The UCSF Community Newsletter

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An Expert Says Interest in Health Care AI Has Recently ‘Exploded.’ Here’s Why

Electronic health records promised big improvements in health care but ended up making extra work for physicians and nurses. Could artificial intelligence make their jobs and our health care better?

Read about it »

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Are COVID Vaccines Safe for Pregnant Women and Babies?

A UCSF study is the first scientific inquiry into whether infants are at increased risk of neurodevelopmental impairments as a result of maternal vaccination.

Learn what UCSF experts found »

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How Cindy Chang Became One of the Most Influential Leaders in Sports Medicine

From overseeing the WNBA “wubble” during the COVID-19 pandemic to becoming the first female chief medical officer for Team USA, UCSF’s Cindy Chang, MD, has been breaking glass ceilings for three decades.

Follow Cindy’s inspiring story »

Study Pinpoints Simple Way Health Care Providers Can Boost Flu Shot Numbers

UCSF researchers say taking this type of systematic approach could lead to more underserved people receiving vaccines, especially those whose primary health care occurs in emergency departments.

Find out how they’re doing it »

Carol Dawson-Rose Named New Dean of UCSF School of Nursing

UCSF has selected Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, as the new dean of the UCSF School of Nursing and associate vice chancellor for Nursing Affairs.

Meet Carol »

Experts in the News

The New York Times

Puberty Is Coming. Prepare Your Kid With These 7 Tools

The Washington Post

The Hidden Secrets of a Simple Birdsong, Explained


One Doctor's Quest to Improve Health Care for People with Disabilities


As Biden Faces Questions, Researchers Weigh in on Working in Your 80s


Four Years Since the World Stopped

Social Spotlight

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After hearing oral arguments on March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the FDA’s suggested prescribing guidelines for mifepristone, a medication commonly used in abortion care.

Here’s what that decision could mean for abortion access nationwide »


Amazon Gift Cards for Software Quiz: UCSF-managed software is on a regular update schedule but other software you use may not be. Not only do updates improve performance, but they also often fix data security flaws. Learn the importance of keeping software updated and take the quiz to be entered to win one of six $50 Amazon gift cards. Take the test »

UCSF Video Up for Webby People's Voice Award: The UCSF Office of Communications' powerful video about brain-computer technology assisting a paralyzed woman with speech has been nominated for a prestigious Webby Award in the Technology category. Out of 13,000 total projects entered, UCSF was nominated alongside videos produced by CBS News, BBC Studios, The Washington Post and ABC News. The same video is also up for the Webby People's Voice Award, which is determined by popular online vote. Vote here by Thursday, April 18 »

Nominate for Chancellor Awards for Diversity: The Chancellor Awards for Diversity are now accepting nominations through Friday, May 10. Each year, the awards recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals who demonstrate a strong dedication to diversity. Faculty, staff and learner recipients are leaders and pioneers in their respective fields and to the communities in which they serve. Nominate someone »

Earth Month, Versa, and Staff Engagement Survey: Don’t miss this month’s UCSF Town Hall program on Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m. We’ll hear the latest about the development of UCSF’s newest AI chatbot tool, Versa, UCSF’s sustainability efforts in light of Earth Month, and learn more about the upcoming Staff Engagement Survey. UCSF’s Bob Wachter, MD, will also moderate a special segment, “COVID: Four Years Later,” with experts from across UCSF. Mark your calendar »

Celebrate Earth Month: April is Earth Month and it’s a great time to focus on environmental wellness. Celebrate Earth Month by attending events dedicated to sustainability and the environment. Let's take action together to preserve our planet! Download Zoom backgrounds and see all Earth Month events »

UCSF Staff Engagement Survey Opening Soon: The Staff Engagement Survey is your chance to provide candid feedback and inform efforts to make UCSF a more inclusive and engaging place to work. The short, confidential survey is administered by Gallup and open to staff across UCSF, including UCSF Health, USCF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians. Be on the lookout for a message announcing the survey from UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood. Learn more »

Stories Wanted to Raise Awareness for Gender Recognition and Lived Names: The University of California and UCSF’s Gender Recognition and Lived Name (GRLN) policy aims to empower the UCSF community to accurately list their gender identity and lived names. The UCSF Office of Communications is seeking volunteers from the UCSF community to bring attention to the GRLN policy and reflect their diverse experiences and identities. If you’re interested in sharing your story, please fill out this form »

Proposed Changes to UCSF Staff Assembly Bylaws: The UCSF Staff Assembly Executive Board has reviewed and proposed changes to bylaws to reflect the current duties, goals and responsibilities of the UCSF Staff Assembly and its board member roles more accurately. UCSF staff not represented by an exclusive bargaining agent are asked review the proposed changes and attend the Wednesday, April 17 meeting to discuss, vote to amend and approve. See the changes »

Register for 2024 Diversity Graduation: Diversity Graduation is an opportunity to celebrate and honor all of UCSF’s Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled and LGBTQ+ graduates from the professional schools and Graduate Division. Enjoy food and refreshments, live music and photo opportunities at a booth. Register here »

Cultivating a Welcoming and Inclusive Work Environment: What does it take to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment during times of change and uncertainty? Mica Estrada, associate dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach and a social psychologist, and Emebet Aklilu, director of operations for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach, discuss what’s needed in the latest Illuminating Health podcast. Listen now »

Upcoming Events



Candlestick Painting

UCSF Research Career Expo

UCSF Grand Slam



UCSF Kanbar Center Advance Technologies in Simulation Education Symposium

Addressing Racial Bias in Pain Management

Building a Practice-Based Account of Modern Chemistry

Implementation and Evaluation of AI in Real World Clinical Settings



UCSF Bikes! at Golden Gate Park



Early Life Stress, Neurodevelopment, and Depression in Adolescents: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

2024 Last Lecture: Rupa Lalchandani Tuan, PhD



3D Printing Part 1: Introduction to 3D Printing

Promoting Positive Outcomes in Children and Youth with Autism by Leveraging Heterogeneity

Nursing Journal Club



Alumni Weekend 2024



Microaggressions in the Learning Environment



Drilling for Disease: Unearthing the Health Harms and Injustice of Oil and Gas Drilling



Refuse Refuse Earth Month Clean-Up at Mission Bay

Academic Senate’s Faculty Research Lecture in Basic Science: Andrej Sali, PhD

UCSF Native American Community Beading and Social

Visit the UCSF Events Calendar to submit events and see what’s happening.

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