2022 | Fall Term | Monday, Nov 14 - Friday, Nov 18
Celebrating international education and exchange, International Education Week (IEW) is an initiative of the U.S. Dept of State and the U.S. Dept of Education.
Galapagos – Islands of Wonder and Beauty
Monday, Nov 14 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM | Hameetman Multipurpose Room | Breakfast Provided
The Galapagos Islands are an extraordinary, natural, geophysical laboratory for studying the timeline of evolution that led Charles Darwin to new understandings of life on Earth. Professor Rob Phillips led undergraduate students on field research to explore the archipelago under the mentorship of an Ecuadorian naturalist. Presented by Dr. Rob Phillips, the Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics, Biology, and Physics.
Snowballs in the Desert: Studying Climate Transitions in Namibia
Tuesday, Nov 15 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Hameetman Multipurpose Room | Lunch Provided
Come for majestic shots of sand dunes and the Kalahari mountain zebra, and gain an appreciation of how geologists piece together the record of Earth's climate and sea level through deep time. Presented by graduate student, Dustin Morris, who conducted three field research trips to Namibia's Naukluft Mountains.
Mentoring STEM Pathways in Puerto Rico
Wednesday, Nov 16 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Hameetman Multipurpose Room | Lunch Provided
Solving the world's most pressing problems requires inclusive representation from all cultures in STEM education and careers. A new generation of Puerto Rican students seek pathways to STEM fields to address the aftermath of hurricanes and earthquakes that have devastated their Caribbean island. With financial support from a Caltech Y ACT Award, graduate student José A. Lasalde-Ramírez traveled to San Juan to mentor four first-year University of Puerto Rico students as they attended their first conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and shares their experiences in this presentation. Sponsored by ISP, Caltech Y, CCID, and Student-Faculty Programs.
SURFing in Iceland
Thursday, Nov 17 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Hameetman Multipurpose Room | Lunch Provided
Undergraduate student, Yi Lin, shares her experiences and perspectives on research and culture from her 2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the University of Iceland, and 11–week adventure in one of the most seismically active countries in the world. While helping to develop a near fault ground model to reduce earthquake damage, Yi became part of her own research as she was woken up by earthquakes that led up to an epic volcanic eruption. From getting lost on idyllic hikes to navigating the Reykjavik social scene, Yi shares her personal experience of being alone for the first time in a new country and how the culture and landscape of Iceland renewed her perspective on what it means to have a happy, fulfilling life.
Women, Life, Freedom: Students on the Frontline of Iran's Uprisings
Friday, Nov 18 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Hameetman Multipurpose Room | Lunch Provided
People of Iran, and supporters around the world, unite under the slogan "Women, Life, Freedom" for equal rights, bodily sovereignty, and an end to state oppression. Sparked by the death of Mahsa Jina Amini who died in state police custody in September 2022, growing national and international protests demand regime change in Iran. The mass movement has been met with repression by the Iranian government in the form of violence, gaslighting, and internet blackouts. In this talk, Caltech Iranian students share how it feels to watch and protest from afar, with a mixture of sadness, hope, fear, and guilt. They provide their perspectives on current events, the historical context, the role and impact of students in this ongoing movement, and what you can do to help. Presented by Caltech graduate students, Arian Jadbabaie, Shirin Shivaei, Termeh Bashiri, and Yasamin Jalalian. Use this LINK to access resources, advocacy, and options to support the ongoing movement change in Iran.
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