Join University of California President Janet Napolitano and employees from across the UC system for a one-hour online conversation about topics of interest including campus climate survey results, compensation and benefits and investments in technology and infrastructure. The event takes place Wednesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. More>
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Academic research sponsored by industry has a strong track record of leading to innovative patents and licenses, challenging assumptions that corporate support skews science toward inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others than those funded by the government or non-profit organizations, according to a new analysis. The findings, published March 19 in a commentary in the journal Nature, are based upon a study of two decades of records from the University of California system. The BP-funded Energy Biosciences Institute, a research consortium that includes Berkeley Lab, was among the relationships studied for the report. More>
The results of the UCOP sponsored Workplace Environment Survey (“Campus Climate Study”), in which Berkeley Lab participated in Jan. and Feb. of 2013, were presented to the UC Regents and released to the public yesterday. Of the nearly 2,000 respondents, or 54 percent of the Lab population, 78 percent said they were “comfortable” or “very comfortable” with the climate at the Lab. A similarly high percentage said the Lab values a diverse staff; however 22 percent reported experiencing exclusionary conduct. The full results and an executive summary for the Lab survey can be found here. The full results for all the UC campuses can be found here.
The Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) is comprised of delegates from every UC-managed institution, including Berkeley Lab. The Lab is seeking a new junior delegate to serve alongside a senior delegate for 2014-2015. Members meet quarterly at a different UC campus to discuss issues that affect staff with top UC administrators and regents. Serving on this council is an excellent opportunity for networking with other UC staff and career development. Go here for information on eligibility and applying (deadline is March 31). Feel free to contact current or previous CUCSA representatives for more information.
Members of the UC Council of Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) met at the Lab last week. CUCSA seeks to maintain and enhance communication within the University community on matters of interest to staff employees in accordance with California laws and Regent policy. The group was addressed by Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, Deputy Director Horst Simon, Chief Human Resources Officer Vera Potapenko, and UC President Janet Napolitano. EETD Division Director Ashok Gadgil and Peter Nugent of the Physics Division gave scientific presentations. Ellen Ford (JBEI) and Piotr Zyla (Physics Division) are the Lab’s CUCSA representatives.
The latest edition of “Our University,” UC’s newsletter for employees, includes stories about online Education classes available at a discount, signing up for a monthly e-mail from President Janet Napolitano, and an introduction to new Optum wellness specialists. This is the last issue of “Our University.” Employee news will now be posted on the UCnet website.
Featured in the latest edition of “Our University,” the newsletter for UC employees, are stories on the new UCnet website for staff, selection of the Staff Advisor to the Regents, and the UC Living Well program. More>
The University of California Office of the President has announced the opening of the application period for the next staff advisor-designate to the Regents. The position’s term runs July 2014 through June 2016. The staff advisor program allows for two staff and/or non-Senate academic employees to participate in open sessions of the Board of Regents as well as designated committees of the board. More>
UC employees can receive a 33% discount for online education classes, starting this month. They are open to non-matriculated staff and their dependents. This offer is in addition to the employee tuition reimbursement program. Class topics include computer science, dance, climate change, pre-calculus, American cybercultures, psychology, and business statistics. More>
Lab personnel who will be visiting other UC property must comply with the UC tobacco-free policies that will be in place on Jan. 1. Smoking, including e-cigarettes and the use of smokeless tobacco products, will be strictly prohibited on all UC owned and leased property, including the UC Berkeley campus, the Office of the President, the Oakland Scientific Facility, and the Richmond Field Station. Berkeley Lab’s new smoking policy went into effect on Nov. 15. Smoking and e-cigarette use are restricted to designated smoking areas at the main Lab site and the Joint Genome Institute. Berkeley Lab sites in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville will follow the existing smoking policies.