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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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Violence Against Women Prevention Training Available

The University of California has issued a revised Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy. Berkeley Lab is part of UC’s effort to provide education, prevention, and response to the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Online training is available, which takes about 30 minutes to complete. More>

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Female Scientist Describes Sexual Assault in the Field

Following a study published in PLoS One in July finding that 26 percent of female scientists surveyed had been sexually assaulted doing fieldwork, the New York Times published a personal account of assault by one female scientist. Berkeley Lab, through the University of California, offers resources for reporting sexual harassment and sexual assault. Go here and click on the ‘Resources’ tab.

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Vendor Offers for Lab Employees

University of California employees are eligible for sustainability related offers from Mosaic Solar Loan and Nissan. Find more information and links to sign up at the Sustainable Berkeley Lab website. Berkeley Lab does not endorse or recommend any products or services identified here.

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Apply for a UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship

The fellowships will support research activity related to the UC Global Food Initiative. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible and expected to work in collaboration with Lab scientists. The fellowships are funded by the Office of the President, which is providing $7,500 to each campus for three fellowships. Applications are due Oct. 1. More>

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Lab to Participate in UC Global Food Initiative

Project will leverage UC’s innovative agricultural, health, and environmental research and incorporate law, humanities, education, and social science to “do all we can the help the world learn to feed itself in ways that are healthy and sustainable.” More>

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Survey Offers Staff Chance for Feedback on UC Medical Plans

Employees will receive e-mail with link to 20-question survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and confidential. This feedback will help with planning and shaping offerings for future years. More>

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UC President to Appoint Advisory Group on LGBT Issues

Group will help develop strategy to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT students, faculty, and staff across the UC system. More>

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