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Dr. Dan Lowenstein on diversity, research, and the evolution of UCSF: An interview with UCSF’s New Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP)

Lauren Shields
Contributing Writer

Synapse: You’ve held a lot of positions here at UCSF from trainee to leadership. How has UCSF impacted you as you’ve moved through this range of positions?

I came here originally in 1983 as an intern and then the following year as a neurology resident. The first impact was having my clinical skills blossom under the tutelage of great mentors. The second was becoming a postdoctoral fellow working for Stan Prusiner at a very exciting time when the prion hypothesis was gaining significant momentum. The third was being given the opportunity to start up my own lab in epilepsy research as a junior faculty member.  And then, as my research, teaching and clinical responsibilities matured, UCSF gave me the opportunity to became more involved in some of the larger efforts associated with the School of Medicine and the institution at-large.

Wed
18
Mar
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Opening of new medical center at Mission Bay

By Lauren Shields
Staff Writer

As advertised on the building during construction, the new Medical Center at Mission Bay achieved a timely opening on February 1, after more than 10 years of planning and construction. Perhaps even more impressive than opening on time, the construction finished under budget.

These goals were achieved under the direction of Director of Design and Construction, Stuart Eckblad, who early on integrated contractors and designers to limit risk and save time. “[Achieving our deadlines] was due to the fantastic efforts and talents of the team we were able to pull together,”said the Executive Director of the Mission Bay Hospitals Project, Cindy Lima.

Thu
05
Mar
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UCSF announces new restrictions in alcohol policy

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More: Opinion piece on why new alcohol policy is insulting to adult students

By Bryne Ulmschneider and Taylor LaFlam
Staff Writers

The casual consumption of alcoholic beverages at a student event will no longer be quite so casual. This month, it was announced that the campus alcohol policy will now require that a UCSF staff or faculty member be present at any student government or registered campus organization on-campus event that will be serving alcohol.

The change was made in response to the advice of Risk Management and Insurance Services at UCSF.

“We’re trying to balance the needs of our student body as well as their safety,” said Jennifer Rosko, the director of student involvement and programs in the Student Life office. “These policies were put in place to protect students.” 

Thu
05
Mar
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Proposed rent increases spark uproar over housing policies

Bryne Ulmschneider
Careers Editor

An announcement from campus Housing Services that it would increase rental rates by one-third for long-term residents had some ready to protest last week before school administrators ultimately vetoed the recommendation.

The increase was one of several proposed solutions to housing shortages being recommended by the Housing Advisory Committee. It would have increased rates by 34 percent for students who already had resided in campus housing for more than two years.

With median rental prices at $3,500, San Francisco currently ranks as the country’s most expensive place to live—higher than New York City’s median of $2,800—according to data collected by the rental website Live Lovely.

Wed
18
Feb
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Scene of solidarity: UCSF community holds vigil to remember slain Muslim students

Students gather for a vigil to remember three Muslim students shot in North Carolina (credit: David Hand)

Still reeling from the civil rights demonstrations that took place in December, the nation’s college campuses again rallied recently at vigils for three Muslim students murdered last week in Chapel Hill, N.C., allegedly over a parking dispute. Victims included Deah Barakat, whose sister Suzanne is a resident in UCSF’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

UCSF community members organized the candlelight vigil above on Thursday, Feb. 12, in the memorial garden at the SFGH Family Health Center. See Synapse Editor-in-Chief Jenny Qi’s reflections about the shootings.

For more images of the vigil, visit David Hand's Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidhanddotnet/sets/72157650392249710/.

Wed
18
Feb
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UC schools to require immunizations

Person getting vaccinated (credit: James Gathany/CDC)

In the wake of the recent measles outbreak around the country, UC has issued a statement that they will require incoming students to be vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, meningococcus, tetanus and whooping cough starting in 2017, in addition to the currently required hepatitis B vaccine.

Measles, once declared eliminated, had a record number of cases in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This increase resulted from decreased vaccination rates, as low as 36 percent in some California pre-schools according to the Los Angeles Times.

Measles vaccination rates decreased largely due to a 1998 retracted publication linking vaccinations with autism.

Thu
05
Feb
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Earthquake Preparedness Talks at UCSF

The 2015 cycle of Matt Springer's home earthquake preparedness talks at UCSF has been scheduled and is listed below.  Many people who have recently moved here don’t realize how important it is to arrange their homes to prevent serious damage and injury in an earthquake.  Many long-time residents think they are prepared because they have extra water...  And students assume that quakes wait until after they get their degrees and move away!  Remember that last year's South Napa quake was 10 times weaker than the 1989 Loma Prieta quake and 100 times weaker than the 1906 San Francisco quake.

Tue
03
Feb
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Striking Student Health

Sean Treacy–Abarca
Staff Writer

Ailing contract negotiations with UC administration force student health center physicians to strike

BERKELEY—Physicians from UCSF Student Health and 10 other University of California student health centers employed a rare tactic seen among the physician workforce as they went on strike Tuesday, Jan. 27 with the support of the Union of American Physicians. The union noted that the strike marked the first time in nearly 25 years that licensed medical doctors had gone on strike in the United States.

Supporters chanted, “Prioritize students’ health first!” as they congregated at the UC Berkeley’s Tang health services center to protest as talks for their first contract have stalled. Other rallies occurred at UC Davis, UCLA and UC San Diego.

“We wanted basic information about budget constraints and we got nothing,” said striking UC Santa Cruz physician Linda Kirby at the UC Berkeley picket lines.

Mon
02
Feb
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This Date in UCSF History

Also from 25 years ago: I would have thought that one seems-too-good-to-be-true money-earning opportunity would be all The Synapse would attract. I was wrong.

By Taylor LaFlam
Science Editor

From 25 Years Ago:
Vol. 34, No. 18, Feb. 8, 1990:

Today, those needing a bone-marrow transplant are likely to be able to find a reasonably well-matched, nonrelated donor. This is thanks largely to having a very large pool of potential donors to draw on; there are currently more than 10 million people registered with the National Marrow Donor Program in the United States.

Mon
02
Feb
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150 Awards Mark 150 Years: Alumni Excellence Awards Honor Achievement and Diversity

The names of the 150 award recipients will be listed on a commemorative plaque at the UCSF Faculty Alumni House (Photo credit: Hanna Starobinets)

By Hanna Starobinets
Web Editor

Extraordinary contributions to healthcare

To mark UCSF’s 150th anniversary, the Alumni Board honored 150 of its best and brightest alumni with an Alumni Excellence Award. Recipients were chosen from 900 anonymous nominations on the basis of excellence and distinction in the major components of UCSF’s mission: education, patient care, research and service—as well as business and industry.

The Award Committee, comprising 14 alumni and representatives from all of UCSF’s schools, brought insight on what it meant to be distinguished in their fields and professions.

“It’s very humbling to see the people who are nominated. They’re just a small fraction of the excellence that we see,” said Susan Walczak (Nursing, ’02), the Award Committee chair.

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