Today at Berkeley Lab

Global Food Initiative’s 30 Under 30 Awards 

These awards will honor 30 young leaders inside and outside the UC system and around the world who are working toward solving the global food crisis, and making an impact early in their careers. Send your nominations to UCOP by Feb. 29, 2016. Winners recognized in May 2016. More>

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Applications Open for Staff Advisor to UC Regents

Staff advisors are staff or non-Senate academic employees who bring the voice and perspective of these employees to UC Board of Regents deliberations and to decision-makers at the Office of the President. Staff advisors participate in open sessions and designated committees of the board. Deadline is March 4. More>

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Michael Witherell Announced as New Lab Director

The UC Regents announced on Jan. 21 that Mike Witherell, currently the vice chancellor for research at UC Santa Barbara, will succeed Paul Alivisatos as the new Lab Director. He will begin on March 1. Witherall — a leading physicist with experience as a teacher, researcher, and manager of complex organizations — is the former director of Fermilab. More>

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UC Task Force Recommends New Retirement Benefits for Future Employees

President Napolitano is inviting faculty, staff and other members of the UC community to provide feedback on task force recommendations for new retirement benefits that affect future UC employees. Feedback from the UC community will help inform the proposal the president is expected to bring to the UC Board of Regents in March. More>

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Assessment and Skill Building Opportunities for Supervisors

The application period for the UC Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) is now open. Lab supervisors are eligible to participate as an assessee or an assessor. Assessees gain knowledge and insight regarding strengths, areas for skill development and career direction through feedback from assessors on small group work in simulated management scenarios. Deadline is Jan. 15. More>

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Drought & Agriculture Project Among Winners of UC Catalyst Awards

Among the four awards, totaling more than $4.8 million, is the “California Drought and Carbon Management for Agriculture,” which includes Earth and Environmental Sciences researchers Eoin Brodie, Peter Nico, William Riley, and Margaret Torn. More>

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University of California Joins Climate Change Coalition

A new coalition led by Bill Gates and including the University of California was announced over the weekend at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Called the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, it is a group of 28 investors in 10 countries who will be funding projects aimed at halting climate change. More>

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Lab’s Contribution to UC Retirement Plan is Reduced

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>

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10 Scalable Solutions for Climate Change Presented at UC Summit

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>

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In Effort to Save Water, Info on Single-Pass Cooling Systems Sought

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.

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