December 2004This newsletter is available on the web at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/newsletter/issue15.html.
This is the time of year to celebrate our accomplishments, refresh ourselves with time away from the office or the classroom, be with our families and friends, and look forward to the excitement that the new year will surely bring.
I am so proud of what this University has accomplished this year — from the daily work of teaching and learning, conducting research, operating safe facilities, running good business operations, serving our communities — to honoring three new Nobel Laureates and receiving another round of top international rankings. From classrooms to staff offices to the national laboratories, all of you contribute to our success.
The University of California has so much to contribute to California, the nation, and the world. I’ve seen it again and again this year on my tour around the state. And I’ve seen more and more people — in Sacramento, Washington, the business community and general public — come to appreciate our impact on the state, national, and global economies.
Thank you for all you’ve done. My best wishes are with you for a wonderful holiday season. We’ll be in touch next year.
UW engineering dean appointed UCSC chancellor
Denice Dee Denton, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, has been appointed chancellor of the University of California’s Santa Cruz campus. Acting on the recommendation of President Dynes, the Board of Regents appointed Denton the ninth chancellor of UC Santa Cruz during a special meeting Dec. 14.
Denton replaces M.R.C. Greenwood, who was appointed UC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs last February. Martin M. Chemers, provost and executive vice chancellor of the Santa Cruz campus, has been serving as acting UCSC chancellor and will continue in that capacity until Denton takes office.
“UC Santa Cruz is a campus on the move, and Denice Denton brings the perfect skills and credentials to build on the momentum that has been created by Provost Greenwood and Acting Chancellor Chemers,” President Dynes said. “She is an accomplished scholar, an energetic and articulate advocate about the role and importance of education in our society, and a skillful and innovative administrator who understands the increasingly important role UC Santa Cruz plays in the Silicon Valley economy and beyond.”
For more on Denton’s appointment, see www.ucop.edu/news/archives/2004/dec14.htm.
UC representatives to serve on stem cell oversight panel
A number of UC representatives have been appointed to the 29-member Independent Citizens Oversight Commission (ICOC) that will govern the stem cell research institute approved by California voters in the Nov. 2 election. Under Proposition 71, the chancellors of the five UC campuses with a medical center were to appoint an executive officer of his or her campus to the oversight commission, and leaders in state government were able to make a number of additional appointments.
The UC-affiliated appointees to the ICOC include Chancellor Robert Birgeneau of UC Berkeley, Regent Sherry Lansing, Dean Claire Pomeroy of UC Davis, Dean Susan Bryant of UC Irvine, Dean Gerald Levey of UCLA, Dean Edward Holmes of UC San Diego, Dean David Kessler of UCSF, Professor Oswald Steward of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine, Professor Leon Thal of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at UC San Diego, Jeff Sheehy of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, and Dr. Phyllis Preciado of the UCSF-Fresno Medical Education Program. In addition, UC Berkeley Professor Edward Penhoet is one of the nominees to be vice chair of the commission, a position elected by the other members.
For more information on the UC-nominated representatives to the ICOC, see http://www.ucop.edu/news/archives/2004/nov17.htm.
New ground, new buildings for California Institutes
Dedications in October and November for three new research buildings that are part of the four California Institutes for Science and Innovation marked the next stage in the development of a bold, statewide initiative to produce leading-edge research discoveries that will fuel economic growth and create new jobs for California.
For details, visit http://www.ucop.edu/news/archives/2004/oct29a.htm.
National labs competition update
UC Laboratory Management staff, working with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Acquisition Team, are reviewing a draft request for proposals (RFP) for the LANL management contract, and UC will submit comments to the U.S. Department of Energy after a thorough review is completed. (http://www.ucop.edu/news/archives/2004/dec01.htm)
UC is awaiting the final RFP for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory management contract. Once the final RFP is released, and should the UC Board of Regents decide to compete, the University will have 45 days to submit a proposal.
The University is awaiting a proposal from DOE on a contract extension for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Its management contract expires on September 30, 2005. While the Department of Energy has not released details about the competition for LLNL, it is expected to possibly begin in 2006-2007.
Spotlight on illegal file-sharingIllegal file-sharing of copyrighted materials, especially films and music, is receiving increasing attention in the news, in the halls of government, and on college campuses across the nation. As a community of "creators,” the UC community has an interest in upholding copyright requirements. The University is working to educate students, faculty, and staff and to develop long-term solutions on this issue, including exploring commercially available services to facilitate campus access to legal online entertainment and creating an informational web campaign, which can be found at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/shareright. For more information on UC's systemwide policies on this issue, visit http://www.ucop.edu/irc/policy/copyright.html.
UC’s impact through the eyes of California business leaders
UC’s 2003-04 Annual Financial Report, “Keeping California Competitive: It Starts Here,” is now available online at http://universityofcalifornia.edu/annualreport/2004/. The narrative section of this year’s report profiles a number of California business leaders who describe how the University of California has impacted their industries and helped contribute to the economic development of the state.
Admissions information for Spanish-speaking families
To better serve Spanish-speaking families throughout the state, the UC Office of the President has published “Great futures start here” or “Un futuro brillante comienza aquí,” a bilingual guide that outlines UC's admission requirements, financial aid, and student housing options.
Recent studies have shown many Latino parents lack essential information about what their children need to gain admission to college. And the knowledge deficit is even greater among lower-income and first-generation immigrants who also face language barriers. The University hopes the bilingual format of this publication will allow Spanish-speaking parents and their English-speaking children to share information and better understand what it takes to get into a UC campus.
This publication is one of a number of UC initiatives aimed at informing and strengthening relationships with California's Spanish-speaking and other ethnic communities. An online version as a pdf file is available at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/collegeprep/greatfutures.pdf (English) or http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/collegeprep/futuro.pdf (Spanish).
In November, the UC Board of Regents adopted a state budget proposal for 2005-06 that would halt the cuts of the last several years and provide modest new funding for enrollment growth, student instructional programs, and faculty and staff compensation. The board also set student fee levels for 2005-06, recognizing the need for additional funding to help rebuild the University's programs and acting to give maximum notice to students and their families.
For more details on the 2005-06 budget proposal, visit http://www.ucop.edu/news/archives/2004/nov18.htm.
Dynes’ Desk is a way for anyone to email a comment, idea, or suggestion to President Dynes. While he is not able to respond personally in most instances, President Dynes does read each email submitted. In each edition of “Our University,” he will respond to Dynes’ Desk emails addressing issues of broad interest to the UC community.
To submit an email to Dynes’ Desk, visit www.universityofcalifornia.edu/president/desk.html.
Email: Why isn’t the Bonus Leave Program being offered to represented employees? It seems unfair that only non-represented employees are being given two extra days of vacation.
Bob Dynes: Thank you for your email. I know there continues to be some confusion and frustration among some employees about this program, and it’s important that everyone understand exactly what’s going on. The Bonus Leave Program was created as one of several ways to help recognize all employees who did not receive a general salary increase in 2004-05, and we hope that all employees in this category will be able to enjoy the two extra paid days off over the holidays. However, because paid time off is a condition of employment, under the law it must be negotiated with unions for all of our represented employees. We have agreements with some of our unions regarding the program, and we are working hard to come to a resolution with our remaining unions – CUE and UPTE – before the holiday begins. Details about this are available at the UC Labor Relations web site (http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/employees/policies/labor_relations/index.html) Please know that we continue to work hard to see to it that all eligible employees will get the additional bonus days.
FEEDBACK TO PRESIDENT DYNES