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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.

February 18, 2015
Emergency
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, UCSF has been working on multiple fronts in the worldwide effort to contain Ebola, from preparing at home to treat a possible Ebola patient to training health care workers in infection control in West Africa. Please join UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood as he recognizes UCSF volunteers who have responded to the Ebola epidemic during a special town hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at Mission Bay in Rock Hall – Pottruck Auditorium.

We are exceptionally proud of all of our volunteers – doctors, nurses, scientists, and others – who have responded to this public health crisis, often putting their own lives on the line. This is an opportunity to recognize them and hear about their work in West Africa and at UCSF.

The town hall will be streamed live on the web. For more details about the town hall and the link to the stream as well as to watch a video highlighting global Ebola responders, please see this story: http://www.ucsf.edu/ebolanews

Sincerely,

Theresa O’Brien, PhD
Associate Chancellor
Co-Chair, Chancellor’s Ebola Task Force

George Rutherford, MD
Director, Global Health Sciences Prevention and Public Health Group
Co-Chair, Chancellor’s Ebola Task Force

October 6, 2014
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to share the news that Bruce Alberts, PhD, a longtime and highly regarded member of the UCSF faculty, has been named by President Barack Obama as one of nine scientists to be awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest U.S. honor for scientific achievement. Bruce will be honored with his fellow recipients at a White House Ceremony later this year.

Currently the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, Bruce joined UCSF in 1976. His 50-year career has been one of the most illustrious in modern biology. Renowned for his fundamental discoveries on how DNA is replicated before cells divide, he has been equally lauded as a tireless advocate for science and education.

After a five-year period as chair of UCSF’s Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Bruce served two six-year terms, from 1993 to 2005, as president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). During his tenure at NAS, he was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide.

He also served as president of the American Society for Cell Biology in 2007 and editor-in-chief of Science magazine from 2008 to 2013.

In 1987, Bruce co-founded the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP), a 24-year-old collaboration between UCSF and the San Francisco Unified School District to support quality science education for K-12 students. SEP is one of the most successful and longest-running community outreach projects at UCSF, and it is recognized nationally and internationally as a model organization that supports quality science education for K-...

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September 8, 2014
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to share the exciting news that UCSF Professor Peter Walter has received the 2014 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, announced today. Popularly known as the “American Nobel,” this is one of the most prestigious honors in science and medicine.

Peter, who is a professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, was honored for his groundbreaking work on a cellular quality-control system known as the unfolded protein response, or UPR. Found in organisms ranging from yeast to humans, the UPR is crucial to life and is fundamental to a cell’s ability to ensure that proteins are properly constructed, especially when the cell’s quality control systems are overwhelmed. Disruptions in its workings are believed to play a role in neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes and other illnesses. As such, Peter’s work is a perfect example of the importance of basic biomedical research, its impact on health and its importance for society.

Peter is the 12th UCSF faculty member to receive a Lasker and shares this year’s award with Kazutoshi Mori, PhD, a leading UPR researcher at Kyoto University in Japan. More details can be found at http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/09/116936/ucsf-professor-peter-walter-rece....

Peter is currently in Europe, contributing his expertise to a grants review group, so we will hold a celebration upon his return. Please join me on Monday, September 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Genentech Hall atrium, to...

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May 26, 2014
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted and honored to share the news that Peter Walter, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the UCSF School of Medicine, has been named to receive the 2014 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine.

Dr. Walter shares the prize with Kazutoshi Mori, PhD, professor of biophysics at Kyoto University, in Japan, for their discovery of the Unfolded Protein Response of the cell’s endoplasmic reticulum, which makes what Walter calls “life and death decisions” for the cell.

The award acknowledges the scientists’ work in understanding how the cell ensures that proteins are properly constructed, especially when the cell’s quality control system is overwhelmed. Because of their work, we now understand that when these basic systems malfunction, serious diseases can result, from type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease to the more arcane eye disease retinitis pigmentosa. This discovery has altered the field of biochemistry and is a perfect example of the importance of basic research in understanding both health and disease.

Peter, who is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, joins four previous Shaw laureates from UCSF: Herbert Boyer (2004), Yuet-Wai Kan (2004), Shinya Yamanaka (2008), and David Julius (2010). Widely considered the “Nobel Prize of Asia,” the Shaw prize recognizes individuals who have achieved significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or applications, and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind.

For more information about Peter and his Shaw-winning work, please visit:...

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April 29, 2014
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced today the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Once again, UCSF faculty were included among those honored. This year’s new NAS members are:

I would also like to recognize the two faculty members elected last week to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), which is among the world’s oldest honorary societies and includes accomplished members of academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

  • Jason Cyster, PhD, professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Frank McCormick, PhD, David A. Wood Distinguished Professor of Tumor Biology and Cancer Research

    Read more about their election in this UCSF news story.

    Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals on their achievement.

    Sam Hawgood, MBBS
    Interim Chancellor, UCSF
    Dean, UCSF School of Medicine

    • Warner Greene, MD, PhD, director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology at the UCSF-affiliated J. David Gladstone Institutes, the Nick and Sue Hellmann Distinguished Professor of Translational Medicine, and a professor of medicine, microbiology, and immunology at UCSF
    • Jaime Sepúlveda, MD, MPH, executive director of UCSF Global Health Sciences
October 7, 2012
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

We are delighted and honored to share the news that Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, Gladstone senior investigator and UCSF professor of anatomy, has been named to receive the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He shares the prize with John B. Gurdon, Kt, DPhil DSc, FRS, of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, England.

This award acknowledges the scientists’ work in cellular reprogramming. Shinya made the stunning discovery that changing the expression of a few carefully selected genes can convert adult cells, such as those of the skin, into induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, capable of developing into any cell in the human body.

Shinya’s discovery has altered the fields of cell biology and stem cell research, opening promising new prospects for the future of both personalized and regenerative medicine.

For more information about Shinya and his Nobel-winning work, please visit the UCSF http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2012/10/12898/shinya-yamanaka-wins-2012-nobel-prize-medicine and Gladstone gladstoneinstitutes.org websites, and join us in congratulating Shinya on this well-deserved prize.

Sincerely,

Sue and Sandy 

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH
Chancellor
Arthur and  Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

R. Sanders Williams, MD
President
Gladstone Institutes

September 10, 2012
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

We are delighted to announce that Ron Vale, PhD, has been honored with the 2012 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. This prestigious award is sometimes referred to as the “American Nobel”, since many recipients have subsequently won a Nobel Prize, including UCSF’s J. Michael Bishop, Harold Varmus, Stanley Prusiner and Elizabeth Blackburn.

Ron Vale, who joined UCSF in 1987, is a professor and vice chair in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He shares the award with Michael Sheetz, PhD, of Columbia University and James Spudich, PhD, of Stanford University.

The important discoveries for which Dr. Vale and his colleagues are being recognized have illuminated critical aspects of cellular motion – how cells regulate transportation. Among their discoveries was the protein kinesin, a “machine” that moves “cargo” through the living cell. Understanding the mechanisms of motion is a vital step toward investigating new areas of drug development for diseases such as cardiomyopathies and neuropathies that are linked to problems with motor proteins.

Additional information will be available at UCSF.edu shortly.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Vale and his team on this exceptional honor!

Sincerely,

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Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH
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March 19, 2012
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 people and communities at UCSF. The nomination form, award criteria, and a list of prior recipients are available online.

Three individuals—one faculty, one staff, and one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—will be selected to receive this award at a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. I encourage you to nominate individuals who meet one or more of the following selection criteria—whether or not they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender:

  • Status—elevating the equality and status of GLBT people on campus
  • Visibility—increasing the visibility of GLBT experiences and issues on campus
  • Mentoring—helping to create and participating in career and academic mentoring for GLBT people on campus
  • Education and Research—contributing to the generation and dissemination of knowledge on GLBT health and well-being through education, research, and public presentations
  • Advancement—promoting and advancing the admission, recruitment, and upward mobility of GLBT people on campus

Questions may be directed to Committees Coordinator Suya Colorado-Caldwell, Offices of the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at 476-4421 or via email at [email protected]. Forms and supporting materials must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

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December 6, 2011
Administrative
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to invite nominations for the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service. This award recognizes and celebrates members of the campus community who have demonstrated outstanding public service beyond the scope of their normal job duties, research or training.

December 5, 2011
Administrative
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to request nominations for the 2011 Chancellor’s Disability Service Award. Each year three individuals—one academic, one staff, and one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—may be selected to receive this award in recognition of extraordinary leadership and inspiration in furthering the goal of achieving awareness and equity for the disabled community within the UCSF community.

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