The young faces you see on campus today are not new prefrosh. They are students participating in Caltech's annual Take Our Children to Work Day. Sponsored by Caltech Human Resources,today's event is an opportunity for children and teenagers—fromfourth graders to high school seniors—to explore future career possibilities and learn more about what goes on at Caltech.
In typical Caltech fashion, the Development and Institute Relations (DIR) department today welcomed their new boss, Brian Lee, with a prank: every member of the 100-person team wore a tie to make the former East Coaster feel at home in California.
Caltech may not have a formal art program, but that doesn't stop faculty, staff, and students from getting creative in their free time. The community's finest paintings, photographs, and drawings are now on display as part of "Off the Clock: Art on Your Own Time." The exhibition, which also includes jewelry, woodwork, textiles, and pottery, is the seventh annual event to feature Caltech artists. It is available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, through Thursday, February 16, in Dabney Lounge.
Caltech has named Brian K. Lee as its new vice president for development and institute relations. Lee, who is currently the senior vice president for university advancement at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, will assume his new duties at Caltech on April 1, 2012.
Wayne Johnson has joined Caltech as assistant vice president for Institute corporate relations, effective October 3. In his role at the helm of the newly created Office of Institute Corporate Relations, Johnson will be responsible for exploring, establishing, and extending strategic corporate partnerships for Caltech.
David Woody, a member of the professional staff and assistant director of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO), has been awarded the 2011 Thomas W. Schmitt Annual Staff Prize. The prize recognizes a staff member of the Caltech community whose contributions embody the values and spirit that enable the Institute to achieve excellence in research and education.
In the spring of 1966, Mary Webster took a job as a clerk-stenographer at JPL. She didn't plan to work there very long, however. "I was basically uncertain about my career path and needed a job that would pay the bills while I decided what I 'really' wanted to do," she says. "Here I am, 45 years later, still working at Caltech and loving it!"
When Dana Roth took a summer job in 1952, bagging corn tassels for Ernest G. Anderson—a professor of genetics at Caltech who studied cytogenetics in corn—he never imagined that Caltech would be the place where he would build his career. But thirteen years and three degrees later, including a master's in chemistry from Caltech, he was hired as a chemistry librarian at the institute. That was in 1965.
The summer of 1965 was one of dramatic firsts—Medicaid and Medicare were established, the Beatles played the first stadium concert in rock history, and U.S. astronaut Edward Higgins White made his maiden space walk. It was also the summer that Richard "Booth" Hartley began his Caltech career at the Jet Propulsion Lab. Seems fitting for a man described by his colleagues as a "legend."