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    New Workshop on Intellectual Property and the Commercial Value of Research
    The Innovations & Partnerships Office will host a workshop for postdocs and early career scientists on "Intellectual Property and the Commercial Value of Research." The workshop - on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the Building 66 Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. - highlights the fundamentals of intellectual property and provides a framework for understanding the commercial value of your research. Register here (course PDT0108).
    United Auto Workers Organizing Scientific Research Staff at the Lab
    The United Auto Workers union is seeking to organize UC graduate student research assistants, scientific engineering associates, project scientists and engineers, career/career-track research and staff scientists and engineers, and senior scientists. UC respects the right to organize. Go here for information on your rights, the unionization process, and what being unionized means.
    Peter Fiske Leads Jan. 18 Postdoc Workshop on Informational Interviewing
    Informational Interviewing is an effective way of uncovering job opportunities, identifying new research sponsors and projects, and expanding networks. To aid Lab postdocs, EESA’s Peter Fiske will lead a workshop on "Informational Interviewing: The Key to Unlocking Career Opportunities in Science and Beyond” at noon on Jan. 18. Sign-up via Employee Self Service (class code PDT107).
    Telecommuting Request Form Now Available in AskUs; Jan. 16 Info Desk
    The Lab revised its Flexible Work Options policy in 2017 and created a Telecommuting Guidelines and Resources webpage. Now, the Telecommuting Request form is available via the AskUs System. Users are invited to provide feedback on the new form here, or stop by an information table in the cafeteria on Tuesday, Jan. 16. HR representatives will staff the table from noon to 1 p.m.
    HR Performance Management Survey Deadline is Feb. 2
    Human Resources is sponsoring a performance management survey to provide employees with the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences with the current program. Responses will be used to guide future decisions regarding the performance management review process and overall employee experience. The survey is open until Feb. 2. Go here to access the survey.
    A Fresh Look for the Berkeley Lab Careers Site
    The Berkeley Lab Careers site at jobs.lbl.gov has been updated for an improved applicant experience. Highlights include an upgraded design with engaging content, mobile responsive layout, filtered search functionality by job categories, a stronger diversity, equity and inclusion focus, and a page for applicants with visual impairments. Check out the site here.
    How Improving Accessibility for Some Improves Accessibility for All
    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We feature All Access Berkeley Lab, an Employee Resource Group (ERG) working to make our workplace and activities more accessible. The group is co-chaired by Betsy MacGowan (right) and Misha Gonzalez. Computing ALD Kathy Yelick is the executive sponsor. Go here to learn more about the All Access ERG.
    Announcing Launch of Veteran Self-ID Campaign and Video
    The Veterans Employee Resource Group is reaching out to all Lab veterans to ask for help in identifying themselves as a veteran through the Employee Self-Service system. Self-identifying will help the Lab employ and retain veterans. Watch this video to learn more. All self-identified veterans will receive a Berkeley Lab challenge coin. 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>
    Benefits Office Hosts Sept. 28 Seminar on Understanding Estate Planning
    The seminar will look at who needs estate planning, why and when estate planning should take place, the advantages and disadvantages of a will, what a living trust is, and controlling assets when incapacitated by accident or illness. The event — led by representatives from ARAG, the Lab’s legal benefit provider — takes place at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium.
    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>
    Incorrect Date for Cesar Chavez Day in Lab Holiday Calendar
    The Lab's holiday calendar previously listed Cesar Chavez Day as Friday, March 24, but the correct date is actually Friday, March 31. Employees can take March 24, if they had already planned to do so due to the error, or Friday March 31. For more information, contact Bharat Parikh.
    Financial Education Workshops This Month
    The workshops — hosted by the Energy Sciences Area and led by Nancy Pargot of Fidelity — include “The UC retirement System (March 9),” “Creating Budgets, Reducing Debt, and Building Savings” (March 17), and “Women and Investing” (March 24). A workshop on leaves of absence, including disability benefits, FMLA, and parental leave, will be held March 22. More>
    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>
    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>
    Celebrate Chinese New Year With Lab’s Asian Association on Feb. 25
    The Berkeley Lab Asian Association (BLAA) will host its annual Chinese New Year Festival on Sunday, Feb. 25, from noon to 3 p.m., at Perseverance Hall inside the cafeteria building (Bldg. 54, Room 130). Lab employees and affiliates are welcome to bring their family and friends to the celebration; email BLAA President Larry Li Guo if you’re planning to attend.
    Marissa Smithwick Gives Life to Lab’s Red Cross Blood Drives
    Since joining the Lab, Marissa Smithwick of the Facilities Division has been devoted to safety and volunteering. She is a member of the Building Emergency Team and a certified Emergency Medical Technician. She also keeps the Lab's Red Cross blood drive going. The next session is Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the cafeteria parking lot. Register here (code LBL). More>
    Winners Announced for Photo Club ‘Fog & Clouds’ Contest
    Tied for first place are Karen Salvini (Directorate), James King (OCFO), and Alex Friedman (ATAP). In second place is Christina Patricola (EESA). Tied for third are Haris Mahic (ALS) and Doug Lockhart (retiree). In fourth place is Sayan Gupta (Biosciences). Go here to view the winning images and for more on the Photo Club.
    Lab Dance Club Offers Noon Salsa Lessons
    Join fellow members of the Lab Dance Club for free salsa lessons, geared toward beginner and intermediate skill levels. Weekly sessions start Monday, Feb. 12, in Bldg. 76-235 over the noon hour, with practices on Wednesdays at the same time and location. No previous dance experience or partner required. Participants should wear comfortable shoes that don't grip the floor. Contact Jeff Philliber (x5257) for more information.
    Seismic Improvement Rebates Offered for Berkeley Residents
    Berkeley residents are eligible for rebates up to $3,000 from California's Residential Mitigation Program for making certain seismic improvements to their homes. Registration is open until Feb. 23. Learn more at an information meeting on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at 997 Cedar St. RSVP here.
    Employee Discount for Feb. 1 Berkeley Symphony Concert
    The Berkeley Symphony Concert Program III, Guetty & Berlioz, takes place at 8 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. Lab staff can purchase balcony seats for $10 with the code LABGRAD10, or rear or front orchestra, or rear-side mezzanine for $20 with code LAB20. Go here to purchase tickets. The Lab’s Postdoc Association is sponsoring this offer.
    Staffer Captures Frolicking Deer in the Pit Parking Lot
    Deb Wendt of Strategic Communications parks in the Pit (D) lot so she can climb the steps and get some exercise each day. Last month, she noticed movement out of the corner of her eye and saw two young deer that appeared to be playing with each other. She quickly pulled out her phone and captured this adorable video. “It reminded me of the dog park, except with deer!” she said.
    Full Results of Runaround Now Posted
    Did you participate in the Nov. 17 Runaround? Now you can find your official time by visiting the Runaround website. Harmen Hoek was the top male runner and Jennifer Doyle was the top female. Norman Edelstein was the only over-80-year-old finisher. Brian Bonner, Jorgen Randrup, and Michael Barnett were top runners in the age 70-79 bracket.
    Lab Dance Club Offers Noon Salsa Lessons
    Join fellow members of the Lab Dance Club for free salsa lessons, geared toward beginner and intermediate skill levels. Weekly sessions start Monday, Feb. 12, in Bldg. 76-235 over the noon hour, with practices on Wednesdays at the same time and location. No previous dance experience or partner required. Participants should wear comfortable shoes that don't grip the floor. Contact Jeff Philliber (x5257) for more information.
    If You Have the Flu, Stay Home
    Health Services would like to remind employees who are diagnosed with influenza by a physician - or who have a febrile respiratory illness during a period of increased influenza activity in the community - to remain at home until the fever and cough are resolved to avoid exposing coworkers and other members of the public. More>
    Free Flu Vaccine Available
    Free flu shots are available from Health Services in Building 26 on Oct. 4, Oct. 11, and 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; no appointment is needed. The vaccine is preservative free.
    Lab Lactation Rooms Are Reserved for Nursing Mothers Only
    With Mother’s Day just around the corner, employees are reminded that Lab lactation rooms on the hill and off site are reserved solely for nursing mothers. Other uses (such as breaks or phone calls) are prohibited. Nursing mothers can reserve the rooms via Google calendar. Contact the Diversity & Inclusion Office for questions or concerns. More>
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month
    Since 1949, mental health advocates have led the observance of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. In the U.S, one in five adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Click here for mental health tips to try in May. ‘Be Well at Work,’ the Lab’s employee assistance program, also provides free confidential counseling, referral, workshops, and resources. More>
    Weight Watchers at Work
    Health Services is exploring options to bring the Weight Watchers at Work program back to the Lab. Limited space is available, so those who are able to commit to the 17-week program should contact Health Services at x6266.
    Stop by Health Services for Free Flu Shot
    Public health officials recommend that everyone six months and older get an annual flu shot as soon as possible. Health Services has preservative-free vaccine available. Staff can drop by Building 26 between 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to get a flu shot, free of charge. No appointment is needed.
    Be Good to Yourself…Attend Weekly Lab Yoga Classes
    Is taking better care of your body among your New Year’s resolutions? Consider attending classes hosted by the Lab’s Yoga Club on Mondays and Fridays in Bldg. 70-191 from noon to 1:15 p.m. All levels are welcome. Equipment (mats, blocks, straps) is provided. Cost is $15 per class, or $60 for a series of five. First class on Friday is free. Classes are listed on the Lab events calendar.
    From Belgrade to Berkeley: A Postdoc’s Path in Particle Physics
    After completing her Ph.D. thesis in calculating the mass of the W boson - an elementary particle that mediates one of the universe's fundamental forces -physics researcher Aleksandra Dimitrievska is now testing components at Berkeley Lab for a scheduled upgrade of the world's largest particle detectors. More>
    Marissa Smithwick Gives Life to Lab’s Red Cross Blood Drives
    Since joining the Lab, Marissa Smithwick of the Facilities Division has been devoted to safety and volunteering. She is a member of the Building Emergency Team and a certified Emergency Medical Technician. She also keeps the Lab's Red Cross blood drive going. The next session is Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the cafeteria parking lot. Register here (code LBL). 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>
    Elias Sebti Is Taking Charge of Battery Power
    A recent Daily Californian article featured Elias Sebti, a UC Berkeley student and Berkeley Lab materials sciences researcher. Sebti analyzes different compositions of cells in order to determine their stability, durability and capability as a power source. He and his colleagues are working toward a cheaper, stronger lithium-ion battery. More>
    Director’s Message on Appointment of New Deputy Director for Operations
    Michael Brandt has been appointed as the Deputy Lab Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer. He will begin his tenure on March 5. He replaces Glenn Kubiak, who is retiring on Feb. 16. We will announce the interim Deputy Lab Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer in the next few days. More>
    How Anna Spurlock’s Brainy Idea Turned Into an Early Career — in Neuroeconomics
    With traffic congestion at a record high, some Bay Area officials would like to see more people use public transportation. Habits, however, are hard to break, and so the gridlock grinds on. But for Early Career LDRD awardee Anna Spurlock of ETA, the path to changing our minds about driving lies deep within — our brains. This is the second in a series of features on Early Career LDRD recipients. More>
    Q&A With Jens Birkholzer on State Gas Storage Report
    In a recent Q&A, Jens Birkholzer discussed his work on a report on the safety and reliability of California's underground gas storage (UGS) facilities. A massive 2016 leak from the state's largest facility, Aliso Canyon, raised the visibility of UGS in California and across the nation. Curt Oldenburg and Jeff Greenblatt also contributed to the report. More>
    Director’s Message on Ramamoorthy Ramesh Stepping Down as ETA Leader
    Associate Lab Director Ramamoorthy Ramesh has announced his plans to step down as the leader of the Energy Technologies Area (ETA) to focus on his research in correlated oxides and ultra-low-power oxide electronics. A nationwide search for a new leader of ETA will begin immediately. He will step down on July 1. 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.
    June 23 Retirement Party for Chemical Sciences Division Director Ali Belkacem
    Employees are invited to attend a retirement celebration for Ali Belkacem on Friday, June 23, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria dining hall. Deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, June 20. Belkacem previously served as Chemical Sciences deputy director and acting director, assuming the directorship in 2013. He is also a principal investigator with the Ultrafast X-Ray Science Lab.
    Retiring in June? Add Your Name to the Lab Honor Roll
    The list is not only a tribute to staff and their careers, but also lets current employees know who among their colleagues is moving on. The list will be published in TABL in late June. To be included, submit your information here. If you know a retiree who’s already left, forward this article to them.
    May 31 Reception Honoring Recent and Past Retirees; Sign Up for Honor Roll
    A reception honoring recent and past retirees of the Lab will be held at the cafeteria on May 31 between 5:30 and 7 p.m. The event is organized in partnership with the Berkeley Lab EX-Ls and UC Berkeley Retirement Center. Go here to register. Submit your info here to be included in an honor roll recognizing 2017 retirees to be published in TABL in June.
    UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Course
    The UC Retirement Center hosts a four-week, pre-retirement planning course on Wednesdays, Feb. 8 to March 1, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Also offered is a series of workshops on long-term care and estate planning (including a legal clinic) on April 6, 13, 20 and May 11.
    Black History Month: Feb. 27 Talk by NASA Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi
    Hakeem Oluseyi of the Florida Institute of Technology will give a brown-bag lunch talk called "Hacking the Stars" on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Oluseyi will discuss his professional journey as an astrophysicist, cosmologist, inventor, educator, science communicator, author, actor, and humanitarian. He will also share his personal experiences. More>
    Seeking Nominations for ‘Women @ The Lab’ 2018 Honorees
    Staff are invited to submit nominations for talented and dedicated women whose contributions and achievements to the Lab's mission merit recognition. Nominations are accepted for various categories. Honorees will be celebrated at the "Women @ The Lab" event in June, sponsored by the Women Scientists and Engineers Council. The nomination deadline is March 9. More>
    Postdoc Association Hosts Ice Cream ‘Meet & Greet’ on Feb. 7
    Employees are invited to the February edition of the Postdoc Association's "Meet & Greet" monthly gathering on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. on the cafeteria patio area. With warm days upon us, this month's theme is ice cream.
    ‘Still They Rise’ – African American ERG Seeks Empowerment for All
    As part of Black History Month, we highlight the Lab's African American Employee Resource Group and its efforts to advance a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. Founded in 2016, the group's strategic priorities encompass four core actions: recruit, retain, empower, and inspire. More>
    UC Berkeley Hosts ‘Love Data Week’ Feb. 12-16
    Love Data Week 2018 is a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness about data visualization, management, sharing, and preservation. UC Berkeley's University Library, Research-IT department, and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science are hosting activities on campus. Go here for more information and to register.
    Stunning Images Submitted for ALS ‘Science as Art’ Competition
    Advanced Light Source users were invited to submit images for a "Science as Art" competition, which are featured on the Lab's Instagram page. Four winners were selected. The DOE featured the images on their Instagram mobile feed as well. Go here to view a slideshow of the images.
    Lab Staff Invited to Annual WSEC Networking Forum on Feb. 5
    Berkeley Lab’s Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) will be hosting its annual networking forum on Monday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. This event will provide an opportunity to network with Lab senior leadership and scientific staff. This year’s program will feature Physics Division Director Natalie Roe. All employees are welcome to attend. More>
    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.