UC Berkeley Emeriti Association Report



1.     A membership drive conducted by the Board of Directors of the Association in Fall, 2007, resulted in an increase in membership from about 200 to over 300. The effort to recruit new members will be continued.


2.     During 2007-08 the Association reviewed and identified emeriti candidates for three awards – the University-wide Panunzio award, and the Berkeley awards of the Dickson Professorship and the Emerita/us of the Year. Our nominee for the Panunzio award is Professor-Emeritus James Massif of Linguistics. Our Dickson Professor is Professor-Emeritus Robert Sawyer of Engineering, and our Emeritus of the year is Professor-Emeritus Howard Schachman of Molecular and Cell Biology. These awardees, together with a number of awardees from earlier years, were honored at a reception hosted by the Association in the Faculty Club on October 21, 2008. This function attracted an attendance of more than 80 members and their guests.


3.     The Executive Committee of the Association has been concerned during 2007-08 with the issues of the relations between the Association and the Berkeley ChancellorŐs Office. There seems to be little recognition by the campus administration of the contributions the emeriti make in teaching, research and service. The biennial Bio-Bibs provide the Association with a useful tool in countering this view, and the Association has been active in publicizing them.


4.     Owing to the illness and eventual resignation of its founding director, Shelley Glazer, the campus Retirement Center has been without a director since 2006. This situation was remedied earlier this month when Patrick Cullinane was appointed Director following a nation-wide search conducted by a campus-wide committee. Director Cullinane has an extensive background in research in aging, and offers the opportunity to enlarge the mission of the Center.


5.     The Retirement Center, which serves both retired staff and emeriti, moved its offices in early 2008. The new, more central location provides greater and more effective space for the CenterŐs staff and clienteles, and easier access.


6.     In 2007-08, as in previous years, the Association sponsored 5 luncheons with invited speakers. These were:


a.     September 2007: Professor Lewis Feldman: The habits of roots

b.     November 2007: Professor Louise Fortmann: Participatory research that might save the planet

c.     January 26, 2008: Professor John Yoo: Presidential Power in emergencies

d.     March 15, 2008: Visiting Scholar Robert Collier: ChinaŐs role in global warming

e.     May 3, 2008: Professor Wayne Getz: Emerging Infectious Diseases

Attendance at these luncheons ranged from a low of 50 to a high of 80-plus.