Today at Berkeley Lab

Congratulations to the Lab’s 2015 June Retirees

The Lab would like to thank these employees for their years of dedicated service. The top spot for longest tenure goes to Stephen Derenzo of Life Sciences, with 46 years of service. Derenzo, the longtime organizer of the Runaround, was followed closely by three who clocked in at 37 years: Sally Nasman (Materials Sciences), Harry Meyer (Engineering), and Alan Biocca (ALS). More>

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June Retirees Invited to Have Name Listed on Honor Roll

To honor their years of service, the Lab would like to post the names of employees who are retiring at the end of June. Those interested in having their names included can e-mail their division name, years of service, and a photo to communications@lbl.gov.

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Lab Honors Recent, Past Retirees at Special Reception

Nearly 100 retirees were recently honored for their years of service, with music, refreshments, a welcome by Deputy Director Horst Simon, presentation by the UC Berkeley Retirement Center,
the EX-L’s Lab retirement group, and Lab Foundation President Ivy Clift.

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Retiree Ken Woolfe Adds Talents to Local Children’s Theater Production

After 33 years as a electronic engineer at the Advanced Light Source, Woolfe (right) is using his new-found spare time to headline the East Bay Children’s Theatre’s production of the musical “There’s No Business Like Shoe Business.” He plays a kindly cobbler who gets tricked by the wicked Leather Monger. More>

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UCRP Contributions Won’t Increase This July

Employer and employee contributions now cover the annual cost of the retirement plan. Additional steps, such as internal borrowing, are also beginning to address the plan’s unfunded liability. More>

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Q&A With UC Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Bachher

He discusses challenges and opportunities in investing UCRP funds, external managers of UC’s investments, and UC position on hedge fund investments, among other topics. The article also includes a link to Bachher’s 10 investment beliefs. More>

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Pre-Retirement Planning Workshops Start on Feb. 20

The UC Berkeley Retirement Center is hosting the series, which will cover such topics as long term care insurance, estate planning considerations, and maximizing retirement benefits. The program is geared for those planning to retire in one-to-five years. Registration is required. More>

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UC Pension Plan’s Funded Status Improves

Thanks to strong investment returns and increased contributions from UC and employees, the funded status of the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) increased to 80 percent from 76 percent as of July 1. More>

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Pre-Retirement Planning Classes Offered

The UC Berkeley Retirement Center hosts the six-class, Friday afternoon series, which starts Oct. 17 and continues through Nov. 21. Priority is given to registrants who can attend all sessions. The sessions are geared towards those planning to retire within the next one-to-five years. More>

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Poem by Soon-to-Retire HVAC Tech Extols Lab’s Efforts to Help Mankind

While the Facilities Division’s Russ Guidi only worked here for seven and a half years, it was enough time for the Lab’s research to make a big impression, prompting him to write a moving poem before his last day tomorrow, when he retires. More>

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