Today at Berkeley Lab

Workforce Development & Education’s Susan Brady Wells to Retire Jan. 3

Brady Wells served as manager for more than nine years. During her tenure, WD&E hosted more than 35,000 students and teachers for educational visits, mentored nearly 1,400 student interns and faculty collaborators, shared internship and career opportunities with an estimated 415,000 participants at national conferences, and brought in over $10M in funding. More>

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Chief Human Resources Officer Vera Potapenko Retiring Nov. 1

A search committee for her successor has been identified and will soon be interviewing candidates, with a replacement to be announced in three to four months. Ellen Ford, senior advisor to COO Glenn Kubiak, will serve as HR and Diversity Officer until a replacement is found. Michelle Flynn will serve as acting COO senior advisor during that time. Go here for a message from Kubiak.

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Important Reminder on 403(b) and 457(b) UC Retirement Savings Program

Employees who wish to change payroll deductions for their remaining Nov. 1 and Dec. 1 paychecks this year must meet the Lab’s October payroll deadlines for contribution changes. The Maximum Annual Contribution limit for the UC Retirement Savings Program’s 403(b) and 457(b) Plan is $18,000 per plan. Log into your Fidelity account here. More>

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Workshop on ‘Designing Your Future Self: Life After Full-Time Work’

This two-part workshop is aimed at active UC staff who are several years out from retiring. The series will help participants design a plan for post “full-time work” life using interactive self-assessments to help develop their own personal ‘next chapters’. The workshop takes place Oct. 14 and 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in 150 University Hall on campus. Send e-mail here to register.

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Pat Dehmer to Retire From DOE Office of Science in November

Dehmer served as deputy director for Science Programs for the last nine years, and prior to that, 12 years as director of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Steve Binkley, currently the Director of the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, will begin as the new permanent Deputy Director for Science Programs immediately following Pat’s retirement. More>

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Oct. 13 Presentation on Preparing for Retirement

Meet retirement counselors from the UC Retirement Administration Service Center as they explain UC retirement benefits and eligibility rules for health coverage, describe the steps required to get ready for retirement, and answer questions. The meeting runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Building 50 auditorium and will be live-streamed. More>

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UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Course

The four-week course will be held Sept. 14, 21, 28, and Oct. 7, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Also offered is a two-part series “Designing Your Future Self: Life After Full-time Work” on Oct. 14 and 21. E-mail ucbrc@berkeley.edu or phone 642-5461 to register.

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UC Offers ‘Preparing for Retirement’ Webinars; Next Session on Aug. 9

The presentation — for UCRP members considering retirement from UC within the next five years — covers topics such as understanding the UCRP pension benefits, retirement savings, and retiree health coverage. Webinars are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 23, Sept. 13 and 27, Oct. 11 and 25, Nov. 8 and 22, and Dec. 6 and 20. More>

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Congratulations to the Lab’s 2016 Retirees

This honor roll represents nearly four centuries of service, with three longest-serving employees reaching 39 years with UC: Nancy Brown, Stephen Selkowitz and Max Sherman, all with the Energy Technologies Division. Best of luck and here’s hoping everyone enjoys their retirement. If you know of someone who would like to be included in this list, e-mail name, division, years of service, and photo.

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Don DePaolo: A Career Retrospective After 38 Years of Service

Lab Director Mike Witherell noted that DePaolo is first a great scientist, recognized for his contributions in geochemistry, an accomplished mentor who has helped develop geoscientists who have gone on to lead many institutions, and done an enormous amount in several leadership roles to build Berkeley Lab into the superb research institution it is today. More>

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