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Chair of the Academic Senate
Ruth Greenblatt, MD
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Gold Certified UCSF Living Green Office 2014


2016 Chancellor's Fund
2016 Chancellor’s/Faculty Academic Renewal (FAR) Funds – Now accepting applications.

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.

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.

Academic Senate Podcast - February
Coordinating Committee Report by Ruth Greenblatt

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


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

A live simulcast will be available here on the day of the event.

Winter 2016 Division Meeting

Please join us for a full faculty meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from noon – 2pm in Rock Hall, Mission Bay Campus. Lunch will be provided. (Agenda)

Topics include faculty input into UCSF space planning and results of the Mission Hall Survey will be presented.

Offsite streaming locations are:

  • N-217 (Parnassus)
  • Room 474 (Laurel Heights)
  • SFGH: Carr Auditorium, Building #3

January Question of the Month

1. For those who receive salary support from NIH, if your salary is above the NIH cap of $183,000, how is the gap in compensation for your NIH research effort supported?

2. In general, are there aspects of your work duties for which you do not receive commensurate compensation, and if so, what are these duties? (examples might be clinical or teaching effort for which compensated time is much different than expended effort time).

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

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

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.

The Academic Senate Answer of the Month MiniMag - December

Click here for a review of last month's Question of the Month in Answer of the Month MiniMag December issue.

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.

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.

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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



February 15, 2016
February 16, 2016
February 17, 2016
Presidents' Day Holiday
Educational Policy
2:00 - 3:30 pm, U-506
Academic Personnel
12:15 - 2:45 pm, S-30

Privilege and Tenure
4:30 - 6:00 pm, U-506
February 18 2016
February 19, 2016
Library and Scholarly Communication
9:00 - 10:30 am, CL-201
Committee on Committees
2:30 - 4:00 pm, TBD

Academic Freedom
3:00 - 5:00 pm, U-506
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