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Pasadena’s “Diamond Chef” Sparkles at World’s Largest Food Sport Competition

A home cook from Pasadena who says she learned her cooking skills from both her Armenian grandmothers was recently crowned the 2018 World Chicken Champion at the 7th Annual World Food Championships (WFC) in Orange Beach, Alabama. Lidia Haddadian competed in five days of nonstop, high-paced, tournament-style cooking with more than 500 teams from 12 ...


Caltech Mourns the Passing of Fiona Cowie

Fiona Cowie, professor of philosophy at Caltech, passed away on Sunday, December 9, from complications due to cancer. She was 55 years old. Cowie was born in Sydney, Australia, on August 21, 1963. She joined Caltech in 1992 as an instructor in philosophy and was appointed assistant professor in 1993. She was promoted to associate ...


Councilmember Tyron Hampton Unanimously Elected Vice Mayor

First District Councilmember Tyron Hampton was unanimously elected by the City Council Monday to serve as Pasadena’s 2019 Vice Mayor serving under Mayor Terry Tornek. Hampton’s term will begin on May 6, 2019 and run through December 7, 2020. Hampton was elected to the City Council in 2015, and also serves on the Public Safety ...


Hillsides Hosts Successful Holiday Celebration at the Parkway Grill

On December 4, the Hillsides Guild, a support group of the foster care charity Hillsides, hosted a holiday celebration at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena, California. Some 140 guests enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, dinner and a holiday performance by the renowned Citrus Singers of Citrus College. The dinner was co-chaired by Guild members Donna De Mond ...


Calif Institute of Neuroscience Appoints Top Neurosurgeon

Pasadena resident Dr. Sean Xin, a neurosurgeon, has joined the staff of the California Institute of Neuroscience in Thousand Oaks, announced the institute’s founder Martin Mortazavi, M.D., also a neurosurgeon. Xin will tap into his vast experience and extensive knowledge in the field to diagnose and treat a range of disorders of the central and ...


ArtCenter Offers Courses Online; Rosemarie Piccioni Named First-Ever Associate Provost of Online Education

ArtCenter College of Design Provost Karen Hofmann announced today that, after a comprehensive search, the College has named Rosemarie Piccioni as its first-ever associate provost of online education. Piccioni kicked off her new role at the College earlier this month, on November 5, 2018. “Rose has the ideal combination of what ArtCenter needs for this ...


ArtCenter Establishes Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Art and Design

ArtCenter College of Design President Lorne M. Buchman announced Tuesday that, after a comprehensive international search, the College has named Aaron I. Bruce to the new inaugural role of vice president and chief diversity officer and that Bruce will lead the establishment of the College’s new Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Art and Design. ...


Rose Bowl Bruins Celebrate the Holidays

  Over a dozen UCLA Rose Bowl Bruins huddled Tuesday night at the Pasadena Senior Center for a relaxing, festive holiday potluck and white elephant gift exchange.   Formed in 1982, the association is open to UCLA alumni and supports the greater interests of the University and connecting local alumni to campus.   The local ...


Woman’s Civic League of Pasadena Celebrates Annual Holiday Boutique and Luncheon

The Woman’s Civic League of Pasadena held its annual Holiday Boutique and Luncheon at the Woman’s City Club on December 3rd, 2018. Organizers offered many thanks to Rita Elshout, Woman’s Civic League Ways and Means Chair and her committee who coordinated this important annual event. All that time and effort is rewarded by the funds ...


Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena Welcomes New CEO, Lisa Cavelier

The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena is pleased to announce the hiring of Lisa Cavelier as its new Chief Executive Officer. Lisa’s expertise in Pasadena-based community organizations, fundraising and her strong leadership skills make her the perfect candidate to shepherd the 81-year-old iconic organization into its next chapter. “We are delighted to have Lisa ...


LitFest Supporters Fundraise and Friendraise, as They Look Forward to Next “Edition”

Members of the Light Bringer Project, the Pasadena-based nonprofit arts organization, and Literature for Life, its literary journal and educational program, met Sunday at the home of Bill and Mary Lea Carroll on Topeka Street in Pasadena for the LitFest Pasadena Holiday Kickoff Party, along with friends, family, authors and artists who have been part ...


In Hong Kong, Caltech President Emeritus Leads Opposition to Human Gene-Editing by Chinese Scientist

A California Institute of Technology professor who’s now President Emeritus of the Pasadena-based institute is leading the opposition to human embryo DNA editing, after a Chinese scientist claimed this week he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies – twin girls who were born last month. Dr. David Baltimore, a Nobel-prize winning biologist who served ...


A Noise Within Announces New Board Members Gail Samuel and William “Bill” Bogaard

A Noise Within (ANW), announces two new board members from Pasadena, who joined their Board of Directors this fall after being nominated for positions and voted on by the full Board last spring. This fall, LA Philharmonic Association Executive Director Gail Samuel and former Mayor of Pasadena William “Bill” Joseph Bogaard join the other members ...


KPCC, SCPR to Honor Nobel Laureate Dr. Frances H. Arnold at 2019 Gala

  On Saturday, March 16, Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and KPCC will host its 2019 Gala, honoring Nobel Laureate Dr. Frances H. Arnold. Dr. Arnold is the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and she is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute ...


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