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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.

05/15/2012

57th Annual Staff Service Awards

Caltech's annual Staff Service Awards ceremony will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at Beckman Auditorium on Thursday, June 7. Caltech will honor over 200 staff members with service ranging from 10 to 45 years. Additionally, the winner of the sixth annual Thomas W. Schmitt Staff Prize will be named. A reception in the Beckman Institute courtyard will follow the ceremony. All members of the Caltech community are encouraged to attend.

05/03/2012

Red Cross Blood Drive

Parking is available in the California Boulevard underground parking structure.

Making an appointment is easy. Go to https://www.givelife.org and enter your email address and date of birth. If you have used the online appointment system before, your information will display for your approval. If you have not used our online system before, you can fill out the form with some basic information that the blood bank will need. Then click the "Continue and View Blood Drives" button. You will see our blood drive. If you went to the site without using the link and don't see our drive enter "caltech" where it asks for the sponsor code. Click the circle to the left of the day you would like your appointment. On the next page, pick a time. Then you will receive an email confirming your appointment.

For more information, contact Christine Boyle at 395-1745 or christine.boyle@caltech.edu. To donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 lbs. and be in good health.

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".

03/09/2012

Take Our Children to Work Day

Caltech's annual Take Our Children to Work Day will take place on Thursday, April 26. This event is an opportunity for Caltech personnel to introduce their children to the exciting things that go on at Caltech and to interest them in science, research, and possibilities for the future. For information and registration, go to: http://cit.hr.caltech.edu/HRForms/TOC2WD.pdf If you have questions, contact Christine Boyle at 395-1745.

02/27/2012

The Athenaeum Debuts New Website

The Athenaeum is pleased to announce the launch of its
new and improved website on March 1.

The Athenaeum collaborated with Clubessential, a marketing and media company specializing in private clubs, to provide a more comprehensive source of club information and services for members and their guests. Members can now access and manage their personal account, make reservations and payments online, and much more!

The Athenaeum is a wonderful benefit to the Caltech, JPL, and Huntington Library community as a place for fine and casual dining, social and special events, and hotel and membership services. For more information on our new website or joining The Athenaeum, contact us at 626-395-8200 or visit us online at http://athenaeum.caltech.edu!

02/23/2012

Procurement Services Open House

Procurement Services invites all members of the community to enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and fun at their "Wild Wild West" Open House Event on February 29.

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