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Sep 24, 4:30-5:30, JPL Story: Charles Darwin and the Future of JPL

September 2nd, 2014

Larry Dumas, former JPL Deputy Director, will present “Charles Darwin and the Future of JPL”


As JPL looks toward the future, it may be helpful to consider how the Lab has evolved over the past 50 years. What were the environmental forces at work, and what were the attitudes and attributes that helped shape the Lab’s response? Are there lessons here for the future? Come hear Larry’s thoughts on these questions.

JPL Stories is organized by the JPL Library, Archives and Records. For additional questions, please contact the reference desk at or call ext. 4-4200.

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Sept 11-12, 9:00-4:00, Desk Copy Exchange

August 28th, 2014


The next Desk Copy Exchange is scheduled for September 11th and 12th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm  at the Hub on each day.

The JPL Library receives returned “desk copies” and occasional book donations from employees.  After adding the appropriate ones to the library’s collection, there are duplicate copies and slightly out-of-scope books remaining.  The “Desk Copy Exchange” is for all JPLers; come take a look and provide a new home to the books so that they are useful again!

There are books on programming languages, MS Office applications, sciences, engineering,and  business management.   The Exchange will be held on May 13th and 14th, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, or until all these books find new homes, whichever first.

Aug 11-Aug 29, Winning PostDoc Posters on Display

August 11th, 2014

Sixty-nine postdocs presented their research over the past year to the JPL community at a recent​ poster session July. A panel of judges selected the best poster in each of four categories.

Five of the posters were selected for honors by a panel of judges, including two for Earth science. The awardees:

Astrophysics and Space Science

Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine (organization 3266): “Looking at Dark Matter Through Strong Gravitational Lenses.” Adviser: Leonidas Moustakas.

Earth Science

Fernando Santo (334H): “The Spectrum of Natural Disturbances on Amazon Forests.” Adviser: Sassan Saatchi.

Clare Wong (329J): “Mapping CH4:CO2 Ratios in Los Angeles with Simulated Satellite Remote Sensing from Mount Wilson.” Adviser: Stanley Sander.

Planetary Science and Life Detection

Paul Ries (3265): A Young Region on Enceladus Revealed by 2-centimeter Radiometry?” Adviser: Michael Janssen.

Technology, Instrumentation and Engineering

Kurt Star (Org 3464): “Advanced Skutterudites for Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators.” Adviser: Jean-Pierre Fleurial.

Aug 7, 11:30-12:30 Collaboration, Open Developer Meetup

August 4th, 2014

This is a part of OCIO Explore IT Workshop series.  For more details, contact Whitney Haggins at ext 4-6948.

Hundreds of people at JPL are writing code to solve their problems through software. For those who are going to tackle a new software project, chances are good that someone at JPL has already considered, started or even finished work that will benefit you.

Since the introduction of new collaborative development tools at JPL, a growing community of 380+ has participated in sharing code across more than 1,400 now-accessible projects. From Mars time conversion libraries to flexible web-based JPL plotting and secure cloud computing snippets, many common solutions are ready for use today.

The format will be a series of five-minute demos, each followed by five minutes of questions and answers:

- Apache Tika: Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) your heart out using the Digital Babel Fish by Lewis McGibbney and Tyler Palsulich

- Timely: A Flexible Web Plotting Library by Tom Crockett

- Reusable D3 Components on MSL by Matt Lenda

- JPL’s New Search Architecture by Ricky Ma and Jeff Liu

The event is presented by the Office of the Chief Technology Office.