Today at Berkeley Lab

UC Diversity Leaders Meet for Inaugural Retreat

Last week, the Lab participated in the inaugural retreat, which brought about 90 diversity leaders, practitioners, faculty members, students and administrators from around the University of California. They discussed best practices in building diversity, equity, engagement, and inclusion. More>

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UC Announces New Disability Insurance Options for 2017

Employees can choose Voluntary Short-Term Disability (benefits up to six months), Long-Term Disability (benefits after six months, up to your Social Security retirement age) or both, depending on needs and budget. Since premiums are paid with after-tax dollars, income from Voluntary Disability Insurance is generally not taxable. View informational video here. More>

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WD&E Helps CUCSA Participants Explore Hands-On Science

At a recent meeting of the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA), the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education (WD&E) led team-building activities for 30 attendees, using hands-on activities from the BLISS Resource Center. Participants explored “Solids, Gases, and Liquids” and “Paper Circuits,” working together to engineer solutions.

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SkyDeck Accelerator Encourages Proposals from Lab Researchers

SkyDeck — which combines Silicon Valley acceleration with University of California resources — gives startups the opportunity to launch and compete with industry leaders. SkyDeck has a large and active network of investors and hosts a Demo Day at the end of each session. To qualify, a team member must have a UCSF, UC Berkeley, or Berkeley Lab affiliation. Applications are due Sept. 23. More>

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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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