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Empower STEM Students, Empower Yourself - Workshop and Lunch

Empower STEM Students, Empower Yourself - Workshop and Lunch

Executive director and co-founder of Boundless Brilliance, Audrey Shawley, will talk about using empowerment language to help yourself and others, especially women, girls, and others underrepresented in science and engineering, navigate STEM education and careers. Workshop is targeted at those who identify as women, those interested in outreach, and anyone who wants to help increase diversity in STEM, but all are welcome.

This workshop will:

- Expose Caltech students, especially women in STEM fields, to the Boundless Brillance mission, program, need, and impact
- Facilitate group activities that empower those in attendance around topics such as imposter syndrome
- Demonstrate an "empowering theme" activity that we facilitate in elementary school classrooms
- Invite you to take action - if you are interested in getting involved in this work, what does that look like for Caltech students?

Boundless Brilliance is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit founded by female scientists in 2017. Their mission is to empower students, especially girls, to explore futures in STEM fields. They work with elementary and college aged students, facilitating empowerment activities and interactive STEM experiments. Audrey Shawley, Executive Director and co-founder, will be coming to Caltech to discuss the unique Boundless Brilliance program and impact, lead empowerment activities, and extend an opportunity for you to engage with this service work in your community.

Lunch will be provided. Limit 25 attendees. RSVP to


CPET Annual Seminar by 2018 Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching Winner Harry Gray

CPET Annual Seminar by 2018 Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching Winner Harry Gray
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Beckman Institute Auditorium

The Joy of Teaching and Research

Professor of Chemistry Harry Gray is the 2018 recipient of the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. This prize honors a professor who demonstrates, in the broadest sense, an unusual ability, creativity, and innovation in undergraduate and graduate classroom or laboratory teaching. Nominated by undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, and fellow faculty members, Professor Gray is known for his enthusiasm, dedication to student success, and thoughtful instruction. In his lecture, he will share his insights from his career of teaching at Caltech.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP HERE.


Rick Steves Live

Public television host and author Rick Steves will discuss some of his recent travels to Europe, Guatemala, and Ethiopia.

The event will be Sunday, February 17, 4 p.m., at Beckman Auditorium.


Totem Submissions Open Now through March 31

Totem, Caltech's literary and visual arts magazine, is now accepting submissions for the 2019 issue. Email your submission to by March 31st. 

Anyone affiliated with Caltech can submit poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, or art for consideration in the 2019 issue of Totem by emailing before 11:59 pm on March 31. Submissions to the Art of Science contest will also be considered for publication in the 2019 issue of Totem magazine.

Please see for more information! 

Please direct all questions and comments to


Caltech Women's Network Meetup

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

383 Hill Annex

4:00pm - 6pm


All Caltech staff are invited to come to the FIRST opportunity to grow your network and advance your career. Meet new people and learn about career opportunites within Caltech from your fellow staff. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Shaina Villalobos at or go to to RSVP


Caltech Women's Network Meetup

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

383 Hill Annex

4:30pm - 6pm


All Caltech staff are invited to come to the FIRST opportunity to grow your network and advance your career. Meet new people and learn about career opportunites within Caltech from your fellow staff. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Shaina Villalobos at to RSVP.


Veritas Forum 2018 - What does Human Progress mean?

On April 12, the Veritas Forum at Caltech will discuss "What does human progress mean?". Featuring Dr. Alana Ackerson, a finance leader and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, and Dr. Christopher Hitchcock, Professor of Philosophy from Caltech, we will explore this enduring question through the lens of technology, science, and philosophy. Human progress is often driven by innovations in science and technology, more pronounced than ever in our current digital era. These advances rapidly transform our society and warrant leaders in all fields, including STEM, industry, and finance, to think critically about how science and technology shape progress and development. The Forum will focus on how the next generation of leaders can think about implementing technology in a way that allows for true human progress.

The Forum will consist of short presentations, a moderated discussion between Dr. Ackerson and Professor Hitchcock, and an open Q&A session with audience members. We value your input for the discussion and invite you to submit your questions prior to the Forum via this link. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the Forum.

Learn more about our event here and stay updated by checking out our Facebook Event!


Summer youth programs at Caltech offer discounts to Caltech and JPL employees.

CTLO is once again hosting a variety of summer programs for youth, serving students from pre-K through high school.

An overview of available programs can be found HERE: (

Project Scientist offers a $100 discount with Code CA 100 and a Caltech/JPL email address.

iD Tech Camp, a weeklong STEM camp for ages 7-17, is offering a $100 discount with code FACSTAFF18 and a Caltech/JPL email address.
Alexa Café, an all girls tech camp for ages 10-15, is offering a $100 discount with the code FACSTAFF18 and a Caltech/JPL email address.

For additional information please contact our office:


Groundbreaking of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building on Dec. 5

All members of the Caltech community are invited to celebrate the groundbreaking of Caltech's future home for innovative brain science, the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the north side of the Broad Center for Biological Sciences.

Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony.

We hope you will join us to mark this exciting occasion.

Contact: Mary Sikora at 626-395-4949


Annual Asbestos Notification

TO:                 Caltech Community

FROM:           Environment, Health, and Safety Office

DATE:            November 7, 2017

SUBJECT:   Annual Asbestos Notification

Annual written notice of the presence of asbestos-containing building materials is being provided to all campus Faculty, Staff, and Students as required by California Health and Safety Code Section 25915.2. Copies of this legislation are available in the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Office.

Prior to 1979 asbestos was used extensively in the building industry throughout the United States for thermal insulation, fireproofing, and in structural support materials. At Caltech, asbestos was used to insulate hot water and steam pipes as well as ventilation ducts. It may be found in some attics, mechanical rooms, and in some floor and ceiling tiles.

The mere presence of asbestos in a building does not necessarily mean that a health hazard exists. Asbestos-containing building materials are not a health threat unless asbestos fibers become airborne and are inhaled. 

Exposure to airborne asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are: 1) lung cancer; 2) mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart; and 3) asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs.

In areas where the asbestos is not airborne when bonded or encapsulated, such as floor tiles or painted and properly maintained insulation materials, there is little or no risk to health.

Accordingly, it is important not to disturb asbestos-containing materials. Caltech's policy restricts work on asbestos-containing materials to properly trained and equipped personnel. Moving, drilling, cutting, or otherwise disturbing such materials can pose a health risk and should not be attempted by untrained personnel. Campus Faculty, Staff, and Students should immediately notify EHS if they observe suspected asbestos-containing materials which are not properly maintained.

The Environment, Health, and Safety Office maintains records of asbestos sampling and air monitoring results performed during the course of asbestos abatement work. These records are available for review by appointment by contacting EHS at extension 6727.

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