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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 http://public.universityofcalifornia.edu/#produce 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 http://public.universityofcalifornia.edu/#collage. You can see some of the submitted food collages on the UC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/universityofcalifornia.

Here is a quick video showing how the app works: http://youtu.be/FekKwD_7uj8.

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 https://uc.a.guidespark.com.

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

UC academics invited to join President Napolitano for web chat

UC faculty are invited to join President Janet Napolitano and their faculty colleagues from across the UC system at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for a one-hour online conversation on topics of interest.

Expected discussion topics during the Google Hangout include preserving UC's quality and standing as the world's top public research university, investing in UC innovation through the new UC Ventures fund, online education, maintaining access and affordability, and faculty compensation and benefits.

This is President Napolitano's fourth Google Hangout with members of various UC groups, and is being held to further her goal of fostering an ongoing dialogue with the UC community. Previous hangouts were held with UC students, staff and alumni.

The panelists for this Hangout are:

  • Mary Gilly, Academic Senate chair and business professor at UC Irvine (moderator)
  • Kimberly Lau, professor of literature, UC Santa Cruz
  • Lori Lubin, professor of physics, UC Davis
  • Ilhem Messaoudi, associate professor of biomedical sciences, UC Riverside
  • Rudy Ortiz, associate professor of natural sciences, UC Merced
  • Kris Pister, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, UC Berkeley

President Napolitano will take live questions from the online audience during the event for those that sign up to watch. Sign in with your Google account.

Faculty members who do not have a gmail address can still watch the Google Hangout live, but they will not be able to post questions.

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Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Employees invited to comment on Phased Retirement Program

Employees have the opportunity to comment on the proposed renewal of the Phased Retirement Program. Originally offered in 2012 as part of the University's cost savings and succession planning strategies, and scheduled to sunset at the end of this year, the core provisions of the proposed renewed program remain the same as the original program.

The Phased Retirement Program is an optional tool that locations may choose to provide eligible policy-covered staff who are 55 or older a transition into retirement. Individual departments decide whether it makes sense to offer this program within their operations after evaluating business needs. For represented employees, that program is subject to departmental approval as well as collective bargaining.

The program document is posted at http://ucop.edu/human-resources/_files/phased-retirement.pdf

Please send all comments to Robin Sanchez at rgsanchez@ucanr.edu by Oct. 24.

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM
Tags: policy (17), Retirement (2), Robin Sanchez (5)

Employee comments sought for REC use and RAC meetings

The following policies regarding research and extension center use and research advisory committee meetings are available for employee comment: 

580 - USE OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTERS

580 Appendix A, Procedural Requirements for Employee Organization Access to the Research and Extension Centers

580 Appendix B, ANR Research and Extension Center (REC) Access Violation Report

581 - RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEES (RACs) at the RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTERS (RECs)

Links to all of these policies are located at http://ucanr.edu/p/48355.

Please send comments and suggestions to Robin Sanchez at rgsanchez@ucanr.edu by Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

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