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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.

July 20, 2014
Administrative
Community
UC System

Dear Colleagues:

UCSF’s Staff Appreciation and Recognition Program (STAR) Program is an opportunity to recognize and reward exceptional work that helps UCSF successfully meet our common objectives. This program furthers UCSF’s Strategic Plan and, ultimately, our vision to advance health worldwide. While our goals are challenging, success in achieving them will have a dramatic impact on our ability to sustain the excellence of UCSF.

Due to the concerted efforts of many people across UCSF, several initiatives linked to the STAR FY14 department goals were accomplished that support our collective success. I appreciate the intensity of the work that many faculty and staff have invested, recognizing the extra determination to get the job done.

2014–15 STAR program

The STAR program will continue in fiscal year 2014–15. Similar to last year, there is the potential to provide cash awards for non-represented staff employees who demonstrate significant achievements and contributions in support of targeted strategic objectives.

This fiscal year we will continue with a goal in support of employee engagement, and each organization will institute one additional goal directly linked to the advancement of UCSF’s Strategic Plan. Supervisors will share details of this program in the coming weeks with employees providing information on how to participate. In July 2015, the UCSF leadership team will assess accomplishments against those goals and consider recognition awards up to $2,000 for MSP job levels and $800 for PSS job levels.

It is important to share upfront that the UC Office of the President retains the authority to discontinue this plan at any time. A decision to...

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July 16, 2014
Community

Dear Colleagues:

I am honored to have been appointed today by the UC Board of Regents as the tenth chancellor of UC San Francisco. It is a privilege to have the opportunity and the responsibility to lead one of the premier health sciences universities in the world. I believe deeply in UCSF’s public mission and our collective ability to transform health through research, education and patient care.

Over the past 32 years, I have had the honor of serving UCSF in a variety of ways, starting as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Research Institute. There, I learned the critical role of the basic, curiosity-driven research that is the foundational strength of UCSF.

Early in my career, I also benefited from UCSF’s unusually collaborative and mutually supportive culture, an environment that demands excellence, but is also warm and supportive, with teachers and mentors who are equally as eager to see their students and colleagues succeed as they are to contribute. I am proud that this remains the culture of UCSF today.

I also have had the great fortune, as a clinician, to practice in UCSF’s neonatal intensive care unit. There, I was reminded daily of the nobility of our mission to improve the health and lives of the people we are privileged to serve, and to train the next generation.

These years have been an extraordinary experience and have instilled a deep respect for the core values that drive us at UCSF. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Toland Medical College, I am acutely aware of the rapid changes underway in all aspects of our work. UCSF has a well-deserved reputation for leading change. Now more than ever, we must nurture this...

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July 10, 2014
Community
Emergency
UC System

Dear UC San Francisco Community:

Earlier this year, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency and called on Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. While UC San Francisco (UCSF) recognizes the severity of the situation, we already have taken actions that resulted in an actual reduction in our water use from 1990 to 2013, even as square footage increased by 74.7 percent over that period.

Despite this commendable record, more is needed. I am writing today to inform you of the measures the campus is adopting as well as describe the individual actions you also can take to address the current crisis.

Current campus water-saving measures

In January, President Janet Napolitano issued her goal to have individual campuses and the system as a whole reduce consumption of potable water by 20 percent by 2020. UCSF committed to six strategic actions and has just completed its first Water Action Plan that outlines actions toward achieving this objective. These strategies include infrastructure and large equipment upgrades and retrofits. More information about the action items is available at Office of Sustainability–LivingGreen.

However, as stated, the Governor asks the state to reduce water consumption by 20 percent this year. We only can accomplish this through your immediate help in reducing our daily water usage.

How you can HELP:

Join your colleagues across the campus community in saving water in several ways:

· Workers and lab managers should have their labs and offices Living Green Certified as soon as possible to focus on water and energy saving strategies. Whenever possible, use less deionized, distilled or reverse-...

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July 9, 2014
Community

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to share with you the results of the 2014 Staff Engagement Survey. UCSF’s overall score, or grand mean, increased from 3.72 to 3.81 points (0.09) on a five-point scale. Over the last three staff engagement surveys administered by Gallup, this constitutes an increase of .21, which marks meaningful progress. I encourage all of us to be part of this trend of increasing engagement at UCSF.

Building staff engagement is a shared responsibility. As the last two survey results showed, those units that participated in and made progress on action planning achieved significantly higher levels of engagement. There are several ways each of us can support this effort:

· Actively contribute to and participate in 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 actions to promote engagement in your unit.

· Look for ways to integrate engagement into day-to-day work.

Together, we help make UCSF a great place to work and ensure UCSF’s ongoing success as a leader in research, education, and patient care. I join you in this endeavor and am deeply grateful for all you do for UCSF.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Interim Chancellor

May 27, 2014
Community
Emergency

Dear UCSF Community:

The tragic events that took place the night of May 23 in Isla Vista have had a severe and direct impact on the UC Santa Barbara community, as well as on the family and friends of the victims. We want to acknowledge that members of the UCSF community also are feeling a sense of grief, bewilderment and loss.

The students of UCSF have initiated a solidarity vigil for all UCSF faculty, staff, students and trainees. The vigil will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m., on Parnassus in Saunders Court.

Please also know that counseling services are available to faculty, staff and trainees through the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, and, for students, through Student Health & Counseling.

In addition, we have strengthened our ability to warn faculty, staff, students, trainees and affiliates using the WarnMe mass notification system. If an imminent threat to life and safety were to occur, the UCSF police would activate the WarnMe system and members of the community would be alerted on their individual cell phone and other registered phone numbers. If you haven’t registered with WarnMe, I encourage you to take a few minutes and sign up.

Our faculty, staff, students and trainees constitute a large UC family, and this loss saddens and touches all of us.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Interim Chancellor
Dean, School of Medicine

May 26, 2014
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted and honored to share the news that Peter Walter, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the UCSF School of Medicine, has been named to receive the 2014 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine.

Dr. Walter shares the prize with Kazutoshi Mori, PhD, professor of biophysics at Kyoto University, in Japan, for their discovery of the Unfolded Protein Response of the cell’s endoplasmic reticulum, which makes what Walter calls “life and death decisions” for the cell.

The award acknowledges the scientists’ work in understanding how the cell ensures that proteins are properly constructed, especially when the cell’s quality control system is overwhelmed. Because of their work, we now understand that when these basic systems malfunction, serious diseases can result, from type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease to the more arcane eye disease retinitis pigmentosa. This discovery has altered the field of biochemistry and is a perfect example of the importance of basic research in understanding both health and disease.

Peter, who is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, joins four previous Shaw laureates from UCSF: Herbert Boyer (2004), Yuet-Wai Kan (2004), Shinya Yamanaka (2008), and David Julius (2010). Widely considered the “Nobel Prize of Asia,” the Shaw prize recognizes individuals who have achieved significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or applications, and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind.

For more information about Peter and his Shaw-winning work, please visit:...

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May 23, 2014
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce the publication of the UC San Francisco Draft 2014 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). The LRDP is a comprehensive physical-land-use plan that is intended to guide UCSF’s growth and other physical changes through the year 2035, and applies specific strategies to achieve the academic, clinical and research missions of the university.

This document reflects four years of planning, including extensive consultation both within UCSF and with our neighbors. In preparing the Draft LRDP, we explored in detail a variety of potential projects for each campus site, which we discussed at seven community workshops in the Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, Mount Zion and Mission Center neighborhoods. The current plan reflects the feedback we received in those workshops.

Our main objective for the 2014 LRDP was to accommodate UCSF's projected program growth over the next two decades within the context of the communities and City in which we work, while promoting environmental sustainability, minimizing facility costs and ensuring that our facilities are seismically safe.

If fully implemented over the next 20 years, the 2014 LRDP would result in an additional 2.3 million gross square feet (gsf) in owned and leased buildings, for a total of 11.58 million gsf across all of UCSF’s sites. The LRDP proposes to accommodate most of this growth in new buildings at Mission Bay, where there is undeveloped land available and infrastructure planned to support such growth. Additional space is proposed in new buildings at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights, Mount Zion and Mission Center campus sites. LRDP proposals for Parnassus Heights also advance UCSF...

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May 19, 2014
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Finance3 went live on March 10. A major initiative affecting a significant and diverse population of campus, this effort included converting twenty-nine central systems to the new Chart of Accounts and launching MyReports and UPlan—two new financial tools that will benefit our campus by providing better and more robust data that will inform our decisions moving forward.

The Finance3 project exemplifies the best of UCSF, with significant collaboration and extensive input from across the campus. We send our thanks to all of the people who worked tirelessly over the last two years to implement Finance3 including:

  • Finance3 Champions from across the campus
  • UPlan Coordinators from each of the Control Points
  • MyReports and UPlan departmental Subject Matter Experts
  • Think Tanks and Local Process Design Groups from the Schools and Central Administration
  • Finance3 Project Teams comprising representatives from Budget and Resource Management, Controllers Office, IT and the Program Management Office
  • Finance Functional Leadership Team

In addition, we extend our appreciation to everyone who attended the Finance3 town halls and to those who completed the extensive training offered. Thank you in advance for your continued dedication and patience as we transition to these two new tools.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Interim Chancellor
Dean, School of Medicine

John Plotts
Senior Vice Chancellor – Finance and Administration

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April 29, 2014
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced today the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Once again, UCSF faculty were included among those honored. This year’s new NAS members are:

I would also like to recognize the two faculty members elected last week to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), which is among the world’s oldest honorary societies and includes accomplished members of academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

  • Jason Cyster, PhD, professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Frank McCormick, PhD, David A. Wood Distinguished Professor of Tumor Biology and Cancer Research

    Read more about their election in this UCSF news story.

    Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals on their achievement.

    Sam Hawgood, MBBS
    Interim Chancellor, UCSF
    Dean, UCSF School of Medicine

    • Warner Greene, MD, PhD, director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology at the UCSF-affiliated J. David Gladstone Institutes, the Nick and Sue Hellmann Distinguished Professor of Translational Medicine, and a professor of medicine, microbiology, and immunology at UCSF
    • Jaime Sepúlveda, MD, MPH, executive director of UCSF Global Health Sciences
April 23, 2014
Partnerships
Philanthropy
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new program at UCSF: a $100 million preterm birth initiative of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, which will be led by Larry Rand, MD, director of Perinatal Services at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco Fetal Treatment Center. Dr. Rand will co-direct the initiative with Jaime Sepulveda, MD, MPH, MSc, DrSc, executive director of UCSF Global Health Sciences.

The initiative is jointly funded by Lynne and Marc Benioff and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This 10-year partnership aims to reduce the number of children who are born premature, and protect the health of preterm babies in California and worldwide.

This visionary effort could have a dramatic and sustainable impact on the leading cause of death for newborns across the globe. Every year, 15 million infants are born premature, defined as having a gestational age of less than 37 weeks, and more than 1 million of these infants die within their first 28 days of life. Much of this could be prevented through quality prenatal care.

The new program will focus on the many factors that drive prematurity and ways to encourage communities to adopt proven interventions. It also will develop new technologies, which we will freely share with partners throughout the world.

We also plan to collaborate with organizations such as the March of Dimes, Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirths, National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization, to make this effort a reality. For more information, see:...

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