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May 01, 2003
Five faculty scientists at UCSF have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, considered one of the highest honors for an American scientist. The new elections bring to 30 the number of UCSF faculty who are members of the Academy.
April 30, 2003
Ira Herskowitz, PhD, one of the country’s leading geneticists, whose studies on the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae yielded major insights into the fundamental aspects of cells and who was a pioneer in pharmacogenetics—the study of the way natural variations in individuals’ genes affect their response to drugs - has died. Herskowitz, 56, was Hertzstein Professor of Genetics in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco and co-director of the UCSF Program in Human Genetics.
April 30, 2003
The risk of newborn death or disability is highest for the smallest babies, so doctors continually seek better interventions and more precise diagnostic tools to identify and protect the most vulnerable.
April 30, 2003
Correction in the obituary of Dr. Ira Herskowitz: The link provided for upcoming information on a memorial service for Dr. Ira Herskowitz should read: (It INCORRECTLY read: Thank you, Jennifer O’Brien Jennifer O’Brien UCSF News Office 415/476-8432 \###
April 28, 2003
Ira Herskowitz, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics and co-director of the Program in Human Genetics at the University of California, San Francisco, has received the 2003 Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research.
April 24, 2003
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has approved a three-year contract for surgical services at San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) with the University of California, San Francisco Department of Surgery. The contract will bring a new model of surgical care to SMMC, along with plans to develop a research program in surgical quality improvement and patient safety. The contract was negotiated under the leadership of Hobart Harris, MD, chief of the division of general surgery at UCSF Medical Center and Nancy Steiger, CEO at SMMC, which is located in San Mateo.
April 22, 2003
UCSF is planning a series of public meetings to discuss the future of UCSF Medical Center. New facilities are needed in order to meet the growing demand for specialized care and upcoming deadlines for new state-mandated seismic safety standards. The meeting agenda will cover the planning efforts to date, and the public is invited to provide feedback about potential sites and alternatives. Meetings will be held at the following locations:
April 21, 2003
The popular worksite program “Take Our Daughters to Work” changed its name this year. Now, acknowledging that UCSF has included boys in the program for several years, the UCSF program will be known as “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work.” “It’s still a key day for girls; one where girls’ and women’s issues will be highlighted, but we welcome the boys and look forward to working with them, too,” said Lynn Ponton, MD, professor of psychiatry and chair of the program at UCSF.
April 18, 2003
The annual Founders Day observance for the University of California, San Francisco will honor the recipients of the prestigious UCSF Medal, as well as the recipients of faculty research and teaching awards. UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, MD, will present the awards at the Founders Day banquet on Wednesday, April 23 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
April 17, 2003
The University of California, San Francisco, Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a symposium on April 25 that will bring together renowned scientists, as well as leaders in other fields, to discuss the promise, practice - and ethical issues - of breast cancer genetics research. The audience of 160 invited guests will include academic researchers, clinicians, biotechnology executives, insurance executives, community leaders, ethicists, attorneys, advocates and patients.