Current Affairs

Sarah Nelson, PhD - Faculty Research Lecture Translational ScienceFaculty Research Lecture Translational Science - Sarah Nelson, PhD

Sarah Nelson, PhD, has been selected by her peers as the recipient of the 7th annual Faculty Research Lectureship (FRL) in Translational Science.
Title: Precision Imaging of Brain Tumors
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 3:30 pm
Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, Mission Bay

Arturo Alvarez-Buylla - Faculty Research LectureFaculty Research Lecture in Basic Science - Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD

Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD, has been selected by his peers as the recipient of the 60th annual Faculty Research Lectureship (FRL) in Basic Science.
Title: Chasing After Young Neurons
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.
Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, Mission Bay

Faculty Town Hall - Clinical Affairs Committee

The Academic Senate’s Clinical Affairs Committee (CAC) held its first Faculty Town Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH) with a reception afterwards. It focused on the theme “Common Grounds: Shared Governance at ZSFG.”

Senate’s Chancellor’s Fund

The Faculty Academic Renewal (FAR) Funds, commonly known as the Academic Senate’s Chancellor’s Fund, were established in 2014 as a gift from Chancellor Hawgood. Promised through the academic year 2024 by Chancellor Hawgood, the funds serve to support faculty life through small individual and group grants totaling the annual amount of $500,000.

Faculty Profile Barbara KoenigFaculty Profile Dr. Barbara Koenig

Barbara Koenig, PhD, RN, is the new Director of the UC San Francisco Bioethics Program. She brings years of professional experience as a national expert in medical ethics.

Having trained under the creator of the initial UCSF Bioethics Program, Koenig has witnessed how the program has developed over the years. Read the full article.

Day in the Life - Researcher Elena FlowersDay in the Life: Researcher Elena Flowers

In February, Flowers wrote a blog post for the UCSF Science of Caring website that detailed her genome sequencing experience. Genome sequencing gives the specific three-billion letters of an individual’s DNA. DNA consists of the letters: A, C, G, and T, symbolizing adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine. This gives patients the ability to receive a personalized treatment plan for any future diseases or health conditions they might have. Read the full article.

Faculty Profile Ryan HernandezFaculty Profile: Week in the Life: Dr. Ryan Hernandez (Dry Lab Researcher)

The population geneticist is a professor in the UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and serves as a core member in the Quantitative Biosciences Institute and the Institute for Human Genetics. Read the full Faculty Profile.

Faculty Profile Rich SchneiderFaculty Profile: Rich Schneider, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Committee on Library & Scholarly Communication

In advocating for the library and to help control the spiraling costs of journal subscriptions, Schneider lead a proposed boycott against the Nature Publishing Group. He also played an essential role in drafting and implementing the UCSF OA Policy, the UC Systemwide OA Policy, and the Presidential OA Policy. He also makes “quck” for a living. Read the full Faculty Profile.

Faculty Profile Steve MorinFaculty Profile: Steve Morin, PhD, Professor In Residence & 2016 Faculty Research Lecture: Clinical Science

The Academic Senate spoke to recent Faculty Research Lecture recipient Steve Morin, PhD, to learn how he initially became interested in scientific research, as well as what still drives him in his field. After a decade in Washington DC, Dr. Morin also provided his insights on the future of Federal funding of scientific research under the Trump administration.

Reclaiming California’s Master Plan for Higher Education

Food for Thought: The Academic Senate encourages viewers to review the January 2017 report from a working group of the Reclaiming California’s Master Plan for Higher Education. This report proposes a graduated income tax surcharge for each citizen which would make higher education in California free. The surcharge amount would depend on household’s income level but for median-income California families, it would cost $48 a year. UCSF Professor Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, is part of the working group. Read the full report here.

Chancellor Issues Message Denouncing Actions of Prejudice and Intimidation

Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, on Monday addressed the UC San Francisco community regarding recent incidents of discrimination and intimidation. Here is a transcript of his video message.

Task Force on Allowable Effort

A task force examined the implications for changing the faculty allowable effort on sponsored-funding from 95% to 100%. Read the short Final Report which highlights issues ranging from academic personnel to recruiting to ethical questions.

Task Force on Clinical Affiliate Agreements and Quality of Care

UCSF Academic Senate created the Task Force on Clinical Affiliate Agreements and Quality of Care. The Task Force’s work is now complete, and the final report has been submitted to the faculty.

Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community

UC supports students without regard to their immigration status...

PodcastAcademic Senate Podcast - March 2017

Executive Council Report by Ruth Greenblatt
Ruth Greenblatt, Chair of the Academic Senate presents recent activities at UCSF and UC Systemwide that Academic Senate leaders should be aware of. (Transcript)
  • Academic Council
  • Thinking about the May Division Meeting
  • Space
  • Open Access discussion

Federal Funding in the New Administration

The Academic Senate recently spoke with key members in the UCSF Science Policy and Strategy Group, as well as the Government Relations Office, to discuss faculty concerns around decreased federal funding for biomedical research and advanced patient care, or the elimination of such funding altogether.