The UC Regents approved the lowering of the Lab’s rate from 14% to 11.5%. This will save the Department of Energy and the Lab more than $35 million over the next five years. The reduction does not affect or diminish employee retirement benefits in any way. The new amount will be reflected starting with October payroll notices. More>
The solutions provide a practical framework that outlines immediate and longer-term actions for staving off catastrophic climate change. Among the immediate efforts is reduction of short-lived climate pollutants, or SLCPs. The Lab’s Bill Collins, who participated in the summit, says SLCP’s actions can be ameliorated in the earth’s atmosphere very quickly. More>
As part of UC’s new water conservation policy, the Lab is seeking to ID and reduce the water use of single-pass water-cooling systems for equipment (i.e., hydraulic machines, vacuum pumps, mass spectrometers, lasers, electromagnets) that discharge continuously to a drain. If you know of one of these systems, complete this brief form.
Highlights for this year include: less than $6 monthly premium increase for many employees, all current medical plans will be available in 2016, dental and vision care continue to be free, and no rate change for the ARAG legal benefit plan. Go here for more information and to view 2016 rates.
The Cool Campus Challenge is an online learning experience and competition between UC campuses and Berkeley Lab running from October 6 to December 10, 2015. It’s designed to motivate and reward staff, faculty and students who take steps to reduce their carbon footprints and help the UC system reach Carbon Neutrality by 2025. More>
The Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience, based at UC San Francisco, will focus on gaining a deeper understanding of plasticity, the brain’s remarkable capacity to modify its own structure and function. The institute’s initial members have been drawn from UC Berkeley as well as Berkeley Lab and Livermore Lab. More>
The event brings together neurotechnology researchers and industry partners to collaboratively develop enabling technologies for neuroscience instrumentation, computation, and medical devices. Director Alivisatos and colleagues will discuss “Nanotechnology Tool Kit to Study Mechanotransduction.” More>
On Sept. 22, UC President Janet Napolitano gave the keynote address at the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) National Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Oakland. Berkeley Lab sponsored a table, and participants included Vera Potapenko, Elsie Quaite Randall, Jill Fuss, and several other Lab employees.
Retirement counselors from the UC Office of the President’s Retirement Administration Service Center will discuss UC’s retirement benefits, describe the steps you need to take when you’re ready to retire, and answer questions. The event takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium, and will be streamed live.
Applications are due Sept. 25 for PrimeUC’s program to identify and foster life science startups from UC campuses and three National Labs. Twenty finalists will pitch their company and network with active seed investors and partners. The winner will receive $150k, and three runners will each receive $50k. Go here for eligibility details and the application.