UCDEA Video Records Project


Since 1993, the UCDEA Video Records Project has been creating an oral history of the UC Davis campus by recording interviews of emeriti/ae as well as others who have made significant contributions to the development of the university. These interviews take the form of a recorded conversation between the interviewee and one of his/her friends and/or colleagues. More than 470 interviews have been recorded to date (Spring 2018). All new emeriti/ae are encouraged to arrange for an interview.

Interview videos are shown regularly on the Davis Community TV (DCTV) cable channel, and may be streamed from their website.

DVDs of the Video Records Committee interviews through 2017 are on file in Special Collections, Shields Library. The Special Collections Reference Desk, which is on the Main Floor of the Library. Please consult the Reference Desk to check out a tape for viewing.

Reference Desk Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday through Friday
Reference Desk Phone: (530) 752-1621

Beginning in 2017, the committee has worked to post the interviews to the AggieVideo website. Use the "Search" feature in the upper right corner to find a recent video by last name. The List of Video Records Interviews is updated quarterly.

In Memoriam

We note the passing of Eldridge Moores, distinguished professor emeritus in Geology. He died October 28, 2018; he was 80. Professor Moores began his career at UC Davis more than 52 years ago as a founding member of the Department of Geology (now known as Earth and Planetary Sciences) and the College of Letters and Science. As a lasting legacy of Eldridge Moores’ career at Davis, many of his talents and perspectives are noted in his interview with Professor Dawn Sumner which may be found as a part of the UCDEA’s video records collections.

We also note the passing of Cynthia Louise Brantley, professor emerita in History.  She passed away in her Davis home on September 20, 2018.  Professor Brantley was the first female professor and first Africanist historian in the department from 1972 until she retired in 2009.  She also played a significant role in the development of Gender and Cross-Cultural Studies at UC Davis.  Her service in these areas led to the creation of the campus’ Women’s Resource Center.  Much of her legacy may be found in her interview with Alex McCalla regarding factors that shaped her interests, scholarship, and commitment to gender and cross-cultural studies.

These videos leave a lasting legacy. Please consider what being able to view this video meant to you, and if you have not already been interviewed for the UC Davis Emeriti Association's Video Records project, click here to contact our schedulers.

Recent Interviews

JoAnne Boorkman came to the Davis Campus in 1985 and from 1988 to 2008 served as Head of Public Services for the Carlson Health Sciences Library.  She has also served as Academic Federation Assistant to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and as a liaison to the Academic Federation. JoAnne Boorkman is a Fellow of the Medical Library Association.   She is a past president of the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group and a Distinguished Member of the group's Academy of Health Information. She served the UC Davis Emeriti Association as its president from 2016 to 2018. Librarian Rebecca Davis interviews her.  She discusses her career at the University of California at Davis including persons and events that shaped her interests and scholarship.


Dennis Pendleton, Ph.D., joined the Department of Human Ecology in 1981 focusing on university-community engagement and outreach.  He retired in 2014. During this period, he served for 14 years as Dean of UC Davis Extension and has also served as Director of the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance.  Notable campus service includes serving as an Executive Advisor to the Provost on matters related to Community-Engaged Scholarship at UC Davis. He is interviewed by his colleague, Prof. David Campbell and describes experiences and relationships that have led to his accomplishments as a member of the UC Davis faculty and Extension.


Edward J. Imwinkelried, J.D., is the Edward L. Barrett, Jr. Professor of Law Emeritus in the School of Law.  He was appointed in 1985 and retired in 2013.  His many honors include multiple distinguished teaching awards and membership in bars including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of California.  His specialties include rules of evidence, legal ethics, and issues related to the use of scientific evidence and forensics.  He is interviewed by his colleague, Professor of law, Joel Dobris.


Chris van Kessel, Ph.D., is professor emeritus in the Departments of Agronomy and Range Science and Plant Sciences.  He was appointed in 1996 and retired 2017. He served as Department Chair of Agronomy and Range Science and founding Chair of the Department of Plant Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research interests focus on nutrient cycling in agricultural systems and factors relevant to optimizing agricultural productivity.  He is interviewed by his colleague, professor Ted DeJong.


Theodore (Ted) DeJong, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor and Pomologist Emeritus in the Department of Plant Sciences.  He has served as a Department Chair, Chair of the Graduate Group in Plant Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Horticultural Science and the International Society for Horticultural Science.  His primary research interests focus on photosynthetic efficiency of tree leaves and the dynamics of nitrogen and carbon partitioning within tree canopies. He is interviewed by his colleague, Chris van Kessel, professor emeritus in the Departments of Agronomy and Range Science and Plant Sciences.  


Gibbe H. Parsons, M.D., is an Emeritus Professor in Internal Medicine with a specialty in Pulmonary and Critical Care. He has served as an Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education. His clinical interests include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary hypertension, and asthma.  He is interviewed by his colleague, professor Richart William Harper, in a discussion of his career at the University of California at Davis.


Nolan Zane, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies. He came to UC Davis in 2000 and retired in 2011.  He has served as director of the Asian American Center on Disparities Research and chair of the Department of Asian American Studies. His research focused on health and mental health disparities among ethnic minorities, ethnocultural and cultural competency issues, and the determinants of addictive behaviors among Asian Americans.  He is interviewed by his colleague, Dr. Lauren Berger, in a discussion of his career at the University of California at Davis.


Centennial DVD Project

As part of the commemoration of UC Davis’ centennial in 2010, Professor Emeritus Verne Mendel compiled many of the Video Records Project interviews — organized by college, school, or department — to create 23 DVD’s. He was awarded the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award in 2008 for this project. Centennial DVDs may be viewed in the Special Collections section of Shields Library.

List of Centennial DVDs

About the Committee

The primary objective of the Video Records Committee is to record for posterity, interviews of emeriti/ae and distinguished retired members of the UC Davis campus. Additional information, including the current Charge and committee members can be found on the Standing Committees > Video Records Committee page.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Video History Project is comprised solely of volunteers. Opportunities abound and training can be provided.

  • Schedulers: Schedule interviews, working with the Interviewee, Interviewer, and Videographers.
  • Videographers/Editors: Learn to record in a professional-style studio and edit video with Adobe NLE editing software (will train!!).
  • Administrative: recruit candidates for interview, review and comment on draft video interviews.

If interested, please contact the UCDEA Video Records Committee via the UC Davis Retiree Center.