Today at Berkeley Lab

New Staff Advisor-Designate to the UC Regents Named

Sherry Main, the assistant vice chancellor of Communications and Marketing at UC Santa Cruz, has been selected as the next Staff Advisor-Designate to the UC Regents. Main said she plans to advocate for increased professional development to help staff succeed in their careers at UC and to support workforce retention. The Lab’s Bill Johansen is a former staff advisor. More>

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UC Staff Engagement Survey Deadline Extended to June 9

The deadline to complete the UC Staff Engagement Survey has been extended to Friday, June 9. Berkeley Lab is currently at a 36% response rate. If you are one of the non-represented employees selected to take the survey, you are highly encouraged to do so. More>

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EESA’s Sarick Matzen Participates in UC Agriculture Tour, Global Food Initiative

Sarick Matzen of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area recently joined fellow University of California Global Food Initiative awardees in a tour of the San Joaquin region to learn more about food production. Matzen is researching the removal of arsenic from soil using ferns. More>

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Deadline for UC Family Member Recertification Extended to June 1

Due to delays in processing, Secova, project administrator of the recertification project, extended the deadline for employees who were asked to recertify family members to June 1. UC will not immediately de-enroll dependents on June 1, however the follow-up process will begin at that time. Contact Secova (888-926-5687) for more information. More>

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UC Launches Staff Engagement Survey During Week of May 15

The University of California is running its 2017 Staff Engagement Survey to learn more about non-represented staff and get feedback on their experiences as a UC and Berkeley Lab employee. Selected employees will receive an email from Willis Towers Watson with a link to the survey. Employees are encouraged to participate. More>

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Biosciences’ Rasha Anayah — Changing the World through Research

Among the benefits of attending the University of California is the chance for undergrads to conduct research alongside world-renowned faculty. Rasha Anayah of the Biosciences Area, who is exploring how to build better biofuels, was one of several undergrads who recently spoke at a forum on UC research opportunities. More>

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Nominations Open for UC’s Sautter Technology Innovation Award

UC’s Sautter Award Program, which celebrates innovation in information technology, is accepting nominations through May 19. The annual awards recognize technology projects that demonstrate innovation, collaboration and operational efficiency, and advance UC’s teaching, research, health care, and public service missions. More>

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Know Your FSA Deadlines to Avoid Losing Money

The Dependent Care and Health Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs) both let you save on your taxes by taking money from your paycheck each month to cover certain eligible expenses. There are important differences between the plans, though, in what happens to money remaining in your account at the end of the plan year. More>

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Policy Reminder on UC/Berkeley Lab Standards of Ethical Conduct

Berkeley Lab employees are expected to uphold the University’s Ethical Values — integrity, excellence, accountability, and respect — and perform their duties in accordance with the Standards of Ethical Conduct. More>

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UC to Reverify Some Family Members for Health Benefits This Spring

In April, Secova Inc., working with UC Human Resources, will contact certain employees and retirees to reverify the eligibility of some dependents for health and welfare benefits. Failure to respond to, or comply with, the Family Member Eligibility Verification notifications may result in the de-enrollment of your unverified dependents. More>

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