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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.


This Month's Special at Graphic Resources: Passport Photos

During the month of September, passport photos are $7.50 (reg. $9.95) for the first set (two photos), and $5 for each additional set. Passport applications are available as well. Photos are taken at the Graphic Resources office in Spalding Administration Building, room 20. Appointments are not required.


Nominations for the Richard P. Feynman Prize

The Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching is awarded annually "to a professor who demonstrates, in the broadest sense, unusual ability, creativity, and innovation in undergraduate and graduate classroom or laboratory teaching." Nominations for the 2012–13 Feynman Prize are due by January 2, 2013. All professorial faculty are eligible, and nominations may be made by any member of the Caltech community, including faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, alumni, and staff. For details, go to the provost's website.


September Vanpool Promotions don't miss out

Check out the great vanpool Promotions going on for the month September 2012 that is being offered by vRide/VPSI. Might be a great time to start that vanpool you always wanted:

VRide Tell a Friend Credit Promotion $400.00 cash or credit

When someones referral leads to a new vRide vanpool group, the person will receive $400 in cash or credit to their vRide account.

VRide Partner Promotion 50% off

Groups that start new vanpool groups in September will receive 50% off their first months fare.

vRide Quick Start Promotion $100/empty seat

Any potential groups that do not have sufficient riders to start will receive three fixed payments at $100 per empty seat for three consecutive months. The following minimum paying riders would be required by vehicle type; 7 passenger needs to have 3 paying riders and 12 passenger needs to have 8 paying riders.

Welcome Back to vRide Promotion 50% off

Any vRide vanpool group that terminated during 2011 or 2012 and returns in September would receive 50% off their first monthメs fare.

Contact Kristina Valenzuela Caltech Employee Transportation Coordinator if you are interested,


Dialup Services Retiring on 9/5/12

Effective September 5, 2012, Caltech dialup modem services, both local and 800 services, will be retired. This change will save Caltech time and money by allowing us to concentrate our efforts in maintaining only the most current networking services to the campus.

If you still use Caltech dialup for connecting to the Caltech network, please instead use an alternate method of accessing the internet (home dialup, DSL, or cable modem) with Caltech VPN in order to connect to the Caltech network. Information about Caltech VPN can be found at

If you have any questions about this, please contact the IMSS Help Desk at or 626-395-3500.


Carmageddon II coming Soon

The second 10-mile closure of the I-405, popularly known as "Carmagedden" is scheduled for Sept. 29-30, when contractors will demolish the remaining side of the Mulholland Bridge. To avoid potential gridlock in the greater Los Angeles region, motorists are urged to plan ahead, avoid the area, use Metrolink or Metro Rail, or eat,shop, or play locally. On Friday, Sept. 28, ramps between the I-10 and US 101 will begin to shut down as early as 7 p.m. Closure of individual freeway lanes will begin to 10 p.m. The closure is scheduled to continue until 5 a.m. Monday morning Oct. 1 (which also just happens to be the first day of California Rideshare Week). According to Metro, the potential for gridlock during the Carmageddon is greater than in 2011 because 1) last year's campaign to stay off the freeways was such a success that motorist may not take the closures seriously, and 2) the contractor has more demolition work to perform within the same 53 hour period, so an early reopening (as happened previously) is not likely. "Last year, we proved that Angelenos far and wide could rise to the occasion to turn Carmageddon into 'Carmaheaven' free of apocalyptic traffic congestion," said LA City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "We are again calling on the public to do its civic duty. Do not beome complacent." The I-405 is the nation's busiest freeway. Half a million motorists drive this portion of the freeway over a typical weekend. For the latest updates, go to


access.caltech Improvements coming July 27

On July 27th, access.caltech will be updated with several improvements. The list of services will be better organized so you can more quickly and easily find what you need. Clearer descriptions and additional helpful information are also being added for all services. You can view these changes on July 27th by logging in at

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