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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.

October 31, 2017
Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc, as vice chancellor for research and of David Morgan, PhD, as vice dean for research in the School of Medicine. Both are effective immediately.

Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc, is chief of the Division of Rheumatology and the Jean S. Engleman Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine, as well as a professor of Orofacial Sciences in the School of Dentistry.

In her new role as vice chancellor for research, reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP), Dr. Criswell will be working closely with the EVCP, the vice deans of research in all four professional schools, and the vice chancellor for science policy and strategy to help define UCSF’s overall research priorities and goals. She also will oversee research infrastructure, with a view to ensuring seamless and superior service to our researchers across campuses. Dr. Criswell will represent UCSF’s interests at the UC-wide Council of Vice Chancellors for Research.

Dr. Criswell received her medical degree from UCSF and her MPH from UC Berkeley. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in rheumatology at UCSF and joined the faculty of the UCSF Division of Rheumatology in 1992. In addition, she completed a DSc degree in genetic epidemiology at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences. A renowned researcher in human autoimmune disease, her investigations focus on the genetics and epidemiology of human autoimmune disease, particularly rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

With twenty-five years of UCSF service, her dual...

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October 29, 2017
Philanthropy

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On Friday, I announced the launch of UCSF: The Campaign in my annual State of the University address.

I send my thanks to those of you who gathered at Parnassus, Mission Bay, Oakland, and Fresno, as well as those of you who tuned in online. My appreciation also goes to Drs. Hana El-Samad and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, who joined me to help explain the importance of this comprehensive fundraising campaign to our shared future. If you were unable to attend or watch live, you can watch or read about the event online.

While there were many important topics to cover, the launch of UCSF: The Campaign took center stage. Through this campaign, we will raise $5 billion to attract, retain, and support brilliant faculty members and students and solve the most challenging problems in biology and human health. Thanks to our visionary supporters, we have already raised nearly $3 billion, positioning us more than halfway to our goal.

As much as the campaign focuses on building the University’s endowment, it also helps us raise our voice in a new and vivid way. Together, we must revolutionize health care and improve lives in our communities as well as solve some of the most complex health problems around the world. We are speaking out for the most vulnerable and standing up for the importance of science. By raising our voice through this campaign, we have an unprecedented opportunity and...

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October 9, 2017
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF community,

The wildfires that are ravaging the counties of Northern California have brought devastation to thousands. Our thoughts go out to all those affected, including the approximately 450 UCSF employees and 1,200 alumni who live in the region, as well as the many family and friends who live there.

UCSF is actively involved in responding to this evolving situation. While two of our clinics were forced to close due to the fires, UCSF continues to staff the NICU at Santa Rosa Memorial, with one of our physicians serving as the Attending physician today. So far, we have received four adult transfer patients and one pediatric transfer patient from the area. Approximately 20 patients affected by smoke inhalation have been treated at UCSF.

For staff directly affected by the wildfires, our Human Resources team has prepared guidelines and resources, including information about our program that allows staff to request donations of accrued vacation, emergency loan programs through our credit unions, short- term and long-term housing rentals, and other resources. Faculty members who have been impacted should consult their department chairs.

I am not surprised that many of you have asked about ways to help; this concern for others—and outreach on their behalf—is consistent with our community’s values. HR’s guidelines include information for faculty and staff who want to donate accrued vacation to staff directly affected by the fires. Please also check the Global Disaster Assistance Committee...

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October 1, 2017
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are stunned and saddened by the loss of life and injuries sustained last night at the hand of a gunman in Las Vegas – now the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families as well as with the people of Las Vegas.

We applaud the efforts of all first responders, including the local police, FBI, and others and the teams of trauma specialists and health professionals who quickly acted in response to the mass casualties. Hundreds of wounded are receiving treatment and care at local hospitals, and UCSF Medical Center is inquiring as to the need for blood donations or other types of assistance.

Unfortunately, incidents like these happen all too frequently in our nation. America’s epidemic of gun violence is a public health crisis that is unrivaled in the rest of the developed world.

At UCSF, we prepare for crisis situations. If an imminent threat to life and safety, such as an active shooter incident occurred at or near UCSF, the UCSF Police Department would activate the WarnMe system to alert members of our community on their individual office and cell phone numbers. If you have not already registered with the WarnMe system, I encourage you to take a few minutes to do so.

I remind you that professional counseling and confidential services are available to members of our UCSF community who may feel distressed:

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