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Farid Chehab, PhD
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UCSF Academic Senate’s 2015 Distinguished Faculty Awards
The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of both its Distinction in Mentoring and Distinction in Teaching Awards. A reception honoring these recipients will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in the afternoon in the Lange Room of the UCSF Library (Parnassus).

Honorees for Distinction in Mentoring:
Anita Sil, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology.
Stuart Gansky, MS, DrPH, Professor of Oral Epidemiology & Dental Public Health.

Honorees for Distinction in Teaching:
David M. Naeger, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.
Katherine Julian, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.

2015-2016 Faculty Research Lectures - Call for Nominations
The Academic Senate Committee on Research is now accepting electronic nominations for the 2015-2016 Faculty Research Lectures.

Each year this distinction acknowledges the outstanding scientific achievements made by members of the UCSF Academic Senate in three areas:

  • Basic Science (lecture held in Winter 2016)
  • Clinical Science (lecture held in Fall 2015)
  • Translational Science (lecture held in Spring 2016)

Chancellor's Fund 2014-2015
In summer 2014, the Academic Senate was gifted $500,000 (Core Funds) by incoming Chancellor Hawgood to use toward faculty life. This amount is intended to be an annual renewal with the funds being spent within each fiscal year.

The intention in 2014-2015 was for these funds to benefit as many faculty as possible, in as many different ways as possible. Following full committee discussions, nine pathways were identified - with four of them including Calls for Applications. The other five will enhance pre-existing campus mechanisms.

Click here for full information and online application

Announcing the 58th Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture - Basic Science
The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the selection of Susan J. Fisher, PhD, as recipient of the 58th Annual Faculty Research Lectureship – Basic Science for her transformative research on human pregnancy as well as stem cell biology and mass spectrometry. The lecture, titled “Mad About Science: Placentas, Stem Cells and Mass Spectra” will take place on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in Cole Hall, Parnassus Campus. The event will be simulcast and a reception will follow.

Live Simulcast will be posted on the Academic Senate website on the day of the event. MyAccess login is required.

Click here to view the live simulcast:
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Under-Represented Faculty & Senior Fellows in Clinical and Translational Research Awards
The Academic Senate has joined CTSI-SOS in sponsoring the intramural Under-Represented Faculty & Senior Fellows in Clinical and Translational Research Awards by augmenting available funds. This will allow for additional awards. Eligible candidates are encouraged to take advantage of this elevated opportunity for funding.

Please note that the deadline to submit applications is Monday, February 23, 2pm. Click here for application information.

Blue Shield and Sutter Health Negotiations
Update: On Friday, January 30, Blue Shield and Sutter announced that they had reached a two-year agreement. More details on the agreement can be found here:

On January 1, 2015, Blue Shield of California sent letters to members who have used Sutter Health providers in Northern California, informing them that the Blue Shield/Sutter Health contract was terminated, effective December 31, 2014. However, to ensure an orderly transition of care for members, Blue Shield and Sutter Health have agreed to a six-month transition period through June 30, 2015, while they continue contract negotiations., For more information on this situation, including UC’s potential plans, please refer to the following news releases:

If you have any additional questions, please contact UCSF’s Health Care Facilitator, Sue Forstat.

The Winter 2015 meeting of the UCSF Division of the Academic Senate will be held Monday, January 26, 2015 from 2pm-4pm in room N-225, Parnassus Campus.
A formal notice of the Division meeting (with links to agenda and attachments) is located here.
The meeting will be streamed live for those outside of Parnassus.  Link to the event is provided here.
In addition to a general “State of the Campus” update, items for discussion include:
Privacy Guidelines for Mission Hall - Deborah Yano-Fong, Privacy Officer, will discuss current guidelines.  On hand to answer inquiries will be Michelle Nash, Compliance Officer, and Bruce Flynn, Director, Risk Management.

Proposed UCOP Multi-Year 3% Increase in Faculty Salaries - Senate Chair Chehab will discuss the proposal—which UCOP has requested feedback on—and potential implications of its implementation at UCSF. The Senate’s initial response including issues and concerns can be read here.
Informational items include:
Faculty Research Lecture in Basic Science: given by Susan Fisher on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 3:30pm-5:00pm Cole Hall
“Mad for Science: Placentas, Stem Cells and Mass Spectra”

Chancellor’s Fund for Faculty Life

Team Science Grant
UCSF Academic Senate joins other intramural funding agencies to support Team Science.

Committee on Equal Opportunity - Grand Jury Verdicts
December 10, 2014 Statement to Academic Senate Chair Farid Chehab and Chancellor Sam Hawgood on Grand Jury Verdicts.

Compensation Plan Update – Town Hall (SOM Faculty) – Friday, November 21 (noon – 1pm; S-124)
In 2013, Systemwide revisions were made to Academic Personnel Manual (APM) 670 which sets for the Health Sciences Compensation Plan.

Revision has required each UCSF School to update its Implementing Procedures (the school’s compensation plan), as well as individual development and ORU compensation plan.

Please attend a town hall on Friday, November 21 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in S-124 to hear how this will impact you in the future.

SOM faculty, click here for more information.

  • For SOD faculty, please contact Peter Sargent, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs for more information
  • For SON faculty, please contact Shari Dworkin, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs for more information
  • For SOP faculty, please contact Thomas Kearney, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs for more information

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Workspace Planning at UCSF
For current information about workspace planning at UCSF—including Mission Hall—please refer to

To view the recent Space Planning Town Hall, please follow this link:



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Academic Planning & Budget
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12:15 - 2:45 pm, CL-210
April 30, 2015
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