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Chair of the Academic Senate
Ruth Greenblatt, MD
Office of the Academic Senate
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Chancellors/Faculty Academic Renewal Funds 2015-2016

The Academic Senate is currently discussing pathways for funding for this academic year. Check back in late fall 2015 for further information – or check your email for Call for Applications from UCSF Academic Senate around the same time.

Academic Senate Podcast
Coordinating Committee Report by Ruth Greenblatt (Oct., 2015)

Call for Nominations - Distinction in Mentoring
The Senate is seeking nominations for its Distinction in Mentoring Awards.

Launched in 2009, the Academic Senate Distinction in Faculty Mentoring Award recognizes exceptional mentoring by faculty, to faculty—and faculty to fellows.

This award will be given in two categories: faculty at the rank of Associate Professor and faculty at the rank of Full Professor.

Nominators must complete the Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Awards Nomination Form and submit this form with the required materials via email to Alison Cleaver, Associate Director in the Office of the Academic Senate no later than 4:00 PM Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

Please click here to view the required documentation and to access the nomination form.

Faculty Climate Action Champion Award Program
The UCSF Academic Senate is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Faculty Climate Action Champion Award Program. The UC Global Climate Leadership Council created the Faculty Climate Action Champion Award to incentivize and support faculty engagement in climate change research, teaching, and engagement. The award provides $25,000 and instructional support for one exceptional UCSF faculty member to deepen climate change teaching and research at UCSF.

Information about the award, review criteria, and detailed instructions can be found here.

Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, September 28, 2015, 5 p.m.

Fall 2015 Resource Allocation Program (RAP) applications
The UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) is now inviting applications for the Fall 2015 Cycle. RAP offers a single online application process for a variety of intramural grant offerings, which can be found at

E-submission deadline: Monday, September 21, 2015, 2 p.m.
Certain grant RFAs have undergone changes; please review the website for your mechanism of interest prior to preparing your proposal.

Award Notification

  • For grants reviewed by RAP review committees award notification will be December 2015 (before winter break).
  • For grants independently reviewed (CTSI-Catalyst; Diabetes Research Center) the notification timeline is managed by the funders and may differ.

Announcing the 5th Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture in Translational Science
The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the selection of Charles E. McCulloch, Ph.D., M.S. Professor and Head, Division of Biostatistics, and Vice Chair, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Medicine, as the recipient of the fifth annual Faculty Research Lecture in Translational Science.  Lecture title is:  “small thoughts on Big Data.”

June 2, 2015 (3:30 pm) Faculty Research Lecture live simulcast:
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The Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture will be held in Byers Hall at the Mission Bay Campus on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 3:30 p.m.  The event will also be live simulcast for viewing from your office or computer either the day of the event—or upwards of a year afterwards. A link to the live simulcast will be available (and disseminated) the day before the event.

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.

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

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:



October 12, 2015
October 13, 2015
October 14, 2015
Equal Opportunity
10:00 - 12:00 pm, U506
Medicine Faculty Council
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Courses of Instruction
10:00 - 12:00 pm, U-506

Academic Personnel
12:15 - 2:45 pm, S-30
October 15, 2015
October 16, 2015
Library and Scholarly Communication
9:00 - 10:30 am, CL 201

Graduate Council
2:30 - 4:30 pm, CL-201
Nursing Faculty Council
9:30 - 11:30 am, N-319D

Committee on Committees
2:30 - 4:00 pm, U-506

Academic Freedom
3:00 - 5:00 pm, U506
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