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Watch the recording of BSFO’s Fireside Chat with President Drake and Yvette Gullatt

ICYMI: A recording is now available of the Black History Month conversation between President Michael V. Drake and Yvette Gullatt, Ph.D.

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Make your remote meetings remarkable

The “remarkable remote” series from People-OnTheGo offers a thoughtful approach with practical tips for perfecting the art of telecommuting.

Subjects: Caitlin Stoddard in W.M. Keck Foundation Advanced MIcroscopy Lab Location: Genentech Hall, Mission Bay Notes: Lab studies chromatin and the many processes involved in its regulation. Caitlin is a postdoc. Worked in the Wendell Lim lab also. Question-driven lab. It’s about “understanding enzymes like a motor,” per Caitlin. Studying the misregulation of genes. Caitlin pours frost (liquid nitrogen) to cool down the vacuum column of the microscope. Caitlin is using the microscope to study plant enzymes and get “a visual snapshot of what a protein actually looks like.” Group shot of students trying three different labs, Chari, Elise, Chris. They do three rotations and then first-year students choose different PIs. Madeline is a third-year student, mentor for first-years.

The Sautter IT Innovation Award Program is accepting applications

All UC IT professionals are invited to enter the 2021 Sautter Awards for Innovation in Information Technology. Applications are due May 21, 2021.

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STEP checkpoint conversations are due Friday. Are you ready?

All employees and managers must complete STEP checkpoint training, conversations and e-performance records by this Friday, Feb. 26. Here’s what you need to know to prepare.

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10 tips for handling difficult conversations at work

Check out this advice for better workplace conversations, including setting yourself up for success, navigating challenging topics, finding common ground and more.

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Tips for having a meaningful STEP checkpoint conversation

Your first STEP checkpoint conversation is on the calendar, you have written out all of your updates and comments — and now you have to prepare for the conversation.

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Sustainability at Home: Creating a spring herb and vegetable garden

The UCOP Sustainability Affinity Group begins its spring speaker series on Wednesday with a presentation by UC Master Gardener Shilpa Thanawala.