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Caltech Project for Effective Teaching

Upcoming Events

From Graduate School at Caltech to Juggling Research and Teaching at UCLA

CPET Seminar with Professor Neil Garg

11:00 AM Monday, November 30th 

Noyes 147

In this presentation, Professor Garg will discuss the transition from being a Caltech Graduate Student (PhD, 2005, Stoltz Group) to launching his independent career at UCLA.  His seminar will pay special attention to striking a balance between research and teaching under the fierce pressures of the tenure system.  He will also describe simple exercises that have made his organic chemistry course one of the most popular classes on the UCLA campus.

Professor Garg was recently recognized as the 2015 California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has also received the UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize (2015), the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching (2014), the Professor of the Year Award (2013), and the UCLA Hanson–Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011). He incorporates many innovative teaching techniques into his class, including interactive online tutorials and extra credit video assignments. He strives to make the sometimes abstract concepts of organic chemistry relevant to the lives of his students. 

Other Events of Interest

Admissions Criteria and Diversity in STEM Graduate Programs

Professor Casey Miller, Experimental Physicist, Rochester Institute of Technology

Tuesday, November 17th, 1 PM

Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill Astrophysics Center

The National Academies have suggested that increasing diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math will be critical to the future competitiveness of the US in these areas, and both the National Science Foundation and the American Physical Society are taking this seriously. In this talk, I will discuss several opportunities that may help move toward meeting this goal, and, importantly, the potential benefits to programs and individual investigators willing to take on these challenges.

Community Science Event - Next Generation Science at Caltech

Monday, November 30th, 4-8 PM, Baxter Lecture Hall

Are you teaching science, and looking for the latest content, pedagogy, and technology?

Our next Community Science Event for K-12 teachers will be held on Monday, November 30 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Baxter Lecture Hall at Caltech. It is free to attend (with food included!) and teachers from all grade levels and school districts are welcome.

Prof. Victoria Orphan will give a seminar on her research titled "Microbial diners, drive-ins, and dives: deep-sea edition." Graduate students and undergraduates from Caltech, Pasadena City College, and associated institutions will follow up by showcasing lab demonstrations and activities spanning all levels – then be available to answer questions, as teachers plan lessons that incorporate the latest science content.

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CPET Committee Meetings

Interested in getting involved with CPET?  The CPET planning committee helps plan CPET events, and generates new and exciting programing in collaboration with the CPET co-directors.  All students and post-doctoral fellows are welcome to participate in the committee planning.
We meet periodically and new people are always welcome! Lunch is provided.
If you'd like to hear announcements about the CPET committee meetings, please sign up for the CPET committee mailing list.