Today at Berkeley Lab

Application Period Open for UC Agriculture Fellowship

This fellowship, funded by the UC Global Food Initiative, offers University of California graduate students the opportunity to plan, engage, and implement international projects in developing countries that address global challenges in agriculture and food systems. The application period closes Wednesday, Feb. 28. More>

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UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Course in February

The course takes place on Wednesdays from Feb. 7 to 28, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Go here for more information and to register. Additional workshops on retirement transition, finances, housing, estate and legal planning, and long-term care are also offered. Go here for more information and to register.

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Astro Teller to Speak at Lawrence Hall of Science Benefit Event

The Lawrence Hall of Science is hosting its annual benefit event — “Innovations and Inspirations” — on March 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. The featured speaker is Astro Teller, CEO of X, the moonshot factory run by Alphabet. Among the topics he will discuss is the rapid pace of technology and the challenges this speed presents for STEM education.

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University of California Celebrates 150th Birthday

In 1868, the University of California was founded in Oakland, after the Organic Act was signed into law. Now, 150 years later, the university, which manages Berkeley Lab for the Department of Energy, conducts one-tenth of all academic research in the nation and is one of the premier educational systems in the world. A timeline has been created to chart this historical path. More>

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New UC Website to Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Career

The new website serves as a one-stop shop where veterans can easily access UC’s systemwide jobs search website and learn about the university’s salaries and benefits, professional development programs, and upcoming career and networking events. More>

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Staff, Retirees Happy With Health Plans, Survey Shows

Employees and retirees enrolled in UC-sponsored health plans are highly satisfied with their plans, according to surveys conducted last spring. The survey looked at enrollees’ satisfaction with their health care, health plan, access to care (including appointments with specialists), and customer service. More>

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Legal Plan Assistance for Employees Affected by Wildfires

ARAG, UC’s legal plan, is offering free access to their “DIY Docs,” the Education Center, and the “Find-an-Attorney” tool. All impacted staff, even those not currently enrolled in ARAG, will have free access for six months. Eligible employees can visit the ARAG website and enter code “18323cfr.” Deadline for enrollment is Jan. 11, 2018. More>

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Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 26; Updates on Costs, Changes

Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 26 and ends at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. Booklets will be available starting the week of Oct. 23, with full details about options, costs, and changes for 2018. Most employees will see medical plan premium increases of less than $10 a month. More>

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2016 Annual Report on UC Employee Compensation

As part of the university’s commitment to being transparent and publicly accountable, including in the way it compensates its faculty and staff, UC is conducting its annual disclosure of systemwide employee compensation for calendar year 2016. This disclosure parallels last year’s payroll disclosure and is consistent with similar practices at many other public institutions. More>

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Lab Delegate Sought for Council of UC Staff Assemblies Through July 21

The Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) is seeking a new Berkeley Lab junior delegate for a two-year term. CUCSA is comprised of delegates from each UC location, including Berkeley Lab. Delegates meet quarterly with top UC administrators and Regents to discuss initiatives that impact staff. Go here for more information and to apply. Applications due by July 21.

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