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Podcast on E.O. Lawrence Explores UC’s Impact on the World

In 1929, a young Ernest Lawrence made a discovery that would change his life, the course of history, and the 20th century. His development of the cyclotron — the particle accelerator that ushered in the atomic age — is the topic of an episode of “One Bold Idea,” a six-part podcast that explores pivotal moments in California history that have shaped the world. More>

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HR’s Pat Montano Among Winners of UC’s 150th Anniversary Trivia Quiz

Montano was among 300 people with a perfect score (3,000 took the quiz). Their names were entered into a drawing, from which 25 winners were named. “My first score was bad, but I kept trying,” said Montano. She enlisted the help of her HR colleague Stacy Greene to get a perfect score. “We learned a lot in the process and had a lot of fun.” She is sharing the prize with Greene. More>

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Lab Researchers Awarded Funds for Climate Science, Cybersecurity Research

Berkeley Lab is a co-recipient of four awards — three awards that will fund research related to climate science, and one award for a cybersecurity project — from the University of California National Laboratory Fees Research Program. For 2018, the program invested more than $25 million in seven research teams focused on climate science, cybersecurity, and national security through the social sciences. More>

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Test Your UC IQ: Take the 150th Anniversary Quiz by March 16

To help celebrate the University of California’s 150th anniversary, employees, students, and retirees are invited to test their UC knowledge with a lighthearted quiz and contest. A perfect score will earn contestants entry into a random drawing for UC merchandise. Submit your entry by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16. Winners will be selected the week of March 19. More>

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UC Seeks Nominations for Annual Sautter IT Award Program

Applications for the 2018 Larry L. Sautter Award, which honors innovation in information technology, are being accepted through May 18. The annual awards recognize technology projects that demonstrate innovation, collaboration, and operational efficiency, and that advance UC’s teaching, research, health care, and public service missions. More>

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Applications Open for Staff Advisor to UC Regents

University of California employees who are interested in public policy, advocacy, and the future direction of the university are encouraged to apply to become the next staff advisor to the UC Regents. The application period is now open through March 23. More>

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UC Feature on Contributions of Undergrads Includes Lab’s Ankur Mahesh

UC students visited Sacramento last month to share with alumni, lawmakers, and others the research they are doing as undergraduates. The event was part of UC’s 150th anniversary. Among the student presenters was Ankur Mahesh of the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. He is studying the use of computer science to address climate change. More>

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Strategies for Replacing Natural Gas to Help Decarbonize UC

To help the University of California meet its Carbon Neutrality Initiative goals, a team led by Alan Meier has released a report that suggests replacing natural gas with climate-friendlier options to help UC to become carbon neutral by 2025. The report is accompanied by a paper in Nature Climate Change. Both are part of the TomKat Carbon Neutrality Project. More>

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MOU to Enhance Collaboration Between Lab, UC Merced

At a ceremony on Feb. 23, UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland and Lab Director Michael Witherell signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a formal partnership between the two institutions. The agreement sets terms for the appointment of joint faculty and the sharing of resources. More>

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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>

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