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An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

December 8, 2016
Philanthropy

Dear Colleagues,

With the holidays upon us – a time of celebration, appreciation, and grace – there could be no more fitting moment to share this extraordinary news: Bill Bowes, one of the most cherished members of our UCSF family, has pledged a $50 million gift to support early- and mid-career faculty at UCSF.

Bill, like all of you, knows well how powerful and crucial this particular form of support is. Indeed, it is because of the generosity of Bill and others that UCSF is known for identifying talented investigators early in their careers and providing the support they need to allow their scientific imagination to flourish.

Today, with Bill’s help, we have the opportunity to cement our tradition of bringing the best next-generation talent to UCSF and ensuring that these individuals have the resources to pursue their creative best.

The Bowes Biomedical Investigator Program will provide a five-year funding stream to investigators whose research shows unconventional and transdisciplinary approaches to discovery and whose work will have a significant impact. These scientists, while among the most creative, often operate outside historically defined disciplines and are particularly at risk for being overlooked by traditional funding sources.

This wonderful gift is a perfect capstone to Bill’s philanthropic interests at UCSF, which have fostered basic science that cuts across multiple disciplines. As chairman of the Mission Bay Capital Campaign, he catalyzed vital momentum and shepherded us through the building of UCSF’s state-of-the-science campus. He also serves on the Industry Advisory Board of QB3, a joint program with UCSF, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz...

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November 20, 2016
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.

Let me be clear: Discrimination and harassment have no place at UCSF. My leadership team and I strongly denounce these actions, as they go against our core mission of advancing the health and wellbeing of humanity and our PRIDE values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence.

Please take a few minutes to watch my short video message. We all have an important role to play in fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion and respect. I urge every member of our community to ensure that we are each actively fulfilling that role.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

November 9, 2016
Advocacy
Community

Dear Colleagues:

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

Over the last several days, we—along with the leadership team of the Differences Matter initiative and similar programs across the entire campus—have been hearing from immigrant (including DACA), Muslim, LGBT, and minority learners, as well as faculty, staff and patients. The common theme being expressed is that many people are feeling personally vulnerable because of the rhetoric voiced during the election season.

It is also clear that the process leading up to the election, and the results of the election, have revealed more clearly than ever deep divisions within our country. It is critical that we come together to bridge these gaps in order to function as a healthy society.

To all who are feeling concerned or at risk, we are here for you and intend to fully support you. Our commitment to developing and sustaining a culture of equity and inclusion remains steadfast and is reflected in our UCSF PRIDE values.

We are fortunate to be members of an institution that is a beacon of hope for all. Our patients come to us with hope that we can alleviate their suffering. Our students, postdocs, residents and fellows come here with hope that we will help them become outstanding contributors to the world of biomedical science and health care. Our faculty and staff come here with hope that they will be a part of something bigger than their own individual success: the chance to use their creative talents to make...

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November 8, 2016
Advocacy
UC System

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the message below from President Janet Napolitano, myself and the other Chancellors of the University of California regarding the Presidential election results. We are sharing this with the UCSF community on behalf of President Napolitano.

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California today (November 9) issued the following statement:

In light of yesterday's election results, we know there is understandable consternation and uncertainty among members of the University of California community. The University of California is proud of being a diverse and welcoming place for students, faculty, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Diversity is central to our mission. We remain absolutely committed to supporting all members of our community and adhering to UC’s Principles Against Intolerance. As the Principles make clear, the University “strives to foster an environment in which all are included” and “all are given an equal opportunity to learn and explore.” The University of California will continue to pursue and protect these principles now and in the future, and urges our students, faculty, staff, and all others associated with the University to do so as well.

We are proud of what the University of California stands for and hope to convey that positive message to others in our state and nation.

President Janet Napolitano
University of California

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
University of California, Berkeley

Interim...

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October 3, 2016
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Today, UCSF released its 2016 economic and fiscal impact report, which highlights the myriad ways our university drives innovation, leads scientific and technological discovery, educates our next generation of health care providers, improves the health of patients and populations, and contributes to the economic vitality of our city and the nine-county Bay Area.

Since our last study conducted in 2010, UCSF’s total economic output – the cumulative value of all our activities in employment, job creation, operations, construction and spending – has increased from $6.2 billion to $8.9 billion, representing a 24 percent increase in inflation-adjusted dollars.

UCSF is the second largest employer in San Francisco and the fifth largest in the Bay Area, employing more than 24,000 faculty and staff. Many of our nearly 5,000 students and trainees choose to make a difference improving lives here in California.

As a leader in the biotech and life sciences industry, UCSF has spurred more than 185 start-up companies, which invent and commercialize products. The UCSF Health system has become a major player in the Northern California health care sector and is partnering with other institutions to extend high-quality care throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

UCSF’s financial strength as a $5.4 billion enterprise allows us to fulfill our public mission, enhancing the quality of life in our community. You can learn more about how UCSF is invested in our community online.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

September 20, 2016
Partnerships

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.

An independent non-profit entity, Biohub will be based at 499 Illinois Street, adjacent to the UCSF Mission Bay campus, and will be co-directed by Joe DeRisi, PhD, UCSF professor and chair of biochemistry and biophysics, and Stanford’s Steve Quake, DPhil, professor of bioengineering and of applied physics.

Biohub is the first philanthropic science investment made by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and is an extraordinary opportunity to capitalize on our region’s unparalleled strength in technological and biomedical innovation in the service of improving health locally and worldwide.

It is just one part of an emphasis on science being launched by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. That overall program will be led by Cori Bargmann, PhD, the Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at The Rockefeller University.

One of the world’s leading neuroscientists, Cori was a member of our faculty from 1991 to 2004, and rose to the position of vice chair of the Department of Anatomy. In her new position, she will work out of 499 Illinois Street, so her new role represents a homecoming of sorts, and I know you will join me in welcoming her back to San...

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September 19, 2016
Administrative

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.

The theme of my address is “Invested in Our Community,” and I will present specific examples of the work that UCSF is doing within our communities that touch upon each of the university’s four priority areas: equity/inclusion, transformative partnerships, education and learning, and precision medicine.

You can read more about the event and RSVP through the UCSF events calendar. Lunch will be served immediately following the address.

If you cannot attend in person, please watch live online.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

September 18, 2016
Administrative

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.

The decisions made on Tuesday, November 8, will be of great importance to all Americans. More information about the November election and about registering to vote can be found on the California Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections.

I also want to take this opportunity to remind the campus community that there are legal restrictions on University of California involvement in political campaign activities based on the status of the University as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and as a state entity. Specifically, the University may not endorse/oppose (or contribute to) political candidates, nor may University resources (including University-paid time or equipment) be used for campaign purposes in connection with ballot propositions.

I also want to emphasize that the University does not restrict any member of our community – student, academic appointee, staff employee – from exercising his or her right to engage in personal political activity. However, no member of the University community may use University facilities or resources (including time on the job) for political purposes, except as specifically permitted by...

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September 12, 2016
Honors and Awards

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.

Bruce’s career spans fifty years and is one of the most esteemed in modern biology. A member of our faculty since 1976, he is recognized not only for his seminal scientific discoveries on DNA replication, but for the leadership positions he has held at every level in biomedical science, including as chair of the UCSF Department Biochemistry for more than five years, as the editor-in-chief of Science, and, during a two six-year term, as president of the National Academy of Sciences.

Bruce was appointed as a United States Science Envoy in 2009, and was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2014.

In addition to his scientific contributions, Bruce has been an indefatigable champion for science and science education. In 1987, he cofounded the UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP), recognized nationally and internationally as a model partnership between scientists and teachers. Most recently, in 2014, he co-founded Rescuing Biomedical Research (RBR), an alliance of leading researchers that is formulating strategies to reform scientific training and funding and ensure the integrity of research.

Please read more about Bruce’s...

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August 14, 2016
Leadership

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.

During his tenure, David has fostered the School’s tradition of excellence and strong rankings. The School ranked #1 in 2015 among all schools of nursing in funding from the National Institutes of Health and, earlier this year, secured the #3 position on the 2017 US News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Rankings for schools of nursing.

His impact extends beyond UCSF. David joined forces with other deans across the country to advocate for better and more effective training of the next generation of health professionals to address the health risks their patients and communities face as a result of climate change. He encourages the nursing community to think globally and act locally, and he supported the School’s creation of a Center for Global Health. A long-time advocate of reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health, David also has added his voice to the public health crisis resulting from gun violence, supporting a lift of the NIH ban on funding of related research.

I am deeply grateful for all that David has achieved while Dean on behalf of the faculty, students, staff, and health professionals. David’s last day as Dean will be August 31. Like me, I know you will wish him well with his future endeavors. Read more about his tenure at UCSF.edu...

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