UCLA researchers gathered for a joint AR and Postdoc coffee hour

UCB and LBL ARs and Postdocs celebrated Valentines Day with cookies

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Dear Colleague,

We just wanted to highlight some interesting projects and activities that we are working on as part of our effort in forming a union of ARs:

Academic Researcher Testimonials
Since we began our effort to form a union of Academic Researchers, a number of you have reached out with stories about how experiences at UC have informed your desire to form a union. Some of these stories have been now uploaded to our website for your perusal.

Specialist (and former Postdoc) Sahar Houshdaran discusses how her experience negotiating a union contract as a member of the Postdoc Union bargaining team has influenced her belief that ARs can achieve similar workplace gains by unionizing. And Specialist Ajay Ravindranathan covers the questionable treatment he’s seen meted out to AR colleagues and shares why he feels forming a union can help ARs make improvements on a number of issues such as fair compensation, paid parental leave and job security related to visas and appointment length. Please read these and other testimonials, and if you have have a story you’d like to share, please reply to this email.

Researcher Socials
Over the past months ARs across the state have co-hosted a number of social events with the Postdoc Union. As you can see from the pictures, these events are a great opportunity to socialize and connect with fellow researchers to support each other in building a stronger researcher community. If you haven’t yet made it out to one, there are more to come and we’d love to see you there. If you would be interested in planning similar events, have a question, or would like to help with our efforts to form a union, please contact us. Also we would encourage you to like and share our Facebook page. We are stronger together, and the more of us that participate, the more powerful we will be!


UC Berkeley
Holly Aaron, Specialist
Vincent Guacci, Assistant Researcher
Howard Isaacson, Specialist
Bo Liu, Associate Specialist
Sa Liu, Associate Researcher
Benjamin Lynch, Associate Researcher
Isabella Rauch, Associate Specialist
Anatalia Robles, Associate Specialist
Adam Zeilinger, Associate Specialist

UC Davis
Kelsey Brewer, Assistant Specialist
Karam Kim, Project Scientist
Jennifer Phipps, Project Scientist
Sergio Silva, Junior Specialist
Vikrant Singh, Project Scientist

UC Irvine
Andrea Anzalone, Project Scientist
Guaciara M. dos Santos, Project Scientist
Rongwei Mao, Associate Specialist
Sergio Masague, Project Scientist
Lei Shi, Project Scientist
Amanda Wortman, Specialist

Christian Hoffman, Assistant Project Scientist
Laura Marinelli, Assistant Researcher
Dennis Montoya, Assistant Researcher
Christina Priest, Assistant Project Scientist
Anna Salazar, Assistant Project Scientist
Paolo Zimmaro, Project Scientist

UC Riverside
Ahmed Farouk Abdalla, Assistant Project Scientist

UC San Diego
Hugo Carreira Pedro, Assistant Project Scientist
Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, Assistant Project Scientist
Ching-Wen Chang, Assistant Project Scientist
Sonia Podvin, Assistant Project Scientist
Francesca Soncin, Assistant Project Scientist
Hye-Won Song, Assistant Project Scientist
Thomas Touboul, Assistant Project Scientist
Jonathan Yu, Associate Project Scientist
Chun Zheng, Assistant Project Scientist

UC San Francisco
Luke Bonser, Assistant Researcher
Adam De Smith, Assistant Researcher
Jesse Elias, Assistant Specialist
Sahar Houshdaran, Specialist
Maria Luisa Mandelli, Assistant Researcher
Mary McMahon, Associate Specialist
Nicole Nasholm, Associate Specialist
Ajay Ravindranathan, Specialist
Veronica Steri, Associate Specialist
Cassandra Van, Assistant Specialist
Tanner Wakefield, Assistant Specialist

UC Santa Barbara
Evangeline Ballerini, Associate Specialist

UC Santa Cruz
Sergio Covarrubias, Associate Specialist
Zach Luce, Junior Specialist
Paul Mattern, Assistant Researcher
Lisa Schwarz, Assistant Researcher
Stella Villegas, Assistant Project Scientist