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Campus Messages

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

July 20, 2011
Administrative
People

Dear Colleagues:

The UCSF community suffered a great loss this last week with the tragic accidental death of psychiatrist Kevin Mack, MD, MS. On behalf of our entire campus, I want to again convey my deepest condolences to Dr. Mack’s family, friends and colleagues.

I also want to acknowledge that others were injured in this accident, and to wish them a speedy and full recovery.

July 20, 2011
Community

Dear Colleagues:

Governor Brown yesterday released his May budget revision, which serves as a mid-year update to his January budget proposal and is based on the state’s actual revenue to date.

Although his update contained a glimmer of good news – state revenue is more than $6 billion above January’s projections – the future of the state’s budget remains uncertain. One reason for the uncertainty is that the governor’s budget proposal assumes that Californians will vote for extending certain temporary taxes. Even with these taxes, the state is ready to reduce its funding of the UC system by $500 million. If the tax extensions are not approved, the governor is proposing the cuts to UC double to $1 billion.

May 11, 2011
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jaime Sepúlveda, MD, MPH, DrSc, as Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences. Dr. Sepúlveda is a world-renowned leader in public health, with extensive international experience and a record of tackling enormous public health issues with a measurable impact.

March 17, 2011
Administrative
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to request nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and/or Transgender (GLBT) Leadership. This award recognizes contributions to the advancement of the GLBT communities at UCSF. The nomination form, award criteria, and a list of prior recipients are available online. Three individuals—one faculty/academic, one staff, and one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—will be selected to receive this award at a special ceremony on Monday, June 13, 2011. Individuals who meet one or more of the award criteria—whether or not they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender—are eligible to be nominated.

March 14, 2011
Emergency

Dear Colleagues:

Like many of you, I was greatly saddened to hear the news of the earthquake that struck Japan’s coast, triggering a tsunami that devastated northern parts of the country and put a related warning in effect for much of the Pacific. The subsequent nuclear power plant explosions have compounded this crisis, making it the worst natural disaster the country has seen in its recorded history.

January 2, 2011
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD, will become UCSF’s first Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Outreach.

Diversity and inclusion are values strongly held by the UCSF community. One of my top priorities as Chancellor is ensuring that we have not only a diverse workforce and student body but also a welcoming campus climate in which everyone has the opportunity to excel. I believe that the best way to harness the campus’s collective energy and enthusiasm for this important work is to consolidate it under an exceptional leader.

January 2, 2011
Community

Dear Colleagues:

As we near the end of 2010, I would like to share with you, through a new video, some thoughts about our progress over the past year and also highlight a few of our many accomplishments. The video can be accessed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQkE_2PNtk4

December 20, 2010
Administrative
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to request nominations for the annual Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women. This award recognizes exceptional efforts towards the advancement of women at UCSF beyond the scope of an individual's job, area of research, or student training. The nomination form, award criteria, and a list of prior recipients are available online. Three individuals—one faculty/academic, one staff, one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—will be selected to receive this award at a special ceremony to be held in the spring. I encourage you to nominate both women and men who excel in one or more of the following:

December 6, 2010
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of David Vlahov, PhD, RN as our new Dean for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing.

David joins us from the New York Academy of Medicine, where he currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Research and Director of the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies. He is also Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Adjunct Professor of the New York University College of Nursing. From these roles and his prior work as a scientist and as a registered nurse, David brings an exciting combination of community-based research and intervention to UCSF. His unique blend of experience, leadership skills and interests is highly relevant given the continually evolving landscape of health care.

November 28, 2010
Emergency

Dear Colleagues:

It is with great sadness I write to you about an accident that occurred yesterday involving one of our campus shuttle buses, at the corner of Geary Boulevard and Leavenworth Street, which resulted in the death of a 65-year-old pedestrian. UCSF is cooperating fully with the San Francisco Police Department in the investigation of this tragedy.

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