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06/28/2012

Matlab Toolbox Usage Survey

IMSS would like your input on the specific Matlab Toolbox licenses that you use for your Caltech work. Your feedback is essential in helping us decide which licenses we will continue to maintain. To take the survey, please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J89QRQP. Survey participants can enter to win a $100 amazon.com gift card.

06/27/2012

Don't Be Fooled By Messages Asking For Your Caltech Username And Password

Many campus users are receiving email claiming to come from an IT support group (sometimes even IMSS or the Help Desk), asking for the user's password and other private information, or requesting that you "verify your account" by logging into a website. Please be aware that this is a form of security attack known as "phishing" designed to fool users into giving their usernames and passwords to an attacker. Please do not reply to these messages or visit any websites they may refer to. IMSS does not recommend providing usernames and passwords by email, and IMSS will never ask users for their passwords by email or by phone under any circumstances. When visiting a website, be sure to check the address bar on your browser to confirm that the site you're visiting is the one you were expecting. If you receive any confusing or worrisome email messages about any of your Caltech accounts, we strongly recommend contacting the IMSS Help Desk (395-3500 or help@caltech.edu) or your local system administrator. In the event that your password is exposed to an attacker, please be sure never to use that password again, for any purpose, and particularly never for the account it once belonged to.

06/26/2012

Copies of Totem Available

Totem, Caltech's literary and visual arts magazine, is now being distributed. All undergrads will receive a copy in their mailboxes in the fall, but anyone else interested in receiving a copy should fill out this form. (Campus mailing addresses are preferred.)

Totem is an annual publication featuring the poetry, photography, short stories, drawings, and other artwork submitted by Caltech community members. The magazine is distributed at no charge to the entire campus and is published in calendar format in an effort to fuse function and aesthetics. Previous editions of Totem can be viewed here. For more information, email caltech.totem@gmail.com.

06/13/2012

Maple License Server Retiring

On July 12, 2012, the Maple license server that hosts Maple 11, 12, and 13 will be retired. This means that all network installations of Maple 11, 12, and 13 will cease to function at that time. Note that standalone installations for Maple 11, 12, and 13 will not be affected. If you are still using network Maple 11, 12, or 13, please begin using either the network installation of Maple 14, or any other standalone version. Current versions of Maple can be downloaded from http://software.caltech.edu. If you have any questions about this, please contact IMSS Software Licensing (software@caltech.edu.)

05/22/2012

Caltech Student Investment Fund

The Caltech Student Investment Fund (SIF) annually awards money to Caltech clubs for equipment purchases and certain club activities. Requests for funding must coincide with the spirit of SIF disbursement philosophies as described on the first page of the funding application. The deadline for applications has been extended by a week to make up for the potential delays in transitioning club leadership roles.

Please submit your application electronically or by mail to Connor Coley at ccoley@caltech.edu or MSC 210 by Friday, June 1, at 11:59 p.m. Also, there may be special cases where your organization, by merit of its services to the community, will be considered for disbursement regardless of the qualifications of its request. Please e-mail Connor Coley if you feel your organization deserves special attention or if you have any other questions about SIF's annual disbursements.

05/17/2012

Reduced Pricing for IMSS HPC Service

IMSS' High Performance Computing (HPC) pay-as-you-go service has significantly reduced its pricing. The new core hour rate is $0.08 per core hour, and storage is now $0.07 per GB. In addition to saving over 50% with this new pricing, new users are given an initial 500 free core hours. Also, further planned upgrades will soon be completed, providing much faster service. The HPC service is ideal for faculty and research groups that do not have the resources to run their own HPC systems, which usually require large financial resources to maintain the required hardware and infrastructure. You simply pay based upon usage and storage. For additional details, please visit http://imss.caltech.edu/help/hpc or email help-hpc@caltech.edu.

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".

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