UC Davis Emeriti in action


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Who we are

Established in 1989, the UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA) was formed to provide retired academics of UC Davis/UCDHS or other UC campuses living in the Davis/Sacramento area with opportunities for continuing interest in and support for the excellence of the University of California, Davis. See About the UCDEA.

What we do

The UCDEA represents UC Davis emeriti/ae and provides the following services and programs for its members:

  • Monitors and advocates for emeriti rights and privileges
  • Provides a way for emeriti/ae to communicate with campus leaders and further participate in campus life
  • Sponsors and plans activities
  • Provides an historical perspective of the Davis campus through the Video Records Program
  • Recognizes emeriti/ae with annual awards
  • Supports the UC Davis Retiree Center

In Memoriam

Verne Mendel — With sadness, we share with you the passing of Professor Emeritus Verne Mendel on April 27. Verne’s many contributions to the UCDEA earn him a special association write-up. Verne was the Association president from 1994 to 1996, he had a foundational role in the UCDEA Video Records Project, and was the recipient of the Edward A. Dickson Professorship award in 2007 which he used to create the Centennial  DVD Project. MORE ON UCDEA WEBSITE. https://video.ucdavis.edu/media/Verne+Mendel/1_drl0ka5g/258234220

Raymond Huffaker — We are saddened to note the passing of emeritus professor Raymond Huffaker. Dr. Huffaker joined the UC Davis faculty in 1960 and retired in 1994. He was one of the first plant physiologists hired at UC Davis. Dr. Huffaker played a seminal role in the early development, visibility, and international stature of campus’ programs in agronomy and range sciences. He also contributed to the establishment of the plant growth laboratory in the 1980s and 90s, which later became components of the current Department of Plant Sciences. His research contributions focused on nitrogen metabolism and photosynthesis. He was appreciated as an outstanding mentor. The Dr. Huffaker Graduate Student Research Award in Plant Sciences continues that legacy. He will be missed. Many of his perspectives are highlighted in his 2005 interview with his friend and colleague, professor emeritus R. W. Breidenbach from Agronomy & Range Science. https://video.ucdavis.edu/media/Ray+Huffaker/0_vfovfiro

Video Records Project

The Video Records Project has been creating an oral history of the UC Davis campus for about twenty years and will soon post its 500th interview. Accordingly, we hope that you will arrange for an interview to provide perspectives and information not only for your department but for families and friends as well. The process is easy to initiate. First, contact the UC Davis Retiree Center, and they, in turn, will connect you with a scheduler. See UCDEA Video Records Project for more details on the interviews below and how to get involved.

Recent Interviews

Nicole Woolsey Biggart, Ph.D. — Graduate School of Management, Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency, UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center. Dr. Biggart is interviewed by her friend and colleague Robert H. Smiley, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Management. https://video.ucdavis.edu/media/481+Biggart/0_znxg08h6

David Campbell, Ph.D. — Political Science, Cooperative Extension (director of the California Communities Program in the Department of Human Ecology), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Campbell is interviewed by his friend and colleague Dennis Pendleton, Dean Emeritus of University Extension. https://video.ucdavis.edu/media/0_x76zesu4

Mike Chandler — Fire Chief emeritus, UC Davis Fire Department. Fire Chief emeritus Chandler is interviewed by friend and colleague UC Davis Police Chief emeritus Calvin Handy. https://video.ucdavis.edu/media/t/0_wxe6go7q

Rebecca Davis — Assistant head of the Health Sciences Libraries and operational head of the Blaisdell Medical Library. Rebecca Davis is interviewed by her former supervisor, colleague, and friend, Jo Anne Boorkman.https://video.ucdavis.edu/media/492+Rebecca+Davis/0_px45kp06/25824152

Karl Levitt, Ph.D. — Computer Science, Dr. Levitt is interviewed by his long-standing colleague and friend, Matt Bishop, professor of Computer Science. https://video.ucdavis.edu/media/0_sisakdly

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