Leadership Emails to Campus

An archive of the campuswide emails sent by the Chancellor and other members of the Chancellor's Executive Cabinet.

October 20, 2014

November General Election

Dear Colleagues:

Over the next several weeks, University of California faculty, staff and students will join millions of Americans across the country and fulfill their civic duty by casting their ballots for or against a wide range of issues and individuals seeking public office. I encourage all of you to participate in the electoral process. It is a privilege and a right that serves as the foundation for the laws that govern our nation.

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October 17, 2014

UPDATE: Ebola Virus Disease

Dear Colleagues:

This email serves to update you on our Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) response in preparation for providing care for patients at UCSF. As always, our first priority is to ensure the safety of all of our employees while providing care to the thousands of patients we see every day.

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October 15, 2014

Ebola Crisis: UCSF Efforts and Guidelines

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We all have been deeply saddened by the events transpiring in West Africa, which is experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The disease has killed several thousand people, and without a massive international effort, it could kill tens or even hundreds of thousands more.

President Obama has issued a call for experienced U.S. health workers to travel to the area, and I expect UC San Francisco doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other clinical health workers will want to join the effort, as, indeed, some already have.

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October 7, 2014

Appointment of Associate Vice Chancellor‹Clinical and Translational Research

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Jennifer R. Grandis, MD, has accepted the position of Associate Vice Chancellor—Clinical and Translational Research (AVC-CTR). Dr. Grandis will begin service in her new post in January 2015 while also holding a faculty appointment as Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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October 3, 2014

National Medal of Science: Bruce Alberts, PhD

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.

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September 30, 2014

Associate Vice Chancellor-Research Infrastructure and Operations

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to report that the search for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) – Research Infrastructure and Operations has been completed and that Brian E. Smith, MBA, JD has accepted the position, commencing October 1.

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September 8, 2014

2014 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award: Congratulations to Peter Walter, PhD

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.

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July 21, 2014

UCSF Staff Appreciation and Recognition Program (STAR) Program FY15

Dear Colleagues:

UCSF’s Staff Appreciation and Recognition Program (STAR) Program is an opportunity to recognize and reward exceptional work that helps UCSF successfully meet our common objectives. This program furthers UCSF’s Strategic Plan and, ultimately, our vision to advance health worldwide. While our goals are challenging, success in achieving them will have a dramatic impact on our ability to sustain the excellence of UCSF.

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July 17, 2014

Chancellor's Letter to UCSF Community

Dear Colleagues:

I am honored to have been appointed today by the UC Board of Regents as the tenth chancellor of UC San Francisco. It is a privilege to have the opportunity and the responsibility to lead one of the premier health sciences universities in the world. I believe deeply in UCSF’s public mission and our collective ability to transform health through research, education and patient care.

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July 9, 2014

California Drought State of Emergency

Dear UC San Francisco Community:

Earlier this year, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency and called on Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. While UC San Francisco (UCSF) recognizes the severity of the situation, we already have taken actions that resulted in an actual reduction in our water use from 1990 to 2013, even as square footage increased by 74.7 percent over that period.

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July 8, 2014

2014 Staff Engagement Survey Results

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to share with you the results of the 2014 Staff Engagement Survey. UCSF’s overall score, or grand mean, increased from 3.72 to 3.81 points (0.09) on a five-point scale. Over the last three staff engagement surveys administered by Gallup, this constitutes an increase of .21, which marks meaningful progress. I encourage all of us to be part of this trend of increasing engagement at UCSF.

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May 27, 2014

The Shaw Prize: Congratulations to Peter Walter, PhD

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.

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May 27, 2014

Tragedy at UC Santa Barbara: May 28 UCSF solidarity vigil

Dear UCSF Community:

The tragic events that took place the night of May 23 in Isla Vista have had a severe and direct impact on the UC Santa Barbara community, as well as on the family and friends of the victims. We want to acknowledge that members of the UCSF community also are feeling a sense of grief, bewilderment and loss.

The students of UCSF have initiated a solidarity vigil for all UCSF faculty, staff, students and trainees. The vigil will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m., on Parnassus in Saunders Court.

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May 23, 2014

Draft 2014 Long Range Development Plan

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce the publication of the UC San Francisco Draft 2014 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). The LRDP is a comprehensive physical-land-use plan that is intended to guide UCSF’s growth and other physical changes through the year 2035, and applies specific strategies to achieve the academic, clinical and research missions of the university.

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May 20, 2014

Finance3: Collaboration and Acknowledgements

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Finance3 went live on March 10. A major initiative affecting a significant and diverse population of campus, this effort included converting twenty-nine central systems to the new Chart of Accounts and launching MyReports and UPlan—two new financial tools that will benefit our campus by providing better and more robust data that will inform our decisions moving forward.

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April 29, 2014

New National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences Members

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:

· 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

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April 24, 2014

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals: Preterm Birth Initiative

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new program at UCSF: a $100 million preterm birth initiative of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, which will be led by Larry Rand, MD, director of Perinatal Services at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco Fetal Treatment Center. Dr. Rand will co-direct the initiative with Jaime Sepulveda, MD, MPH, MSc, DrSc, executive director of UCSF Global Health Sciences.

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April 10, 2014

2014 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

On April 28, you will receive a message from Gallup to participate in the third UCSF Staff Engagement Survey, which will be administered April 28 through May 16. UCSF leadership strives to build a work environment that supports staff engagement, one that is conducive to achieving our collective mission of advancing health worldwide. Gallup, known nationally for its excellence in data-driven research, will administer the 2014 survey.

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April 8, 2014

Special Announcement concerning UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital has affiliated with Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland (CHO). Together, the two partners will become even stronger advocates for young patients on both sides of the San Francisco Bay.

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April 1, 2014

Message from Interim Chancellor Sam Hawgood

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to be writing to you today in my new role as Interim Chancellor of UCSF.

UCSF is at an exciting point in its evolution, and I look forward to working with many of you in the coming months to continue to advance excellence across our mission areas of research, education, patient care, and community service.

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March 17, 2014

Director, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dear Colleagues,

I am extremely pleased to announce that Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS, an acclaimed cancer scientist, will become the new director for the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. His appointment will officially begin January 1, 2015.

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February 28, 2014

UCSF Financial Planning and Projections

Dear Colleagues:

As members of the UCSF community, I invite you to read recently published stories about UCSF's multi-year financial planning and projections along with a snapshot of some of the numerous efforts across the enterprise to meet the challenges of our dynamic and competitive marketplace.

The stories are posted at: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/02/111891/finance-overview

Sincerely,

John E. Plotts
Senior Vice Chancellor – Finance and Administration

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January 24, 2014

UCSF 150th Anniversary

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to share with you that 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of UC San Francisco. This milestone presents a unique opportunity for all of us to reflect on UCSF’s rich and innovative history, integral role in San Francisco and leadership in the transformation of health worldwide.

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