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“Everyone in Norway will tell you: People go to court to be punished; they go to prison to become better neighbors.” What we could do differently »

Hidden autoimmunity may explain how the coronavirus wreaks such widespread and unpredictable harm.

Our guts, skin, and other body parts harbor trillions of microbes. Can scientists leverage them to treat disease?

UCSF needs 10,000 liters of liquid helium per year – enough to fill 625,00 birthday balloons – to cool imaging machines essential to research and patient care.

Mark Laret and Matthew Cook sat down for a virtual conversation about the past, present and future of the Oakland and SF hospitals.

Three volunteers scrub away graffiti and paint from the stoop of a house in Oakland
Helping Hands: UCSF staff member Marisa Howlette and community member Helen Yuzvyak (back) team up to scrape paint from steps as part of a volunteer effort to beautify Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland buildings and the surrounding neighborhood on Saturday, June 26, 2021. 
New Masking Policy: Fully vaccinated employees and learners at UCSF will no longer be required to wear face coverings in most places, except while in patient care or clinical settings, child care centers and riding on shuttles or standing in line at shuttle stops. Learn more about the new policy »

Panda Express Now Open: With a new environmentally friendly design, Panda Express is now open for business on the Parnassus campus. Read more about the expected policy »

Bakar Fitness Center is Now Open: From July 6 to 23, pay $0 enrollmenta savings of up to $75when you sign up for a Fitness and Recreation Membership. A free one-day trial is also available! Sign up »

UC Whistleblower Policy: Any activity by UC or a UC employee that violates University policy, violates a state or federal law or regulation, wastes money, or involves gross misconduct, gross incompetence, or gross inefficiency is reportable. Submit a report by calling the hotline or using an online form »

New Daily COVID-19 Screening Tool: Starting July 8, all UCSF employees and learners will use a new daily health-screening tool that replaces Conversa, which will no longer be available. The new screener is available in multiple languages and can be found on the UCSF Mobile App, or online.
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Wellness Corner
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Virtual Events
Wednesday, July 14, 12:00pm

Gallup will present global engagement trends followed by a short presentation on the UCSF 2021 staff engagement survey results. Hear from senior leaders about engagement initiatives underway and share your ideas with UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood and President and CEO of UCSF Health Mark Laret.