This Date in UCSF History

Dr. Haile Debas launches the teach-in with a video presentation in May 2007.

Capping off several weeks of intense debate and deliberation in the House and Senate over continued funding for the war and increasing reports of civilian and military casualties, the UCSF campus bore witness to a teach-in entitled "The Health Effects of the Iraq War," that sought to reconcile the conflict's daily occurrences with the state of the American economy and healthcare and research infrastructures through a series of detailed presentations and speeches.

March 1991 image of Rodney King beating.

After two days of rioting in Los Angeles in response to the Rodney King beating verdict —and a night of unrest in San Francisco in which a curfew and local state of emergency was declared by Mayor Frank Jordan —members of the campus community voiced their reactions at a standing-room only meeting in Cole Hall on Frida, May 1, 1992.

A photo of a packet of birth control pills circa 1960s.
This week, Synapse proudly resumes the historical column, This Date in UCSF History, where we take a look at the issues making campus news throughout the newspaper’s 60-year existence. We start with a headline from 50 years ago.
Photo of President Jimmy Carter circa 1977.

Despite President Donald Trump’s assertion that “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated,” it has, in fact, been a thorn in the side of presidents for decades.

On this day 23 years ago, Synapse featured master’s and doctoral nursing students receiving prestigious research awards, scholarships and recognition for their studies and exemplar work in the field of nursing.

On this day in 1998, in the seemingly not-so-distant UC past, the Synapse front page read, “One Year After Merger, UCSF Stanford Faces Unexpected Problem”.

Aerial view of UCSF parnassus campus in 1980.
Today, we have grown accustomed to fees increasing on an annual basis, to perpetual meetings with UC officials, and to student groups protesting against the outrageous cost of public education, a commodity that was once free to all Californians.
Image of UCSF students protesting in San Francisco street.

Fifty years ago in 1965, a headline on the front page of Synapse read, “Revolution, Response: Viet Program Here.” On this day, the UC Medical Center (UCMC) presented an international symposium titled Revolution and Response in the Millberry Union

On this day in 1987, Dr. Dorothy Ford Bainton became the UCSF School of Medicine's first woman chair of the Department of Pathology. She was the first woman to chair a department in the school since its founding as Toland Medical College in 1864.
The Synapse issue that came out 25 years captured an exciting time in UCSF history. The front page was crowded with a number of memorable stories, with front-page stories “Doogie Howser Appointed to Faculty”, by Jean Yuss, “Trump Buys UCSF”, by Lo Sell Hi, and “UC cardiologist to fight Mike Tyson,” by Lowell Comb.