Events

June

Commencement

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
June 15, 2018
Beckman Mall

Commencement

Stargazing Lecture

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
June 22, 2018
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

About a decade ago, astronomers using the Parkes radio telescope in Australia began detecting millisecond-duration flashes of radio waves that appeared to originate from deep space. Initially, there was a lot debate about whether these events were really astrophysical, or just a type of terrestrial interference. Indeed, some of the bursts were found to have originated from a microwave oven located near the Parkes telescope! However, most of the bursts are now known to come from far outside our solar system and likely from galaxies in the distant universe. These radio flashes, dubbed fast radio bursts (FRBs), are briefly among the most luminous sources in the sky, and occur at a prodigious rate — a few thousand bursts hit the Earth each day. However, their origin remains a mystery. A Caltech team has begun construction of a new radio telescope dedicated to hunting down and pinpointing these FRBs, potentially leading to deep insights in the physics responsible for this new and cryptic phenomenon.

About the Series

Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing lasts 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.

Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture, slideshow, and Q&A takes place regardless of weather.

For directions, weather updates, and more information, please visit: http://outreach.astro.caltech.edu.

Download the series flyer (PDF)

Chamber Music Concert

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
June 29, 2018
Athenaeum, Hall of Associates

Join us for solo, duo and quartet performances of Caltech grad students and faculty.

Door opens at 8.15 p.m.

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

PROGRAM

Sergey Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major
Chelsea Edwards (violin), Julia R. Greer (piano)

Mark Summer: “Julie-O”
Sarah Blunt (cello)

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132
Wesley Yu (violin), Chelsea Edwards (violin), Franca Hoffmann (viola), Sarah Blunt (cello)

July

Feynman 100 exhibition: “The Mind’s Eye: Richard Feynman in Word and Image”

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
June 25, 2018 - July 2, 2018
Beckman Institute 131

In work and play, Richard Feynman was a distinctively visual thinker. The Caltech Archives is telling the story of Feynman's life and physics by exhibiting the notes and artwork through which he shared his vision. Highlights include the early Feynman diagrams with which Feynman developed his Nobel Prize-winning contributions to quantum electrodynamics, illustrated lecture notes for the famous Feynman lectures on physics, sketches of colleagues and campus sites, and photographs of Feynman as a teacher, drummer, and amateur actor.

Exhibit hours: Monday to Friday: 11 am to 4 pm

Admission is free. Thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this exhibit.

Caltech Summer Preview

8:00 am - 12:00 pm
July 7, 2018
Beckman Mall

Each summer, the Caltech Undergraduate Admissions Office hosts its Summer Preview event series. A Summer Preview event provides prospective students and their parents/family members an in-depth opportunity to explore Caltech and gain insights about Techer life that will help students prepare a strong application to Caltech.

Summer Preview events typically include activities such as campus tours, an admission and financial aid information session, as well as various discussion panels and presentations about undergraduate research, internships, and student life. Join us and meet current Techers and staff who play important roles in our community of scholars.

Registration is required. For information and to register, please visit our website.

Victor Luo – “Walking on Mars”

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
July 13, 2018
Ramo Auditorium

This same lecture will be presented the evening before at JPL. See “About the Series” below.

Virtual and augmented reality promise to transport us to places that we can only imagine. When joined with spacecraft and robots, these technologies will extend humanity's presence to real destinations that are equally fantastic. NASA's Operations Laboratory at JPL is spearheading several ambitious projects applying virtual and augmented reality to the challenges of space exploration. Through partnerships with multiple VR and AR companies, scientists on the Curiosity Mars Rover mission are exploring the Martian terrain, engineers are finding new ways to collaborate on 3D designs, and astronauts on the International Space Station are preparing to perform their work more efficiently than ever before. The lead of these projects at NASA will share their progress so far, the challenges that lie ahead, and their vision for the future of VR and AR in space exploration.

Primary Presenter/Speaker

  • Victor Luo – Operations Lab Lead

Panel Speakers

  • Alice Winter – User Experience Researcher
  • Parker Abercrombie – OnSight Project Lead
  • Abby Fraeman – MSL Scientist

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.

Caltech Summer Preview: Women in STEM

8:00 am - 4:00 pm
July 27, 2018
Beckman Mall

Each summer, the Caltech Undergraduate Admissions Office hosts its Summer Preview event series. A Summer Preview event provides prospective students and their parents/family members an in-depth opportunity to explore Caltech and gain insights about Techer life that will help students prepare a strong application to Caltech. We expect an additional 500 people on campus for this event.

This event is specially designed for prospective undergraduate women, prospective students who identify as women, and their parents/family members to learn more about Caltech and join us in celebrating the exciting frontiers that Caltech women are exploring in the STEM fields.

Registration is required. For information and to register, please visit our website.

August

Sean Carey – “Spitzer Beyond: The Incredible Continuing Adventures of the Spitzer Space Telescope”

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
August 10, 2018
Ramo Auditorium

This same lecture will be presented the evening before at JPL. See “About the Series” below.

The Spitzer Space Telescope is one of NASA's Great Observatories, designed to observe the universe in infrared light. It was launched in 2003 with an expected lifetime of 5 years. Spitzer has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations, now routinely observing transiting exoplanets and other interesting astronomical phenomena in its 15th year of operations. I will discuss some of the novel engineering feats that have made the extended operation of Spitzer possible as well as some of the technical challenges that we are now facing. I will also present some recent science highlights including science that Spitzer was not designed to do such as the discovery and characterization of seven rocky, potentially habitable planets in the nearby TRAPPIST-1 system.

About the Speaker

Sean received his PhD in astronomy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995. Prior to arriving at Caltech in 2002, he worked at Boston College and the Air Force Research Laboratory helping to produce an infrared survey of the Galactic plane with the MSX satellite. At Caltech, he has worked at IPAC in various roles at the Spitzer Science Center including leading the instrument support team for the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) on Spitzer before becoming the manager of the Spitzer Science Center in 2016. Sean has diverse research interests from exoplanets to massive star formation to near-Earth asteroids. He enjoys the challenges of calibrating infrared instruments and likes to give data away to the community in the form of large surveys of the plane of our Galaxy.

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.

September

Panel Discussion – “NASA@60: The Role of the Robots”

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
September 7, 2018
Ramo Auditorium

This same lecture will be presented the evening before at JPL. See “About the Series” below.

Much has changed about the way we explore space in the 60 years since NASA began operations on Oct. 1, 1958. Today’s robotic spacecraft are beginning to experiment with laser communications, artificial intelligence and 3-D printed parts. But did you know some of the first spacecraft the U.S. sent the Moon included parts made of wood, or that spacecraft used to record data on motorized magnetic tape recorders? Despite all the advances, one thing hasn’t changed: we still rely on robotic spacecraft to extend our senses above and beyond Earth and to blaze a trail as precursors for human explorers. As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, this panel discussion will look back over the decades at how far our robotic exploration has come, and consider where we might be headed.

Panel Moderator

  • Preston Dyches – JPL Public Outreach Specialist

Panel Speakers

  • to be announces

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.

Convocation 2018

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
September 23, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Caltech's annual convocation ceremony offers a warm welcome and introduction to the Institute for new undergraduate students, their family and friends, new graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The program includes greetings from President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, and a brief introduction to student life at Caltech by Joseph E. Shepherd, Vice President for Student Affairs.

Please join us on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3:00pm to welcome new members to our Caltech community and embrace Caltech's intellectually and culturally rich community.

October

Reduced Shakespeare Company – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised)

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
October 20, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, with additional material by Reed Martin
Directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

It's baaaaaack!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is the original, and timeless classic from the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Every ten years, give or take, the RSC goes back to the source, the fountainhead, the birth of all things that followed.

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes!  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays. It was London's longest-running comedy, having clocked a very palpable nine years in London's West End at the Criterion Theatre! The show has been seen at the Kennedy Center, Off-Broadway, and from sea to shining sea. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild and memorable ride that leaves audiences breathless and helpless with laughter.

In the spirit of Shakespeare himself, RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo. All children (and parents) are different, so we've chosen to rate our shows PG-13: Pretty Good If You're Thirteen.