Monday, April 7, 2014
Center for Student Services 360 (Workshop Space) – Center for Student Services

Planning Session for the Fall 2014 Teaching Conference

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Beckman Institute Auditorium – Beckman Institute

The Art of Scientific Presentations

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Beckman Institute Auditorium – Beckman Institute

Juggling Teaching at a Community College and Research at Caltech

NOvA Sees First Long-distance Neutrinos

The NOvA experiment, centered at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) near Chicago has detected its first neutrinos.

Ryan Patterson, assistant professor of physics at Caltech and principal investigator for the Caltech NOvA team of eight researchers, states, "With these first neutrinos in hand, we celebrate the official start of our physics run. The data we collect with NOvA will provide a brand-new window on how neutrino masses arise and relate to one another, and whether there are new physical laws lurking in the neutrino sector of the standard model of particle physics."

Neutrinos are curious particles that travel near the speed of light, rarely interacting with matter. The NOvA experiment, a collaboration of 208 scientists from 38 institutions, is scheduled to run for six years. It includes the Fermilab accelerator and two receivers, one located near Fermilab, the other some 500 miles away in Ash River, Minnesota, near the Canadian border.

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Gerald B. Whitham

1927–2014

Gerald B. Whitham, Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied Mathematics, Emeritus, passed away on Sunday, January 26. He was 86 years old.

Whitham, a pioneer in the area of nonlinear waves whose research focused on fluid dynamics and the study of wave phenomena, including sonic booms, supersonic flow and shock-wave dynamics, and ocean waves, received his BSc in 1948, MSc in 1949, and PhD in 1953, all from the University of Manchester. He came to Caltech in 1961 as a visiting professor of applied mathematics, was a professor of aeronautics and mathematics from 1962 to 1967, a professor of applied mathematics from 1967 to 1983, and the Powell Professor until his retirement in 1998.

Whitham, who was instrumental in setting up Caltech's applied mathematics program in 1962, served as the executive officer for applied mathematics from 1971 to 1980. He was a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of London.

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In Our Community
Friday, March 14, 2014
Avery Dining Hall – Avery House

Workshop: Comedy as a Teaching Tool

Caltech's "Secrets" to Success

Everyone who really knows Caltech understands that it is unique among universities around the world. But just what makes Caltech so special? We've asked that question before, and the numbers don't tell the full story. So, is it our focus? Our culture? Our people?

The UK's Times Higher Education magazine recently tackled the topic, asking more specifically, "How does a tiny institution create such an outsized impact?" Caltech faculty share their perspectives in the cover story of the magazine's latest issue.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Teaching Statement Workshop - 2-Part Event

Monday, May 12, 2014
Center for Student Services 360 (Workshop Space) – Center for Student Services

Teaching Statement Workshop - 2-Part Event

Friday, April 4, 2014
Center for Student Services 360 (Workshop Space) – Center for Student Services

Spring TA Training

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