Caltech Associates Winter | Spring Calendar 2022

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Dear Friends, I am delighted to share with you the Caltech Associates’ winter–spring 2022 calendar, which showcases some of the truly groundbreaking work done by members of our academic community. After two years of a pandemic that has greatly limited our ability to gather together, it also gives me great pleasure to offer more in-person events. Here’s a quick look at some of this spring’s events: On March 10, Provost Tirrell discussed academics, research, and recent innovations. He introduced Victoria Orphan who shared insights about ocean meadows and carbon burial, a potential part of the climate solution. On March 22, Cindy Weinstein will discuss her new book, Finding the Right Words, about Alzheimer’s, neurology, and grief. On the East Coast, Matt Thomson will describe how lessons from biology are helping to shape artificial intelligence (AI), while our friends in Northern California will hear from Richard Murray about how AI is accelerating progress in biotechnology and the treatment of specific diseases. Closer to home here in Pasadena, Mark Davis will lead a panel with Nobel laureate David Baltimore and Brian Stoltz about novel cancer treatments that have advanced to human clinical trials. You can read more about these and other exciting events in the pages ahead. From 1926 to today, the Caltech Associates has connected Institute scientists and engineers to community and business leaders, and alumni and other lifelong learners. As always, I encourage you to make the most of your membership by attending events, visiting our online member directory, and joining us for the next Watson Lecture. This unique and powerful community is strong and vibrant because of your involvement and support. Thank you! I look forward to seeing you soon—hopefully in person. Warmest regards,

Catherine E. Reeves Executive Director, Caltech Associates


Finding the Right Words: A Memoir about Alzheimer’s, Literature, and Neurology Tuesday, March 22 Professor Cindy Weinstein will tell us why she wanted to study neurology at UCSF’s Global Brain Health Institute and what she learned that enabled her to write Finding the Right Words: A Story of Literature, Grief, and the Brain. At this event, Professor Weinstein will discuss her father’s early-onset Alzheimer’s with Dr. Bruce Miller, who directs the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and is a director of the Global Brain Health Institute. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and, a program project grant on frontotemporal dementia.


Using Biology to Create Artificial Intelligence Wednesday, April 6 Artificial neural networks currently fail to replicate key aspects of human intelligence, including cognitive flexibility and the ability to think, reason, and invent. Professor Matt Thomson will discuss efforts to build flexible and robust artificial intelligence by integrating lessons from biology.


Advancing Cancer Treatments Tuesday, April 26 Join Professors Mark Davis, David Baltimore, and Brian Stoltz who will present state-of-the-art and future cancer treatments, including examples of basic research that has been translated into human clinical trials.


Advancing Cancer Treatments April 26

T-cell therapy research from the laboratory of David Baltimore.


The Future of Biotechnology and the Treatment of Disease Saturday, May 7 Professor Richard Murray will lead an expert panel on rapid new advances in biotechnology related to the use of artificial intelligence (AI). The accelerating development of specific disease treatments, the creation of COVID-19 vaccines, and the comprehensive mapping of proteins are a few recent advances that would not have been possible without the use of AI. Panelists will discuss AI’s role in various biotech developments, and the future we can expect due to the innovations in both fields.


Introducing the Light Adjustable Lens Thursday, May 12 Join Professor Julia Kornfield in discussion with Dr. Dan Schwartz as they explain how Caltech research led to the first lens that can be customized to optimize vision following cataract surgery. Learn how RxSight commercialized this technology, how the start-up was created, and what the challenges were in bringing this innovation to market.


The Future of Biotechnology and the Treatment of Disease May 7


Members of the NASA Mars Helicopter team attach a thermal film to the exterior of the flight model. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars Helicopter


Mars Helicopter–the Legacy of Von Kármán Tuesday, June 14 Professor Theodore Von Kármán (1881–1963) was one of the world’s preeminent scientists and engineers, known for ushering in the dawn of aerospace engineering. Professor Mory Gharib (PhD ’83) will tell us how JPL engineers successfully flew a helicopter Von Kármán designed in Hungary 100 years ago that has an intriguingly similar design to the Ingenuity helicopter currently operating on the red planet as part of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission.

CaltechLive! Event: Miró String Quartet Sunday, May 22 The Miró Quartet will be joined by Martin Beaver, violin, and Clive Greensmith, cello, for a performance of Brahms’s sextets. The quartet won the Barstow Award for Strings at the 1996 Coleman Competition and is based in Austin, Texas, where it serves as quartet-inresidence at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin. Please visit the Coleman Chamber Music Association’s event page for program information, admission policies, and ticketing.


President’s Circle Garden Party NEW DATE! Saturday, June 25 President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Katherine T. Faber, the Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science, invite President’s Circle members for a special evening at their residence to celebrate your generous support of and continued commitment to Caltech. Enjoy food, drinks, and good company at this annual event.



Betty Huang, President Chip Fairchild, Immediate Past President Tracy Fu (BS ’92), President Elect Bill Bogaard Ginger Caldwell Michael Cann Mary Ann Cloyd Carolyn Denham Sarah Deschenes Jody Donnelly Eric Fung (BS ’90) Ruby Holder Erich Kreidler Paul Lee (BS ’67, PhD ’72) Rhonda MacDonald (BS ’74) Susan Murakami (BS ’75) Tim Neufeld Bruce Nickerson Zach Rivkin (BS ’14) Evangelos Simoudis (BS ’83) Linda Tolbert Dan Whelan (BS ’79, PhD ’85) Joe Witte

Catherine E. Reeves Executive Director Matthew E. Pilecki Director, Development & Outreach Jennifer Alcántara Assistant Director, Engagement & Programming Matthew J. Rosenberg Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications Lelia Marshall Membership & Member Services Coordinator

PRESIDENTS EMERITI Fred Blum (PhD ’68) Jane Factor Lynda Boone Fetter John H. Glanville Cathleen A. Godzik Robert T. Jenkins (BS ’65) Carl V. Larson (BS ’52) Ilene O. Marshall Priscilla McClure Ananth Natarajan Stephen Rogers † Elizabeth Loucks Samson Tom Tisch (BS ’61) Elizabeth Tito Thomas J. Tyson (BS ’54, PhD ’67) † DECEASED

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