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IMSS Help Desk is Moving!

Effective Monday, February 25th, the Help Desk and Hardware Repairs will be located in Central Engineering Services (building 85). The Help Desk will be located in Room 204 and Hardware Repairs will be in Room 109. Also note that our new mail code is 200-85. The move is scheduled to take place Friday, Februrary 22nd and the Help Desk will be closed for walk-ins 12PM-5PM that day. If you need assistance during this time, please contact us at x3500 or Regular services will resume on Monday, February 25th at 8AM. For more information visit


Serious Java 1.7.x Vulnerability

A serious vulnerability has been found in Java 1.7, which allows execution of arbitrary code on the victim's computer. All that is necessary for exploitation to occur is to inadvertently visit a malicious website using a browser with Java 1.7.x enabled.

Oracle has released a new update to address this security issue, Java 1.7 Update 11. While we urge you to apply this update immediately, we also recommend leaving Java disabled unless you are intentionally using a site where it is required. Instructions for disabling Java can be found here or here.

Note that IMSS Managed Computing workstations are not running Java 1.7 and are not affected by this vulnerability, however we continue to recommend leaving Java disabled unless it is required.


LabArchives Site License

Caltech has established a site license for LabArchives under which all students and faculty will now have unlimited use of this platform. LabArchives is an electronic lab notebook that allows you to organize all of your laboratory data (text, spreadsheets, PDFs, Prism projects, and more). Data can then easily be located by keyword, user, or date. In addition, sharing data with specific individuals or groups is also possible. LabArchives Caltech Edition is virtually identical to the Professional Edition, with two exceptions: 1) The ability to publicly share data has been removed, you can still share data with specific individuals or groups but cannot assign a public URL; and 2) The ability to email to your Inbox has been disabled. These two exceptions are necessary to comply with Caltech legal and security policies.

How do I sign up?

Visit LabArchives and use your email address to register.

Coming this spring: LabArchives will soon be accessible using your access.caltech credentials.

Want to learn more?

Check out the Features & Benefits of LabArchives


Caltech Reading Women

Noon to 1 in the Sherman Fairchild Library Room 328

For More Information Contact Michelle Case *8383

Jan 17, 2013    The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough

Feb 21 2013     The Calligrapher's Daughter, by E. Kim

Mar 21, 2013   Reckless, by Cornelia Funke

April 18, 2013 Complete Stories, by Dorothy Parker

May 20, 2013  Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

June 20, 2013  Morgan's Run, by Colleen McCullough

July 18, 2013   Dear Life, by Alice Munro


Kick-Off of the Hameetman Center Renovation on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

All members of the Caltech community are cordially invited to a short program celebrating the Kick-Off of the Hameetman Center Renovation on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

The program will begin at 4 p.m. on the south side of Winnett Student Center (the future Hameetman Center) along the Olive Walk and include remarks from Caltech President Jean-Lou Chameau and Vice President for Student Affairs Anneila Sargent.  After the program, there will be light refreshments for all guests.

The Hameetman Center will create a shared gathering space where students and all members of the Caltech community can interact across residential and academic barriers, and build lasting friendships that enhance the Caltech experience and culture.  Among many upgrades being considered are the creation of an open, versatile lounge and common area on the ground floor; a new music rehearsal room and dance studio; an interior stair and elevator core to unify all three floors; and an enlarged outdoor patio with barbecues, heating lamps, and electrical outlets.

We hope you will join us to celebrate the establishment of this exciting new Center and Fred & Joyce Hameetman's commitment to sustaining a strong and connected campus community.


Moon Festival Celebration

To celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival – one of the most important traditional festivals in Chinese culture, Caltech C will be hosting its annual Moon Festival Celebration in Ramo Auditorium on Saturday October 20th from 5:30-9pm. There will be an authentic Chinese buffet ($5.00 with CaltechID, $10.00 without Caltech ID) at Ramo Terrace at 5:30pm. Moon Festival Celebration performances will begin at 7pm in Ramo Auditorium (free admission!) Please come meet our musicians, dancers, actors and actresses and celebrate this traditional Chinese festival with us!


Celebrate the Opening of the Earle M. Jorgensen Laboratory

Caltech has renovated the Earle M. Jorgensen Laboratory in the heart of campus into a cutting-edge facility for energy science. It will bring together two clean-energy powerhouses: the Resnick Sustainability Institute and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP). Caltech president Jean-Lou Chameau welcomes the public and the campus community to get an inside view of the building and of the research happening there at the dedication on Friday, October 19, at 4 p.m. A reception, tours, and opportunities to talk with researchers will follow the dedication.


Art Center PAGES Exhibit to Include Caltech Treasures

The Caltech Archives and the Einstein Papers Project are contributors to the upcoming show at the Art Center, opening on Friday, October 12. 

Coinciding with Pasadena’s Art Night, the Art Center College of Design will open its new exhibit titled PAGES.  The exhibit explores the role of the page in its many manifestations in forming and preserving collective memory.  Entry to the exhibit is free to the public beginning at 6 PM.

Three artifacts will be on loan to the exhibit from the Caltech Archives:  two rare books and one sheet of mathematical calculations on a placemat.   The books are a volume from the historic atlas of cities of the world, Civitates orbis terrarum, printed in Cologne around 1600, and an account of the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755, printed in Germany in the following year.  The page of calculations is by Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize winner in Physics (1965), late Caltech faculty member, and sometime diner at Giannoni’s bar in Altadena.

The exhibit will also display art that incorporates material from the papers of Albert Einstein, courtesy of the Albert Einstein Archives in Jerusalem and the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech. They will include manuscripts showing Einstein’s lecture notes, his incipient and final formulations of the theory of general relativity from 1912 to 1916, and also his high school certificate.

PAGES is curated by Stephen Nowlin and John David O’Brien and will be mounted in the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at the Art Center Hillside Campus, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena.

A flyer with details on the exhibit’s location, hours, and contributors is accessible online:


Promotional Fairs for Graphic Resources, Mail Services, Rideshare and Commuter Services, on October 5"

There will be plenty of fun and games for all at the annual Promotional Fairs for Rideshare, Graphic Resources, and Mail Services on Friday, October 5, at 11 a.m to 1:00 p.m. on San Pasqual Walk. Attendees at this Game Show themed event will have a chance to enter a raffle with prizes including a one-year paid carpool parking permit (a $360 value). To enter, you must personally drop off raffle tickets and pledge cards at the raffle/pledge tables. The fair will be a festive event as contestants try their luck playing various games while learning of the many resources and benefits provided by Graphic Resources, Mail Services, Rideshare/Commuter Services, and Sustainability. Contestants will also be treated to ice cream treats from the old fashioned ice cream truck on site.

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