Campus Messages

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

July 16, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Recent cyber attacks in the news are striking closer to home. These incidents can be detrimental on both an institutional and individual level. They require continued diligence by everyone within the university. I need each of you to take immediate action to assist in further securing the IT assets and data that you use and create at UCSF.

The following steps are mandatory and require your immediate action:

  • Any computer (laptop or desktop; UCSF-owned or individually owned) that you use to conduct UCSF business must have the BigFix program installed on it immediately. BigFix is a tool that allows us to track a computer to determine if a system meets UCSF minimum IT security requirements.
  • Individuals or departments who independently manage their own servers are required to immediately update security patches.
    • If an application will not operate with up-to-date critical security patches you are required to contact the application vendor immediately for resolution.
    • Per UCSF policy, unpatched computers will be subject to removal from the UCSF network.

While our Information Technology and Security teams continue to work diligently to secure our...

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July 15, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to share the outcome of the 2015 Staff Engagement Survey. UCSF’s overall score rose modestly from 3.81 to 3.86 points on a five-point scale, and over the four annual surveys completed since 2011, we have had an increase of .26. While this constitutes a meaningful increase and could indicate a higher sense of engagement, I encourage all of us to use this information as the impetus for further significant progress.

We all have a role to play in this critical effort. Survey results show that units that work on action plans as a team have significantly higher engagement. Each of us can participate in important ways:

  • Contribute to your unit’s action planning activities. You can expect to hear your unit’s specific results in the coming weeks.
  • Share your ideas with your managers and peers in support of actions to promote engagement in your unit.
  • Collaborate with your colleagues and look for opportunities to integrate engagement into daily work.

Together we make UCSF a great place to work and also ensure that UCSF continues to position itself as a leader in research, education, and patient care. I join you in sharing the responsibility for fostering engagement and am deeply grateful for all you do for UCSF.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

May 28, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

This summer marks the launch of an important program here at UCSF in our effort to translate science into better health for our own community.

Starting July 1, the campus and medical center will begin rolling out a Healthy Beverages Initiative across campus, starting at Mission Bay and culminating in October at Parnassus. Under the program, UCSF will sell a variety of zero-calorie waters, plain milk, coffee, tea, diet beverages and 100% pure fruit juice in our vending machines, coffee kiosks, cafeterias and eateries on our property and will eliminate sales of sugar-sweetened beverages.

The program has gained input from a broad group of faculty, staff and vendors on campus, including scientists who have been involved with the UCSF-led SugarScience initiative over the past year. That group reviewed more than 8,000 scientific papers and identified the most definitive science about the impact of sugar on our health, specifically the role of excess sugar in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease and dental caries.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are not only the single largest source of added sugar in our diets, but also the source with the strongest link to the leading chronic diseases in America: diabetes, heart disease and dental caries. With such strong scientific evidence and so many of our patients suffering from these diseases, it seemed appropriate for UCSF to take action.

While we are not the first to do this, I hope we will all take pride in having the broadest health vision. More than thirty health systems and hospitals nationwide already have launched similar efforts –...

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May 25, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD, as our new Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor – Medical Affairs, effective July 1.

After a national search for a new dean to carry on the school’s legacy of excellence, we have found the best leader here among our own community. Chair of the Department of Medicine, Dr. King’s stellar career and tenure at UCSF extends back to 1997. His focus in patient care is interstitial lung diseases, in particular idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis, connective tissue disease, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, drug-induced lung fibrosis and other rare diffuse lung disorders. Dr. King's research interests include pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of inflammatory and immunologic lung disease.

Consistently ranked among the nation’s top medical schools, the UCSF School of Medicine has never been stronger, and we have identified the ideal individual to guide it into the future. Talmadge is both an inspirational leader and an international expert in his field, and he will provide a clear course for the school as it not only navigates but continues to thrive in the changing world of health care.

I am deeply grateful to Dr. Bruce Wintroub for his extraordinary service as interim dean during the search process. He has ably led both the School of Medicine and the Department of Dermatology during this period. I also thank the members of the search committee, led by Drs. Catherine Lucey and Shaun Coughlin, for their investment of time that has resulted in this exceptional selection.

Please join me in congratulating Talmadge on his new role in leading the School of...

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April 30, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

The #WhiteCoats4BlackLives movement, started by our students last December, catalyzed an important and ongoing discussion about violence, social injustice, and inequities that are prevalent in our society and focused us on the work we must do within on our own campus to become a truly inclusive community. The recent tragic events in Baltimore underscore the work that still must be done as a nation to address these critical issues of social justice and equity.

I recognize the broad range of emotions these events continue to trigger in our own community and hope that, city by city, we will work together to find peaceful solutions, so that we can heal and grow stronger, both as a nation, and locally, as a university.

Our community continues to strive toward diversity and inclusion in multiple ways.

  • I have identified five pillars as a roadmap for the future of UCSF that will receive the university’s attention and resources over the next three to five years. One of these pillars focuses solely on diversity and inclusion.
  • Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Outreach Renee Navarro and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) Daniel Lowenstein as well as our five deans will lead the important work that needs to be done to foster diversity and inclusion throughout UCSF.
  • We will continue our research on measuring, documenting, understanding and addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health that exist overwhelmingly in communities of color.

On behalf of UCSF leadership, I assure you that we are...

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April 27, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Like you, I am greatly saddened by the tremendous loss of life and widespread devastation resulting from Saturday’s powerful earthquake in Nepal. Our thoughts are with the victims and people of Nepal and members of the UCSF community who have family, friends or colleagues in the affected areas.

At UCSF, we are driven by a passion to improve health locally and around the world. We are grateful to the Institute for Global Orthopaedics & Traumatology for its work with the HRDC Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children in Katmandu, Nepal. In the coming months, they plan to teach surgeons in Nepal the necessary reconstructive skills to treat earthquake victims over the long term. For those of you who would like to contribute to the response and recovery efforts, a list of nonprofit organizations doing relief work in Nepal is available at

If you know of members of our UCSF community who are currently traveling on UC business in Nepal, please notify the Risk Management office so that we can work toward providing extraction assistance. If you are planning a trip outside the U.S., you have access to iJet, a global travel alert system provided by UCSF. This tool can assist you with timely alerts about natural disasters, health risks, and evacuation assistance in the aftermath of a disaster. You also should always register your global travel at

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March 19, 2015

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

More than one year has passed since UCSF implemented a Tobacco Free at Work policy. As a reminder, this policy applies to all UCSF faculty, staff, students, and trainees. The policy states that all are required to be tobacco-free while at work and refrain from tobacco and e-cigarette use during any scheduled work shift (including all breaks), whether on or off campus. As we continue to educate our UCSF community on our policy and the health consequences of smoking, please note that the Tobacco Free at Work policy is enforced and violations are appropriately addressed.

The policy also demonstrates UCSF’s commitment to promoting and improving health for patients, for our many constituencies, and also our surrounding communities as well. We have an obligation to be respectful of our neighbors; therefore, faculty, staff, students, and trainees must be mindful of our neighboring communities and refrain from smoking, littering, and loitering in front of homes and establishments at all times. Our campus sites are part of the greater San Francisco community, and we should always treat our neighbors with courtesy and respect, setting an example for other organizations and businesses to follow.

If you need assistance to stop smoking, UCSF has a number of tobacco cessation resources, including nicotine replacement gum that is free for faculty, staff, students, and trainees while at work. For more information on other programs as well as the UCSF Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center, please visit...

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February 26, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing with an update regarding the progress of the campus-wide exercise that the UCSF community completed in late 2013 and early 2014 – the UCSF2025 online game and subsequent workshops. These efforts, to generate big ideas for the future of UCSF, engaged a diverse and large proportion of our community, and many of you have asked what the follow-up has been thus far. The following provides a status of the overall UCSF 2.0 initiative.

Our current aim is to define strategic priorities for the future of UCSF, focusing on the three-year timeframe of 2015-18. To accomplish this, we will build on efforts undertaken by the schools, departments, and health system. Since the 2011 strategic plan, a number of inclusive forums have helped set the foundation for major themes. The goal for this next phase is to build upon these efforts and advance the broader concepts that emerged from the UCSF 2.0 initiative into strategic directions and actionable priorities that can then help guide programmatic planning decisions at the school and department levels.

Workgroups composed of faculty, staff, and student representatives are currently being formed to develop specific objectives and identify potential initiatives for the following themes:

  • Transformative Partnerships to Advance Health
  • Culture for Innovation
  • Climate of Inclusion
  • Destination for Continual Learning
  • Bringing Precision to...
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February 25, 2015
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased and proud to inform you that our Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy topped the nation in federal biomedical research funding in their fields in 2014 for the second year in a row, with the graduate-level university as a whole receiving the most of any public recipient and second most overall in funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to its annual figures.

These highly competitive funds, which totaled nearly $546.6 million at UCSF through contracts and grants combined, reflect the caliber of research on our campus. Through the four schools and the Graduate Division, these funds enable UCSF scientists to advance understanding of the fundamental workings of biology and the underlying causes of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and others, and work to develop improved therapies for them.

The projects these funds support at UCSF are driving advances in the biomedical sciences, from fundamental, curiosity-driven science to the application of those discoveries to patient care and populations, to training the next generation of scientists and health care professionals to carry those innovations forward. NIH funding is the lifeblood of that research and the heart of efforts by our faculty, staff, students and trainees to collectively transform health.

Whether directly or indirectly, we all have an impact on the success of UCSF. Thank you for all you do toward this effort.

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Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock...

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February 19, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

Senior Vice Chancellor John Plotts has informed me that he plans to retire as of June 30, 2015. John has provided the University of California with nearly twenty years of exemplary service, beginning at the UC Office of the President and, since 2010, at UCSF.

His impeccable values and integrity, coupled with his extensive financial and operational experience and in-depth knowledge of the University of California system, equipped him superbly to fulfill and confront the considerable responsibilities and challenges inherent to the position of UCSF senior vice chancellor for finance and administration. He has led profound changes in our UCSF infrastructure that have greatly improved our financial management and integrated key functions of the campus and medical center. In addition, he has been a tireless advocate for UCSF within the university. We will miss his ability to find solutions to the most difficult problems as well as the genuine collegiality and warmth that he exhibits every day.

John always puts the interests of the university and the faculty, students and patients first. He demonstrates remarkable leadership to his organization comprising a diverse portfolio of units: Audit Services, Budget and Resource Management, Campus Life Services, Campus Planning, Capital Programs, Controller’s Office, Human Resources, IT, Procurement, Program Management Office, Real Estate Services, and the UCSF Police Department. These teams provide the foundation upon which we operate, and I am grateful to John for his expertise and strategic management of university resources.

Please join me in thanking John for his devotion and excellent service to UC and our UCSF...

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