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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.

March 15, 2019
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Once again, we are stunned and saddened by the loss of life and injuries resulting from a targeted act of hatred and gun violence. Late last night, the world learned that 49 people had been confirmed dead and many seriously injured due to a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayers.

Today, we stand in solidarity and sympathy with the Muslim community, here and elsewhere, and strongly condemn this senseless act of hatred and violence. Every act of hatred is a threat to each one of us and to our communities.

Here at UCSF, religious freedom is inherent in our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We also recognize that Muslims in our community, as well as others, may feel a renewed sense of fear and vulnerability in the wake of this hateful attack.

UCSF Health Spiritual Care Services invites the UCSF community to a time of remembrance and to offer care and support to one another on Monday, March 18, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

  • Parnassus Campus: Ground Floor Meditation Room, next to the Information Desk in the Moffitt-Long Hospital lobby
  • Mission Bay Campus: Ground Floor Meditation Room, Children’s Hospital (C1401)

In addition, professional counseling and confidential services are available to members of our UCSF community who are experiencing distress:

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March 11, 2019
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We have received a strike notice from the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union for its Research Support Professionals, Technical and Health Care Professionals Units (RX and TX). 

These unions also have announced that they will strike in sympathy:

  • University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union for its Health Care Professionals Unit (HX)
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union for its Service and Patient Care Technical Units (SX and EX)

The labor action will begin Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:00 a.m. and end on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 3:59 a.m. You can find strike updates on UCSF.edu throughout the strike.

As we have stated in advance of previous strikes, we respect our employees’ rights to representation and freedom of speech. That said, striking is a serious matter, especially when it directly affects vital public services such as patient care.

Labor actions make a significant impact on the lives of our patients and their families. During the two strikes in 2018, thousands of patient appointments were cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled. Some of our patients had to see other providers for their care. In addition, strikes create very real tensions among colleagues.

Once again, we expect disruptions to services across UCSF, particularly at UCSF Health and the UCSF Dental Center, as well as those performed by UCSF employees at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

As always, our top priorities are the safety and security of the entire UCSF community – faculty,...

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February 27, 2019
Honors and Awards

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am delighted to share the news that in 2018, for the 12th consecutive year, UCSF was awarded more funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than any other public university in the United States, and the second most overall.

Our four schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, along with our Graduate Division, earned a record amount totaling more than $647.8 million of these highly competitive contracts and grants, which support research into the fundamental underpinnings of life, the development of treatment strategies for the full spectrum of human diseases, and training for the next generation of researchers and clinicians. The schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy topped the nation in federal funding in their fields, and the School of Nursing received the most of any public nursing school and the second most overall nationwide. Read more about this accomplishment.

This marks the first time that UCSF has surpassed $600 million, and it represents UCSF’s largest increase in NIH funding (9.09 percent) since 2011. Our success in competing for NIH funds reflects the high caliber of scientific discovery underway across UCSF.

NIH funding is the lifeblood of our research enterprise, enabling our faculty, staff, students, and trainees to confront problems and answer questions in the biomedical sciences, from curiosity-driven research to the application of those discoveries to patients and populations.

We remain vigilant in our...

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February 20, 2019
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to share some exciting news with you regarding Ron Vale, PhD, professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. Ron has been named executive director of the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), in Ashburn, Virginia, and an HHMI vice president. He will begin this new post in early 2020 and will continue to hold a faculty appointment at UCSF.

A gifted and versatile researcher, Ron has made fundamental contributions to biology and is a champion of openness and clarity in communicating research, whether among scientists themselves or between scientists and the general public. We are privileged to count him as a colleague, and he is an ideal choice to lead the world-class scientific enterprise at Janelia.

For his seminal research on the molecular motors known as kinesin and dynein, Ron has received some of the most prestigious prizes in biomedical research, including the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine.

Our faculty are world-renowned, and their accomplishments are a source of great pride for the university. UCSF is known for attracting great leaders, but just as importantly for celebrating those who embark on a new chapter.

Please join me in congratulating Ron Vale on his remarkable achievements and in sending him our best wishes for continued success.

Read more online about Ron’s career at UCSF and his HHMI appointment.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

January 23, 2019
Advocacy
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

We are truly disheartened to learn of the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Trump Administration’s policy to bar most transgender people from serving in the military. The vote lifts two injunctions that have been in place while challenges to the ban are proceeding through the lower courts. Given this and other recent events, many transgender and gender non-binary people have expressed concerns about their general safety and inclusion.

At UCSF, we unequivocally support our transgender students, staff, faculty, and trainees, and we reaffirm our long-standing commitment to all gender identities. We see you, we value you, and we recognize your important contributions to our campus.

The UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach is coordinating across the campus to seek additional ways to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe climate for all. UCSF has assembled a Task Force to implement Senate Bill 179, the Gender Recognition Act, which made California the second state to adopt a non-binary gender marker on state documents. This legislation, effective January 1, 2019, makes it easier for transgender people who live in California to obtain identity documents that reflect their gender.

For more services and information, visit the Transgender & Gender Expansive Resources website.

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January 11, 2019
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

 

As you know, since December 22, 2018, the federal government has been on partial shutdown. We know that many of you may be affected in some way or know individuals who are experiencing a direct impact, and it is our hope that our elected officials will soon come to a resolution so that the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are on furlough will receive their salaries.

 

At this time, we are aware of limited to minimal disruption across UCSF.

 

Prior to the shutdown, Congress passed – and the President signed into law – two appropriations bills that funded 75 percent of the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Defense Department, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, through September 30, 2019. ...

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December 19, 2018
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As the year comes to a close, I send my heartfelt thanks to each of you for your drive, passion, and dedication on behalf of UCSF and the students, patients, and communities that we are privileged to serve.

Reflecting on 2018, I remain heartened by our community’s commitment to build a better world. I deeply appreciate your continued willingness to face challenges with determination and your eagerness to seize opportunities to fulfill our mission of advancing health worldwide.

Whatever your role at UCSF, each of us can take great pride in our collective achievements over the year. Your contributions to biomedical research, patient care, and graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions are making a positive difference in the lives of others. Read about our work and accomplishments in the UCSF 2018 Year in Review.

On behalf of the UCSF leadership team, we send our warmest wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season and a healthy new year.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

December 10, 2018
Leadership
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

David Odato, senior vice president, human resources, at UCSF Health and associate vice chancellor, human resources, for UCSF, has announced his decision to retire in June 2019.

David has worked at UCSF for more than 29 years, providing leadership for key UCSF-wide initiatives and multi-campus efforts for the University of California. He also has developed strategies and implemented programs to improve the experience for UC staff.

In his current role, he is responsible for human resources at UCSF, and leads strategic initiatives to ensure UCSF attracts, develops and retains diverse, top-tier talent. Odato also oversees human resources' strategic and operational activities as well as occupational health and learning and organizational development.

During his career, which started at Mount Zion in 1985, David has many accomplishments to celebrate. He has been instrumental in UCSF’s years-long transition journey to UC Path, the UC wide common system to support HR, payroll and benefits activities. His leadership was invaluable during times of significant change at UCSF and UCSF Health, particularly the merger and demerger with Stanford, and most recently our growth from a hospital to a health system with affiliations across the Bay Area. He has been very involved at the UC system level, including significant work on pension reform. David has led numerous improvement initiatives to enable HR to better support the expanding HR needs of a growing enterprise, work that will continue in his remaining time at UCSF and into the future.

David will assist in the transition as we recruit a new leader. We thank him for his extraordinary service and contributions...

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November 21, 2018
Administrative
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

After almost two weeks of extremely poor air quality as a result of the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, the rain forecasted to improve air quality throughout the Bay Area has arrived.

Sadly, given climate change, the likelihood is very high that California will continue to face wildfires of similar magnitude. My leadership team will use this opportunity to review our response, with the goal of improving how we manage events like this in the future.

Firefighters, first responders, and volunteers involved in the wildfires in Northern and Southern California have exhibited immense heroism, strength, and compassion. I know that you join me in deep gratitude for their unselfish sacrifice and hope that they soon get the relief they need.

Our hearts go out to those whose loved ones have died or are among the missing, as well as to the tens of thousands displaced from their homes. Long after the last ember is extinguished, their needs will continue to be great. It will take months, if not years, to transform neighborhoods from the blackened and smoldering landscape to communities where residents can recover and rebuild.

I appreciate that many of you who are able will volunteer your time and expertise to assist the scores of people who need help. Donations to agencies such as the American Red Cross or the ...

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November 15, 2018
Administrative
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As you know, much of our state has been severely affected by the historic wildfires that continue to rage in several areas. The toll on families and friends who lost loved ones, their homes, and businesses is heartbreaking.

It is clearly evident that our region has been impacted by unprecedented poor air quality for the past week. We know that concerns about air quality have led many university and school officials in our region to decide to cancel classes and close their doors tomorrow as a means of minimizing student exposures to outdoor air.

After consultation with my leadership team and close review of regional outdoor air data, UCSF will remain open tomorrow. As a health sciences and graduate-level university, this institution is dedicated to a mission of serving our patients and advancing health through discovery and education. This mission is perhaps most important during times of regional health crises.

We know based on scientific evidence and guidance from government health agencies that the best place to be when pollutants fill the air is inside buildings with filtered air systems. The agencies’ advice is to limit outdoor exposure.

Since the fires began in Butte County last Thursday, we have carefully monitored the air quality in the Bay Area and at our campus locations. We continue to make our supply of N95 respirators available upon request to our most vulnerable patients and our employees who must work outdoors. We have also taken extra steps to ensure the air filtration systems in our buildings are working as effectively as possible.

For those of you who may find it difficult to come to work due to school...

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