Today at Berkeley Lab

UC Global Food Initiative and Holiday Food Research

Before you dive into that Thanksgiving turkey or apple pie, take a bite of the food research coming from the University of California. UC serves up a cornucopia of food facts just in time for the holiday, including work being done at Berkeley Lab. More>

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UC Pension Plan’s Funded Status Improves

Thanks to strong investment returns and increased contributions from UC and employees, the funded status of the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) increased to 80 percent from 76 percent as of July 1. More>

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Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.

Staff can switch medical/dental plans, enroll in the legal plan and the flexible spending accounts, and add eligible dependents. Changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015. Go here to make changes. More>

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Open Enrollment Information Meeting on Nov. 10

During Open Enrollment, staff can make changes to their health and welfare plans. To assist employees in making decisions about their plans, the Benefits Office is hosting an information meeting on Monday, Nov. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The meeting will be streamed on the epresence website. Open Enrollment ends on Nov. 25.

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Mexican Delegation Visits Lab; Signs MOU With UC’s Napolitano

The group — hosted by Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon — included the Mexican Secretariat of Energy Leonardo Beltran, who signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the development of renewable energy between UC and Mexico. The visit took place last Thursday. More>

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Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 25; Resources Available to Assist

Updates include new videos that explain benefits, rising supplemental disability costs for shorter waiting periods, and Western Health Advantage expansion in northern California. Open Enrollment continues through. Nov. 25.

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Tomorrow is UC Food Day; Famers Market on Campus

As part of the University of California’s Global Food Initiative, campuses across the system are hosting event. UC Berkeley will conduct a farmers market on Dwinelle Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 24), which as been designated “Food Day.” Go here to view a complete calendar of activities.

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Take Five to Make the Most of Benefits During Open Enrollment

All of the current medical plans will be available in 2015, with a few benefits enhancements (including chiropractic care and acupuncture) and no major changes. Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m., Oct. 30 and runs through 5 p.m., Nov. 25. Go here to check premiums and here to view the results of the recent medical plan survey.

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Got Veggies? Challenge Encourages Healthy Eating

The Got Veggies? challenge is open to employees at all UC locations, retirees, spouses and partners, who are enrolled in a UC-sponsored medical plan. You can join as an individual or, better yet, join or create a team for additional motivation. More>

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JGI, UC Merced Launch Summer Graduate Internship Program

The eight-week, summer program challenges UC Merced graduate students with individual projects at the Joint Genome Institute that offer hands-on experience in cutting-edge genome research and apply experimental and computation tools to solve research problems. These students were the first participants in the program. More>

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