Today at Berkeley Lab

UC Forms Working Group to Study Retiree Health Benefits

The University of California has formed a Retiree Health Benefits Working Group to explore options that will ensure the long-term financial viability of the retiree health benefits program and the quality of the benefits offered. The project only pertains to retiree health benefits; it does not affect UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) pension benefits. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

UC Webinar Tomorrow on Ending Stigma of Mental Illness

Stephen Hinshaw, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, and professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco, will present a system-wide UC webinar on Feb. 22 about the social and personal costs of the stigma surrounding mental illness, and what can be done to ensure patients have access to needed treatments. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Policy Reminder on UC/Berkeley Lab Standards of Ethical Conduct

Berkeley Lab employees are expected to uphold the University of California’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.

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Nominations Open for CUCSA Awards

The Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) is accepting nominations for the Kevin McCauley Memorial Outstanding Staff Award and the Outstanding Senior Leadership Award. The awards honor employees who are supportive and inclusive of staff, and encourage equity and diversity. Application deadline is Feb. 26. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

UC in Process of Mailing 1095 Tax Forms to Employees

Employees will receive Form 1095 to document information provided on their 2017 federal tax returns regarding health insurance coverage. Depending on employment status and the type of coverage, staff may receive one or more copies of Form 1095-B or 1095-C. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

United Auto Workers Organizing Scientific Research Staff at the Lab

The United Auto Workers union is seeking to organize UC graduate student research assistants, scientific engineering associates, project scientists and engineers, career/career-track research and staff scientists and engineers, and senior scientists. UC respects the right to organize. Go here for information on your rights, the unionization process, and what being unionized means.

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Application Period Open for UC Agriculture Fellowship

This fellowship, funded by the UC Global Food Initiative, offers University of California graduate students the opportunity to plan, engage, and implement international projects in developing countries that address global challenges in agriculture and food systems. The application period closes Wednesday, Feb. 28. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Course in February

The course takes place on Wednesdays from Feb. 7 to 28, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Go here for more information and to register. Additional workshops on retirement transition, finances, housing, estate and legal planning, and long-term care are also offered. Go here for more information and to register.

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Astro Teller to Speak at Lawrence Hall of Science Benefit Event

The Lawrence Hall of Science is hosting its annual benefit event — “Innovations and Inspirations” — on March 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. The featured speaker is Astro Teller, CEO of X, the moonshot factory run by Alphabet. Among the topics he will discuss is the rapid pace of technology and the challenges this speed presents for STEM education.

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

University of California Celebrates 150th Birthday

In 1868, the University of California was founded in Oakland, after the Organic Act was signed into law. Now, 150 years later, the university, which manages Berkeley Lab for the Department of Energy, conducts one-tenth of all academic research in the nation and is one of the premier educational systems in the world. A timeline has been created to chart this historical path. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.