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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.



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.


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.


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.


Copies of Totem Available

Totem, Caltech's literary and visual arts magazine, is now being distributed. All undergrads will receive a copy in their mailboxes in the fall, but anyone else interested in receiving a copy should fill out this form. (Campus mailing addresses are preferred.)

Totem is an annual publication featuring the poetry, photography, short stories, drawings, and other artwork submitted by Caltech community members. The magazine is distributed at no charge to the entire campus and is published in calendar format in an effort to fuse function and aesthetics. Previous editions of Totem can be viewed here. For more information, email


Caltech Student Investment Fund

The Caltech Student Investment Fund (SIF) annually awards money to Caltech clubs for equipment purchases and certain club activities. Requests for funding must coincide with the spirit of SIF disbursement philosophies as described on the first page of the funding application. The deadline for applications has been extended by a week to make up for the potential delays in transitioning club leadership roles.

Please submit your application electronically or by mail to Connor Coley at or MSC 210 by Friday, June 1, at 11:59 p.m. Also, there may be special cases where your organization, by merit of its services to the community, will be considered for disbursement regardless of the qualifications of its request. Please e-mail Connor Coley if you feel your organization deserves special attention or if you have any other questions about SIF's annual disbursements.


2012 GPS Calendar

The second annual Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS) wall calendar is now available for purchase while supplies last!  This 12x12" glossy 2012 calendar features gorgeous photography by Division members that can be viewed here. The calendar page layout includes standard holidays as well as significant dates in geoscience history.

Calendars are $10 each, with a 10% discount for orders of 50 or more, and they make excellent holiday presents! To buy a calendar, please bring cash or check payment to 307A North Mudd between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proceeds will fund a student field trip. (The inaugural trip was to Mt. St. Helens this past summer.) Please email with any questions.

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