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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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Global Food Initiative Honors ’30 Under 30’

The initiative addresses how to sustainably and nutritiously feed our world. UC is working to develop solutions to improve food security, health and sustainability locally, nationally and globally. The 30 Under 30 Awards highlight inspirational young leaders who are making a mark in tackling the global food challenge. Berkeley Lab is part of UC’s Global Food Initiative. More>

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Lab Staff Complete UC Women’s Initiative for Empowerment Training

Rebecca Abergel (Chemical Sciences) and Michelle Lee (HR) completed the inaugural program, which provides professional development for mid-career women. Each campus nominated two candidates to attend four sessions. The program seeks to create a pipeline and network of women professionals who can contribute to one another’s and UC’s success.

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Why the Climate Change Fight Needs a New Type of Entrepreneur

Scientists are busy seeking solutions to climate change, but a growing number think that another group will have to play a critical role: entrepreneurs. Time to market is a challenge for all entrepreneurs, doubly so for those in the clean energy and climate change space. Speed is where university-based technology incubators can play a critical role, says the Lab’s Ilan Gur. More>

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Application Process for UC Management Skills Assessment Program Open Through July 15

Laboratory supervisors are eligible to apply to the UC Management Skills Assessment Program either as an assessee or an assessor. Assessees gain knowledge and insight regarding strengths, areas for skill development, and career direction through feedback from assessors. More>

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Lab’s Kelsey Sakimoto Makes it to UC ‘Grad Slam’ Research Pitch

Grand Slam challenges graduate students to present their research — projects they may have been working on for several years — in a three-minute ‘elevator pitch’ to a general audience. Sakimoto (center), with the Materials Sciences Division, won the UC Berkeley competition and move on to the UC-wide battle. More>

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2017 Vendor Changes for UC’s PPO Plans

With Blue Shield of California’s rate guarantees expiring, other vendors were evaluated through a formal request for proposal process. UC has selected Anthem to replace Blue Shield as the claims administrator and network provider for UC Care, Health Savings Plan, Core, and Blue Shield Medicare plans. More>

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UC Global Food Initiative Fellows Learn About Organic Farming

This year’s fellows recently toured the 350-acre Fully Belly farm in the Central Valley, pulling weeds, and spreading compost. The fellows, representing all 10 UC campuses, plus UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and Berkeley Lab, have helped advance UC’s Global Food Initiative by working on food-related projects and raising awareness of the initiative. More>

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Apply for UC Carbon Slam

UC Students are invited to submit an application in either the Climate Impact or Climate Solutions competitions. Deadline is April 18. The event brings UC students to Silicon Valley to present their climate science and carbon reduction research in three-minute pitches and posters at a live competition before a panel of esteemed judges and guests for a chance to win cash prizes. More>

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HPC@UC Offers UC Researchers Access to High Performance Computing

The program, sponsored by the San Diego Supercomputer Center, seeks to broaden use of advanced computing by UC researchers, seed promising computational research, and provide access to cyber-infrastructure that compliments what’s available at a researcher’s home campus. More>

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