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[Originally published in Synapse on November 6, 2003.] What comes to your mind when you hear the words “forensic medicine?” Murder, dismantled body parts, or DNA analysis? Whatever it is, one probably does not equate forensic medicine with two hours of amusing stories and laughter. But that was exactly what happened at Dr. Henry C. Lee’s talk, Forensic Evidence Found on Human Bodies — National and International Cases
[Victoria Turner’s submission won first place in the Storytelling Contest’s science writing category.] As the pressures and restrictions of 2020 begin to lift, we could all appreciate some well-earned time off, but even those of us who try to unwind outside work are frustrated by the gentle chime of email at all hours.

Crises bring out the best and the worst in people. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Through this trying time, I have seen the ugliness of human selfishness, but also the beauty of human love.

Love expresses itself in many forms.

This is the final installment of our Q&A with President Biden COVID Task Force advisor, UCSF's Dr. Eric Goosby.

As pediatricians and trainees, we have all experienced moral awakenings that have compelled us to take action to protect children.

“What would it feel like if someone else were to come into your head?” An epilepsy patient posed this question when asked to describe their mental state before a seizure during a recent study on dissociative states.

When you want to learn something new, the first order of business is practice. After putting in some effort, you can hopefully keep doing what you learned — whether it’s parallel parking or standing backflips — on the next day, and the next.

Originally published in Synapse on April 17, 2003. An international team of investigators, including UCSF’s Joseph DeRisi and researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, have identified a novel coronavirus as the probable cause of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.
How much does it cost to make an ear?

Max Feinstein, a fourth-year medical student, has been spearheading a project at UCSF to make prosthetic ears at a fraction of the typical cost.

Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper on May 11, 1978. Immortality, Mankind’s oldest dream, that of conquering death itself to secure a place in the eternity of time.