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This Week @ CCD!
Upcoming Events
Community Events


Monday, October 24:

CANCELLED - Seminar: Anousheh Ansari
Tuesday, October 25:
Safe Zone Training – Staff & Faculty
12-1pm, Avery Conference Room

WMW Orientation
5:30-7pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area

Wednesday, October 26:
Safe Zone Training – Staff & Faculty
12-1pm, Avery Conference Room

Thursday, October 27:
Grad/Postdoc Chat
12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257

Married Partner Graduate/Postdoc Women
12-1pm, CCD Women’s Lounge
Friday, October 28:
Have a safe - pre halloween weekend!

This Week @ CCD!

Tue., Oct. 25 & 26, Safe Zone Training - Faculty, 12-1PM, Avery Conference Room
The Safe Zone Ally Program is a network of Caltech students, faculty, and staff who are visibly supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, pansexual, asexual, intersex students and all individuals regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Safe Zone exists to provide LGBTQ students a simple way to identify administrators, faculty, staff, and students who are allies and have been trained to approach concerns in a confidential, non-judgmental, and affirmative manner. Lunch will be provided.

Tue., Oct. 25, WMW Orientation, 5:30-7PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
ALL APPLICANTS of Women Mentoring Women, please come join us for dinner and orientation This is the only "required" event of the year so if you're unable to make it email You will receive an email reminder about this event with more information.

We are still taking MENTORS for WMW please sign up to help mentor undergrads and grads
Thu., Oct. 27, Grad/Postdoc Chat, 12-1PM, CCD Conference Room
This is a discussion facilitated by Dr. Maggie Ateia and open to URM identified graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This closed and confidential session provides a safe space to address issues of inclusion and equity.  Lunch provided.
Thu., Oct. 27, Married Partner Graduate/Postdoc Women’s Group, 12-1PM, CCD Room 265A
A space to join in a facilitated conversation about balancing life as a student/postdoc and a partner.  Be ready to discuss whatever is on your minds.  Moderated by Charisma Bartlett.  Lunch provided.  Contact Erin-Kate Escobar for more information.


 Coming Soon @ CCD!

Wednesday, November 2:

  • Dia De los Muertos - Lunch Time Creation of Altar 12-1PM Red Door
Thursday, November 3:
  • BISCIT/NSBE 12-1PM CCD Conference Room
  • Grad/Postdoc Women's Lunch 12-1PM CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
Friday, November 4:
  • PRISM Grads/Postdocs 12-1PM LGBTQ Lounge


Community Announcements

JPL Reserach Poster Conference
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
10 A.M. - 4P.M. - Posters Up
11 A.M. - 2P.M. Speakers at Posters
JPL Mall Area, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena

See Flyer below for more details:
This is an excellent opportunity to see first-hand the latest results from the programs, and to learn more about the investment opportunities available at JPL
Registration is required


Caltech Space Challenge 2017—Caltech will host the Space Challenge—a five-day international student space mission design competition—from March 26-31, 2017. For the competition, 32 students from a range of backgrounds are invited to Caltech, formed into two teams, and given a mission design problem. The teams attend lectures related to mission planning, are given the necessary development tools, and are challenged to produce a viable mission design. Undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality are eligible to apply. The application window opens September 1 and continues through December 16.

D. E. Shaw Research
Science and Engineering Summit for Undergraduates
Friday, November 4, 2016

D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) seeks exceptional undergraduates pursuing degrees in the computational sciences to join us at our annual Science and Engineering Summit for Undergraduates.  This event will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016, and will bring students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering to our offices in New York for a day of presentations, discussions, networking, and plenty of food and drink!  This is an opportunity to learn about the internship and career opportunities available at D. E. Shaw Research, explore our scientific computing and research projects in detail, and connect with other students from across the country who share your interest in science and technology.
Enjoy the vantage point from our Times Square office and an evening in New York City on us!  We will cover the cost of travel to and from New York as well as hotel accommodations for two nights for all selected attendees.
If you are studying computer science, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, applied math, materials science, or another scientific field with a focus on computational methods, and are interested in attending this event, please email your resume to with the subject line “DESRES Summit” by Monday, September 26, 2016.  We can only invite a limited number of attendees to the summit, but we welcome submissions from students of all experience levels.
D. E. Shaw Research is a New York–based independent research laboratory that conducts basic scientific research in the field of computational biochemistry under the direct scientific leadership of Dr. David Shaw. Our group is currently focusing primarily on long molecular dynamics simulations involving proteins and other biological macromolecules of potential interest from both a scientific and a pharmaceutical perspective. An integral part of our effort consists of designing and developing custom hardware and software to carry out this research. We are also pursuing drug discovery programs, leveraging the insights enabled by our novel technologies, with an initial focus on drug targets that have proved resistant to traditional drug discovery methods. For more information about the group, please visit



Dear Colleagues:

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. Recognizing the value of individuals from different backgrounds to move science forward, HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program will recruit and retain early career scientists who are from groups underrepresented in the life sciences and who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will inspire the next generation of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition.

We appreciate your help in distributing this announcement and encouraging eligible individuals from your institution, and beyond, to apply. Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site Applications are due February 15, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

With best regards,
Erin K. O’Shea, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Program Overview
Fellows will receive funding ($80,000) for up to four years of their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding ($270,000) for up to four years during their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.

The program is open to individuals who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Applicants must have a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent) by the start of the grant term and can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.
The program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in all biomedical and life science disciplines.

Selection of Fellows
The review process will assess the applicant’s potential for a career as an independent academic researcher and the quality of the training environment with the selected mentor. The selection of finalists will be made by the end of September 2017. Awards may begin as early as November 15, 2017, but no later than January 15, 2018.

Additional information including a full Program Announcement is available at For questions, contact program staff at
MailCode: 255-86
1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena CA 91125
Tel: 626-395-6207

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