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Ten projects, including one from Berkeley Lab, win UC’s 2015 IT awards

Ten teams, including one from Berkeley Lab, won UC’s 2015 Larry L. Sautter Award for using IT to make university operations more effective and efficient. Berkeley Lab’s “Enabling Science through Cyber Security at 100G” is a network monitoring system to support 100Gbps network speeds, essential for sending large amounts of data generated in the Lab’s research.

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Policy Reminder on UC/LBNL Standards of Ethical Conduct

Berkeley Lab employees are expected to uphold the University’s Ethical Values — Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect — and perform their duties in accordance with the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Go here for more information.

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Task Force Named to Advise on 2016 Retirement Benefits

President Napolitano has appointed a systemwide task force of UC faculty, staff and administrators to help develop a new set of retirement benefits options for UC to offer future employees hired on or after July 1, 2016. The task force will hold its first meeting on Aug. 7 and is expected to deliver its recommendations to President Napolitano by early 2016. More>

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Lab Mentors sought for the 2015-2016 UC Global Food Initiative

The UC Global Food Initiative’s Berkeley Lab Program Lead is seeking mentors to host a Student Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. Interested lab scientists should notify the program lead by August 19. The UC GFI goal is to harness UC resources to address one of the critical issues of our time: How to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025. More>

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UC Creates Five New Inventions Per Day

UC research last year led to 86 new startups and the creation of 1,796 new inventions—the equivalent of nearly five new inventions per day. For California, it all adds up to a big boost to the economy: companies founded to commercialize UC technologies generated $14 billion in revenue in 2014 and employed roughly 19,000 people. More>

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UC Releases 2014 Annual Report on Employee Compensation

The data can be viewed by occupational group or fund source, and includes facts about faculty compensation. The university discloses this information as part of their commitment to being transparent and publicly accountable. Copies are available by request. More>

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UC President Announces $15 an Hour Minimum Wage

University of California President Janet Napolitano recently announced that the minimum wage for its workers — both direct and service contract employees — will be raised to $15 an hour over the next three years. More>

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UC Global Food Initiative Marks Its First Year

In its first year, the initiative launched food security efforts, held conferences on sustainable fisheries and food justice, and appointed more than 50 student fellows. That is just a taste of the work underway as faculty, students, and staff from across the UC system — including Berkeley Lab — focus their collective power on food issues. More>

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Two UC Staff Elected to Retirement System Advisory Board

Michael Fehr of UCLA and Naomi Nakamura of UCSF Medical Center have been elected staff representatives to the University of California Retirement System Advisory Board. The Board meets a minimum of three times a year to discuss and share its opinions with UC leadership relating to all members, retirees and their beneficiaries. More>

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Recent Engagement Survey Shows High Regard for UC as Employer

The survey, which aims to help UC better understand the views, experiences and needs of non-represented staff on topics related to working at UC, showed improvement in employee opinions in most categories compared to a similar survey in 2012. More>

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