Campus Messages

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

December 19, 2017

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As this year ends, I express my heartfelt appreciation for the great work you have done at UCSF on behalf of our students, patients, their families, and community.

This year, thanks to your contributions and support, we accomplished a great deal, as told in UCSF’s year-in-review story. Each feat is a testament to the vision, determination, collaborative spirit, and compassion in our community.

Without a doubt, this has been a year of extreme global challenges. I am proud that our community continues to show that we are resilient, united in our mission to advance health worldwide. I am equally proud that each and every day we aspire to embody our values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence.

As we usher in a new year, take time to appreciate the strength of our diversity and continue to take actions to ensure that every member of our community feels welcome, included, and supported.

Finally, I encourage you in 2018 to help us solve the most intractable problems in health and human biology as an ambassador for UCSF: The Campaign. Our grand challenges – Decoding Life to Improve Health, Leveraging Discovery to Revolutionize Care, and Partnering to Achieve Health Equity – encompass our collective priorities, define us as a community, and call us to action.

Let us look to the future and move forward together.

I wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season and a happy new year.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS...

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December 12, 2017

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

The revelations of serious sexual misconduct across the nation over the last several months have underscored its devastating impact on individuals and organizations. These highly-publicized instances of workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault call on all institutions, including UCSF, to redouble their efforts to end abusive behaviors. We are committed to a UCSF community that is free from harassment and discrimination.

Consistent with our Principles of Community, we also are dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming environment where every person benefits from the highest principles of openness, integrity, and accountability. We encourage all those who feel they have experienced harassment to report it. They will be protected against retaliation via the Whistleblower Policy & Whistleblower Protection Policy.

We have been aggressively working to get to zero incidents at UCSF through mandatory education and training; enhanced required reporting; investigations that are fair for all parties; and appropriate sanctioning. However, there is still more work to be done.

We all must hold each other accountable for creating a climate that is free from discrimination, harassment, and assault. Everyone at UC — students, faculty, academic appointees, and staff — has a responsibility to know and comply with UC’s Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, our PRIDE values, and relevant state laws. Everyone...

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December 11, 2017

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mayor Ed Lee. He was an extraordinarily decent, upbeat, and dedicated leader of San Francisco, and a staunch ally of UCSF in our mission to provide high-quality health care for all, teach the next generation of innovators and caregivers in the health sciences, and drive breakthroughs in research. I had the pleasure and honor of working closely with Mayor Lee over the past several years on a variety of UCSF-City partnerships.

Among his many contributions, the Mayor played an integral role in working with UCSF to enable us to construct the new UCSF Research and Academic Building at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and to purchase property at Mission Bay that will serve as the future home of the UCSF Center for Vision Neuroscience.

On behalf of UCSF, I will be sending heartfelt condolences to his family. Indeed, San Francisco has lost a very special person and one of its great champions.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

December 4, 2017

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Arnett, a longtime member of the UCSF community, will be our next vice chancellor for University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR), effective January 1, 2018. In her new position, Jennifer will report to me and serve as a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Team.

As UCSF’s chief fundraising officer, Jennifer will be responsible for designing and directing a comprehensive and dynamic development program for the University’s world-renowned basic and clinical research programs as well as for UCSF Health, including the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. In her new position, Jennifer will lead a team of 180 people with an operating budget of $40 million. Her responsibilities also will include serving as vice president of the UCSF Board of Overseers.

Since joining UDAR in 2010 as senior director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Jennifer has earned the confidence of our most generous donors, our committed volunteers, and our faculty. She understands the special qualities and characteristics of UCSF and is tireless in promoting the work we do. Since 2012, Jennifer has served as associate vice chancellor of UDAR, working closely with John Ford, vice chancellor of UDAR, who is retiring at the end of this year.

Michael Faber, currently assistant vice chancellor in UDAR, will succeed Jennifer as associate vice chancellor and second-in-command. Continuing to work closely alongside Jennifer and Michael will be Erin Hickey, who has served as assistant vice chancellor for Children’s Health, directing fundraising efforts for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals since February 2016.

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December 3, 2017
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to share the news that Peter Walter, PhD, professor and Howard Hughes Investigator in the School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, has received a 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. This award recognizes him for “elucidating the unfolded protein response, a cellular quality-control system that detects disease-causing unfolded proteins and directs cells to take corrective measures.”

The prize committee acknowledged his work towards improved understanding of how the cell ensures that proteins are properly constructed, especially when the cell’s quality control system is overwhelmed. Because of this research, we now understand that when these basic systems malfunction, serious diseases can result, including type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s. This discovery has altered the field of biochemistry and is a perfect example of the importance of basic science in understanding both health and disease.

Peter Walter previously has been honored with a Shaw Prize and a Lasker Award in 2014, as well as the Vilcek Prize in 2015. Read more about Peter Walter’s work.

Now in their sixth year, the Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin, Yuri and Julia Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Anne Wojcicki, and “dedicated to advancing breakthrough research, celebrating scientists and generating excitement about the pursuit of science as a career.” Information about this year’s other prize recipients, including Kazutoshi Mori, PhD, at Kyoto University in Japan, who also is a leading researcher on the unfolded protein response and who has shared many major scientific awards with...

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