Every year, Caltech’s literary and arts magazine Totem hosts the Art of Science competition.
This contest celebrates the intersection of art and science and the way in which art can be used to inform science. We accept any science-related art, from microscopy to digital art to paintings to hand-made crafts.
This year, we received two quilts and a necklace as submissions! Last year, we also had a collection of really interesting science-based earrings. The earrings were in the shape of chicken embryos, drosophila ovaries, and more. I love all the creative submissions we get, as well as the range of Caltech community members that submit, from undergrads to JPL staff – it’s really quite amazing.
This year, we paired up with the Graduate Student Council’s Art Contest to display artwork together in Chandler. Their art contest accepts any type of art, so it was a great combination of science and non-science related artwork. At our opening night, we had a crowd of hundreds of people show up!
In addition to having artwork along the walls in Little Chandler, we had easels set up in the main dining area, and even a red carpet.
The piece below is an annotated image of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, and the piece below that is a GFP necklace which lights up! It’s really very cute.
To find the current exhibition and find out more about the contest, visit our website here.
As I write this blog, I’m sitting on a grassy knoll on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus. It’s the last match of my final season of tennis here at Caltech. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to be done with my college tennis career (unless I decide to use my final year of NCAA eligibility, granted to athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Being a part of the women’s tennis team here has been a defining part of my identity and where I met my community on campus. In this blog, I want to discuss a bit of the process of becoming an NCAA athlete, the Caltech experience of handling schoolwork and a sport, and my take on how it affected my growth here.
A few days ago, I wrote a blog post for recommendations of boba around Caltech. This follow up includes a far more comprehensive list of boba shops in the 626/SGV area. Now, I’ll admit that I have a rather extensive spreadsheet of boba stores and drinks that I’ve tried and enjoyed or disliked. However, I’d rather not bore everyone with a full spreadsheet, especially when it reveals just how much boba I’ve had each year. However, if I attempted to write about all of the shops I’ve tried, this post would get too long, so it’s instead compressed into a much more easily digestible format: a Tiermaker list. Obviously, this is the most sophisticated possible presentation of this information and 100% objective. Definitely tested via the scientific method and not subject to personal bias whatsoever.
In the past few years, boba or bubble tea has exploded in popularity, with stores opening up all across the country. As a very avid but picky boba drinker, this has been a blessing for me, as I’ve been able to try drinks from so many new stores. In the past four years, I’ve been able to try what might be conservatively called a fairly significant portion of boba stores in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area (otherwise known as 626/SGV).