2017 Past Events


Saturday, August 5, 2017: SFSU Undergrad Summer Research Symposium

Support the SF BUILD Scholars as they, and other SFSU student scholars, present their research at the SFSU Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium.

Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017

Location: Seven Hills Conference Center, SFSU Campus

Time: 8AM - 5PM

Click here for schedule.


Medicine and the Racial Divide


Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Location: Gay Becker Conference Room, Suite 340
UCSF Laurel Heights Campus 
3333 California St, Suite 340 
San Francisco, CA 94118 

Click here to RSVP


Presented by:

Esteban González Burchard, M.D., M.P.H. is a Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Burchard received his M.D. degree and genetic training from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1995. He completed clinical training in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine training at UCSF. Dr. Burchard also completed clinical research training at the Harvard School of Public Health. He joined the UCSF faculty in 2001. Dr. Burchard completed additional training in genetic epidemiology with Dr. Neil Risch of Stanford University. In 2006 he received his Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Burchard’s major academic interest centers on identifying genetic, social and environmental risk factors for asthma and drug response in children.


Join the web meeting

Audio Only Dial-In: 415-514-1000
Access Code: 993 702 295

For questions or concerns, please contact Lindsay Forbes, Bioethics Program Manager, at 415-502-0147 or Lindsay.Forbes@ucsf.edu


            All are welcome. Registration encouraged:

            Register HERE:



May 12, 2017


"Research Collaborations Between SF State and UCSF: New Opportunities & Next Steps"

hosted by Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Principal Investigator of SF BUILD at UCSF

Friday, May 12th from 11:30 AM-2 PM* at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus

Cardiovascular Research Institute – 555 Mission Bay Blvd South, San Francisco, CA 94158

*lunch and refreshments included

This event, sponsored by the NIH-funded SF BUILD, is a follow-up to an event held on November 21, 2016, focused on “Opportunities and Challenges Working Across Institutions.” We would like to share updates and new ways to engage.

Tentative Agenda:

·        Updates on enhanced communication between research offices to facilitate submission and administration of grants cross institutionally

·        Lunch, Networking, Discussion

·        Presentation of Cross-Institutional Research opportunities

a.      NIH Diversity Supplements

b.     New SF BUILD Mini Grants Request for Applications


Please join us on Friday, May 12th for this event to network, get updates and learn  about tangible opportunities to ‘jumpstart” or continue to enrich your research. Please bring a colleague!

If you have any questions, and to RSVP (by May 5th), please contact Christina Rios at Christina.Rios@ucsf.edu


In addition to lunch, parking vouchers will be provided. Click here for the UCSF Mission Bay Campus Map.

May 2, 2017

This lecture is FREE, but please register here for the 5:00pm dinner lecture so we can order enough food.

Please join Dr. Catherine Lucey for this special lecture by psychiatrist and sociologist Jonathan M. Metzl from Vanderbilt University, on May 2, at 5pm in Toland Hall Auditorium.

It is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, the UCSF Black Caucus, the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at ZSFG, and the Cultural Psychiatry Area of Distinction Program in the Dept. of Psychiatry.


TITLEMental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms: Changing the Terms of the Debate:

Four assumptions frequently arise in the aftermath of mass shootings in the US: (1) that mental illness causes gun violence, (2) that psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime, (3) that shootings represent the deranged acts of mentally ill loners, and (4) that effective gun control laws will not prevent such incidents. Professor Metzl will discuss how these assumptions about gun violence are incorrectly linked to stereotypes of mental illness and race in the United States. These issues become obscured when mass shootings are framed as representative of all gun crime, and when “mentally ill” ceases to be a medical designation and becomes encoded as violent threat.



Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Sociology and Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, http://www.jonathanmetzl.com


Want to learn how art can be used as a source of resilience in this era of negative political climate?

Come join us in welcoming artist and activists Yosimar Reyes and Stephanie Camba “SoulTree” as they PERFORM and DISCUSS how they use art to explore the themes of migration and social justice. This will kick off the UCSF Immigration Awareness series of events, hosted by Graduates & Professional Dream Advocates.

**FOOD will be provided. Space is limited, so RSVP today: https://goo.gl/6neFlo


What: Resilience Through Art ft. Yosimar Reyes and Stephanie Camba “SoulTree” 

When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 @ 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Where: Millberry Union (City Lights and Golden Gate Rooms)

Who: All UCSF community members (students, staff, faculty)

More about the artists:
#Soultree is an undocumented creator who channels love and liberation through music, poetry, moveMeant, community workshops, reiki and community healing, and curating creative spaces. Their political, community, and life experiences inform the messages in their work. Soultree is passionate about working with people in order to learn and grow together through meaningful exchanges and connections. Born in the Philippines and raised in the Marshall Islands, Soultree's sounds are reminiscent and reach for the places her family has had to leave as well as the places like Chicago that have taught her how to survive and thrive after being uprooted. Check more out at https://soundcloud.com/soultreesounds

#Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. His first collection of poetry, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly…” was self published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. He was featured in the Documentary, 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry. Reyes is currently an Arts Fellow at Define American (www.defineamerican.com) and working on his one man show with Guerrilla Rep Theater to premier in the near future. Check out his work at:http://yosimarreyes.com/

UCSF Immigration Awareness Month hosted by Graduates & Professional Dream Advocates (GAPDA), an interprofessional student organization of immigrant students and allies at UCSF working towards migrant justice.

April 26, 2017


In Conversation with Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:30 pm
Venue: Nourse Theater

Series: Conversations on Science

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Discounted tickets for current students and educators:    A discount code entitles current students and educators to $10 tickets. It is STUDY2017 and students/teachers can enter it at checkout.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family cannot afford health insurance. Rebecca Skloot’s best-selling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, soon to be an HBO movie, tells the riveting story of that collision between ethics, race, and medicine in a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans and the birth of bioethics.  Skloot specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics, including tissue ownership rights, race and medicine, and food politics in The New York Times Magazine, O, The OpraMagazine, Discover, and elsewhere.

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS is the Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is a general internist and cardiovascular disease epidemiologist and directs the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, a research center focused on discovery, innovation, policy, advocacy, and community engagement for communities at risk for poor health and inadequate healthcare.

This event is a benefit for the Henrietta Lacks Foundation.    Find out more..

April 22, 2017

March for Science - Justin Herman Plaza

There are planned marches for science around the country, The San Francisco State Biology Department Alumni Association and SACNAS are sponsoring a mobilization effort for this event.(Flyer Coming Soon) Students are gathering on Friday April 21st, 5-8pm (location 8th floor Hensil Hall) for banner making (refreshments provided). 

On April 22nd, student groups will be departing SFSU at 9:45am from Hensill Hall to head to Justin Herman Plaza. The march begins at 11am, and there will be a citywide science fair at Civic Center in the afternoon. All are invited and are welcome.

For more info, contact: 

Dr. Blake Riggs, Ph.D.


April 20, 2017

Greetings everyone, the Department of Africana Studies' next Mbongi (community intellectual thought about Black liberation) will be on Thursday April 20th from 12am-1:30pm in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building at San Francisco State University.  Mr. Tobi Thomas will be doing an Mbongi on "Culturally Relevant Science Education". The flier for the presentation is below, please share it. Please attend if you are available and please invite your respective organizations and members.  If you are a professor, please invite your students. We hope to see you there!

April 7, 2017 

Please RSVP to: shalisha.maddela@ucsf.edu

   Location: Center for Vulnerable Populations

   2789 25th St., Ste. 350, 3rd Floor,

   San Francisco, CA 94110

   RSVP: Shalisha.Maddela@ucsf.edu


April 5, 2017

Preparing a Graduate School Application Workshop

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:30 to 2:00

The Division of Graduate Studies is holding a workshop to provide prospective students with an overview of the graduate school application timeline and strategies to prepare a competitive application. Please bring your questions and join us at this event.

Space is limited. We recommend that you REGISTER NOW for the Workshop to reserve you spot.

Application Workshop

Wednesday, April 5
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Library 244
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Library Room 244

The UCSF Division of Biological Sciences presents a discussion at UC Berkeley on Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat that will be led by Dr. Claude Steele on Wednesday, April 5th, from 4:00PM-5:30PM. 

If you are intersted in this discussion, please click HERE for more information.