January Greetings from the Associates President
We wish Associates near and far a happy new year. The start of 2017 is a fitting time to contemplate the prospect of what's to come. Caltech will no doubt create inspiring innovations, new technologies, and improved engineering. You can be part of these discoveries with the Associates.
The latest calendar of events was delivered to your mailbox and can also be found online here. From breakthrough research on understanding autism to virtual exploration of Mars, the Associates have myriad opportunities coming up that will help keep you on the forefront of science and technology.
On January 12, we will hear from acclaimed microbiologist Sarkis Mazmanian about how the gut-brain connection may lead to a viable treatment for autism thereby laying the groundwork for harnessing the human microbiome to develop revolutionary treatments for neurological diseases that afflict mankind.
On January 21, Mory Gharib will share with Northern California Associates the latest news from Caltech's Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies and tell how robots, autonomous systems, and humans share a workspace.
And on February 9 at the Athenaeum, we'll learn from Andy Thompson how autonomous vehicles are gliding through the Southern Ocean and collecting data to tell the story of the ocean's history and climate change.
On April 19 join a panel discussion on campus to learn about the future of driverless cars.
On June 6, East Coast Associates will have the opportunity to hear a distinguished panel forecasting the future of finance in New York City.
Mark your calendars for another behind-the-scenes tour of JPL, home to some of the greatest interplanetary science, for our Associates families to enjoy on April 7.
On June 19, local Associates and their families will enjoy a private tour of the Griffith Observatory with George Djorgovski.
The Associates' President's Circle Travel Program will offer an adventure in Oregon with Professors Mike Brown and Paul Asimow in August to view this year's total solar eclipse, delve into the unique geology of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood, and experience Oregon's finest lodges. This trip sold out and waitlisted within a week of the invitation distribution.
Then, in November, David Baltimore, Alice Huang, and Tom Mannion will lead a delightful journey through Napa and Sonoma to explore the science of wine making and sample some of the region's finest food and wine.
We will be adding more events and opportunities in the upcoming months, so stay tuned. I look forward to sharing these experiences with many of you in the coming months and to a year of continued learning.
—Jane Arnault-Factor, PhD, Caltech Associates Board President