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04/05/2018

Veritas Forum 2018 - What does Human Progress mean?

On April 12, the Veritas Forum at Caltech will discuss "What does human progress mean?". Featuring Dr. Alana Ackerson, a finance leader and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, and Dr. Christopher Hitchcock, Professor of Philosophy from Caltech, we will explore this enduring question through the lens of technology, science, and philosophy. Human progress is often driven by innovations in science and technology, more pronounced than ever in our current digital era. These advances rapidly transform our society and warrant leaders in all fields, including STEM, industry, and finance, to think critically about how science and technology shape progress and development. The Forum will focus on how the next generation of leaders can think about implementing technology in a way that allows for true human progress.

The Forum will consist of short presentations, a moderated discussion between Dr. Ackerson and Professor Hitchcock, and an open Q&A session with audience members. We value your input for the discussion and invite you to submit your questions prior to the Forum via this link. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the Forum.

Learn more about our event here and stay updated by checking out our Facebook Event!

03/29/2018

Join us for Caltech's Earth Week 2018 Events (Schedule at earthday.caltech.edu)

Join the Caltech community for a week of informative and inspiring events in celebration of Earth Day (April 16 - April 20). Click Here for the full schedule of events!

We have a variety of activities planned during the week including speaker seminars (food included) on topics ranging from climate science to urban agriculture, opportunities to engage with local environmental organizations, movie screenings and much more!

Visit www.earthday.caltech.edu for more details.
We hope to see you there! Contact sustainability@caltech.edu with any questions.

03/27/2018

Spring Passport Photo Special

For the month of April
Graphic Resources will be
offering passport photo
services at a special price.

$8.50 for a set of two photos.

Graphic Resources Customer
Service is located in the
basement of the Keith Spalding
Building, Room B128.

Contact us at:
Phone: (626) 395-6701
Email: grorders@caltech.edu

No appointment necessary!

02/14/2018

Electric Vehicle Charging – Input Requested from Caltech Community

Caltech Facilities is conducting a survey regarding commuting behavior and the use of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on campus to help inform Institute planning for future parking and infrastructure needs.  The anonymous survey is quick to complete (5-10 minutes) and your feedback will be an essential component of the planning process.  Responses from all vehicle users, regardless of the type of car you drive, are requested.   Survey respondents will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.

If you have any additional questions or comments regarding electric vehicle charging infrastructure at Caltech, or have difficulty accessing or completing the survey, please contact us at sustainability@caltech.edu.  For more information about commuter services and alternative transportation programs at Caltech, please visit: www.parking.caltech.edu/Transportation


Thank you for your participation.

02/12/2018

Metro 177 new peak only 30-minute frequency from Caltech to JPL

Metro 177 new peak only 30-minute frequency from Caltech to JPL

Metro Line 177 has a new peak only bi-directional route & schedule with 30-minute frequency from Caltech to JPL. Service will operate along Del Mar Blvd. instead of California Blvd. in Pasadena and along Foothill Blvd to and from the 210 fwy.

See Caltech Commuter Services for details and route information click Transit

 

01/22/2018

Parking Lot 12 Partial Closure- 1/26/18 to 2/28/18

Location:         Parking Lot 12 - Near Broad Cafe
Date:             Friday 1/26/18 to Wednesday 2/28/18              
Time:             Starting at 6 a.m. on 1/26/18          
          
Notification:     Partial Closure of Lot 12 near Broad Cafe         
   
Contact:          Teo Sierra (626) 395-6258 or (626) 826-5567

The partial closure is due to the trenching for temp power for the construction trailers for the Chen NRB project.
Lot 12 will only be accessible from Wilson Ave.

(If there is a problem with this Interruption, please notify
The Service Center X-4717 or the above Contact as soon as possible.
If no response is received we will proceed with the interruption.)

11/17/2017

Groundbreaking of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building on Dec. 5

All members of the Caltech community are invited to celebrate the groundbreaking of Caltech's future home for innovative brain science, the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the north side of the Broad Center for Biological Sciences.

Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony.

We hope you will join us to mark this exciting occasion.

Contact: Mary Sikora mksikora@caltech.edu at 626-395-4949

11/11/2017

Annual Asbestos Notification

TO:                 Caltech Community

FROM:           Environment, Health, and Safety Office

DATE:            November 7, 2017

SUBJECT:   Annual Asbestos Notification

Annual written notice of the presence of asbestos-containing building materials is being provided to all campus Faculty, Staff, and Students as required by California Health and Safety Code Section 25915.2. Copies of this legislation are available in the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Office.

Prior to 1979 asbestos was used extensively in the building industry throughout the United States for thermal insulation, fireproofing, and in structural support materials. At Caltech, asbestos was used to insulate hot water and steam pipes as well as ventilation ducts. It may be found in some attics, mechanical rooms, and in some floor and ceiling tiles.

The mere presence of asbestos in a building does not necessarily mean that a health hazard exists. Asbestos-containing building materials are not a health threat unless asbestos fibers become airborne and are inhaled. 

Exposure to airborne asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are: 1) lung cancer; 2) mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart; and 3) asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs.

In areas where the asbestos is not airborne when bonded or encapsulated, such as floor tiles or painted and properly maintained insulation materials, there is little or no risk to health.

Accordingly, it is important not to disturb asbestos-containing materials. Caltech's policy restricts work on asbestos-containing materials to properly trained and equipped personnel. Moving, drilling, cutting, or otherwise disturbing such materials can pose a health risk and should not be attempted by untrained personnel. Campus Faculty, Staff, and Students should immediately notify EHS if they observe suspected asbestos-containing materials which are not properly maintained.

The Environment, Health, and Safety Office maintains records of asbestos sampling and air monitoring results performed during the course of asbestos abatement work. These records are available for review by appointment by contacting EHS at extension 6727.

10/18/2017

Introducing AWS Batch: A Highly-efficient, Dynamically Scaled Cloud Batch Computing Service from Amazon Web Services

AWS Batch is a fully-managed service that enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run batch computing workloads of any scale on AWS. The service automatically provisions compute resources and optimizes the workload distribution based on the quantity and scale of the workloads. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install or manage batch computing software, allowing you to focus on analyzing results and solving problems. In this talk, Jamie Kinney describes the core concepts behind AWS Batch, details of how the service functions and provides relevant use cases and sample code.  Glenn Bach will also show "BatchBeagle", an open source tool he built that has commands for managing queues, compute environments, and job definitions in AWS Batch.


Wednesday, November 1st in BBB 180

Agenda: 

  • Introduction to AWS key concepts, 30 Mins
  • AWS Batch Overview, use Cases and Sample Code, 50 mins
  • BatchBeagle, 20 mins
  • Questions

About the Speakers:

Jamie Kinney is the Principal Product Manager for AWS Batch and High Performance Computing at Amazon Web Services. He first joined Amazon.com in 1998 and has created a number of programs within AWS that are designed to facilitate scientific exploration on the cloud, including the AWS Public Data Sets, AWS Research Grants, and the global data egress waiver for research.

Glenn Bach is the Senior Director, Academic Computing Services, and manages two teams at Caltech. The first team is a development group that writes web software in support of instruction and research. The focus is on agile, iterative software development, and advanced automated tools to manage the deploy and support of software, both locally and in the cloud. The second team runs High Performance Computing resources and standard UNIX based services.  Glenn is also a software engineer himself, with over 20 years experience.

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