Search Search

News Releases


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 or email


Thank You from the Foothill Unity Center

A message from the Foothill Unity Center:

One of our "elves" wrote this poem and I think it says it all. I thought you might enjoy it and maybe share it with the HR staff. Thanks to all for your support.
- Catherine May

Angels and Elves
By Sylvia Miller (one of our "elves")

Some parents need help this time of year
To make Christmas morning a time of good cheer
For children who are innocent of the lot they are dealt.
Maybe there are Angels out there who will help!
Foothill Unity puts out the call
For Angels in local communities all.
Some Elves have gathered in a warehouse so cold.
There'll be plenty of Angels, for sure, they are told.
The Elves make up bags (for families who filed),
With clothes and toys and books for each child.
But Mary wants a sweater and pants to keep warm
But neither is around in her size to conform.
Dave wants some Legos or a skateboard for fun.
But searching the warehouse, the Elves find none.
Just as they are expressing their fear,
Lo and behold, some Angels appear!
The Angels bring Tigger and Winnie-the-Pooh,
Soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs, too,
Card games and board games, puzzles, and kites,
Erector sets, Legos, transformers with lights,
Novels of werewolves and vampires and bats,
Little Red Riding Hood, The Cat in The Hat,
Books for toddlers that go "Ding Dong",
Discs with movies and Justin Bieber songs,
Teddy bears, horses, dinosaurs, ants,
Big dolls and little dolls that pee in their pants,
Bratz dolls, and Barbies with clothes of angora,
Fairies and Dora, the well-known explora,
Big cars and little cars, fire engines, too,
Skateboads, knee pads, helmets (wahoo!),
Play stoves for making the highest cuisine,
And potions for turning Jane's hair red and green.

Finally much-needed clothes can be seen
For babies and toddlers and juniors and `teens
Skinny jeans, fat jeans, sweaters, and tees,
PJs and leggings and even undies,
More and more Angels appear through the door,
Angels who carefully watch o're the poor.
Elves are now busy, filling the bags
As fast as they can and putting on tags.
They're there at the warehouse day after day,
Filling hundreds of bags `til their hairs turn gray.
But you don't need to worry. The Elves will be fine.
Their evenings are filled with Motrin and wine.
Finally, the bags are all out the door.
No, wait! Late sign-ups mean there are more!
Too late to get Angels. More shopping! (what fun)
And fast-action Elves work to get the job done!
Distribution of bags is a sight to behold!
A thousand parents wait in the cold.
Needing help this way brings tears to their eyes,
But their love and their actions prove they are wise.
The warehouse is empty now. Christmas is past.
To you I'll leave one thought at the last:
Even though now it may seem like a dream,
Angels and Elves make a wonderful Team!

December 2011


Campus Operations during Institute Holidays

Most campus operations will be quiet from December 24, 2011, to January 2, 2012. Caltech Safety will be on call 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling Security through the 5000 extension. A special Winter Break schedule for radioactive package deliveries, radioactive waste, biohazardous waste, and chemical waste pickups will be in effect, with the details and instructions found at the following link:

Central Plant will be staffed to maintain all required utilities and to dispatch personnel for maintenance emergencies. Central Plant can be reached at 395-6571.

Custodial Services will be minimally staffed from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. for spot cleaning and for those groups that have made prior arrangements. Since in most cases wastebaskets will not be emptied between December 24 and January 3, please do not leave food waste in trash cans when you leave for the holidays. It may attract insects and rodents.

Chauffeur service: If chauffeur service is required between December 24, and January 2, please make arrangements prior to 3 p.m. on December 23. The reservations office will not be staffed during the special release days.

Central Warehouse will not be staffed during the release days and will not be making regular deliveries of liquid nitrogen and gas cylinders. If a requirement for liquid nitrogen or gas cylinder delivery is anticipated, please notify the Central Warehouse staff at 395-4891 prior to December 23, and a special delivery will be set up for December 29.

Shipping and Receiving (395-4893) will not be staffed during the release days and will not make regular deliveries unless prior arrangements have been made.

From December 28 to December 30, Mail Services (395-6371) will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., but will not be making regular department mail deliveries and pick-up unless prior arrangements have been made. Access through the south driveway of the Keith Spalding Administration Building (#6) Post Office (395-6372) will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; access through the east entrance of Spalding Administration Building FedEx office (395-6008) will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and access through the lobby of Keith Spalding Administration Building will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To be sure that the Caltech's critical financial and accounting needs are met during this time, we are providing the following list of contacts:

Purchasing Coverage:
Monica Marquez and Kevin Speaks, LIGO Purchasing Coverage: 626-969-0473 (h) 626-578-1917 (h)
Ed Jasnow: 909-282-2292 (cell); 626-437-3183; (cell); 626-398-3240 (home); 626-840-4361 (cell)
P-Card and Travel Coverage:
Muriel Sandoval: 626-222-3978 (cell)

Payment Services Coverage:
Accounts Payable Month-End Closing: December 22, 2010
Accounts Payable Contact:
Guillermo Ramirez¡: 626-337-3683 (home); 626-818-2026 (cell)
Wire Transfer Contact:
Hazel Hall: 818-425-8638 (cell)
Georgia Mendoza: 323-459-8575 (cell)

General Emergencies:
Monica Marquez: 626-969-0473 (home); 909-282-2992 (cell)
Jay Wood: 626-963-3050 (home); 626-483-3122 (cell)

Treasury Services:
David Vera: 395-6723
Treasury Services will deposit checks from December 27 to 30 during the campus quiet period. Please deliver your check deposits to the Financial Services Building (FSB) by 2 p.m. or to the Credit Union. The front door at FSB will be locked during this period, so please call David Vera at 395-6723 in advance.

Please note that while checks will be deposited to the Credit Union, no receipts will be entered in the Oracle System from December 22 (after 2 p.m.) until January 3, 2012.

Controller's Office (Bursar, Investments & Trusts, Gift & Endowments, Tax Office, Accounting & Reporting (General Budget, Plant Funds, Auxiliaries):
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125-1500
David Vera: 395-6723

  • The Oracle system will be available on December 19 through December 21, and dark days on December 22 and 23 for the month-end close. All WIC's must be completed by 5 p.m. on December 21.
  • The last day that our staff will enter cost transfers will be until close of business on December 20.
  • Labor Distribution adjustments, Manual Usages and Budget adjustments must be completed by 12 noon on December 22nd. Please note that Labor Distribution adjustments entered after December 22nd will not be reflected in OGM until resumption of business in January 2012.
  • Cash receipts will be entered until 2 p.m. on December 22.
  • Bursar's Office—Signs will be posted directing students to the Credit Union for check cashing. In case of emergency, contact Ruth Whitson at (626) 827-6756. Please note that the Credit Union will be closed on December 26, 2011, and January 2, 2012.

Risk Management:
Lisa Telles: 626-644-6938 (cell)

Budget Office:
Judy Stanton: 626-798-9649 (home); 818-929-5932 (cell)

Cost Studies:
Ted Lieu: 395-2579

Property Services:
Ernest Ngalula: 395-4181

If you have any questions regarding any of this information, please don't hesitate to Human Resources.


Community Development Center Food Drive

From Monday, December 12, to Tuesday, December 20, Caltech Human Resources will be accepting donations for the Community Development Center in Pomona, an agency that services families in need in the Inland Empire and L.A. County. The goal is to give holiday food baskets to 50 families in need. Gift baskets should contain nonperishable food and canned goods. For more information, contact the coordinator of the food drive, Cora Whitaker, at (909) 918-7347.

Business Office Info: Community Development Center 198 West Orange Grove Avenue Pomona, California 91768 Phone: 909-622-5434 Contact Persons: Rajani Ramey or Kimberly McCormick


United Way HomeWalk Report

The bake sale made $250. We also raised $2855 from participants and their families! We had excellent support from our colleagues at JPL!

The L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant served as the Honorary Chair of HomeWalk 2011! There were over 10,000 people participating and walking to end homelessness in L.A.

This was a fun event and we hope another big group turns out next year.


Adopt An Angel - Extended to December 16

The Angel Program is affiliated with the Foothill Unity Center, a nonprofit organization that provides critical support in the form of food, clothing, motel vouchers, referrals, and advocacy for people in crisis who reside in Altadena, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, Duarte, Irwindale, Monrovia, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. For more information, contact Christine Boyle at or 395-1745.


United Way HomeWalk Sign-up and Bake Sale

Caltech will again be participating in the 5K HomeWalk, which is part of United Way's year-round campaign to end homelessness in the Los Angeles area. The walk begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. We have formed Team Caltech and will have special T-shirts for all participants. A bake sale and sign-up table will be on campus Wednesday, November 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Winnett Quad near the Bookstore. Register at the table or online at The L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant will serve as the Honorary Chair of HomeWalk 2011! This was a fun event last year, and we hope another big group turns out this time.


Flu Shots Still Available

Staff, faculty, postdocs, and students can get a free seasonal/H1N1 flu shots in the student health center while supplies last. The shots will be available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. only. If you are pregnant or have a preexisting medical condition, please bring written consent from your doctor to receive the flu shot. You must bring a valid Caltech ID.


United Way Campaign

Caltech's United Way Campaign for 2012 will run through November 18. Pledges may be made online at Members of the community are encouraged to pledge to three Caltech agencies;the Caltech Y, the Children's Center at Caltech, and the Child Educational Center. You can also pledge to the United Way's "Creating Pathways Out of Poverty" plan. If you have questions, contact Christine Boyle at or 395-1745.

View all

     to our RSS feed Subscribe via RSS