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03/22/2019

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

03/04/2019

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.

02/21/2019

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 scienceformarch.sites.caltech.edu.

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  cpa@caltech.edu 
For more information see Caltech Science for March 2019
 

 

02/13/2019

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.

02/08/2019

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 totem@caltech.edu 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 totem@caltech.edu 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 http://totem.caltech.edu for more information! 

Please direct all questions and comments to totem@caltech.edu.

10/09/2018

Hiring Undergraduate Work-Study Students

The Financial Aid Office and the Career Development Center are working together to expand the Federal Work-Study program. The goal is to provide students with more job opportunities and the Caltech Community with additional student staff at very low cost.

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program of financial assistance for eligible students that is jointly-funded by federal and departmental contributions. It allows students to work to earn a portion of their college expenses.  The Department of Education allocates funds to Caltech to pay 75% of the wages of work-study students so hiring offices only pay the remaining 25% of the wages. Some students have been awarded Caltech Work-Study, in these cases the cost sharing breakdown is 60%-40% Institute and departmental contributions.

If you are interested in hiring a work-study student, create an account and start posting your jobs now!

Instructions on how to post a job are available in the Supervisor Guide. Once you have hired a work-study student, please consult the Supervisor Guide for general guidelines on working with work-study students. Should you have any questions regarding the work-study program, please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office at x6280.

09/14/2018

Convocation 2018 – Sunday, September 23

To:          The Caltech Community
From:    Joseph E. Shepherd, Vice President for Student Affairs;
              Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Student Affairs;
              C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Date:     September 17, 2018
Re:         Convocation 2018 – Sunday, September 23

I invite you to attend Caltech's annual convocation ceremony held on Sunday, September 23, at 3:00 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium. The event 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 Rosenbaum, and a brief introduction to student life at Caltech inside and outside of the classroom. A special feature this year will be a presentation on Caltech's Performing and Visual Arts with performances featuring postdocs Sandra Koenig and Rajib Schubert, graduate student Matteo Ronchi, and undergraduate students Tara Porter and Sara Fish. Performances will highlight some of the activities that are available and the positive impact the experience of participating in performing and visual arts has had on their time at Caltech.

Your presence will add to this event's importance for the new members of our academic community and their families. I hope that you will be able to attend.

09/11/2018

New Head Faculty in Residence Appointed

To: The Campus Community
From: Joseph E. Shepherd, PhD '81
           Vice President for Student Affairs;
           C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering;
           and Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair
Date: September 12, 2018
Re: New Head Faculty in Residence Appointed


I'm pleased to announce Antonio Rangel, Bing Professor of Neuroscience, Behavioral Biology, and Economics, as the new Head Faculty in Residence (Head FIR) effective August 1, 2018.

The Head FIR is a professorial faculty member whose goal is to foster an environment within the residences that promotes informal interactions between faculty and students, opportunities for learning, and a sense of community that extends beyond the classroom and laboratory. In addition, the Head FIR will mentor new Faculty in Residence (FIR) and will help grow the FIR program in coordination with Student Affairs.

Prof. Rangel earned his B.S. at Caltech and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He joined Caltech in 2006 in the Division of Humanities and Social Science and was appointed as a FIR in 2015. Over the past three years, he has demonstrated his aptitude and capability as the FIR in Avery House. Since February 2018, he has also chaired the Advisory Committee on Residential Life (ACRL). In his capacity as both a FIR and chair, Prof. Rangel has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the residential experience at Caltech.

Please join me in congratulating Prof. Rangel on his new role.

07/26/2018

Transitions in Student Affairs and Human Resources

To: The Campus Community
From: Joseph E. Shepherd, Vice President for Student Affairs
           Julia McCallin, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Date: July 27, 2018
Re: Transitions in Student Affairs and Human Resources


We are writing to share news about two important transitions in personnel that will take place next month.

Felicia Hunt, who is currently the assistant vice president for equity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives within Student Affairs as well as Caltech's Title IX coordinator, will be taking on a new role as the leader of the newly established Office of Residential Experience. As the assistant vice president of student affairs and residential experience, Felicia will coordinate all of the activities related to our residential community under the new Office of Residential Experience. 

April White-Castañeda, the assistant director for human resources at JPL, will be returning to campus to become the assistant vice president for equity, equity investigations, and Title IX coordinator. In this role, April will have responsibilities for equity and equity investigations in addition to taking over as Caltech's Title IX coordinator. April will continue to build upon previous efforts to promote and reinforce Caltech's commitment to provide a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning, living, and working environment for students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff.

These changes are effective August 1, 2018.

Felicia has been a member of the Caltech community for nearly a decade, fostering relationships across campus and educating our community on issues of equity, inclusion, and Title IX compliance. She has served as the assistant vice president for equity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives, and Title IX coordinator since 2015. Prior to that, she was the associate dean of graduate studies (2009-2015), and director of the Caltech women's center (2007-2009). Before joining Caltech, Felicia worked extensively with residential communities at Cornell University.  She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of San Diego and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Southern California (USC).

As we mark this important transition in our leadership, and the relocation of the Title IX office from student affairs to human resources, we would like to acknowledge the challenges that Felicia and the deputy Title IX coordinators addressed together with our community. Felicia has worked proactively to build an inclusive approach to education and prevention, while also responding to sexual harassment and sexual violence. She has brought passion and professionalism to her work in the Title IX office and to the campus community overall. April will have an excellent foundation and resources to draw upon as Caltech takes the next steps in equity and inclusion.

April is very familiar with our JPL and campus community, serving in a number of capacities over her nearly two-decade career at Caltech. She has been the assistant director for human resources at JPL since 2016. Prior to that, she was the executive director of human resources (2011-2016), senior director for employee and organizational development (2007-2011), director of staff education and career development (2004-2007), and director of consulting services for the Faculty and Staff Consultation Center (1999-2004). April has also held an adjunct faculty appointment with the School of Social Work at USC and continues her engagement there as a guest lecturer and speaker. April earned a bachelor's degree in women's studies/cross-cultural studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master's degree in industrial/ organizational social work from USC.

April and Felicia are already working together to coordinate the transition of Title IX responsibilities and will continue to do so as April settles into her role. Felicia has also begun working and partnering with our residential life staff and their current leaders, as well as colleagues across student affairs who are involved in shaping the residential experience on campus.

Please join us in congratulating both these leaders on their new roles, as well as thanking them for their dedicated service to the Institute.

04/08/2018

Associate Dean Barbara Green to Retire

To: The Caltech Community

From: Joseph E. Shepherd
Vice President for Student Affairs and C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering
 

Dr. Barbara Green, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students, has announced that she will be retiring in the summer of 2018. Dean Green has been a vital and essential member of our community since she joined Caltech on September 1, 1989, after serving as Dean of Students at Whittier College from 1977 to 1989 and Assistant Dean of Students at Purdue University from 1974 to 1977. She has brought a thoughtful and kind manner to her work with students to help them overcome challenges and succeed at Caltech. Day in and day out, she has been tireless in her compassionate and patient engagement with our students, with their parents, and with faculty. Respected for her fairness and her personal approach, Dean Green has earned our students' trust and confidence as she has helped them navigate personal and academic challenges, large and small. Generations of students count her among the significant factors that have enabled them to achieve personal growth as well as academic success.

An esteemed and valued colleague in Student Affairs, Dean Green has also taken on very substantial administrative responsibilities. In her role as Associate Dean, she has worked with seven faculty deans. In 2003, Dean Green took on an additional responsibility as disability services coordinator for our graduate and undergraduate students. She had sole responsibility for the Undergraduate Deans' office in 2010-11 and served as interim dean during academic year 2015-16. She also has played a key role in welcoming our prospective and incoming students through her leadership of the freshman orientation program.

Dean Green has skillfully worked behind the scenes with faculty to assist in the development and support of academic programs that ensure student success. Along with pleasant tasks, such as determining how to spend discretionary funds on student-led activities, she has taken on such challenging responsibilities as working with students in crisis and serving on the Conduct Review Committee. Dean Green has been a passionate advocate for student engagement and personal growth, and has supported and provided valuable counsel to students in leadership positions. She has served as a key liaison to the undergraduate Board of Control, responsible for preserving academic integrity under the Honor Code system. In recognition of Dean Green's many contributions to the Caltech community, she was elected as an honorary member of the Caltech Alumni Association in 2000 and received the Thomas W. Schmitt Annual Staff Prize in 2013 (www.caltech.edu/schmittprize/2013).

Dean Kevin Gilmartin has been leading a national search for Dean Green's successor during this academic year. A hiring committee consisting of our faculty, students, and staff has been considering applicants and is currently interviewing candidates.

I want to extend my personal thanks and appreciation for Barbara's many contributions during her time at Caltech. We are planning a community event to celebrate her career, and the date for this will be announced later this spring.

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