Essential news for the UCSF community

Skin care is big business. Just ask the multibillion-dollar beauty industry. But does it truly take a cabinet full of pricey products to keep our skin healthy?

A UCSF-UC Berkeley team has developed an interface enabling a paralyzed woman to speak through a digital avatar, marking the first time that either speech or facial expressions have been synthesized from brain signals.

California’s first psychiatric institute reopens as state-of-the-art center for inpatient and intensive outpatient mental health care.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland helps children with craniosynostosis conditions get medical helmets periodically adjusted by doctors and trained professionals to help round their heads as the brain and skull grow.

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Members of the UCSF community were featured prominently in an AIDS Walk San Francisco recap video.

Free E-Waste Collection Event: UCSF Health is hosting a free e-waste drop-off event to collect unwanted electronics on September 14 at Mission Bay Hospital. This event is for UCSF employees with UCSF-owned or purchased electronics only. Learn more and sign up with the e-waste event form » 

Calling All Hybrid Workers: The Remarkable Hybrid Worker Workshop is designed to help you successfully navigate today’s challenging times where you may be working remotely, in the office or in a hybrid work environment. The September 19 session will touch on both the emotional and operational sides of work. Get more information » 
WomanLifeFreedom Needs Your Help: UCSF’s Scholars at Risk Program (SAR) is working to bring two Iranian women to San Francisco to join the Institute for Global Health Sciences MS Program in Global Health for a year. They are in need of assistance. If you or someone you know can offer housing, please reach out. They’re also taking donations (direct your gift to SAR at the top of the form and note "WomanLifeFreedom" in the notes). Donate now » 

UCSF Police Department Town Hall: The UCSF Police Department is hosting a Town Hall on September 5 at Genentech Hall at UCSF Mission Bay to review the most recent annual AB 481 report. California Assembly Bill 481 requires California law enforcement agencies to obtain approval of a Military Equipment Use Policy by their applicable governing body prior to taking certain actions related to the funding, acquisition or use of military equipment as defined by the legislature. Register here » 
Understanding Website Accessibility Monitoring: Join other UCSF digital accessibility allies on August 23 for a live training work session for automated accessibility monitoring of websites. It's a safe space to ask questions, learn how to talk about accessibility and meet others to partner with at UCSF who have traveled the same path. Sign up for this virtual event » 

Last Badge Swap Reminder: All campus and UCSF Health employees, faculty, trainees, learners, affiliates and certain contractors who have the old UCSF identification badge need to swap for a new badge. If you see a black magnetic stripe on the back of your badge, you have an old badge. If you don’t see a black magnetic stripe, you already have a new badge. Get details » 

Faculty Development Day is Coming: Faculty are encouraged to mark their calendars for September 20 for an in-person event to introduce faculty, meet colleagues and learn about resources from more than 40 campus units that will help them in their work at UCSF. Then make plans to attend virtual workshops on managing your career and research on September 21. Faculty at all career stages are invited to participate. Get more information » 

Flu Shots Available Soon: UCSF Occupational Health Services' annual flu vaccinations for faculty, staff, students and volunteers begin September 6. Protect yourself, your co-workers, family and community. The compliance deadline for UCSF employees, physicians and learners to get their flu shot is November 1. View the schedule » 
New UC Retirement Savings Program Roth Option: The University of California has enhanced the UC Retirement Savings Program with a new Roth contribution option for the UC 403(b) and UC 457(b) Plans, giving you more flexibility to save and plan for your future through regular pretax contributions, new Roth contributions or both. Click for details »

After-Hours Mental Health Support Expanded: The Faculty and Student Assistance Program (FSAP) is now offering mental health support services outside of standard business hours. UCSF employees may access the extended after-hours service by calling the FSAP main telephone line at (415) 476-8279 and following the prompts. FSAP’s standard business hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and remain unchanged for non-emergency mental health support and appointment requests »
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Wellness Corner: There's still time to play Wellness Bingo for National Wellness month! Finish the month strong by mindfully making time for wellness. Get more well-being resources here »
Deals and Discounts

Lions, tigers and discounts. Oh my! Enjoy a day at the San Francisco Zoo on us. UCSF faculty, staff and learners get $3 off adult admission and $2 off kids’ admission using discount code 75001.