Toys for Tots and Teens


ERSO is participating in the Toys for Tots and Teens Program led by UCPD. This event will benefit the young victims of the Camp Fire.

Donation bins are located in the 199MF Cory; the bins will be there until Friday, December 14th.

You can help by donating new toys and school supplies for all ages from infants to teens.

Only new and unwrapped items in their original packaging can be accepted. Donations will be checked, so please do not wrap them.

Items NOT accepted include:

  • No money or gift cards
  • No violent toys or video games (i.e. guns, weapons, military, etc.)
  • No religious items (i.e. bibles, crosses, etc.)
  • No electrical, spark-producing, or friction-producing toys
  • No parts that can pinch fingers/toes or catch hair
  • No toys made of glass or brittle plastic
  • No food, clothing, or housewares
  • No large banners or poster-size artwork
  • Any glue or paint in craft kits must be non-toxic

August 21st ERSO Staff Salute


Congrats to our latest Staff Salute winners!

April - Anthony Stamos
May - Gwen Lindsey
June - Damon Hinson

2nd Round SPOT Award Winners:

  1. Alberto Marcelo
  2. Gus Monino
  3. Noriko Katagiri
  4. Sarah Runyon
  5. Reed Helgens
  6. Anthony Stamos
  7. Damon Hinson
  8. Sanchita Pal
  9. Maria Odezynskyj
  10. Derek Johnson
  11. Myra Rose
  12. Farah Pranawahadi

ERSO Staff Salute team members making it happen for our Summer Fun Fest!

Pictured: Sanchita Pal and Cathy Weaver

The Champs are here! ERSO team members show off their competitive side!

Pictured: Alberto Marcelo, Cynthia Weekley and Tom Parsons

Celebrating our 2nd Quarter ERSO Staff Salute winners!

Pictured: Anthony Stamos and Damon Hinson

The ERSO team shows off their stylish and creative hats!


The team enjoyed a fun-filled hat themed Staff Salute.

After a business update, SPOT award winners and Salute winners were recognized and announced.

The team enjoyed delicious treats and catching up with one another. The hat contest was a hit and prizes went to Tom Parson for best innovative, Natalie Chen and Wendy Kung for most creative, and Cynthia Weekley for her Kentucky Derby style.

Fun was had by all!

Staff Salute Winners:
January Winner - Diane Howe
February Winner - Leslie Goldstein
March Winner - Steven Quach

SPOT Award Winners:
Glenn Chen
Nicole Song
Tracey Richards
Mark Bell
Helena Gin

The ERSO Intranet - The Gears That Connect Us


Once again, the ERSO Poster team created an amazing poster.

This year, the team focused on the ERSO Intranet- the Gears that Connect Us. The team, comprised of Alice Wong, Cathy Weaver, Diane Howe, Eboni Wilson, Gus Monino, Mark Bell, Jennifer Stone, Miriam Kader, TK Chen, Vonis Moore and Leslie Goldstein, worked tirelessly to create a 3-D, motorized and electronic poster.

This project was a true team effort where everyone had a chance to share their talents and creativity. We are so fortunate and lucky to have such dedicated team members who generously gave their time to develop this work of art.

The poster will be on display in the Cory Hall Mezzanine. If you haven't seen, please stop by to check it out.

ERSO Team enjoys a noon concert on Staff Appreciation Week


Members of the ERSO team enjoyed a lovely noon concert at Hertz Hall on Wednesday, March 21st. Listening to beautiful, talented voices and spending time together was a great way to celebrate staff appreciation week.

Effort Report Certification Period


Effort reporting is a process mandated by the federal government to verify that direct labor charges to, or cost shared on, sponsored projects are accurate, timely, and reflect the actual level of work performed. For more information on Effort Reporting, visit CGA’s website:

Deadlines are listed here:
03/01/2018 - 04/30/2018: ERC Review Period for 2017 July through December
03/15/2018 - 04/02/2018: RA Review Period
03/29/2018: Self-Certifier Deadline
04/02/2018 - 04/18/2018: PI Review and Certification Period
April 30, 2018: Hard deadline for final certification!

For specific questions about approving your effort reports, please contact your Research Administrator or Effort Report Coordinator.

Congratulations to the ERSO first round 2018 SPOT Award winners


Congratulations to the ERSO first round SPOT Award winners for 2018!

  • Glenn Chen
  • Helena Gin
  • Mark Bell
  • Nicole Song
  • Tracey Richards

NSF invests $10 million in RISElabs AI research


NSF has awarded UC Berkeley's team led by Ion Stoica one of three $10 million grants to pursue large-scale, far-reaching and potentially transformative research in computer and information science and engineering. Given to the RISELab to address challenges in AI systems by developing open source platforms, tools and algorithms for Real-time, Intelligent, Secure, and Explainable (RISE) decisions. The other two award recipients are the University of Chicago, and Rice University.

Read the full NSF press release and Berkeley press release for more details. is changing!


The application package and the forms currently in use will be phased out after December 2017, and will be replaced by “Workspace” — a new way to create a federal grant application.

How PIs Register:

  1. Go to Registration Form:
  2. Verify your email
  3. Register yourself as an Organization Applicant using UC Berkeley’s DUNS number: 124726725

Federal agencies that previously required organizations and individuals to use to apply for federal funds in the past will require applications to be submitted via Workspace after the New Year.

Note: After the New Year proposals to NSF still may be submitted using FastLane. NIH proposals still must be submitted via ASSIST. NASA proposals will continue to be submitted using NSPIRES.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: SPO will be closed for extended period, so please keep in mind the Campus Proposal Submission deadlines:

Deadlines Five-Day Deadline (Due to SPO)*
Friday, December 22, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018 Noon on Friday, December 15, 2017
Monday, January 8, 2018 8 am on Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 8 am on Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8 am on Thursday, December 21, 2017
Thursday, January 11, 2018 8 am on Friday, December 22, 2017
Friday, January 12, 2018 8 am on Monday, January 8, 2018
* Applies to proposals due at 5 pm PST on the proposal deadline day.

Open Enrollment ends on November 21st at 5pm


UC offers a wealth of valuable benefits for faculty and staff, and Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review your UC benefits to make sure you have the best coverage for 2018.

Learn about benefit changes and details benefit plans for 2018 by visiting the UC Open Enrollment website. And don’t forget, you must enroll or re-enroll in the Health and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA's) if you want to participate in 2018.

To make your Open Enrollment elections, visit the UC Open Enrollment website. The following resources are available if you have any questions during the Open Enrollment period.