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Nominate Gene Block for Chancellor at UCSF

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The LA Times reports that UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellman has resigned to become CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. According to the LA Times:

"Desmond-Hellman 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."


While there is no mention in the article of possible replacements, this opens up the perfect opportunity for Gene Block, the current Chancellor at UCLA. Block attended Stanford University for his BA, and subsequently received his MS and PhD in psychology from the University of Oregon in 1975. Block was then provost and professor of biology at the University of Virginia, and was later succeeded by Arthur Garson, Jr. While at the University of Virginia, Block interacted with Randy Pausch and is mentioned in his memoir,The Last Lecture.


Before becoming chancellor of UCLA, Block had an extensive scientific career. His early work with mollusks investigated the structure and function of basal retinal neurons (BRN) in circadian photoentrainment. He was the first to discover a cell-autonomous circadian pacemaker and concluded that BRNs are both necessary and sufficient for photoentrainment. Later in his career, Block explored the molecular basis of circadian rhythms in mammals, and found that calcium flux was necessary for circadian rhythmicity. His most recent research, which he is still working on today, is largely focused on the effect that aging has on the circadian clock.


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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Dec 21, 2013
    Dec 21, 2013
    He is the perfect candidate!
  • Raul Garza
    Raul Garza United States, Los Angeles
    Dec 21, 2013
    Dec 21, 2013
    Yes take Gene Block
  • Hector Miranda
    Hector Miranda United States, Los Angeles
    Dec 20, 2013
    Dec 20, 2013
    Mr Gene Block's distinguished history in academia would make him a perfect fit for this wonderful opportunity. UCSF could not do better than name Mr Block as their new chancellor.
  • Robert J Metcalf
    Robert J Metcalf United States, Vernal
    Dec 19, 2013
    Dec 19, 2013
    I completely endorse Ucla's Chancellor Gene Block to fill this vacated position.
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