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May 21, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO -- A strike by patient-care workers concerned about pension changes and staffing levels has led to the cancellation of an expected 150 surgeries at UC San Francisco Medical Center over the two-day labor action and will affect at least another 200 patients, hospital officials said Tuesday. As strikers in green T-shirts blew whistles and chanted outside of the hilltop hospital, staff worked to discharge as many patients as possible, dropping the normal census at the adult facility and adjacent UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital to 398 from the usual 505. “Mark Laret, the hospital CEO, eliminated 300 positions in April, pretty much across everything,” said Randy Johnson, an MRI technologist and member of the striking American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
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January 30, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Michael V. Drake, chancellor of the UC Irvine since 2005, was introduced Thursday as the new president of Ohio State University. Drake's appointment was announced at a meeting of the Ohio State Board of Trustees, where he was described as the “strongest and consensus candidate.”  Drake, 63, will become the Ohio institution's first African American president and will replace E. Gordon Gee, who retired in July. At the Irvine campus, Drake led efforts to increase representation of minority and low-income students and diversify faculty ranks.
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December 17, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of the medically oriented UC San Francisco since 2009, is resigning to become chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the extremely well-funded charity that is active worldwide on health and poverty issues. Desmond-Hellmann, 56, will leave the university in March, and a search committee for her replacement is expected to begin work in January, according to an announcement Tuesday by UC system President Janet Napolitano. The dean of UCSF's medical school, Sam Hawgood, will serve as interim chancellor until a permanent one is hired.
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December 17, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of the medical-oriented UC San Francisco since 2009, is resigning to become chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a charity that has been active worldwide on health issues. Desmond-Hellmann will leave UC in March, and a search committee for her replacement is expected to begin work in January, according to an announcement Tuesday by UC system President Janet Napolitano. The dean of the campus medical school, Sam Hawgood, will serve as UCSF's interim chancellor until a permanent chancellor is hired.  An oncologist, Desmond-Hellmann previously held high executive positions at biotechnology giant Genentech Inc. and was key in the development of cancer therapies there, officials said.
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July 27, 1994
* Herbert W. Boyer has been appointed to the board of Allergan Inc., an Irvine health care company, increasing the number of directors to 13. Boyer is a professor emeritus in the department of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco. He co-founded and is a director of the biotech firm Genentech Inc. in San Francisco. * J. Fernando Niebla has been elected to the boards of directors of both The Bank of California and BanCal Tri-State Corp. in San Francisco.
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February 4, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Takao Hoshino, a professor of neurological surgery in California and Japan and an internationally respected medical researcher, has died. He was 55. Hoshino died Wednesday at his home in Tokyo of gastrointestinal cancer, according to a statement from UC San Francisco. Hoshino, who had worked at the San Francisco school since 1968, was one of the founding researchers at UC San Francisco's Brain Tumor Research Center.
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September 18, 1997 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nearly $1-billion public-private merger between UC San Francisco's and Stanford University's teaching hospitals passed its last crucial hurdle Wednesday despite complaints from unions and some faculty that the deal is financially unnecessary and will shortchange indigent patients.
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October 21, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
UC San Francisco has raised $1.6 billion in seven years, the largest amount reaped by any fundraising campaign in the campus' history, officials announced Thursday. The money will aid stem cell, cancer and HIV/AIDS research and relieve crowding on the campus. Nearly $300 million will go toward the construction of a 43-acre Mission Bay campus south of downtown San Francisco. The campaign, which exceeded its target of $1.
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July 8, 1993 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
A Nobel Prize-winning microbiologist at UC San Francisco, Dr. Harold E. Varmus, is expected to be named the new director of the National Institutes of Health, Clinton Administration sources said Wednesday. Officially, Varmus and one other candidate are undergoing final vetting for the position, but sources in Washington said that Varmus has been offered the job and has accepted. Varmus was the co-winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology with Dr. J.
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March 30, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Three UCLA students were arrested Thursday during a confrontation with university police after protesters disrupted a UC regents meeting with a "spring break" demonstration during which some stripped down to bathing suits and tossed inflatable beach balls. The clash took place as 40 protesters, angry about high tuition, were leaving the UC San Francisco meeting hall after repeated warnings by police to clear the area. Authorities said that one student then pushed a police officer in a corridor and two others interfered with his arrest.
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November 20, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Some elective surgeries were postponed, some student dining halls were closed and some classes were canceled Wednesday as a one-day labor strike had a noticeable yet uneven impact at UC's medical centers and campuses Wednesday. The walkout by thousands of service workers, patient care employees, student tutors and others was reported to be peaceful with no arrests at the nine campuses and five medical centers from Davis to San Diego. UC Santa Cruz appeared to be the most heavily affected because demonstrators blocked the two campus entrances and, as a result, many operations such as libraries and cafeterias were significantly reduced or closed for the day, officials said.
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November 20, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Some surgeries were postponed, some student dining hall hours reduced and some classes canceled as UC's medical centers and academic campuses reported an uneven impact of a one-day labor strike Wednesday. The walkout by thousands of service workers, patient care employees, student tutors and others was said to be peaceful with no arrests at the nine campuses and five medical centers affected throughout the state. UC Santa Cruz appeared to be the most heavily affected: Demonstrators blocked the two campus auto entrances and, as a result, many operations such as libraries and cafeterias there were significantly reduced or shut for the day, officials said.
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November 4, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
For the third straight year, UC students would see no tuition increase for the 2014-15 school year if state funding to the 10-campus system increases enough, according to a preliminary University of California budget released Monday. The budget proposal for next year said undergraduate tuition would remain at $12,192 before room, board and campus fees are added. Graduate and professional students pay more, and their basic fees would not rise either. But the commitment to freeze those fees may change if state revenue to UC does not increase by about $267 million, including extra money to help pay for pensions and to increase enrollment by about 1%, officials said.
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July 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
SAN FRANCISCO - The UC regents Thursday confirmed U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as the next president of the 10-campus system during a meeting interrupted by protesters who contended that she should be disqualified because her agency expanded deportations of people who entered the country illegally. The regents set Napolitano's base salary at $570,000 a year, which at her request is $21,000 less than the pay for current UC President Mark G. Yudof. That avoids a political furor about executive pay inflation, but it still will be a big raise from Napolitano's annual Cabinet salary of about $200,000.
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June 18, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Black and Latino infants exposed to air pollution are at heightened risk for developing asthma, according to a study led by researchers from UC San Francisco. The study is the largest of its kind looking at the connections between asthma and air pollution exposure in minority children, researchers said. The study included about 4,300 black and Latino children from Chicago, New York City, Houston, the San Francisco Bay Area and Puerto Rico. The authors said that they hoped the study would lead to stricter standards on air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide.
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May 22, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
William A. Covino, a veteran Florida and California administrator, was named Wednesday as the new president of Cal State L.A., becoming the first new leader of the El Sereno campus in 33 years. Covino's selection was among a slate of appointments announced by the California State University Board of Trustees, who were meeting in Long Beach.  Joseph I. Castro, who has held a number of positions at University of California campuses, was appointed to lead Fresno State. Trustees also appointed three interim presidents as permanent heads of the Dominguez Hills, Monterey Bay and Stanislaus campuses.
NEWS
July 31, 2009
Cleaner air: An article in Monday's Health section about how to clean the air inside your home identified Dr. Paul Blanc as a professor of medicine at UC Berkeley. Blanc is a professor at UC San Francisco.
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May 21, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Respiratory therapists, nursing aides, surgical technicians and other patient care workers plan to stage a walkout starting Tuesday morning at five University of California medical centers. More than 12,000 workers from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are expected to participate in the two-day strike over staffing, pay and pension reform, union officials said. An additional 3,400 workers from the University Professional and Technical Employees union plan a one-day sympathy strike.
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