Today at Berkeley Lab

UC Scientist Offers Suggestion on How to Rethink Your New Year’s Resolution

Have you ever failed at keeping a New Year’s resolution? You’re joining a sizable crowd. It’s challenging to make a change in our behavior — but Eric Spangenberg is here to help. Spangenberg, the dean of UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, is an expert on what is known as the question-behavior effect. More>

Changes to Look for in Your January Paycheck

UCOP recommends that employee review their January paychecks to confirm their benefits enrollments, coverages, and rates, as well as voluntary pre-tax contributions, such as flexible spending accounts, retirement savings, or commuter costs. More>

Beware of Unauthorized Retirement Planning Emails

Unauthorized solicitations for retirement planning services are being sent to UC employees. UC is not endorsing these services, and contracts exclusively with Fidelity Investments for all financial education and guidance services. Fidelity is well-versed in UC retirement benefits and can meet with staff on-site. To set up a one-on-one consultation, make an appointment at myUCretirement.com.

UC Offers Emergency Support for Those Affected by Wildfires

UC is providing extra benefits assistance to help UC employees meet the needs of those affected by the current wildfires. Assistance includes accessing retirement savings for emergency expenses, replacing lost prescriptions, receiving medical, dental, vision, and emotional health support, submitting claims for loss of life or property, and using legal resources. Go here for details and contact information.

Comment Period Open: Proposed UC Sexual Violence, Harassment Policy Revision

The University of California is proposing a revision to the UC systemwide Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH) policy. This is the policy upon which Berkeley Lab’s SVSH policy in the Requirements and Policies Manual (RPM) is based. Go here for more information and to provide comments on the proposed revisions.

UC Compensation Policy Change – Comment Period

The University of California is proposing a revision to the UC systemwide Compensation policy (PPSM 30 – Compensation). This is the policy upon which Berkeley Lab’s Compensation policy in the Requirements and Policies Manual (RPM) is based. Go here for more information and to provide comments on the proposed revisions.

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>

Lab Researchers to Speak on Water Research in Sacramento on Aug. 1

Researchers Chinmayee Subban, Peter Nico, Dan Miller, and Peter Fiske will speak about their work to develop climate-resistant solutions for a secure and sustainable water future on Aug. 1 in Sacramento. Their presentation, “Innovative Technologies to Expand California’s Water Supply,” will be hosted at the UC Center. More>

Asmita Patel Named New CUCSA Delegate for the Lab

Asmita Patel of the Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics Division has been appointed to represent Berkeley Lab as the new delegate for the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA). She joins current Lab CUCSA delegate Kat Wentworth. CUCSA seeks to maintain and enhance communication within the UC community on matters of interest to employees.

UC Awarded $1.1M to Build Solar-Powered Water Purification Systems

UC Solar received a $1.1 million grant from DOE’s Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to develop solar-thermal desalination technologies that reduce the cost of creating fresh water from otherwise unusable waters such as seawater, brackish water, and polluted water. UC Solar is a multi-campus research collaborative launched in 2010 that comprises researchers from nine UC campuses and Berkeley Lab. More>