• Jane Arnault-Factor
    Jane Arnault-Factor

February Greetings from the Associates President

February marks a month for birthdays of significant scientists throughout history: Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, and, more recently, Linus Pauling and Thomas F. Rosenbaum from Caltech, to name a few. 

The work of these influential scientists reflects Caltech's values as framed by President Rosenbaum: "concentrated excellence; fearlessness and reinvention; intersection of disciplines; focus; big ideas, big bets."

These values push Caltech to remarkable success, President Rosenbaum explained in a recent communication celebrating Caltech's 125th anniversary and its history of scientific breakthroughs. I encourage you to watch the video of President Rosenbaum's eloquent presentation and his inspiring vision for the future here

President Rosenbaum has shared additional key communications regarding Caltech, one of which recently addressed the executive order on immigration. You can read them in their entirety here

Like the key figures born in the month of February, Caltech scientists near and far are leading the quest for new knowledge. As President Rosenbaum reminded us, the scientific world was very different when Caltech was founded, and in only 125 years, complete modern conceptions of DNA, of microbes, of an expanding universe, of computers, and of the inner workings of Earth have been discovered. So much can be accomplished in a relatively short time.

As Associates, we take part in the discoveries of the next 125 years. Exciting programs spanning topics from the future observing capabilities of ocean robots to the impact of driverless cars on our lives are coming up this year. Join in the fun of learning, exploring, and discovering with the Associates! Personally, I look forward to meeting our new members and reconnecting with current members.

New events and travel opportunities have been added to the calendar. We have more events in the planning stage for this year in varying locations in Southern California.

Northern California: An evening panel featuring Caltech Nobel Laureate David Baltimore and other experts discussing the scientific and ethical issues surrounding human gene editing has just been confirmed for March 25, 2017, in San Francisco. More details forthcoming.

Southern California: The Associates will experience a private, special-access tour of Griffith Observatory at dusk on Monday, June 19, when it is closed to the general public. George Djorgovski, professor of astronomy and director of the Center for Data-Driven Discovery, will lead guests through the observatory and shed light on the Big Picture mural—the largest astronomical image in the world—that he produced.

Family Travel Program: Please save the date for our 2018 trip for Associates members and families to the Galápagos from August 24 to September 2, 2018. "The Galápagos are completely iconic," says Rob Phillips, Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology, who will lead this magical trip. You will discover the islands and habitats of this legendary volcanic archipelago aboard the intimate expedition ship National Geographic Endeavour II, waking each day to fresh experiences. More information will be sent soon.


For more information about these programs, please contact Ruby Rico at caltechassociates@caltech.edu or (626) 395-6392.

—Jane Arnault-Factor, PhD, Caltech Associates Board President