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“I find that it’s hard to be sure about many things, and I try to stay open so I can move forward as things change. At the same time, there are so many things to be sure of. I’m sure that a positive attitude goes a long way.

“Being forced to resign from my 11-year gymnastics career was incredibly life changing for better and for worse. I had countless discussions with healthcare providers telling me that my physical abilities would be limited as I had a high risk for trauma. However, I refused to acknowledge the limitations that were set before me.
As your executive vice chancellor and provost, I facilitated the annual Chancellor’s Leadership Diversity Forum on April 27. During the Q&A, Engie Salama, second-year School of Pharmacy student, demonstrated her courage by describing the challenges she and others face in the rigorous learning environment at UCSF, the mental health consequences, and the question of what more could be done to provide support. Aaron Mattingly’s opinion piece, “Leadership or Lip Service,” in Synapse from two weeks ago, describes his reaction to my response, which I understand.
Rebekka Baiser

“I love running around with kids because I feel free to be the goofy person that I am. And as a goofy person, science is easier to learn in an interactive and silly way.

Iva Petrovchich

“If I wasn't going to be an oncology nurse practitioner, I would absolutely run a bakery. I like to shake any extra clinical energy off by making ice cream, cheese, cream puffs, you name it. There's something joyful about creating something with your hands, and getting to share it with someone you love.

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.

Photo of Ezekiel Adigun First Year, School of Medicine

“The show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ dramatically altered the course of my life. I remember at 12 years old being so enamored with the amazing dance moves, cool costumes, and perfect facial expressions.

Startup culture is infectious in the Bay Area, and there's no better incubator than UCSF. Indeed, students here have unbounded access to entrepreneurial resources. Highlights from this year include the I am a UC Entrepreneur! initiative by President Janet Napolitano, the Startup 101 Pitch Night with Chancellor Sam Hawgood, and the Startup Connection mixer with local venture capitalists. For the School of Medicine Bridges curriculum, startup season is also year-round. UCSF alumnus and biotechnology entrepreneur Dr. David Hung gave a lecture to first-year medical students last winter, and our Health and Society block featured small groups on leadership skills and health IT this spring.
Photo of Dr. Chris Lin
“I’m a father of three children and it is inherent to want to share one’s experience and knowledge to the next generation. It would be my dream for one of my children to choose dentistry as their career, but that would be my desire and not theirs. I consider all of my dental students as my sons and daughters and I enjoy sharing my life experience with all of them. Currently, I teach in the Simulation Lab with D1 and D2 students and the externs that select my site in my community clinic. I get the best of both worlds.”