Dear Colleagues:

The results of Tuesday’s election have been met with a range of emotions in our community.

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Across America, we have heard of an alarming wave of recent incidents of prejudice against groups and individuals because of their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or other differences, including political beliefs.

In the past week, several members of our community also have reported that they have experienced disturbing and disrespectful incidents here at UCSF.

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Please join me at my third State of the University Address on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Parnassus in Cole Hall. I will provide an overview of UCSF’s new economic impact report and highlight some of our major accomplishments over the past year.

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to share the exciting news that Priscilla Chan, MD, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, have committed $600 million to establish the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a venture designed to create synergy among the UCSF, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley research enterprises, with the goal of advancing discovery in the health sciences.

Dear Colleagues:

UCSF faculty, staff, students, and trainees will soon join millions of Americans across the country and fulfill their civic responsibility by casting ballots on a range of issues and voting for candidates seeking public office at the local, state, and national levels. I encourage all of you to participate in the electoral process. It is a privilege and a right that serves as the foundation for the laws that govern our nation.

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to share the exciting news that Bruce Alberts, PhD, UCSF Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, has received the 2016 Lasker~Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science. One of the highest honors in biomedicine, this award is given every two years by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.

Dear Colleagues,

UCSF is delighted to have received its largest single gift ever: a $185 million donation from Sanford I. “Sandy” Weill and Joan Weill to launch the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. This new institute will provide resources to our neuroscience researchers and physicians to advance our knowledge and treatment options for diseases affecting the brain and nervous system, including psychiatric disorders.

Dear Colleagues:

David Vlahov, PhD, RN, has informed me of his intent to step down as Dean of the School of Nursing to return to the faculty and focus on his research and passion for mentoring. Dean Vlahov came to UCSF in April 2011 from the New York Academy of Medicine, and his accomplishments over the past five years have had a significant effect on UCSF and the greater community.

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to inform you that UCSF Medical Center is once again on the U.S. News Honor Roll—the “best of the best.” UCSF Medical Center ranks seventh in the 2016-2017 America’s Best Hospitals survey, published by U.S. News & World Report. In fact, we moved up one spot this year. You can read the story here.

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Our nation is facing very challenging times. Yet again, we struggle to come to terms with video and news of the shooting deaths of two more black men at the hands of police. And then we are confronted with the shocking images of one or more snipers taking aim at police officers resulting in deaths and injury, including peaceful protestors. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victims as well as support to the communities at-large.

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