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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".

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.

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