Campus Messages

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

November 23, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to share some exciting news about a new position that has been established at UCSF, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy. We are currently the #1 public recipient of NIH funding, having a distinct reputation for innovation and discovery. However, as we all know, the funding environment for science and research, as well as general public opinion, can be tenuous and volatile. To sustain and advance our mission, demonstrating proactive leadership in setting and influencing science strategy and public policy will be essential in the immediate and near future. This new position has been created to help UCSF do this.

I am very pleased to announce that Keith Yamamoto PhD, has been selected to serve in this vital role effective immediately. The Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy (VC-SPS), who will report directly to the Chancellor, will develop, oversee and implement policy, strategy and direction for UCSF, specifically with respect to the biomedical sciences. Working with the UCSF leadership and scientific community, the VC-SPS will engage with state and federal government agencies and other entities that impact scientific policy and control and disburse resources that are needed to translate policy into action. With the objective of influencing and shaping public policy for the future of life sciences, the VC-SPS will represent the full range of science-related interests of UCSF faculty, develop and articulate UCSF scientific strategies, and convey these interests and strategies to the appropriate entities in Washington, DC; Sacramento; and elsewhere. The position of VC-SPS will work closely with the Vice Chancellor – Strategic...

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November 17, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

I wanted to share some exciting news with you regarding Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. After 25 years at UCSF, Liz will be leaving to become president of the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, effective January 1, 2016.

A wonderful colleague, collaborator, mentor, and friend to many, Liz has exemplified the values of UCSF, including inquisitiveness and a spirit of collaboration—reaching out to basic researchers and clinical researchers in different disciplines across our university and beyond. A role model for many, she has fostered the training and careers of countless students and postdoctoral scholars.

Her Illustrious scientific career studying telomeres and the enzyme telomerase, recognized in her receiving the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, has been an inspiration to many.

Her new appointment is very good news for the Salk, as she will be a superb leader. We will of course miss her daily presence at UCSF, but she assures us that she will remain in touch.

Liz’s tenure with UC began in 1978 when she joined the faculty at UC Berkeley. In 1990, she came to UCSF, and from 1993 to 1999, she served as chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Our faculty members are world renowned, and their accomplishments are a source of great pride for the UCSF community. One of our strong points is not only attracting great leaders but applauding members who leave UCSF to embark on a new chapter of their lives.

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth Blackburn on her tremendous achievements and sending her our best wishes for continued success.


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November 4, 2015
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are saddened by the stabbing incident that occurred on the UC Merced campus yesterday morning. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the entire UC Merced community. Fortunately, all four victims are expected to recover.

These tragic events serve to remind us about the important role we all have in protecting the safety and security of our community.

We can fulfill this role in two ways:

  • First, be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the UCSF Police Department.
  • Second, register your contact information with WarnMe, UCSF’s mass notification system. You can sign up using your MyAccess ID and password at

Registering with the WarnMe notification system is one way to ensure that in the event of an emergency situation that affects UCSF, you will receive timely and accurate information via email, text, and voice messaging. In addition, breaking news about emergencies and disasters will be posted on and through UCSF’s official social media accounts.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

November 1, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

As part of the University’s efforts to address the increasing number of threats to the security of our information systems and data, the University of California Office of the President is rolling out a security awareness training program for all UC faculty, staff, and students. Each member of the University community has a responsibility to safeguard the information assets entrusted to us, and this training program will better prepare all of us to fulfill this obligation. Studies have shown that a substantial number of cyber attacks involves the unintended actions of users of information systems, and this risk can be mitigated through an effective security awareness training program.

To this end, all employees on payroll with active status, regardless of previous training taken, are required to complete the Cyber Security Awareness Training by January 31, 2016 or within six weeks for any subsequent new hires. This training replaces the recently completed Privacy and Security Training that UCSF required locally in 2014-15, and it will be required on an annual basis. In addition, all registered students also are required to complete the training by January 31, 2016.

Training will be administered via online video through our UC Learning Center, and you will receive a separate email from the learning center. Each module will focus on a specific security topic and conclude with three questions to test comprehension. Overall the training should take approximately 50 minutes to complete.

While each of us has an individual responsibility to protect our data and information systems, we are confident that members of the UCSF community will work together to both...

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