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04/30/2012

Caltech Bike to Work Day on May 17

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sustainability Park on Wilson Ave., the Caltech Bike Fair will include snacks, backpack giveaways, a folding-bike relay race, and a bike scavenger hunt. Prizes will include a $50 gift card and a chance to win a year-long membership at Caltech BikeCage (worth $50). For more information, go to http://parking.caltech.edu/Transportation/Bike.

04/30/2012

Open Seats in Glendora II Vanpool—Try It Out Three Days for Free

Would you like to commute to work without the stress and cost of driving alone? Join a vanpool! Glendora II has an open seat. Not sure if it will work for you? Try vanpooling for three days for free! The Glendora II group meets at Walmart in Glendora. Work hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Estimated cost per month is $115/6 riders. Contact Kristina Valenzuela for additional details at 626-395-4729 or Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu.

04/25/2012

Matlab Servers to be Campus Restricted

Effective May 17, access to the Matlab license servers will be restricted to the campus networks (same as software.caltech.edu). This means that if using Matlab from off campus, you will need to use VPN. We are making this change as part of an effort to ensure that Matlab resources are being used only for Caltech purposes and to discourage use by those not affiliated with Caltech. If you have not previously signed up for VPN access, you can do so at http://imss.caltech.edu/help/vpn-signup-form. Existing VPN users can connect to Caltech's network via https://vpn.caltech.edu. If you have any questions about this, please contact the IMSS Software Licensing Group (software@caltech.edu.)

04/11/2012

Caltech Security officers apprehend career bike thief

On January 26, 2012 at approximately 1230pm, security officers responded to a bicycle theft at Braun Athletic Center. Upon arrival officers learned that a faculty member had challenged a male who appeared to be cutting a cable to a bike secured in front of the gym. The witness reported that the male calmly explained that the bike belonged to his sister who unfortunately had lost her key and he was forced to cut the lock. The witness then observed the suspect unworriedly ride the bike westbound from the area.

During the investigation security was approached by a female faculty member who reported that the bike in question was hers and that she did not give anyone permission to remove the bike. The Pasadena Police Department was notified and the suspect's physical description was provided to all Caltech officers for future reference.

Caltech Security Supervisors diligently discussed the increase in bicycle thefts with all uniform officers and emphasized that although the locations appeared random, that the method of operation was consistent with this latest theft. The theft of thirty two bicycles over the last six months has been an alarming trend and clearly a distraction to normal security operations.

On Friday, March 9, 2012 at approximately 1230 pm, Security Dispatch received a report of a suspicious male loitering near the bicycle rack in the Avery Courtyard Housing area. Officer Armando Duran immediately dispatched field officers, reporting clothing and physical information on the individual. Officer Frank Rodriguez responded and immediately located a subject fitting the physical and clothing description broadcast by Duran. Supervisor Luis Rubio arrived and approached the male fitting the description holding a bicycle and looking at other secured bikes. Officers John Huerta, Bob Lankford and Troy Villery arrived to assist.

The suspect, later identified as Keith Stan Garcia, was composed as he explained that he simply was smoking a cigarette and enjoying the campus. Garcia calmly explained that he never had been on the campus and when questioned about his bike, he assured the officers that it belonged to him.

Supervisor Rubio, during the interview, observed that Garcia was in possession of cutting tools commonly used by bike thieves. Rubio observed that Garcia fit the general description of the suspect in the January 26th theft. Garcia appeared a little too polished and unruffled in Rubio's opinion given the questions being asked. Rubio requested the assistance of the Pasadena Police Department to verify the legitimate owner of the bike in Garcia's possession. Arrangements were subsequently made for the witness to the theft at Braun Gym to view Garcia in a field lineup for elimination purposes. Garcia was positively identified and subsequently arrested and booked for felony grand theft. The investigation is continuing and undoubtedly will resolve many unsolved bicycle thefts on campus. Garcia is a career criminal and currently on probation for narcotic violations.

Officer Rubio is commended for his tenacity and his unwillingness to be outwitted or disarmed by a smooth talking seasoned street thug. Rubio is recognized for his ability to assess a situation quickly and evaluate his options rapidly. Officer Duran is commended for his thorough and detailed information gathering and his ability to keep the witness calm as he described the actions of the suspect. Officers Rodriguez, Huerta, Lankford and Villery are recognized for their instant response and officer safety tactics as they approached the scene.

All officers are praised for their ability to work as a team and to look after each other in a potentially dangerous setting. "Team work divides the task and multiplies the success".

01/04/2012

IMSS High Performance Computing Service

The High Performance Computing (HPC) pay-as-you-go service is ideal for faculty and research groups that do not want to take on the considerable financial burden of purchasing and managing their own high-performance cluster or for groups that require supplemental computing power in order to satisfy imminent research deadlines.

With IMSS's HPC service, you simply pay based upon your monthly processor and storage usage. We recently updated the service so that Matlab R2011b is now available which includes improved GPU support along with many bug fixes. Many other applications are also available, such as Lumerical, NAMD, and StochKit, with more software titles being added regularly. For additional details and pricing, go to http://imss.caltech.edu/help/hpc or email help-hpc@caltech.edu.

12/05/2011

2012 GPS Calendar

The second annual Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS) wall calendar is now available for purchase while supplies last!  This 12x12" glossy 2012 calendar features gorgeous photography by Division members that can be viewed here. The calendar page layout includes standard holidays as well as significant dates in geoscience history.

Calendars are $10 each, with a 10% discount for orders of 50 or more, and they make excellent holiday presents! To buy a calendar, please bring cash or check payment to 307A North Mudd between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proceeds will fund a student field trip. (The inaugural trip was to Mt. St. Helens this past summer.) Please email GPSPhotoCalendar@gmail.com with any questions.

11/29/2011

Electric Charging Stations installed at Caltech

As part of Caltech's commitment to encourage alternative transportation and support electric-vehicle commuters, three Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations are now available on campus through the Chargepoint Network. Two charging stations have been installed in the South Wilson parking structure, and one in the Holliston parking structure. The fee for use of the stations for the Caltech community is $1.25 per hour, with a $1 minimum. The general public will be charged $2 per hour, with a $1 minimum. Charging time is limited to 4 hours. The Caltech Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are meant to be "top-off" locations (not a primary charging location), so the time limit will allow for turnover throughout the day. A valid parking permit is required to park while charging the vehicle. All chargers are part of the ChargePoint Network, so users must be a member of the ChargePoint program.

To register your vehicle, come by the parking office at 515 S. Wilson second floor, to get your "Charge Pass" card. Please bring your Caltech ID when you register in order to receive the discounted rate. The Charge Pass card can be used at any ChargePoint Networked Charging Station including the 350+ stations throughout California. The card must be activated before it can be used. Activation instructions are included in the ChargePass packet you will receive when you register. You can set SMS and email alerts from your ChargePass account to advise you when:

  • Your vehicle is fully charged
  • Plug-Out Detection

Your ChargePass account will collect all usage history for your public charging with:

  • Start and End times
  • Energy (kWh) used
  • Greenhouse Gases Saved
  • Occupied Time
  • Location

Finding an available charging station to charge your electric vehicle is easy and fast from any browser or smart phone. Simply go to: mychargepoint.net and click Find Stations, or download the ChargePoint apps for your smart phone. For more information or questions contact Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu.

11/14/2011

2012 GPS Calendar

After the great success of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS) inaugural 2011 calendar, the graduate students of the GPS division are producing a calendar for 2012, again featuring gorgeous photography by division members. The photos that will be featured on this 12x12" glossy calendar can be viewed here. The calendar page layout includes standard holidays as well as significant dates in geoscience history.

Calendars are $10 each, with a 10% discount for orders of 50 or more. We expect to receive the printed calendars before the end of November, and they make excellent holiday presents! We will be accepting pre-orders through November 18. The number of pre-orders we receive will determine the number of calendars we print, so you must pre-order to be assured of getting a calendar! Subsequent orders will be filled while supplies last. Proceeds will fund a student field trip (the inaugural trip was to Mt. St. Helens this past summer.)

Contact any of the following people to order calendars:

Belle Philibosian or Janet Harvey, 307A North Mudd
Katie Stack, 258 Arms
Peter Gao, 167 South Mudd

If you can't find any of us, you may also place orders with Leticia Calderon in 158 Arms. Payment may be made via cash or check made out to the Caltech GPS Divison. Please email GPSPhotoCalendar@gmail.co with any questions.

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