Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Anthem Offers ID Theft Protection After Recent Cyber Attack

Anthem is offering identity repair assistance and credit monitoring services to current members and former members enrolled in 2004 or later in response to the recent data breach. Affected members can access these services at AnthemFacts.com. More>

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Q&A With UC Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Bachher

He discusses challenges and opportunities in investing UCRP funds, external managers of UC’s investments, and UC position on hedge fund investments, among other topics. The article also includes a link to Bachher’s 10 investment beliefs. More>

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Serving as Staff Advisor to UC Regents ‘Rewarding,’ Says Johansen

Serving from 2007 to 2009, the senior advisor to the Lab Deputy Director said his time as a staff advisor was well worth it and encourages others to apply. Applications are now being accepted for staff advisor designate. The deadline is March 6. More>

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