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    Limited Seats for Harassment Prevention Workshops on Dec. 18
    Harassment prevention training often focuses on what not to do, but a new series of interactive workshops that concentrate on encouraging a welcoming and collaborative workplace at the Lab is being offered. Limited seats are available for supervisor and employee trainings on Dec. 18. More>
    Limited Seats Available for Interactive Harassment Prevention Workshop
    There are limited seats available for two interactive-theater harassment prevention workshops on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Building 66 auditorium and Thursday, Dec. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Building 66 auditorium. Click on one of the dates above to register. Those attending will receive credit for the required annual harassment prevention webinar. For more information, contact eeoaa@lbl.gov.
    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.
    Be Aware of Increased Stress Over the Holidays
    A person may experience increased stress and exhaustion during the holidays if they are coping with significant work or life changes, family or health challenges, or loss of a loved one. You need to take care of yourself with proper rest and nutrition, stay connected to support, and ask for help if needed. The Employee Assistance Program offers free counseling services to Lab employees. Go here for tips on holiday stress relief.
    Take Open Enrollment Survey for a Chance to Win Prizes
    The Benefits office is seeking feedback on their communications efforts around this year’s Open Enrollment. Those who respond to this survey will have their names entered into a drawing for prizes, including sunglasses, Amazon gift cards, and an Amazon Echo, among other gifts. The raffle will take place on Dec. 18. The winners will be announced in TABL on Dec. 20.
    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.
    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.
    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>
    Employee Discount for Jan. 31 Berkeley Symphony Concert
    Special rates are available for the Berkeley Symphony upcoming concert “Britten and Bernstein” on Thursday Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. in UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. Lab employees can purchase $20 tickets (front and rear orchestra) using code LABGRAD20 and $10 tickets (rear balcony) using code LABGRAD10. Purchase here or call (510) 841-2800, ext. 1. This offer is sponsored by the Lab’s Postdoc Association.
    Happy Holidays From the Lab’s Photo Club
    Contributing photographers are Michael Wehner, Monique Fix, Tina Declerck, John Christensen, Stephanie Daglia, Spencer Klein, Karen Lingua, Janie Page, and Arkadeep Kumar. Go here to view their images and for more on the Photo Club.
    Employee Activity Association Budget Applications Due Dec. 14
    Budget applications for FY19 are due this Friday for any existing or new Employee Activities Association clubs. The application packet should be sent as a PDF to eaa@lbl.gov by Dec. 14. Those who have already submitted an application should forward it to eaa@lbl.gov. Budgets must include only allowable items. Go here to see what is allowable.
    Winners Announced for Photo Club ‘Funny/Humorous/Fun’ Contest
    Doug Lockhart (retired) won first place, while Stephen Czarnecki and Lockhart tied for second place, John O’Brien and Tom Ruegg tied for third place, and John Christensen won fourth place. Go here to see the winning images and for more on the Lab’s Photo Club.
    Holiday Craft Fair Scheduled for Dec. 13
    The craft fair will feature a variety of handmade goods for sale, including jewelry, jams, jellies, desserts, candies, local honey, soap, hand-sewn bags, photography, paintings, items made from recycled horseshoes, succulents, and seasonal decorations. The event runs from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Go here for a list of items for sale.
    Learn About India at Postdoc Association Cultural Lunch
    After exploring France and Poland, the Postdoc Association’s cultural lunch series will this time travel to India, guided by Venkitesh Ayyar of NERSC. Learn more about this country at noon today in Perseverance Hall. Bring your lunch. More>
    Join ‘Maintain Don’t Gain’ Challenge
    The holidays are a great time to celebrate with loved ones, but it doesn't have to include weight gain. According to the Health Services, it’s possible to enjoy all the celebrations of the season while continuing to focus on your health. Consider joining the Lab’s “Maintain Don't Gain” Challenge, an informal six-week program designed to help you stay focused on healthy eating and activities during the holiday season. Sign up here.
    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.
    Tips for Staying Healthy on International Trips
    To ensure you stay healthy during your next trip abroad, make sure your vaccines are up to date, consider getting a medical consultation at least 4-6 weeks before traveling, pack a travel health kit, and learn about any health risks associated with your destination. The CDC has additional recommendations and tips.
    Be Aware of Increased Stress Over the Holidays
    A person may experience increased stress and exhaustion during the holidays if they are coping with significant work or life changes, family or health challenges, or loss of a loved one. You need to take care of yourself with proper rest and nutrition, stay connected to support, and ask for help if needed. The Employee Assistance Program offers free counseling services to Lab employees. Go here for tips on holiday stress relief.
    Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating
    Want to take a more healthful approach to eating during the holiday season? The Lab’s Health Services recommends resources from Sutter Health that offer tips on avoiding heartburn, preventing weight gain, and fending off overeating.
    Join ‘Maintain Don’t Gain’ Challenge
    The holidays are a great time to celebrate with loved ones, but it doesn't have to include weight gain. According to the Health Services, it’s possible to enjoy all the celebrations of the season while continuing to focus on your health. Consider joining the Lab’s “Maintain Don't Gain” Challenge, an informal six-week program designed to help you stay focused on healthy eating and activities during the holiday season. Sign up here.
    Moment of Silence Rescheduled for Monday
    The moment of silence as part of the United Nations' Day of Tolerance has been rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. in the Lab auditorium. Employees at JGI, Emory Station Operations Center, Potter Street, and Hollis Street are invited to gather together at their locations to participate via livestream. Gathering locations for the livestream will be announced on Monday.
    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.
    EESA’s Robin Lopez Sparks STEM Curiosity in Berkeley Community Fund Scholars
    Robin Lopez (left) of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area recently participated in a career panel for Berkeley Community Fund scholars, speaking about his career path to Berkeley Lab and fielding questions from students. The fund’s College Success Manager said, “Robin was an incredible panelist … experiences like these can be transformative, and we are so grateful that Berkeley Lab helped us find the perfect person to inspire our students.”
    Wim Leemans to Leave Lab and Lead Accelerator Division at DESY
    Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics (ATAP) Division Director Wim Leemans is leaving Berkeley Lab to become the next director of the Accelerator Division at Germany’s DESY laboratory. He begins his new role on Feb. 1, 2019. Thomas Schenkel will lead ATAP on an interim basis. More>
    The Battery Industry Is Blowing Up and It’s Changing Everything
    The Lab’s Vince Battaglia is among the researchers interviewed in a CNBC piece on the history and future of batteries. Battery technology has been ever-evolving since the late 18th century as energy-storage needs have continued to grow. But in order to realize a fully electric future, new battery technology on a scale never before seen is required. Watch>
    A Quantum Leap in Microelectronics
    In collaboration with scientists at Intel Corp., Berkeley Lab scientist Ramamoorthy Ramesh proposes a new memory in logic device for replacing or augmenting conventional transistors. Ramesh leads a major Lab research initiative called “Beyond Moore’s Law,” which aims to develop next-generation microelectronics and computing architectures. More>
    Physics Staffer Wins 2018 AAAS Award for Children’s Science Writing
    An article by Jeanne Miller of the Physics Division has won the 2018 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for children’s science news. Her story, “Fighting to the End," highlights the Guinea worm disease that once afflicted millions of people mostly in rural areas of Africa and Asia and that is now close to eradication. Her article appeared in the October 2017 issue of Muse magazine. More>
    Royal Society of Chemistry Highlights CSD’s Toma in ‘Women of Materials Science’
    A study co-authored by Francesca Toma of the Chemical Sciences Division and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis is featured in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Celebrating Excellence in Research: Women of Materials Science,” a collection of high-quality papers by female researchers. More>
    Glaeser Honored with Glenn T. Seaborg Medal
    Robert Glaeser, senior scientist in the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division, was awarded the Glenn T. Seaborg Medal by the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. At a symposium held Nov. 10, Glaeser and Richard Henderson, a Nobel laureate in chemistry, were recognized for their "crucial contributions to the science of electron cryo-microscopy." More>
    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.
    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.
    Jan. 15 Submission Deadline for ETA Early Career Poster Competition
    Early career researchers in building science, energy-efficiency, and the electricity grid are invited to enter a prestigious poster competition. Five winners will be invited to give a five-minute talk at Rosenfeld Symposium 2019: Energy-Efficient and Grid-Interactive Buildings, to be held in Berkeley on April 23. The winners and top 30 participants in the poster contest will be invited to attend the conference free of charge. More>
    Submissions Sought for Campus Art and Science Exhibit
    Science at Cal's winter art-and-science exhibit, entitled "Vision+Light: Processing Perception," explores how artists and scientists create new ways of seeing, how imagery conveys information, and how the process of making images influences artists and scientists. Lab researchers/artists are invited to submit works for the exhibit by Jan. 28. The works will be on display on campus from Feb. 20 to March 14. More>
    2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table
    The Periodic Table is a significant scientific achievement, capturing the essence of chemistry, physics, and biology. Dmitri Mendeleev is credited with the development of the Periodic System in 1869. Berkeley Lab — where numerous elements were discovered — will celebrate the Periodic Table’s 150th anniversary this year. Watch for more in the coming weeks. More>
    Director Witherell to Give Commencement Speech at the University of Toledo
    Lab Director Mike Witherell will give the keynote address for the University of Toledo’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15. As reported by Toledo Blade, Witherell’s message will focus on “finding something you think is important to do and work hard at it and make it your passion.” He also said he is speaking at the commencement, in part, because of how important public universities are to the nation.
    Learn About Kentucky at Friday Postdoc Association Cultural Lunch
    Since the launch of the Postdoc Association Cultural Lunch, Lab employees have shared stories about their upbringings in and journeys from France, Poland, and India. On Friday, Dec. 14, Andrew Haddad, a postdoc in the Energy Technologies Area, will discuss his native state with a talk titled “A Kentucky Story: Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon, and Bats.” Bring your lunch and join us at noon in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130).
    Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association Hosts Holiday Meet & Greet on Dec. 12
    The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association invites employees and their families for a special meet & greet event to celebrate the holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. Activities for children will be held from 3 to 4 p.m.
    Lab Holiday Party on Dec. 19
    The Lab Directorate invites all Lab employees to join with their colleagues to celebrate the holidays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria’s dining hall on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be provided. Festive attire is encouraged. The cafeteria will close at 1 p.m. that day. Staff are invited to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Alameda County Food Bank.
    Holiday Craft Fair Scheduled for Dec. 13
    The craft fair will feature a variety of handmade goods for sale, including jewelry, jams, jellies, desserts, candies, local honey, soap, hand-sewn bags, photography, paintings, items made from recycled horseshoes, succulents, and seasonal decorations. The event runs from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Go here for a list of items for sale.