The UCSF Community Newsletter

How Long Does COVID Stay in the Body? We May Finally Have the Answer

Early in the pandemic, COVID was thought to be a transient illness. But a growing number of patients – even those who were previously healthy – continued having symptoms. New research from UCSF scientists offers potential clues as to why.

Read about the study »

Can We Assess Autism in Children With a Simple Reflex Test?

The discovery by UCSF scientists could help advance research on autism, which affects one out of every 36 children in the U.S., and help to diagnose kids earlier and faster.

See the pioneering new test in action »

Local Artist Selected for UCSF Benioff Oakland Facade Art

Adia Millett’s work is expected to grace the facade of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s new Administrative Support Building.

Meet Adia and learn about the project »

I’m a Microplastics Researcher. Here’s How To Limit Their Dangers

It’s an invisible invasion by land, air and sea. Microscopic plastic pieces are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink – bottled or not.

Get an insider’s view »

How AI is Helping Doctors Find Cancer Faster

A form of artificial intelligence using the same technology behind ChatGPT could someday improve cancer care by extracting data from medical charts much faster than humans.

Read about it »

Experts in the News

The New York Times

Apparently Healthy, but Diagnosed With Alzheimer's?


Ageism in Health Care is More Common Than You Might Think

NBC News

Asian American Women Getting Lung Cancer Despite Never Smoking

San Francisco Chronicle

Smoking Weed Daily Linked to Significantly Higher Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke


UCSF Leads Research on Gould Syndrome

Social Spotlight

It’s a perfect match! Congratulations to UCSF’s incoming residents, who celebrated their next destination during last week’s Match Day.

Relive the festivities on LinkedIn »


Amazon Gift Cards for UCSF Writing Survey: UCSF faculty, staff, learners, researchers and clinicians are invited to participate in a writing support needs survey, part of a larger feasibility study for creating a centralized writing center at UCSF. The center would facilitate equitable access to publication and grant writing activities and support scientific communication. Complete the 15-minute survey by Friday, March 22 and be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Take the survey »

UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences Names New Executive Director: Payam Nahid, MD, MPH, who has played a leading role in improving tuberculosis care around the world, has been named executive director of the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences. Read about Payam’s career accomplishments »

New Hospital Groundbreaking Celebration: Join the UCSF community to mark the groundbreaking of the new hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights on Thursday, April 25. Those who RSVP will be invited to an open house from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with refreshments, photo opportunities, interactive experiences and keepsakes. RSVP now »

UC Uber Perks: The UC’s partnership with Uber has been reactivated. New users can link their personal accounts to UC for Priority Pick-up over others, especially at peak and high-demand times or areas (such as at conventions or airports). The UC’s users also have access to Business Comfort vehicles operated by top-rated driver partners. Learn more »

Free Identity Theft Protection: As part of an ongoing commitment to the well-being and security of its valued faculty and staff, the UC will provide fully paid comprehensive identity theft protection for employees and their dependent children under age 18 through Experian beginning Monday, April 1. Enrollment is automatic, but you must set up your account to take advantage of the program. Get more information ahead of enrollment »

Versa, Health News You Can Use, and Staff Engagement Survey: Don’t miss next 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, get a monthly dose of Health News You Can Use from Peter Chin-Hong, MD, and learn about the upcoming Staff Engagement Survey. Mark your calendar and submit your questions for panelists ahead of time »

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 help bring attention to the new GRLN policy and reflect the diverse experiences and identities of intersex, nonbinary and transgender people. If you’re interested in sharing your story, please fill out this form »

New Microsoft Teams Launches: UCSF computers have been updated to Microsoft's new Teams, providing a faster and easier user experience. Users will notice significant look and feel changes to the interface. To prepare for the change, users are asked to watch this video and FAQ. Reach out to the IT Service Desk for additional help »

macOS Sonoma Now Supported: UCSF now supports the latest version of Apple’s operating system for Mac computers in addition to macOS Ventura (13.x) and macOS Monterey (12.x). macOS Sonoma comes with several benefits that enhance the overall user experience, including improved performance, enhanced productivity, and security. See if your computer is eligible for the upgrade »

Make Art From Waste: Bring attention to the problem of waste by creating an art piece! A celebratory event with refreshments will recognize all artists and the top three entries will receive prizes. Submit a proof of concept by Friday, March 29 to help staff anticipate space and display needs. Enter now »

Get Your Steps In: Check out walking routes at UCSF’s campuses. Whether you have a short break or a long lunch, find suggested walking paths you can follow for an active rest and reset during your day on campus. See the routes »

Staff Assembly Scholarship Program Applications: The UCSF Staff Assembly is accepting applications for the Spring 2024 Scholarship award cycle. The aim of the program is to support activities enriching the professional lives of its members, including UCSF career, non-represented, non-union and policy-covered staff. Apply by Thursday, April 16 »

Submit a Nomination for the UC Academic Advisory Board: Are you a faculty member interested in expression, engagement and democratic learning on college campuses? Do you know one? If the answer is yes, send in a nomination for the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement’s Academic Advisory Board (AAB). The AAB assists in focusing the center’s project priorities, and selecting members of the national Fellows program and Valuing Open and Inclusive Conversation and Engagement Initiative. The nomination window has been extended to Friday, March 29. See nomination guidelines »

Knitting Volunteers Wanted: Help promote the well-being of inpatient caregivers at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay by volunteering for the In Stitches program. By sharing your joy of knitting, you will be providing a valuable therapeutic experience for our caregivers – one stitch at a time. UCSF employees, and families and friends can volunteer. Email for more information about the program »

Opioid Industry Documents Archive Launches Curriculum Library: The Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA), a collaborative undertaking between UCSF and Johns Hopkins University, has launched the OIDA Curriculum Library, a resource created to facilitate use of OIDA documents in the classroom and providing materials that introduce students at the undergraduate and graduate level to the role of corporate tactics used in the opioid crisis. Access the library »

Upcoming Events



UCSF Housing Services Information Session

Candlestick Painting

2024 Wallerstein Lecture: My Journey as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Researcher

UCSF LGBTQ Committee Meet and Greet



Recess Time: Virtual Arctic Escape

Neurology Mentorship Event



Pediatric Precision Medicine Cancer Care Summit



UCSF World Tuberculosis Day Symposium

Applications Open: UC Women’s Initiative Professional Development Program



Bodily Relearning



2024 Art Misfit Sale



My Bike Tour Story

Serving Life: Formative Research Exploring the Benefits of Yoga for Incarcerated Populations

Meet with Success: Evidence-Based Ways to Create Effective, Engaging and Inclusive Meetings



Candlestick Painting

8th Annual Precision Imaging of Cancer and Therapy Symposium

Anticipatory Grief Webinar for Caregivers



BALANCE Faculty Spotlights: Alexandra Brown, MD

Innovator Series

Confessions of a Black, DeafBlind Audiologist with Usher Syndrome



Population Health and Brain Health Equity Scholars Lecture



Partnering with Interpreters

Publishing Opportunities Through Center for Health Humanities

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

Deals and Discounts

Columbia Employee Store Discount: A few times a year, the Columbia Sportswear Company Employee Store opens for a limited time to UCSF employees. Take advantage of items marked with discounts up to 60% off the original retail price now through Sunday, March 24. To enter, bring a photo ID, UCSF identification badge and the event invitation.

Download the event invitation here »

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