Week of November 22, 2021 | Edited by: Meredith Lew Tan
World AIDS Day
You are all invited to the UCSF World AIDS Day event dually sponsored by ARI/CFAR on December 1, 2021, from 8:30-10:30am PST (virtual). We will be honoring Drs. Paul Volberding and Jay Levy on their amazing work throughout HIV with a tribute from UCSF leaders and Dr. Anthony Fauci from the NIH. We will then have a talk by Dr. Eric Goosby and a series of talks on HIV prevention, vaccines, treatment, and cure. Please click here to register. ARI and CFAR are very excited to see you there!
UCSF Closed for Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, 2021
Use the UCSFwpa WiFi at ZSFG
Recently, it has been brought to our attention that there are internet connection issues on campus. Please make sure you are using the UCSFwpa WiFi.
Campus Safety and Holiday Security
Over the past 2-months, there have been several reports of on-campus auto burglaries; vandalized vehicles; attempted bike thefts, and a car-fire that resulted from the vehicle being driven into the staircase of one of the campus buildings.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, and Sheriff's Deputies were able to capture the individuals involved in these incidents.
Increased campus patrols will be conducted to deter loitering and suspicious activity, and personal safety escorts are provided 24/7, by calling 415-206-8062 (x68063). Please provide a 20-minute lead time for escort appointments.
Traditionally, during the standard time-change and the holiday season, crime increases. Thieves prey on pedestrians walking alone, and vehicles left unattended with packages or personal belongings visibly inside. Most of these crimes are crimes of opportunity, which in many cases can be avoided.
Click here for additional information and safety tips that may help you avoid being a victim.
Native American Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month acknowledges and celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and history of Native Americans and Alaska Natives in the United States. According to the U.S. Census, about 3300 Native Americans live in San Francisco; the Indigenous population in the Bay Area is 18,500 strong and is projected to grow over the next few decades. The Ohlone are the predominant Indigenous group of the Bay Area, including the Ramaytush Ohlone in San Francisco.
You may have noticed that many public meetings, including the Health Commission, now open each of its meetings with a land acknowledgement that demonstrates honor and respect for the contributions and sacrifices of the ancestors that inhabited and cared for the land before us, an important way of honoring our local indigenous peoples.
Differences Matter: Phase 2
Please join Dean Talmadge E. King, Jr., Executive Vice Dean Catherine, Lucey, and Vice Chancellor Renee Navarro to learn about the launch of the second phase of the Differences Matter initiative.
At this forum, we will hear about:
Goals of the initiative; opportunities for faculty and staff to help lead the Areas of focus; and how the Dean's Office is partnering with the Office of Diversity and Outreach to amplify and augment the Anti-Racism Initiative.
It’s once again time for the annual UCSF/ZSFG/OSR Toy Drive for Foster Youth - our 12th year in a row! Since so many people are still working from home, and Mattress Firm still isn’t collecting toys for foster youth, we are going to do what we did last year – an SF Girl Scout Troop is once again leading the To Kids From Kids (Foster Youth) Gift Sign Up. You can click on the link below and sign up to see the list of youth, their age, gender, wish, and maybe a little information about them.
A link to the Google spreadsheet to sign up can be found here: https://bit.ly/TKFKgiftsignup. Please only sign up if no one else has already typed their name/info on the line in columns A-C.
Four important bits of information before you sign-up:
When you find a youth you would like to buy a gift for fill out your name and email address and under “ADOPTED BY TROOP#” list Troop 62684 on the google doc. (Troop 62684 is my Girl Scout Troop’s # – we don’t get a prize for having folks sign up – a “top troop” isn’t acknowledged - we just want as many foster youth to receive gifts as possible).
Please purchase what is requested – if the child asks for a Paw Patrol sleeping bag please buy them a Paw Patrol sleeping bag, not a Pup Academy sleeping bag. If the youth is a 15 year old boy and he wants a makeup kit, please buy him a makeup kit.
Only sign up if you will be able to purchase/drop-off/ship that item by the deadlines listed below.
Gifts should not be wrapped – various Girl Scout Troops will wrap the gifts.
Five delivery options to choose from:
Drop off on 11/27 (Saturday) between 11:00am - 2:00pm at Camp Ida Smith (1100 Lake Merced Blvd, SF, CA, 94132)
Drop off on 11/28 (Sunday) between 11:00am - 2:00pm at Camp Ida Smith (1100 Lake Merced Blvd, SF, CA, 94132)
Mail/Ship to GS62235 at 1406 24th Avenue, SF CA 94122 for arrival no later than Saturday 11/27.
If gift cards, drop through mail slot at 1406 24th Avenue no later than 11/27 or email to GS62235@gmail.comif bought online.
To those of you who hate to shop but want to take part, most of the older youth request gift cards.
Please contact me if you have any questions. Best to call or text Olive Giovanetti at 415-260-5861, or list “FOSTER YOUTH TOY DRIVE” in the Subject line of your email and I will respond in the evening.
Toward a History of Black AIDS Activism | Archives Talk
On Monday, December 6 from 3:00-4:10 PM, join historians Dan Royles and Antoine Johnson for a conversation about the long—and little told—history of responses to HIV/AIDS in African American communities. They'll discuss Royles's book To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS, Johnson's research on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the Bay Area's Black communities, their favorite finds in the UCSF archives, and more.
Dan Royles is an Assistant Professor of History at Florida International University in Miami, where he teaches courses on United States, African American, LGBTQ, public, and oral history. His first book, To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS, was published in 2020 by University of North Carolina Press. He also runs the African American AIDS History Project, a digital archive of responses to HIV/AIDS in Black America.
Antoine Johnson is a History PhD candidate in UCSF's Humanities and Social Sciences program. His dissertation examines Black AIDS activism in the Bay Area and ways structural racism increased African Americans' disease vulnerability. His dissertation is tentatively titled, "The Other Epidemic: AIDS, Activism, and Anti-Black Racism in the Bay Area, 1981-1999," which he will be defending next April.
UCSF Recovery Operations Center has updated it'sguidelines. Though our events at ZSFG follow more restrictive guidelines, in DEM, we are preparing for the return of in-person meetings through the following:
To maintain the required 50% capacity and/or 6’ of separation, please sit 1 person per table and/or space your chairs out in the room.
We will return to posting the weekly meeting calendar outside the conference rooms so you can see when the room is unavailable.
To reiterate, the ROC has stressed that Business & Morale meetings should, to every extent possible, be conducted virtually.
It has been a while since we have had conference room reservations and a booking process. Please take a moment to review the DEM Conference Room booking information so that we are all following the same process.
Dr. Bryan Greenhouse is part of a project that recently received funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. IMMRSE-U: Implementing Malaria MoleculaR SurveillancE in Uganda, an ambitious addition of genomic epidemiology to standard malaria surveillance.