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    RESCHEDULED: Academic Narratives Workshop
    Lab staff are invited to a workshop on Academic Narratives with Terry Johnson, an associate professor at UC Berkeley, at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, in Building 59-3101. Workshop participants will learn about the concept of constructing a narrative, and then work in small groups to discuss developing a narrative that best fits their experiences and goals. Go here for more information and to register. LDAP login required.
    Watch Your Home Mail for 2019 Open Enrollment Benefits Information
    The 2019 employee benefits booklet will be mailed to your home address beginning Oct. 19. Open Enrollment begins Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. and closes Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. The booklet provides details on the changes for 2019. Stop by an HR Benefits help session or the Lab’s vendor fair on Nov. 15 for more information. More>
    Three-Day Strike to Start Oct. 23; Shuttles, Gate Access to be Impacted
    The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) EX bargaining unit has notified the University of California of its intent to conduct a UC-system-wide strike next week. The strike is expected to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4 a.m. and end Friday, Oct. 26 at 3:59 a.m. At the Lab, gate restrictions and shuttle bus route changes will be in place during the strike, along with other changes. More>
    Add to Your Professional Skill Set Using LinkedIn Training
    LinkedIn Learning is now available for employees to get free training in a variety of topics, including business, technology, and creative skills. The courses are viewable via three-to-five minute videos, accessible via computer or mobile device. While a LinkedIn account is not required, connecting through your own account enables users to receive customized recommendations. Send email here for more information.
    Lab Launches New Conflict Resolution Services Program
    Workplace conflict can look like healthy collegial disagreements that generate the next great discovery, or unhealthy disputes that lead to diminished job satisfaction, productivity, or team cohesion. Today (Oct. 15), the Lab’s Human Resources Division is introducing its new Conflict Resolution Services Program designed to help resolve potentially disruptive conflict at the earliest possible stage. More>
    Keep Your Contact Information Current
    It is important for employees to ensure that their correct home address, phone number, and emergency contact information are on file at the Lab. Updates can be made at the Employee Self-Service website. Any updates to home addresses will be sent electronically to the benefit plan providers and will be used for mailing information and to verify eligibility for some UC medical plans.
    Sept. 19 Brown Bag Will Help Answer Questions on Reclassifications, Promotions
    A brown bag session on reclassification and promotion takes place Wednesday, Sept. 19, from noon to 1 p.m., in Perseverance Hall (50-130). LaTonja Wright, an HR division partner will help attendees gain a better understanding of the Lab’s reclassification and promotion process and the tools used to assist in position analysis. The event is sponsored by the LBNL African American Resource Group.
    Finalists Selected to Compete in Sept. 20 Lab Research Slam
    Twelve postdocs will give presentations on their research on Sept. 20 for a chance to win a $3,000 first prize, $1,500 second prize, or $750 people’s choice award (based on audience voting). Judges include the Lab’s Horst Simon, Elsie Quaite-Randall, and John German, as well as Livermore Lab’s Kris Kulp and local science luminary Kishore Hari. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, followed by a reception. More>
    Watch Your Home Mail for 2019 Open Enrollment Benefits Information
    The 2019 employee benefits booklet will be mailed to your home address beginning Oct. 19. Open Enrollment begins Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. and closes Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. The booklet provides details on the changes for 2019. Stop by an HR Benefits help session or the Lab’s vendor fair on Nov. 15 for more information. More>
    Keep Your Contact Information Current
    It is important for employees to ensure that their correct home address, phone number, and emergency contact information are on file at the Lab. Updates can be made at the Employee Self-Service website. Any updates to home addresses will be sent electronically to the benefit plan providers and will be used for mailing information and to verify eligibility for some UC medical plans.
    UC’s WellBeing Initiative Offers Staff Assistance for Healthier Lives
    As part of the University of California’s WellBeing Initiative, employees have access to resources based on these four pillars: emotional, financial, nutritional, and physical. The initiative includes a variety of tools for staff, such as links to behavioral health providers, classes on budgeting, and access to diabetes-prevention programs, among other offerings. More>
    March 16 Presentation on ‘Preparing for Retirement’
    Meet retirement counselors from the UC Retirement Administration Service Center as they explain your UC retirement benefits and eligibility rules for retiree health, describe the steps you need to take when you're ready to retire, and answer your questions. The event takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Register here.
    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>
    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>
    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>
    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>
    Career Planning Workshops on July 30
    Is your career headed in the right direction? At Berkeley Lab Learning Institute’s career planning workshops on July 30, you can clarify your career values and interests and develop an action plan to meet your goals. Taught by a career-counseling specialist, this session will help you develop a career action plan and provide tools and resources to support your efforts. Two workshops are offered: a postdoc and research assistant version (BLI0118) focusing on issues in scientific careers, and a non-scientific employee version (BLI0119) focusing on general career planning issues. Registration required. If the workshop is full, contact ktanttila@lbl.gov to be placed on a waiting list.
    Performance Review Discussion Workshops Start July 16
    Does the thought of an annual performance review discussion make you uncomfortable? If so, you’re not alone: supervisors and employees alike are often anxious about these conversations. But they actually can be a great chance to build stronger working relationships. Find out more by attending a Performance Review Discussion Workshop, conducted by Berkeley Lab Learning Institute. These sessions are relevant for both scientists and non-scientists. You’ll analyze video recordings of review conversations and learn useful communication techniques. Attend the supervisor workshop (BLI2019) on July 16 or 31, or the employee workshop (BLI2020) on July 18 or August 8. All run from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration required.
    Workshop on Communication and Personality Style Differences
    Are you struggling to communicate with someone at work? Could personality style differences be the reason? Attend BLI3003 Understanding Differences: Personality Styles on Wednesday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, to learn how to enhance your interactions with others whose styles are different than your own. During this Berkeley Lab Learning Institute workshop, you’ll take a personality style assessment and work on case studies to identify solutions to common style-related communication issues. Registration required.
    Presentation Skills Workshop for English Language Learners
    Want to enhance your skills in preparing and making presentations in English? Attend Presentation Skills for English Language Learners (BLI1125), a Berkeley Lab Learning Institute (BLI) course open to scientific and operations staff members whose native language is not English. Conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays, July 12 through Sept. 6, this course will help you clearly convey your message in English and increase your confidence through practice and individual feedback. Registration required. Obtain a Project ID Number from your supervisor to cover the course cost of $275. If the course is full, contact ktanttila@lbl.gov to be placed on a waiting list.
    Enhance Your Supervisory Skills at June 19 Workshop
    How do you manage a technically talented employee with poor communication skills? What can you do about a poor performer who’s coming back from medical leave? Find out the best approaches to these and other performance management challenges at Berkeley Lab Learning Institute’s Supervisor Scenario Workshop (BLI0122) on Wednesday, June 19, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. This workshop is required for all new supervisors and a helpful refresher for those with more experience. Using a problem-solving model, you’ll work on a variety of case study scenarios, with Laboratory subject matter experts on hand to answer your questions. Registration required.
    June 4 Workshop on Understanding Cultural Differences
    Are you struggling to communicate with someone on your team? Could cultural differences be the reason? To get the most out of a multicultural team, it’s important to understand these differences and learn to collaborate effectively. Find out more at Understanding Differences for Better Team Performance: Cultural Differences (BLI3002), a Berkeley Lab Learning Institute workshop, on Tuesday, June 4. Participants will analyze their own cultural style, learn multicultural communication techniques, and create an action plan to enhance your team’s interactions. Registration required.
    ‘Job Hunting in Academia’ Workshop on May 2
    Are you organized for your academic job search? Join Cynthia Fuhrmann on Thursday, May 2, for Job Hunting in Academia Part I (BLI1063), a Berkeley Lab Learning Institute workshop, for tips on refining and tailoring your cover letter, CV, and research and teaching statements to help ensure they stand out from the pack. Fuhrmann, assistant dean of Career & Professional Development at the University of Massachusetts, has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from UCSF and a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from UC Davis. This session is part of BLI’s Career Development Workshop Series for postdocs and graduate students. Scientists are also welcome to attend. Registration required.
    Class on Archiving Files and Records on April 25
    Are you running out of space in your office, moving to a new office, or tasked with processing the records of retiring (or already retired) scientists? Learn more about files that need to be kept, which can be archived, which can be disposed of, and DOE and Lab compliance at a workshop (BLI0926) sponsored by the Archives and Records Office (ARO) and the Berkeley Lab Learning Institute (BLI) on Thursday, April 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Perseverance Hall. Registration is required. More>
    Postdoc Association Hosts International Thanksgiving Potluck
    The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association invites employees and their families to join an international Thanksgiving potluck party on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., at 2030 Addison St., Suite 640B, in downtown Berkeley. Attendees are encouraged to bring their signature national dish. Go here to RSVP.
    Jerry Nazareta Wins Lab Golf Club Championship
    Jerry Nazareta of UC Berkeley was crowned “Golfer of the Year,” besting runner-up Jin-Young Jung (Engineering Division) at the Lab Golf Club’s final tournament on Nov. 10. The Golf Club holds tournaments each month, from March through November. For information on joining the club, contact Patty Giuntoli.
    Winners Announced for Photo Club ‘Forgotten Objects’ Contest
    John Christensen (EESA) won first place, with Haris Mahic (ALS) in second, John O’Brien (EESA) and Arkadeep Kumar (ETA) tied for third, and Janie Page (ETA) in fourth. Go here to view the winning images and for more on the Lab’s Photo Club.
    Judith Campisi to Speak at EX-Ls Luncheon on Nov. 15
    Biosciences’ Judith Campisi will give a talk on “The Essence of Senescence” at the next ‘EX-Ls’ Berkeley Lab Retirement Association luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Berkeley Marina at 200 Marina Blvd. Registration costs $40. Questions? Contact Kathy Bjornstad, EX-Ls activity coordinator.
    Want to Improve Your Public Speaking? Toastmasters Club Hosts Nov. 8 Open House
    Join the Lab’s Toastmasters – a group dedicated to improving public speaking and leadership skills – at an open house on Thursday, Nov. 8 at noon, in Building 70A, Room 3377. Attendees can see firsthand how the weekly Toastmasters meetings work, and learn more from club members. The event will feature James Forslind, an experienced speaker who will talk about his journey through Toastmasters. Refreshments will be provided.
    Do You Have a Seat at the Table? Sign Up to Be a Thanksgiving Host or Guest
    The gLoBaL Employee Resource Group is matching international employees and hosts for Thanksgiving dinner. GLoBal will match guests and hosts who fill out an online form by Nov. 16. Participants will be notified of their match on Nov. 19 via email, leaving it to both guests and hosts to arrange details such as transportation and who gets the drumstick. More>
    Lab Employees Put Halloween Spirit on Display
    Who's got spirit? Berkeley Lab employees do, especially when it's time to celebrate Halloween. Go here to see a slideshow of the ghouls, ghosts, and goblins on display at the offices of Maria Atkinson (OCFO), Sue Broadway (Health Services), Giselle Jiles (ATAP), Nieves Kooyman (EESA), Kelly Palkki (EHS), Sara Ricks (Biosciences), and David Stein (Assurance and Integrity Office).
    Postdoc Association to Host New ‘Cultural Lunch’ Event
    The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association’s inaugural Cultural Lunch will take place at noon this Friday, Nov. 2, in Building 54, Room 130. Louise Lassalle, a postdoc in the Biosciences Area, will discuss examples of French politeness and faux pas. Bring your own lunch to this casual event to meet new people and learn more about the diverse places we come from. More>
    New Weight Watchers Session Starts Nov. 15
    A new series of Weight Watchers sessions will start Thursday, Nov. 15. Sessions will be held every Thursday at 11:15 a.m. The class is limited to 40 people. To sign up or get more information, contact Health Services (x6266).
    Limited Amount of Flu Vaccine Still Available
    Health Services has procured a small amount of additional flu vaccine. Employees can drop by Building 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to have the vaccine administered.
    Resources to Help Make Healthy Eating Choices
    Are you interested in learning more about nutrition and healthy eating? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides information on making healthy food choices, while the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers tips on building healthy eating patterns.
    Drop-In Flu Shots Available
    While the flu clinics sponsored by Health Services are done, a limited supply of flu vaccine is still available. Employees who have not yet received a flu shot can stop by Building 26 on a drop-in basis between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    Health Services Offers Free Flu Shots on Friday Afternoons
    Health Services will hold flu shot clinics on Fridays through mid-October, from 1 to 3 p.m., in Building 26. All vaccines are preservative-free, and there is no charge to employees. No appointments are needed. Go here for information about this year’s vaccine, or contact Health Services (x6266).
    Getting Enough Sleep? Here Are Some Resources to Help Get Much Needed Rest
    Sleep is important to our overall physical health and well-being. The National Institutes of Health offers a guide on healthy sleep. Kaiser provides resources and information on insomnia. Learn more about sleep disorders from the Sutter Medical Group. Cognitive behavioral therapy may offer relief for sleeplessness. If you think you might have a sleep disorder talk with your doctor or clinician.
    Take Steps to Relieve Stress for a Healthier Life
    Stress can be a part of our everyday lives, but too much can not only affect how you feel but have long-term health effects. Get tips on how to relieve stress from Sutter Health and the American Psychological Association. For additional help, contact the Employee Assistance Program or contact your behavioral health plan.
    Weight Watchers Informational Meeting on June 7
    Weight Watchers will return to the Lab with an informational meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, in the Building 66 Auditorium. There are limited openings, so those interested in attending should contact Health Services (x6266) soon.
    Irfan Siddiqi Interviewed by NBC News Bay Area on Quantum Computing
    The Lab’s Irfan Siddiqi recently appeared on NBC’s Press:Here program to discuss quantum computing and a Lab and UC Berkeley collaboration called “Berkeley Quantum.” Berkeley Quantum will advance U.S. quantum capabilities by conducting basic research, fabricating and testing quantum-based devices and technologies, and educating the next generation of researchers.
    Jerry Nazareta Wins Lab Golf Club Championship
    Jerry Nazareta of UC Berkeley was crowned “Golfer of the Year,” besting runner-up Jin-Young Jung (Engineering Division) at the Lab Golf Club’s final tournament on Nov. 10. The Golf Club holds tournaments each month, from March through November. For information on joining the club, contact Patty Giuntoli.
    Got Side Hustle? Why You Need to Have Your Outside Consulting Gig Reviewed
    This article on the need to get outside consulting work reviewed is the first in a three-part ‘Conflict of Interest’ series intended to help Lab employees understand their responsibilities with regards to outside employment, commercializing Lab technology, and financial decisions they may influence (or appear to influence) as a Lab official. Go here to read part one, which features Lab researcher William Jagust.
    Q&A With Lab Veterans Tina Declerck, Nick Everson, and Tom Hussey
    In honor of Veterans Day, the Lab’s Tina Declerck of NERSC, Tom Hussey of the OCFO, and Nick Everson of JBEI and the Biosciences Area, answered some questions about their service, why they joined, and how their time in the military intersects with their current work, among other topics. Go here to see their answers.
    Visiting Student Exposed to New Areas of Research and Creative Ideas at the Lab
    Brooke Kuei, a Ph.D. student and budding science writer who is working at the Advanced Light Source, recently posted a blog on Medium talking about her experiences at the Lab. “I miss my friends at Penn State, my bed, and my daily routine back home, but working at Berkeley certainly has its perks: good weather, good food, and the opportunity to be part of a community that lives and breathes science,” she writes. More>
    Postdoc Investigates the Interactions Between Soil Microbes and Plants
    Lauren Jabusch has been passionate about sustainability and outreach since her early days as a freshman at UC Davis. Nearly a decade later, she has earned a bachelor’s, a master’s, and most recently a doctoral degree in biosystems engineering. Now a postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley Lab, Jabusch investigates the interactions between soil microbes and plants. More>
    MSD’s Rosemary Williams Awarded Safety Hero Prize
    Rosemary Williams — an administrative assistant in the Materials Sciences Division — is a recent recipient of Berkeley Lab’s quarterly “Safety Hero” $50 raffle prize for helping to prevent injuries in her office area. More>
    Expert Q&A: Safeguarding the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure
    In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Sean Peisert, a cybersecurity expert and staff scientist in the Lab's Computational Research Division, discusses new methods that have the potential to keep our energy infrastructure safe from a cyberattack. More>
    A Fond Farewell to Retiring CFO Kim Williams
    Kim Williams was joined by colleagues, friends, and family on Oct. 4 to celebrate her retirement after 12 years with the Lab, the last six as the Chief Financial Officer. Both Lab Director Mike Witherell and Deputy Lab Director for Operations Michael Brandt gave remarks lauding her career, followed by testimonials from those who worked alongside her. View a slideshow of the event here.
    Berkeley Lab EX-Ls Retiree Reception October 4
    On Thursday, Oct. 4, Lab retirees, or employees close to retirement, are invited to join Director Mike Witherell at a reception from 3 - 5 p.m in the Lab Cafeteria to honor the Lab's retirement community. Light refreshments will be served. This event is in partnership with the Berkeley Lab EX-Ls, Berkeley Lab, and the UC Berkeley Retirement Center. RSVP to kathy.bjornstad73@gmail.com.
    UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Course Sept. 12 to Oct. 3
    Planning to retire from full-time work? Are you ready? The Berkeley Retirement Center is hosting a series of four classes that cover everything from retirement benefits to work-life transitions. The course takes place on Wednesdays from Sept. 12 to Oct. 3, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Go here for more information and to register.
    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>
    Glenn Kubiak, Retiring Feb. 16, Reflects on a Career in Support of Science
    Looking back on his tenure at the Lab, Kubiak says that it is the people who have really made his time here valuable: "Those thousands of interactions are a gift. The chance to interact with and be influenced by that many talented and dedicated people is amazing." A reception celebrating Kubiak's career will be held Friday, Feb. 9. More>
    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.
    UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Programs
    The four-week course takes place on Wednesdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Go here for more information and here to register. The center is also offering a free "Resilient Aging Lab" workshop on Oct. 6., which explores the journey of retirement, including practical tools and support for planning your next chapter. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.
    Congratulations to the Lab’s 2017 Retirees
    This honor roll represents nearly 900 years of UC service. The top three with the most years of service include Denise Davis (OCFO) with 40.5 years, Sergio Rugar Rogoff (Engineering) with 39, and Rick Diamond (ETA) with 37. Best of luck to all of our retirees as they pursue endeavors beyond the Lab.
    Postdoc Association Hosts International Thanksgiving Potluck
    The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association invites employees and their families to join an international Thanksgiving potluck party on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., at 2030 Addison St., Suite 640B, in downtown Berkeley. Attendees are encouraged to bring their signature national dish. Go here to RSVP.
    Who’s Your Favorite Scientist? These Kids Answer in Entertaining Ways
    While staffing the Lab’s booth at the Discovery Day science education event on Nov. 3, employees stopped to talk with students from elementary school to high school to find out who their favorite scientist is. They gave a broad range of answers — from Frankenstein to the character “Doc” in the “Back to the Future” films — in typical kid fashion.
    Lab Veterans Invited to Nov. 13 Appreciation Luncheon; Request to Self-Identify
    Armed Forces veteran employees are invited to an appreciation luncheon on Nov. 13. If you are a veteran and have not received an invitation, contact Joelle Bradley. Veterans are also encouraged to self-identify in the HR system to receive notification of any future veterans events. Use your LDAP to log in, select “self identification” from the menu, and scroll down to the section on “U.S. Military and Protected Veterans.”
    Lab Brings Science to the People at Discovery Day at AT&T Park
    Discovery Day at AT&T Park, held Nov. 3 as part of the Bay Area Science Festival, was the culmination of a series of local activities for young scientists. The free event was packed with children of all ages getting hands-on experience with goop, brains, robots, and rockets. The Berkeley Lab booth added kale, lettuce, lights, bacteria, and even pepper to the experiment opportunities offered to attendees. Go here for more info and a photo feature.
    Dark Matter Day: The Lighter Side of Dark Matter
    Yesterday was Halloween, but did you know it was also Dark Matter Day? In this video from a Q&A livestreamed yesterday, Berkeley Lab’s Dan McKinsey, Simone Pagan-Griso, and Matt Pyle of the Physics Division share their expertise and insights about mysterious, elusive dark matter and the experiments designed to search for it.
    Attend Lawrence Hall of Science Event Featuring NSF Director France Córdova
    The Lawrence Hall of Science is hosting Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, for a presentation and reception on Nov. 5. Attendees will learn about the NSF’s current priorities, network with UC Berkeley faculty and community stakeholders, and make connections that enable further collaborations around broader impacts, education, and outreach activities. The event is free, but registration is required.
    Facebook Live Event on the Lighter Side of Dark Matter This Wednesday
    Watch Lab scientists Dan McKinsey, Simone Pagan-Griso, and Matt Pyle share their expertise and insights about dark matter as well as the experiments designed to search for it at this Facebook Live Event at 9 a.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 31.
    Have You Decorated Your Lab Space for Halloween? Share a Photo With TABL
    Has the spirit of Halloween moved you and your colleagues to put up goulish decorations in your office? Or maybe you’ve transformed your cubicle into a scary space? If so, take a photo and we’ll share it with the Lab on Oct. 31. Send photos to communications@lbl.gov by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 30.