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Electric car discounts available to UC staff until Jan. 2, 2015

Are you thinking of buying a new car this month? If so, you might want to take advantage of a limited-time $1,000 discount for UC employees on the Nissan LEAF, a 100 percent electric, zero-emission car.

The discount is available to all UC employees and is part of the staff engagement efforts for President Napolitano's Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

With tax and local incentives, savings could add up to as much at $10,000 on the car, which, according to Nissan:

  • is the best-selling zero-emission vehicle in the world,
  • saves you up to $8,750 in fuel costs over five years,
  • drives 2.5 times further than the average driver's daily needs, and
  • eliminates the need to buy gas or have oil changes and smog checks.

If you're interested, act fast, as this offer ends on Jan. 2, 2015. You must use your UC email address to get your claim ID.

For questions, contact Jeannie Lam at or see the following:

Want to go fossil-free and power your new electric vehicle with solar panels? As part of the same staff engagement effort, UC employees are can also take advantage of rebates of $1,000 on home solar installations, which can save a typical California home $60,000 over 30 years. See more on the solar offer PDF, which does not expire in January 2015.

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

New policy proposed for open access

The University invites comments on the proposed draft Presidential Policy on Open Access, which is based on the Academic Senate Open Access Policy for all Academic Senate members adopted on July 24, 2013.

The proposed new policy extends open access rights and responsibilities to all non-Senate members of the UC community who are authors of scholarly articles, including faculty, other academic personnel, students, administrators, and staff. The policy allows non-Senate authors of scholarly articles to maintain legal control over their research articles while making their work freely available to the public. In addition, the proposed policy outlines procedures for implementing the policy for all UC authors, both Senate and non-Senate. Although the policy assumes all authors will make: their scholarly articles available to the public, there is a procedure, which authors must undertake proactively, to opt out of the open, access process.

The proposal is located on the UCOP Academic Personnel and Programs website at under "Policies under review" on the lower left navigation bar, under “Systemwide Review.”

Please send comments and questions to Robin Sanchez at no later than January 15, 2015.

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Tags: Open Access (1), policy (18), Robin Sanchez (6)

Travel funds for CE specialists to collaborate with CE advisors

ANR still has travel support available for UCCE specialists to collaborate with UCCE advisors in FY 2014/15. With the level of funds available, each specialist may apply for up to $2,000 for FY 2014/15 (funds must be expended by June 30, 2015). These travel funds must be used by UCCE specialists only and cannot be used for out-of-state travel.

Completing a short online survey is the only step in accessing these funds.

A brief survey is accessible from your ANR Portal. The survey will ask 

  • Name and title of specialist requesting support
  • Project/Program name
  • Brief project description (one paragraph)
  • Collaborating advisors

While there is no deadline for applications for these travel funds, they must be expended in the current fiscal year.

Specialists may apply for funds directly at

Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

UC app encourages people to play with food

Launched this week, the University of California's new food collage app allows users to use California-grown fruit and vegetables to create works of art. Built as part of a larger campaign underscoring the reach and relevance of public higher education, the university hopes to highlight all the unexpected — and delightful — ways that it touches the lives of everyone in the state, and beyond. Taking well-known phrases that include the word “public” — public offering, public records and public office — the campaign creates a twist on the understood meaning by connecting the phrase visually with an unexpected image.

In the world of food, a playful turn phrase “public offering” underscores that University of California researchers and educators are dedicated to the creation, development and application of research in agriculture. Interacting with the app, users can explore how UC's research has played a role in the food that you cook and eat every day. The facts at will look familiar to ANR members.

The campaign is getting national attention, with Marion Nestle highlighting it in her Food Politics blog.

You can invite friends and social media followers to "play with their food," and perhaps win a $75 LocalHarvest gift card. To get started, visit You can see some of the submitted food collages on the UC Facebook page

Here is a quick video showing how the app works:

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 1:21 PM
Tags: Food (3)

Open Enrollment starts, new videos help explain UC benefits

Do you know the difference between an HMO and a PPO? Do the terms copay, coinsurance and deductible confuse you? Are you looking for ways to keep your medical costs in line?

If so, take a look at four new videos UC Human Resources is offering to help you make the most of your medical benefits.

Medical benefits are complex, and these new short videos will help you make the most of your medical benefits by explaining terms and concepts, showing you how to use your benefits wisely, and more.

HR is launching four videos during Open Enrollment: 

  • A comparison of UC's six medical plans
  • An explanation of medical terms and concepts
  • Some advice on how to make the most of your medical benefits
  • An explanation of disability benefits 

The medical plan comparison video is also available in Spanish.

Each video is six to eight minutes long and can be viewed online and on mobile devices. You can view the videos at

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM
Tags: benefits (2), Open Enrollment (1), personnel (6)

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