Events

January

Omer Tamuz – The Long Run Behavior of Random Walks

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
January 16, 2019
Beckman Auditorium

Random walks have been studied for more than a hundred years as important models in physics, computer science, finance, and economics – and as interesting mathematical objects in their own right. In this talk, Caltech mathemetician Omer Tamuz, this year's Biedebach Memorial Lecturer, will describe some classical results from random walk research and a surprising connection to economics.

This event is free; no tickets or reservations are required. A minimum of 700 seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Reserved section tickets are available to members of The Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates, and to Caltech alumni.

About the Speaker

Omer Tamuz is Assistant Professor of Economics and Mathematics at Caltech in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight an assistant professor's research each season.

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Caltech Associates Luncheon: The Many Worlds of Quantum Mechanics

11:00 am - 1:30 pm
January 31, 2019
Athenaeum

11:00 a.m. Reception
11:45 p.m. Luncheon and program

New York Times bestselling author and Caltech's research professor of physics Sean Carroll will explore quantum mechanics and how it can help us realize that what we observe in the universe is only a tiny subset of what actually exists.

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This event is open to members of the Caltech Associates and guests. For more information and to learn how to join, please visit our website or contact the Associates office at (626) 395-3919.

With a proud history of support dating back to 1926, the Caltech Associates are a vibrant organization of more than 2,000 members who are investors in discovery. Membership helps advance Caltech's most ambitious projects, including new treatments for disease, insights into nature, and technologies that could change the way people live their lives.

Caltech is changing the world. You can be part of it by joining the Caltech Associates and help shape tomorrow. Visit: www.associates.caltech.edu

February

Break Through on the Road: Los Angeles

3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
February 9, 2019
JW Marriott, 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

President Thomas F. Rosenbaum invites you for a day of discovery.

View program and RSVP today for this free event, open to Caltech alumni, Associates, and friends.

Join us for all activities, or any part of the day!

Elliot Meyerowitz – Plant Growth: How Stem Cells Make Stems

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
February 13, 2019
Beckman Auditorium

Plants are the dominant source of our food, clothing, shelter, and many pharmaceutical drugs, yet we know very little about how they live and grow. In this talk, Caltech plant biologist Elliot Meyerowitz will describe how plant stem cells create patterns of leaves and flowers, answering questions that long have intrigued mathematically inclined biologists.

This event is free; no tickets or reservations are required. A minimum of 700 seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Reserved section tickets are available to members of The Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates, and to Caltech alumni.

About the Speaker

Elliot Meyerowitz is the George W. Beadle Professor of Biology at Caltech in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering; and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight an assistant professor's research each season.

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Kip S. Thorne – My Half Century Romance with Caltech and with Black Holes, Wormholes, Time Travel, and Gravitational Waves

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
February 27, 2019
Beckman Auditorium

The “warped side of the universe” – objects and phenomena made from warped space and time – was once mere speculation. In this talk, Caltech physicist Kip Thorne (BS '62), the Inaugural Robert F. Christy Lecturer, will describe how he and colleagues transformed a portion of that warped side (black holes and gravitational waves) into observed phenomena, and what they have learned about another portion (wormholes and time travel).

This is the inaugural Robert F. Christy Lecture.

This event is free; no tickets or reservations are required. A minimum of 700 seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Reserved section tickets are available to members of The Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates, and to Caltech alumni.

About the Speaker

Kip S. Thorne is the Richard P. Feyman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy and a 2017 Nobel Laureate.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight an assistant professor's research each season.

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Caltech Associates Event for President’s Circle Members: Dinner with a Nobel Laureate

5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
February 27, 2019
Athenaeum

Location: The Athenaeum, 551 South Hill Avenue, Pasadena & Beckman Auditorium

5:15 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Buffet dinner and conversation
8:00 p.m. Robert F. Christy Lecture as part of the Earnest C. Watson Lecture series with reserved VIP seating

Gain an insider's perspective on Kip S. Thorne's life and his ambitious research endeavor that led to a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017. Then, attend the public lecture of “My Half-Century Romance with Caltech and with Black Holes, Wormholes, Time Travel and Gravitational Waves.”  Professor Thorne will discuss how he and other leading scientists have firmly established the existence of gravitational waves and black holes and what they have learned about wormholes and time travel. Professor Thorne will present this Watson Lecture as the inaugural Robert F. Christy Lecturer.

For inquiries, please contact Jessica Lee with the Caltech Associates at caltechassociates@caltech.edu or (626) 395-6392.

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This event is open to members of the Caltech Associates and guests. For more information and to learn how to join, please visit our website or contact the Associates office at (626) 395-3919

With a proud history of support dating back to 1926, the Caltech Associates are a vibrant organization of more than 2,000 members who are investors in discovery. Membership helps advance Caltech's most ambitious projects, including new treatments for disease, insights into nature, and technologies that could change the way people live their lives.

Caltech is changing the world. You can be part of it by joining the Caltech Associates and help shape tomorrow. Visit: www.associates.caltech.edu

March

The Golden Age of Exoplanet Exploration

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
March 15, 2019
Ramo Auditorium

Since the discovery of the first exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star in 1995, several thousand more have been discovered. We've peered into the atmospheres of some and found whole families of planets orbiting strange stars – many in configurations starkly different from our own. This lecture will look at the state of exoplanet science and give us a view of what future discoveries may be around the corner.

This is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required.

About the Speakers

Speakers to be announced

About the Series

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after JPL's founder, and presented by JPL's Office of Communication and Education, brings the excitement of the space program's missions, instruments and other technologies to both JPL employees and the local community. Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL's Theodore von Kármán Auditorium and are streamed live via Ustream, and (beginning in July 2018) Friday lectures take place at Caltech's Ramo Auditorium. Both start at 7:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for all lectures, no reservations are required, and seating is limited.

Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

April

Azita Emami – Tiny Chips for Brain-Body-Machine Interfaces

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
April 3, 2019
Beckman Auditorium

Microscale implantable and wearable devices will one day transform the field of medicine. They enable continuous monitoring and closed-loop therapeutic systems that can help millions of patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and epilepsy. Current solutions are bulky, inefficient, hard to track, and do not last very long inside the body. Azita Emami will discuss how to solve these problems and build microchips that can continuously and wirelessly monitor key biomarkers such as glucose. She will also present efficient personalized devices for future brain-machine interfaces.

This event is free; no tickets or reservations are required. A minimum of 700 seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Reserved section tickets are available to members of The Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates, and to Caltech alumni.

About the Speaker

Azita Emami is the Andrew and Peggy Cherng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering at Caltech in the Division of Engineering and Applied ScienceHeritage Medical Research Institute Investigator; and Executive Officer for Electrical Engineering.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight an assistant professor's research each season.

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The Future is Cloudy: NASA’s Look at Clouds and Climate

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
April 19, 2019
Ramo Auditorium

Earth is the most-observed planet in our system. There is a fleet of satellites looking down at our skies, giving scientists a deeper understanding of our ever-changing clouds and their relationship to our climate.

This is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required.

Speakers:

Dr. Kate Marvel, Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Columbia University
Dr. Graeme Stephens, Scientist, Center for Climate Sciences, JPL
Dr. Brian Kahn, Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Cloud Algorithm Lead, JPL

About the Series

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after JPL's founder, and presented by JPL's Office of Communication and Education, brings the excitement of the space program's missions, instruments and other technologies to both JPL employees and the local community. Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL's Theodore von Kármán Auditorium and are streamed live via Ustream, and (beginning in July 2018) Friday lectures take place at Caltech's Ramo Auditorium. Both start at 7:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for all lectures, no reservations are required, and seating is limited.

Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

Tapio Schneider – Clouds and Climate Tipping Points

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
April 24, 2019
Beckman Auditorium

Low clouds over subtropical oceans cool Earth's climate because they reflect most of the sunlight shining on them back to space. It is unclear, however, how the clouds themselves change with climate; this gives rise to large uncertainties in climate change projections. Tapio Schneider's lecture will show how advances in computing and satellite observations are enabling breakthroughs in the accuracy of climate projections. Such advances have already revealed a tipping point of the climate system: if greenhouse gas concentrations rise high enough, subtropical low clouds may melt away, triggering dramatic global warming.

This event is free; no tickets or reservations are required. A minimum of 700 seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Reserved section tickets are available to members of The Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates, and to Caltech alumni.

About the Speaker

Tapio Schneider is the Theodore Y. Wu Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Caltech in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences; and Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight an assistant professor's research each season.

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Caltech Associates East Coast Event: The Promise and Peril of Gene Editing

6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
April 29, 2019
Off Campus

Location: TBD, New York City, New York

6:00 p.m. Reception
7:15 p.m. Presentation
8:10 p.m. Networking, dessert, and coffee

Join Nobel Laureate and Caltech Associate David Baltimore for an engaging discussion on the future of gene editing. Advanced technology that enables scientists to change an organism's DNA presents a host of thorny safety and ethical issues about human “enhancement.” Yet, gene editing techniques may pave the way for entirely new treatments of critical diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. This is a new frontier of biology and Baltimore, Caltech's Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology and president emeritus, is a world leader who is helping to shape its future.

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This event is open to members of the Caltech Associates and guests. For more information and to learn how to join, please visit our website or contact the Associates office at (626) 395-3919

With a proud history of support dating back to 1926, the Caltech Associates are a vibrant organization of more than 2,000 members who are investors in discovery. Membership helps advance Caltech's most ambitious projects, including new treatments for disease, insights into nature, and technologies that could change the way people live their lives.

Caltech is changing the world. You can be part of it by joining the Caltech Associates and help shape tomorrow. Visit: www.associates.caltech.edu