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Ruth Greenblatt, MD
Office of the Academic Senate
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Fall 2016 Division Meeting

Please join us for a full faculty meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from noon – 2pm in Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall.

Growing UCSF Health Affiliations, Mission Hall Plans and Space.

Offsite video conference location: Room HSW-303, Parnassus Campus. Live simulcast at on the day of the event.

Lunch will be provided.

2017 UC Disability Program
UCOP has just announced this comprehensive reformation of the University supplemental disability program and provided a webpage to educate the campus community. Please take the time to read it in advance of Open Enrollment later on in 2016.

Academic Senate Podcast - July
Coordinating Committee Report by Ruth Greenblatt

2015-2016 RAP Awards
The Academic Senate awarded a total of $920,551 during the 2015-2016 academic year through the Resource Allocation Program. A complete list of awardees can be found here.

UCSF Academic Senate’s 2016 Distinguished Faculty Awards

The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of both its Distinction in Mentoring and Distinction in Teaching Awards. A reception honoring these recipients will be held Thursday, June 2, 2016 in the afternoon in the Lange Room of the UCSF Library (Parnassus).

Honorees for Distinction in Mentoring:
Sheri Weiser, MD, MA, MPH, Associate Professor In Residence, Division of HIV, ID and Global Medicine
Susan Kegeles, PhD, Professor In Residence, Division of Prevention Science

Honorees for Distinction in Teaching:
Jennifer Babik, MD, PhD, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Janet Koo Shim, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences

UCSF Academic Senate’s 6th Annual Faculty Research Lecture – Translational Science Awarded to Dean Sheppard, MD
The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the selection of Dean Sheppard, M.D., as the recipient of the sixth annual Faculty Research Lecture in Translational Science.  The lecture titled “Integrins as therapeutic targets: An ode to reductionism,” will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. in Byers Auditorium at the Mission Bay Campus  The event will be simulcast and a reception will follow.

Summer Division Meeting on June 2nd, Cyber Security and IT Planning at UCSF

In order to prepare for the Summer Division Meeting on June 2nd, which will focus on cyber security and IT planning at UCSF, please submit questions to ask Chief Information Officer Joseph Bengfort and the Information Technology Senate Faculty Panel. At the meeting, CIO Bengfort will make a presentation on IT issues at UCSF (e.g., cyber security, IT planning and governance, and new developments), which will be followed by a faculty panel discussion on IT issues. Faculty panel members play important roles in the IT governance structure at UCSF.

The Academic Senate would like your feedback, click here to provide an answer.

May Question of the Month

This month we want to discuss sabbaticals, which were once a major mechanism for professional refreshment in academics.

While on the UCSF faculty, have you taken a sabbatical?
If so, what year was this, how long was your sabbatical and how was it supported? Could you take another one now?

If you have not taken a sabbatical, would you want to, and could you take one?

If you were able to take a one or two month sabbatical (a funding mechanism was available) would you want to?
If so, what would you do during a 1-2 month sabbatical? How would you use this opportunity?

The Academic Senate would like your feedback, click here to provide an answer.

Click here to view the most recent answers from faculty members.

The Academic Senate Answer of the Month MiniMag - May

Click here for a review of last month's two Questions of the Month in Answer of the Month MiniMag May issue.

2016 Chancellor's Fund
May 5, 2016 update on the Chancellor's Fund.

2016 Chancellor’s/Faculty Academic Renewal (FAR) Funds – Accepting Faculty Learning and Development applications for School of Dentistry.

All Education Technology, Enrichment, and Travel Awards remain closed. Learning & Development for all schools except SOD also remain closed.

Academic Senate Podcast - May
Coordinating Committee Report by Ruth Greenblatt

Interactive Diversity Theater

Please join us for the Faculty Event: Interactive Diversity Theater on May 3 and May 4, 2016.

May 3 performance is in the City Lights room at Milberry Union (Parnassus) at 11:00 am. Lunch begins at 11:00, 11:30 Opening Remarks and 12:00 Performance.

May 4 performance is In Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall at Mission Bay, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by the Committee on Equal Opportunity and Office of Diversity and Outreach.

For more information contact the Academic Senate.

2016-2017 Faculty Research Lectures Call for Nominations
The Academic Senate Committee on Research is now accepting electronic nominations for the 2016-2017 Faculty Research Lectures in Basic Science, Clinical Science and Translational Science. Nomination Deadline 5pm, Friday, May 20, 2016.

UCSF Academic Senate’s 59th Annual Faculty Research Lecture – Basic Science Awarded to David Morgan, PhD

Live Simulcast:

Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 3:30 p.m

The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the selection of David O. Morgan, PhD, as recipient of the 59th Annual Faculty Research Lectureship – Basic Science for his groundbreaking research on cell division. The lecture, titled “Chasing Ghosts in the Cell Cycle Machine”, will take place on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. in Byers Auditorium, Mission Bay Campus. The event will be simulcast and a reception will follow.

Since 1957, this award has been bestowed on an individual member of the UCSF faculty who has made a distinguished record in basic science. Nominations are made by UCSF faculty, who consider scientific research contributions of their colleagues and submit nominations for this prestigious award to the Academic Senate Committee on Research. Each year, the Committee on Research selects the recipient of this award.

Carbon Neutrality Initiative – Curriculum Workshop and Networking Event
University of California (UC) has set the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. The University of California Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Curriculum Workshop and Networking Event was created to educate faculty from each of the 10 UC campuses on how to integrate climate change and sustainability themes into existing courses. We are hoping to recruit faculty who are top-notch educators and teach a large number of students.

Call for Applications for the CNI Curriculum Workshop and Networking Event

University of California Information Technology Security
A cyber-attack was discovered at the UCLA Health Center in June 2015. The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) responded to this attack by engaging an outside firm to provide expertise and certain monitoring tools; formed a systemwide Cyber-Risk Governance Committee; instituted a cybersecurity training requirement; as well as taking other actions. Some faculty have expressed concerns about the secrecy surrounding the process, the lack of consultation with faculty, and the nature and extent of the monitoring itself. The following is a statement from the systemwide University Committee on Academic Computing and Communications (UCACC), along with a link to UCOP’s information security website, which provides more information about the systemwide actions taken to strengthen the UC system's ability to prevent, detect and respond to such attacks.

Town Hall Meeting

Systemwide Academic Senate Chair Dan Hare, systemwide Academic Senate Vice Chair Jim Chalfant, and UCSF Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources David Odato will discuss the recent recommendations from the systemwide Retirement Options Task Force (ROTF), which concerns the development of a new 2016 UCRP tier. The ROTF’s report has been sent to President Napolitano, and is currently being reviewed by the Academic Senate. This town hall is co-sponsored by the Academic Senate and the Faculty Association.

Retirement Options Town Hall
Monday, February 8, 2016
Mission Hall, Room 1401/1402
2:00 - 4:00 pm


Equal Opportunity Statement of Support and Solidarity
Communication from the Committee on Equal Opportunity to Academic Senate Chair Ruth Greenblatt, MD - Support for the Muslim Community.

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.

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.

Latest University of California News
Stay current on the latest UC Systewmide Academic Senate news via the Senate Source newsletter.

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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