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Press Releases from The Associates of the California Institute of Technology (10 total)

Soirée in the Garden a Magical Evening for Caltech Associates

Caltech President Welcomed President’s Circle Associates Members to his Home Pasadena, Calif.—California Institute of Technology (Caltech) President Jean-Lou Chameau and his wife Dr. Carol Carmichael welcomed more than 170 guests to the Caltech Associates President’s Circle garden party at their home Saturday, September 27. This special event recognized members of the President’s Circle for their support of Caltech. This year’s “Soirée in the Garden” was set to a French country theme,

Caltech Associates Tour the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit

Pasadena, Calif. — What prompted Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, to create the elaborate funerary structure for himself that housed the famous Terracotta Warriors? Juliann Wolfgram, lecturer of art history at the California Institute of Technology, sought to answer this question for the Caltech Associates at a luncheon program at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, where Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor was on display. Before

Caltech Associates Explore their History at the Huntington Library

Pasadena, Calif.— On March 9, 1926, one hundred of southern California’s most influential men and women met in the home of railroad magnate and art collector Henry E. Huntington. This was the first meeting of the Associates of the California Institute of Technology, an organization that has helped Caltech become a scientific world leader. Today, 2,325 men and women have joined the Associates and the group has helped pay for 37

Caltech Associates Discover Math in Primetime from Dr. Gary Lorden

Los Angeles, Calif.—Associates of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) learned at a dinner at the Regency Club in West Los Angeles that Dr. Gary Lorden, Professor of Mathematics, helped make Numb3rs sexy. Numb3rs, a television show on CBS, is based on the idea that crime can be solved using mathematical methods. The main character is a young genius mathematics professor at “Cal Sci”, an institute based on Caltech, who helps

Caltech Associates Learn that Diamonds are Really Not Forever

Pasadena, Calif.—Every couple knows that diamonds symbolize eternity and love, but the guests of the Caltech Associates luncheon on April 25 learned that to Dr. Jennifer Jackson, Assistant Professor of Geophysics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a diamond is a hard natural material that is perfect for replicating the pressure found in Earth’s deep interior. Jackson’s research attempts to understand the mineralogy and chemistry found in the Earth\'s core.

Caltech Associates Guests Discover How to Engineer Molecules

Pasadena, Calif.—Sixty-Five guests gathered at the Athenaeum, the beautiful faculty club associated with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), for a Caltech Associates dinner lecture to learn about engineering biological molecules to program living cell behavior from Dr. Christina Smolke, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech. Smolke\'s research involves understanding how cells respond to their environment and how scientists can tap into that knowledge to make the cells change their

New Members Welcomed at Caltech Associates New Member Dinner

Pasadena, Calif.—Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” This is a quote that President Jean-Lou Chameau uses to describe the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Caltech Associates. At a dinner recognizing and welcoming the new members of the Associates, a support group for Caltech, 126 guests enjoyed a

Caltech Associates Guests Discover How Our Brains Work

Pasadena, Calif.—How do our brains process information about other people? When we see someone crying, why do we know they are sad and feel empathy for them? Why do people with neurological and psychiatric issues like autism process this information differently? These were the questions on everyone’s mind as they listened to speaker Dr. Ralph Adolphs, the Bren Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Professor of Biology, at a dinner for

Caltech Associates Offer an Evening with a Nobel Laureate

In the penthouse at the Regency Club in Los Angeles, sixty-two guests and members of the Associates of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) joined together to spend an evening with Nobel laureate Dr. Robert H. Grubbs, the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry. Grubbs, a professor at Caltech, received a Nobel Prize in 2005 for his research on an organic reaction called Olefin Metathesis, in which atoms in a

Caltech Associates Learn about Nanoparticle Cancer Drugs

On February 12, the Associates, a support organization for the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), invited members of their President’s Circle to a dinner lecture given by Mark E. Davis, the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering. The evening, held at the beautiful Athenaeum in Pasadena, was enjoyed by sixty-three guests, the majority being members of the Associates President’s Circle, an elite group of individuals who believe in supporting

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