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California's Drought: why, when and how long?

Caltech Earth Week Speaker Series: California's Drought - why, when and how long?

After three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall, California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades. Dr. William (Bill) Patzert, a JPL scientist and often called the "Prophet of California climate", will discuss just what's behind our current drought -- the why, when and how long.

The current reality: Governor Jerry Brown has called for Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent. Mandatory rationing could be ordered soon so that homes, businesses and farms don't run dry over the summer. Wildfire danger is unusually high. How did we get into this drought? In part, blame it on the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or "PDO", a slowly oscillating pattern of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. At the moment, the PDO is in its negative phase—a condition historically linked to extreme high-pressure ridges that block West Coast storms and give the Midwest and East Coast punishing winters. "California's history is written in great droughts," Patzert says. To find out how long this drought will last, attend his talk!

All members of the community are welcome to attend. Lunch provided.

When: Monday, April 22, 2014 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: Noyes 153

For more information on the event, click here.

Sponsored by Sustainability Programs


Caltech Earth Week Speaker Series: The Epicenter of California's Water Challenge

Join us for a riveting discussion on the complexity of the proposed changes to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the hub of California's water system. The Delta presents what is arguably California's most important test of successfully managing change in order to address the needs of the environment, economy and local communities simultaneously.

Curt Schmutte, civil engineer, consultant to the Metropolitan Water District and senior authority on California's water supply, will take us through the region's unique ecosystem and diverse recreational and agricultural economy. The challenges of the region range from declining health of fish species, island subsidence, potential levee failure, predicted sea level rise, water quality degradation and urbanization.

All members of the community are welcome to attend.

When: Monday, April 21, 2014 4:30pm-6:00pm

Where: Ramo Auditorium

For more information on the event, click here.

Sponsored by Sustainability Programs


Navigating Motherhood and Your Career

Each woman navigating the challenges and opportunities of motherhood and a career has a story!

We invite you to attend this panel discussion in Avery Library to learn about the creative solutions adopted by a handful of career women traversing the different stages of motherhood. A Q&A session will follow the panel.

Registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, January 24th. The registration form can be found at

Details about childcare for this program are also on the RSVP form.

This event is presented by the Caltech Womens Club.

For more information, please contact Trity Pourbahrami.



Los Angeles Early Aviation Lecture

The Caltech Archives in cooperation with GALCIT has loaned a model of the Dill Pickle experimental airplane for an aviation exhibit titled Kites, Wings & Other Flying Things at the Pasadena Museum of History.  On Tuesday, January 28, at 6:30 PM, the Museum will sponsor a lecture by two aviation historians.  Fred Culick, co-author of On Great White Wings: The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight, will speak about the development of manned flight, both abroad and in the United States.  Kenneth Pauley, author of Images of Aviation: The 1910 LA International Aviation Meet, will follow with a discussion on the Air Meet at Dominguez Hills and its impact on aviation in Southern California.  Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA.  626-577-1660. Tickets: Members $10; Non-Members $15. 


National Instruments LabVIEW site license

National Instruments LabVIEW software is now available for purchase and download from An annual fee of $100 per license will allow use of the most current LabVIEW Professional Development System suite of software, which normally retails for $5,299 ($1,325 for academic pricing.) The license includes LabVIEW Professional, all modules and toolkits, and the circuits option. For questions, contact us at, request type IMSS > Software Licensing & Distribution > Purchase Request Inquiry.


Nominate your favorite professor for the Feynman Teaching Prize!

Here's your chance to nominate your favorite professor for the 2014-15 Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching! You have from now until January 5, 2015 to submit your nomination package to the Provost's Office to honor a professor who demonstrates, in the broadest sense, unusual ability, creativity, and innovation in undergraduate and graduate classroom or laboratory teaching.

The Feynman Prize is made possible through the generosity of Ione and Robert E. Paradise, with additional contributions from an anonymous local couple. Nominations for the Feynman Teaching Prize are welcome from faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and alumni. 

All professorial faculty of the Institute are eligible. The prize consists of a cash award of $3,500, matched by an equivalent raise in the annual salary of the awardee. A letter of nomination and detailed supporting material, including, but not limited to, a curriculum vitae, course syllabus or description, and supporting recommendation letters should be emailed to  by January 5, 2015.

Additional information including guidelines for the prize and FAQ may be found at Further information can also be obtained from Karen Kerbs (626-395-6039; in the Provost's Office.


Faster Campus Wireless Network

As part of the ongoing campus network refresh project, IMSS has increased campus wireless network speed limits. Caltech BeaverNet and the Registered network are now almost twice as fast as previous speeds. The Caltech Guest network rate has also been greatly increased. See more info about the wireless network at For questions or comments, contact us at (request type IMSS-->Network, Wireless & Remote Access-->Other).


Time Keeping (Kronos) Limited - More Compatible & Secure

Due to serious security and compatibility issues with Java, IMSS recommends using Time Keeping (Kronos) Limited instead of regular Time Keeping (Kronos).

Time Keeping Limited, the lighter version of Time Keeping, does not require Java and is compatible with all common operating systems and browsers. Time Keeping Limited can also accomplish the same common tasks and functions as regular Time Keeping for employees and managers. For more information on using Time Keeping Limited, please visit

Please note that this does not affect "swipers" (individuals who report their time by "swiping" their card at time clocks).

As a reminder, IMSS strongly recommends using Java only when absolutely necessary and frequently keeping up on security updates. Note that IMSS regularly maintains Java on all Managed Computing PCs.

For questions or concerns, please contact us at using request type IMSS > Applications-Self Service > Time Keeping (Kronos) > Other.


Free Public Discussion with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Join us for an inspiring look into the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Doulaye Kone, Senior Program Officer for Sanitation Technologies and Tools, will discuss the Foundation's focus area and types of projects, with details on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs he oversees. This discussion will address the interconnection between public health and environmental quality challenges the developing world faces as a direct result of poor sanitation facilities. Question and answer session following the presentation.

Monday, April 22nd, 5:30pm-8:00pm (parking free after 5pm)
Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill Center
Keynote Speaker: Doulaye Kone, Senior Program Officer for Sanitation Technologies and Tools at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Refreshments, 5:30pm
Keynote Speaker, 6:10pm
Discussion, Q & A, 7:10 pm

Click here for the event flyer.

RSVP to or for planning purposes.


The Inside Story of Climate Science: Thin Ice - Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Join us on 4/24/13 for a film screening of Thin Ice, a film that explores the mulitdisciplinary fields of climate change study through the eyes of the scientists seeking to better understand our planet's changing climate. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Erik Conway, author of Merchants of Doubt
  • Jess Adkins, Caltech Professor in Paleoclimate & Oceanography
  • Annmarie Eldering, JPL scientist, Deputy Project Scientist for Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)
  • Eric Rignot, JPL & UCIrvine Professor in Glaciology

The screening and panel discussion will be held at the Cahill Hameetman Auditorium starting at 6:45pm 4/24/13. Free food and drinks!

Click here for the event flyer.

RSVP to or for planning purposes.

Event sponsored by ESE and the Graduate Student Council

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