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08/07/2013

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 kkerbs@caltech.edu  by January 5, 2015.

Additional information including guidelines for the prize and FAQ may be found at http://provost.caltech.edu/FeynmanTeachingPrize. Further information can also be obtained from Karen Kerbs (626-395-6039; kkerbs@caltech.edu) in the Provost's Office.

06/25/2013

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 http://www.imss.caltech.edu/help/wireless. For questions or comments, contact us at http://help.caltech.edu (request type IMSS-->Network, Wireless & Remote Access-->Other).

05/23/2013

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 http://imss.caltech.edu/help/KronosTraining.

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 http://help.caltech.edu using request type IMSS > Applications-Self Service > Time Keeping (Kronos) > Other.

04/12/2013

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 kvanabel@caltech.edu or sustainability@caltech.edu for planning purposes.

04/12/2013

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 kvanabel@caltech.edu or sustainability@caltech.edu for planning purposes.

Event sponsored by ESE and the Graduate Student Council

04/09/2013

Caltech Help - New Request Tracking System

Effective Monday, April 15th, Caltech Help will be the new system for IMSS, Card Office, and Procurement service requests. Other campus service centers, including Human Resources, will soon join this system. Caltech Help's web interface allows you to conveniently submit and track service requests, as well as view your request history. Caltech Help also features a list of FAQs to help you find answers to common service requests. To start using Caltech Help, go to https://help.caltech.edu and log in with your access.caltech username and password. Alternatively, you can log in to https://access.caltech.edu and select Caltech Help under the Administrative Services heading.

02/12/2013

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 help@caltech.edu. Regular services will resume on Monday, February 25th at 8AM. For more information visit www.imss.caltech.edu.

01/17/2013

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.

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