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04/08/2014

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
sustainability@caltech.edu
www.sustainability.caltech.edu

04/03/2014

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
sustainability@caltech.edu
www.sustainability.caltech.edu

03/07/2014

Science of Benefits - The New Realities of Life Transitions & Well-Being

Thursday, March 13, 2014
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
RAMO Auditorium
The New Realities of Life Transitions & Well-Being

A Special Presentation by Joe Coughlin, Director of MIT's AgeLab

Your Retirement Paradigm is About to Shift

As part of the Science of Benefits series, Joe Coughlin, Director of MIT's AgeLab, is coming to Caltech for a special speaker event: The New Realities of Life Transitions & Well-Being.

Named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the "12 pioneers inventing the future of retirement," Coughlin will share his insights about the future and aging. He'll explain how evolving social norms are changing the way we engage with our finances — and what to do about it to ensure optimal well-being across our lifespan.

Come hear this distinguished and engaging speaker, and learn how we will all live, work and play tomorrow.

No RSVP is needed. For details, visit www.tiaa-cref.org/caltech

 

 

02/24/2014

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross Blood Drive will  be held Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4 from 12:00pm to 6:00 p.m. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be parked by Winnett Quad.

Benefits of Donating:

  • It feels great to donate!
  • It's something you can spare – most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
  • You will be someone's hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.

Please go to redcrossblood.org or call1-800-RED CROSS for more information.

 

02/21/2014

Red Cross Blood Drive – March 3rd and 4th

Red Cross Blood Drive – March 3rd and 4th

The Red Cross Blood Drive will  be held Monday, March 3 from 12:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Tuesday, March 4 from noon to 6:00pm. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be parked by Winnett Quad.

Benefits of Donating:

  • It feels great to donate!
  • It's something you can spare – most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
  • You will be someone's hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.

Please go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information.

02/21/2014

Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations 

Tools for Talking When Stakes are High 

If you feel stuck—in a relationship, in your career, at home, wherever—chances are a crucial conversation is   keeping you there. This training based on the New York Times bestseller introduces you to the skills you need to handle crucial conversations—conversations that occur when the stakes are high, emotions run strong, and opinions vary. 

With Crucial Conversations skills, you'll be able to…

· Prepare for high-stakes situations with a proven technique

· Transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue

· Make it safe to talk about almost  anything

· Be persuasive, not abrasive

· Improve nearly every professional and personal relationships

 

Dates:

March 20, 2014 and March 27, 2014

Time:

9am—4pm

Location:

Winnett Lounge

Fee:

$250

 

To register for the class and get more information about course content, fees, and   cancellation policy, please visit our online course catalog at http://www.hr.caltech.edu/services/professional_development  or call x3204

 

02/21/2014

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross Blood Drive will also be held Monday, March 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday, March 4 from noon to 6:00pm. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be parked by Winnett Quad.

Benefits of Donating:

  • It feels great to donate!
  • It's something you can spare – most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
  • You will be someone's hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.

Please go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information.

 

02/13/2014

HR Announces Series of Benefits Workshops

The Science of Benefits Workshop Series brings experts to campus for focused presentations. Be sure to attend this season's workshops and look for free give-aways at every event!

All events are also offered at JPL; see the series flyer (PDF) for details.

02/05/2014

Off the Clock: Art on Your Own Time

This year marks the ninth annual exhibition featuring artwork created by our talented co-workers. Their best offerings will be on display including photography, paintings, ceramics and pottery, knitting and needlework, quilts, and much more.

The exhibit will be held February 4, 5, and 6 in Dabney Lounge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The awards will be announced at a reception held on Thursday, February 6 at 3 p.m.

In conjunction with the art exhibit, on Friday, February 7 at noon there will be a musical  performance by Dr. Julia Greer, Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics; Monica Kohler, Senior Research Fellow in Mechanical and Civil Engineering; Lecturer in Mechanical and Civil Engineering; Victor Tsai, Assistant Professor of Geophysics; Megan Newcombe, Grad Student in Geological and Planetary Sciences.

Please visit the exhibit throughout the week and bring your family and co-workers to enjoy the reception and musical performance. There is no charge for any of the events and you are encouraged to come and enjoy the art as many times as you like!

12/09/2013

Flu Vaccine

 

There are no more flu vaccines available at the Health Center at this time.

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