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          The McAllister streetscape project concludes with a great day of tree planting! Nearly 100 volunteers gathered to plant 50 trees and two small urban gardens in over 30 locations throughout the #Tenderloin earlier this month.
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          Monday, January 09, 2012

          Professor Robin Feldman Co-Authors New England Journal of Medicine “Perspective” on Copyright Law & Medical Care

          When Professor Robin Feldman and co-author Dr. John Newman published a “Perspective” on copyright issues in the medical field in the Dec. 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, they may not have known how rapidly an ensuing dialogue would spread.

          Within the first two days after “Copyright and Open Access at the Bedside” came out, over a dozen blogs had picked up the story. These included Ezra Klein’s WonkBlog in The Washington Post; Dorothy Bishop’s BishopBlog at University of Oxford; and GeriPal, run by Newman’s fellowship director, Eric Widera. It was also cited in the Wall Street Journal’s OneSpot and by Ben Kerschberg in Forbes.com’s MuckRack.

          “For a long time, doctors have been able to ignore copyright, but that is changing in a dramatic way,” said Newman, a physician who practices both at the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

          “The exercise of copyright is creating a threat to basic medical care,” said Feldman, a legal scholar and Director of the LAB Project at UC Hastings. She and Newman asserted that enforcing copyright law could potentially interfere with patient care, stifle innovation and discourage research.

          The incident that prompted Newman and Feldman’s analysis was the removal from the Internet of the Sweet 16, a freely available clinical assessment tool used by physicians to screen patients for cognitive problems. The tool was taken down because of legal action by the creators of a similar tool called the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE).

          The resulting flurry of legal actions would affect not only patient care, but impede the improvement of clinical tools, Feldman said. “Traditionally, in medicine, tests were created, people shared their work, and those who improved the work shared their improvements. No one expected fences to be erected around these works, and then a toll charged to cross the fence.”

          To prevent such a scenario, Newman and Feldman recommend that the creators of new and existing clinical tools place their works under open source copyright, known colloquially as “copyleft.”

          Under open source copyright, explained Feldman, “the author retains all rights to the work, as in traditional copyright, but grants everyone else the right to freely use, modify, copy, and distribute that work, as long as they do so under the same open terms.”


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          UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

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          Wednesday, June 24, 2015

          State Budget Keeps Fees Flat, Funds Long-Range Campus Plan

          Enacted budget provides sufficient funding to allow UC Hastings to maintain student fees unchanged for the 4th consecutive year; Appropriates $36.8 million to construct a new academic building at 333 Golden Gate Ave; Authorizes use of private donations to supplement the state’s appropriation for building enhancements so as to fully leverage the opportunity to create a “top of class” facility commensurate with the college’s stature and prominence.
          Wednesday, June 24, 2015

          Academic Chairs Awarded to Four Faculty Members

          UC Hastings is pleased to announce Professors Field, Keitner, Reiss, and Short have all been appointed to new or existing faculty Chairs.
          Tuesday, June 23, 2015

          “New Law” Lawyers Fighting for Better Work-Life Balance

          New report by Professor Joan C. Williams and the Center for WorkLife Law reveals 5 new models of legal practice. 
          Monday, June 22, 2015

          Bruce Pfaff '79 awards $10k scholarships to Clifton Smoot '15 and Zachary Spear '15

          Recent grads get a financial boost and incentive to try plaintiff’s law.
          Monday, June 22, 2015

          Tenderloin Community Unites to Improve Neighborhood Streetscape

          “UC Hastings wants the Tenderloin community to know that we intend to make good on our promise to be responsible neighbors dedicated to all efforts to improve this neighborhood,” said Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu.
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