Maintaining Emotional Health During a Crisis

Craig Mielcarski, Director of the Employee Assistance Program at U.C. Berkeley, talks about ways a person can maintain their emotional health during a crisis situation. (Running time: 1:00)

Psychological Safety During COVID-19

How should leaders think about psychological safety as they confront the COVID-19 crisis? In the interview she covers the value of creating space to talk about professional and personal challenges, even if it might seem that that stuff is separate from “the work” that needs to get done. What's the relationship between a sense of a sense of belonging, and being able to navigate it in a challenge like this? (Running time: 21:35)

Dealing With Anxiety

Craig Mielcarski, Director of the Employee Assistance Program at U.C. Berkeley, talks about ways a person can deal with their anxiety during a crisis situation. (Running time: 1:38)

Handwashing Technique

Dr. Timur Durrani, Medical Director of Health Services at Berkeley Lab, talks about the Center for Disease Control's five steps to washing your hands the right way. (Running time: 0:51)

Understanding Social Distancing

To lessen the impact of coronavirus on our community, we must reduce the times and places when people come together. People in normal social circumstances can spread the virus. (Running time: 0:43)

How to Help Others Cope With Anxiety

Craig Mielcarski, Director of the Employee Assistance Program at UC Berkeley, offers ways a person can help others cope with anxiety during a crisis situation. (Running time: 0:36)

May 1, 2020

In this brief video message, Director Mike Witherell discusses the Lab’s new leadership structure to guide the planning the Lab needs to do to bring more people back on site, always, with safety as the highest priority. Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families, and help others if you can.

April 27, 2020

Director of Employee Assistance Craig Mielcarski discusses the challenges brought about by uncertainty around living life in an era of COVID-19. Learn how to navigate change, develop coping strategies for yourself, and support others.​ Included are links to resources from the Be Well program.This is a replay from a virtual session held on April 27, 2020. (Running time: 20:54)

April 23, 2020

Learn about Lab resources for supporting inclusive virtual teams, including creating agreements around team norms and communication when everyone is working remotely. This is a replay from a virtual session held on April 15, 2020. (Running time: 65:22)

April 21, 2020

The talented employees of Berkeley Lab once again shared their unique musical and spoken word talents in the Lab's second Open Mic on Friday. Where else can you hear "Ode to Joy" on a didgeridoo, guitars, an accordion, and a compilation of coronavirus songs on the violin? (Running time: 65:22)

April 16, 2020

Why is the Lab’s logo blue? Why does it feature the ALS dome and Campanile? Cait Youngquist and Susan Brand from the Lab's Creative Services Organization explains the difference between the Lab's brand vs. logo, how to use the colors that have been added to the brand palette, and how creativity is a problem-solving activity. (Running time: 58:43)

April 14, 2020

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's Peter Fiske explores water usage history in California and how we will meet water needs in this century. Dr. Fiske explains how the Lab is working to provide water solutions. This session is suitable for all students, particularly those in middle and high school. (Running time: 58:52)

April 14, 2020

During the Bay Area's shelter-in-place that began March 17, 2020, Berkeley Lab remained in a "safe and stable standby," leaving the Lab quiet and mostly deserted. (Running time: 2:00)

April 10, 2020

As we approach a month of this new way of living and working, Lab Director Mike Witherell used a short video to express his pride in the people of the Lab for the way they've handled this historic disruption to our work lives and personal lives.

April 6, 2020

Caring for an elder during the COVID-19 pandemic is uniquely challenging. While elders are isolated in their own homes and in facilities many family caregivers search for creative ways to provide support and practical assistance to their loved ones. This is a replay of a session with Maureen Kelly, Elder Counselor from Employee Assistance, on Monday, April 6. Strategies for providing help, coping with stress, and resources will be presented. (Running time: 55:26)

April 3, 2020

Approximately 100 Lab employees are on-site each day working to maintain the Lab in a safe and stable condition. Their work is critical to the Lab's operations. Deputy Lab Director for Operations Michael Brandt has a special video shout-out to these teams that are doing essential work to keep the Lab operational so when we can return it will be ready for all of us. (Running time: 1:00)

April 3, 2020

As we go into another weekend of sheltering-in-place, Lab Director Mike Witherell shares his thoughts on the extension of the shelter-in-place order, how it is potentially flattening the curve in the Bay Area, and what he misses about not physically being at the Lab. (Running time: 2:55)

March 30, 2020

Zoom Replay: Craig Mielcarkski discusses supporting our friends and family who are working on the front-lines in the coronavirus fight. (Running time: 51:33)

March 27, 2020

In this brief video greeting from his home, Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell thanks the Lab's people for their creativity and resilience in these unusual times. (Running time: 2:33)

March 24, 2020

The Lab's ergo specialist Melanie Alexandre led a Zoom session on to how to best set up your home workspace following ergonomic guidelines, and how to order any needed ergonomic equipment. See what creative solutions Melanie has to provide the best set-up for your home workspace. (Running time: 50:06)

March 23, 2020

Craig Mielcarski, Director of UC Berkeley's Employee Assistance Program, held a webinar on staying emotionally healthy during times of uncertainty. Watch the replay and learn some tips for keeping you and your family healthy. Tip: Put on your mask first to stay healthy to help others. (Running time: 56:39)

March 19, 2020

Zoom Replay: Karen Salvini leads a session on the ins and outs of Google Docs and Sheets in this replay from March 19. (Running time: 1:02)

March 19, 2020

Over 1,600 people tuned into the Thursday, March 19 town hall to share their questions and concerns with Lab leadership. Watch the replay of the town hall. (Running time: 55:51)

March 12, 2020

With a nearly empty auditorium, a virtual town hall meeting was held on March 12, 2020 so that the Lab's senior leaders could update the Lab community on the Lab's response to COVID-19. More than 1,200 employees tuned in and asked questions, and other workgroups watched as virtual teams. (Running time: 51:58)

March 9, 2020

Lab Medical Director Dr. Timur Durrani discusses several of the published papers on the coronavirus to discuss the science and the research as of March 9, 2020 when this session was held. (Running time 51:01)

January 31, 2020

Lab Medical Director Timur Durrani held a Brown Bag session on the newly emerging coronavirus on January 31, which included tips on what you can do to keep yourself, your family, and your colleagues healthy. (Running time: 42:51)