Today at Berkeley Lab

UC Hosts Team Science Retreat in Oct. 23-26

Participants will get tips on expanding their capacity to conduct team science, enhancing their research leadership skills and competencies, and preparing winning proposals. The retreat will be held at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove. All expenses paid, including on-site childcare, for successful applicants. Deadline is June 15. More>

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UC Launches Medical Plan Satisfaction Survey

An e-mail invitation (sent from “University of California Human Resources”) will be sent to more than 32,000 randomly selected employees. Plans included in this year’s survey include Health Net Blue and Gold, Blue Shield Health Savings Plan, Kaiser Permanente, UC Care, and Western Health Advantage. More>

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Thirty-Day Comment on UC Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy

University of California’s proposed revision to the Presidential policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence is now posted for review and open for employee comments for 30 days (through May 30). Send comments to hrpolicies@lbl.gov by May 30.

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UC Global Food Initiative Fellows Tour Peach Farm

The student fellows — including Kripa Akila Jagannathan of the Earth Sciences Division — visited Masumoto Family Farm near Fresno. They gathered at the 80-acre organic farm to dig into the soil, thin the fruiting peach trees and sit under a sycamore tree to discuss the food initiative with UC President Janet Napolitano. More>

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UCPD Hosts Toy Drive

The UC Police Department is sponsoring the drive, which ends May 4. Proceeds benefit University Village (Albany) and Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Bring new, unwrapped toys in original packaging. Toys for infants and toddlers, and pre-teens and teenagers, are in particular need, as well as art supplies. A donation is located bin in Building 48.

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Staff Position Open on UC Retirement System Advisory Board

Applications will be accepted until May 1. The board meets three times a year to discuss issues of interest to UCRS members, retirees and beneficiaries, and shares its opinions with the president of the university. More>

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New Survey Seeks Staff Opinions on Working at UC

UC is launching a survey during week of March 30 to learn more about what staff thinks about working at the Laboratory, including on career development, performance management and workplace collaboration. Randomly selected employees will receive an e-mail invitation. More>

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CARE Services Workshop on Emotional Readiness for Retirement

Thought is often given to the financial aspects of retirement, but what about the emotional preparation of this life-changing shift? A March 18 workshop will explore the factors that can affect happiness in retirement and help in developing an action plan. More>

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UC Seeks Applications for Information Technology Award

The Sautter Award program, honoring innovation in information technology, is now accepting 2015 nominations through May 15 for technology projects that advance UC’s teaching, research, health care and public service missions. 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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