorship, and research.

Before coming to Caltech, Claire was the Founder and Director of Code for Princeton in Princeton, NJ, as well as a Computer Science Research Institute Fellow at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, NM. Originally from New Mexico, Claire earned B.S. degrees in Pure Mathematics and Chemistry, along with a minor in Biology, from the University of New Mexico. She later received an M.S. in Theoretical Chemistry from Cornell University.

In her new role, Claire will be responsible for providing innovative and strategic vision, leadership, and direction for the Career Development Center. In collaboration with deans, faculty, students, alumni, and a variety of other internal and external stakeholders, she will seek to build new opportunities and strengthen current collaborations that will provide all students and postdocs with the guidance, mentorship, and resources needed to launch their professional endeavors. Claire will also retain her lecturer status so that she may continue to connect with students in the classroom.

Please join me in welcoming Claire to her new role starting July 15th!


Jarrid J. Whitney

Assistant Vice President for Students Affairs, Enrollment and Career Services


Performing Arts Tickets on Sale on July 8

Tickets for the 2019-2020 series of Performing Arts events go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 8th.

Significant discounts are available for the Caltech family!

  • $5 off each adult ticket for members of the campus/JPL family. This includes campus/JPL faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees, and members of the Caltech Associates.
  • Caltech students may purchase tickets for $5 each with a current Caltech ID.

Performances include:

  • Grammy-nominated vocalist Perla Batalla with a tribute to Leonard Cohen
  • Naturally 7, the "best a-cappella band worldwide" according to Quincy Jones
  • Kiran Ahluwalia, with music from Punjabi folk and Indian classical to refreshingly original borderless songs
  • Actress Kres Mersky in her acclaimed one-woman show The Life and Times of A. Einstein
  • Beijing/LDTX Contemporary Dance Company, China's first officially registered private professional contemporary dance company, featuring dancers from cities throughout China
  • Americana and world music with Celtic roots from Grammy Award-winning fiddler Eileen Ivers and the Universal Roots band
  • The Capitol Steps, back with a new show featuring political satire straight from the headlines
  • Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus, a family show which reinvents the composer's magical music in a skillful and illuminating show featuring dexterous daredevil artists and an accordionist

Download the season brochure (see page 20 for additional discount information), or visit for more information.


New Faculty in Residence Appointed

We are excited to announce the appointment of two new Faculty in Residence (FIR), effective April 1, 2019.

Konstantin Batygin, Assistant Professor of Planetary Science and Van Nuys Page Scholar, and his family will join the FIR team in Avery House.

Laura Doval, Assistant Professor of Economics, and her husband will join the FIR team in Bechtel Residence.

Please join us in congratulating Profs. Batygin and Doval in their new role and in welcoming their families to Caltech.

Joseph E. Shepherd, Vice President for Student Affairs
Antonio Rangel, Head Faculty in Residence


Caltech Teams with Northrop Grumman to Deliver Airworthiness Certificate Program

Northrop Grumman Corporation has engaged Caltech to deliver an innovative six-day program in Airworthiness Fundamentals, designed to help build capabilities for the company's aerospace engineers.

Today's aircraft—civil, military, manned, and unmanned—are increasingly complex and evolving more rapidly than ever before. As innovation in connected platforms, unmanned aircraft systems, and autonomy accelerates, there is a corresponding elevation in risk that requires thoughtful design for high-quality aircraft trusted to complete their missions and return safely.

"Caltech has developed an airworthiness fundamentals professional program that is timely and tailored to bring the right big-picture perspectives to seasoned engineers as well as professionals early in their career." said Doug Davis, Director of the Office of Independent Airworthiness for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "This six-day program can be offered where and when we need it, and it is flexible enough to allow for both US civil and military needs, while also being adaptable for Europe and other international regulatory environments. Northrop Grumman is committed to providing multiple educational opportunities for our employees to help them obtain the airworthiness skills necessary for our company to be the most trusted provider of systems and technologies, with the goal of supporting global security."

"This new program extends our decades-long relationship with Northrop Grumman. We've educated nearly 4,000 Northrop Grumman participants in our professional programs," said Dr. Rick Hefner, program director for Caltech's Center for Technology and Management Education (CTME). "Airworthiness is scalable to other aerospace markets and products. It's modular enough to couple with other certificate programs in our portfolio, including systems engineering, cybersecurity, agile hardware, predictive analytics, product development, operations/supply chain, innovation, and leadership." Northrop Grumman management nominates high-performing engineering professionals to join seasonal cohorts in attending the Caltech program, which can be delivered at the company's locations throughout the US.

The new Certificate in Airworthiness Engineering is conferred by CTME, the professional education arm of the Institute, which customizes learning programs to meet the challenges of technology-driven companies.

CTME is embedded in Caltech's Engineering and Applied Science Division, which includes seven departments: the Graduate Aerospace Laboratory (GALCIT), Applied Physics and Materials Science, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, and the Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering.


Caltech Science for March - Volunteers and Speakers Needed


Caltech Science for March

This free event, organized by the Caltech Postdoc Association; the Graduate Student Council; the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach; and Theater Arts at Caltech will feature more than 50 interactive booths, TED-style science talks, and other activities. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Science for March aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

For more information, visit

Check below the different ways you can be part of this event

1) You can register and attend the event with your family and friends!
2) You can present an outreach booth
3) You can give a 10-15 min outreach/TED style talk about your research/field of knowledge.
4) You can sign up to volunteer to help run another group's booth, coordinate during event, set-up, clean-up.


The event is on Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10 a.m. at Beckman Mall.

Contact Caltech Postdoctoral Association, Eugenia Khorosheva 
For more information see Caltech Science for March 2019



Rick Steves Live

Public television host and author Rick Steves will discuss some of his recent travels to Europe, Guatemala, and Ethiopia.

The event will be Sunday, February 17, 4 p.m., at Beckman Auditorium.


Totem Submissions Open Now through March 31

Totem, Caltech's literary and visual arts magazine, is now accepting submissions for the 2019 issue. Email your submission to by March 31st. 

Anyone affiliated with Caltech can submit poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, or art for consideration in the 2019 issue of Totem by emailing before 11:59 pm on March 31. Submissions to the Art of Science contest will also be considered for publication in the 2019 issue of Totem magazine.

Please see for more information! 

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