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Making California’s Policies Stronger with Science: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tour and Dinner at Caltech

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
12:30pm PDT
The Athenaeum
551 S Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106
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Many critical issues facing California today, such as water, public health, energy, STEM education, and the environment, require a deep understanding of science. State legislators are asked to make decisions on these issues every day, yet few have backgrounds in science or technology. The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) was created to provide California with objective, nonpartisan analysis and advice on policy issues that involve science.

We're thrilled to partner with the WHH Foundation, CCST, and their partner NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for a tour. The tour will include a discussion of science and public policy with CCST’s science and technology experts, leaders at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and scientists at JPL.

This is a unique opportunity to hear the insider’s perspective on how science and policy converge at one of California’s most distinguished aerospace laboratories. JPL is a national research facility that carries out robotic space and Earth science missions. Scientists here helped open the Space Age by developing America's first Earth-orbiting science satellite, creating the first successful interplanetary spacecraft, and sending robotic missions to study all the planets in the solar system as well as asteroids, comets, and Earth's moon. In addition, JPL developed and continues to manage NASA's Deep Space Network, a worldwide system of antennas that communicates with interplanetary spacecraft.

After the tour, attendees will reconvene at the Athenaeum dining room at Caltech for a reception and dinner, where CCST Science Fellows will offer perspectives on the role of science informing policy. CCST is a trusted legislative resource that helps distinguish fact from fiction in real-time for decision makers who are inundated with information on a daily basis. 

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SCG Members: Free

Who May Attend:

Open to SCG members only


Attendees will valet their vehicles at The Athenaeum at Caltech in Pasadena, then board buses to JPL.

The Athenaeum
551 S Hill Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106


12:30 pm – 12:45 pm – Valet Park at Athenaeum
1:00 pm – Bus leaves for JPL
1:30 pm – Arrival at JPL and check-in for tour
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Tour and Discussion
5:30 pm – Reception and Dinner

*Members have the option of taking a tour and dinner, just the tour or just dinner. Those who cannot participate for the the tour, but would like to join for a dinner policy discussion can join us at 5:30 at the Athenaeum. 


Email RSVP to Christy Shay at [email protected] by Monday, April 17, 2017.

JPL requires that all U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, present official, government issued photo identification (driver’s license or passport) before being allowed entry. All non-U.S. Citizens 18 years of age or older must present a passport or resident visa (green card) before being allowed entry. Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the laboratory.

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