TO: Council of University of California Emeriti Assns (CUCEA)
FR: UCSC Emeriti Assn, submitted by Prof. Mary Silver, UCSC Representative
RE: Report of Activities, Nov 1, 2014 – April 15, 2015
Officers of the UCSC Emeriti Association for 2014-2015
President: Michael Nauenberg, Prof. Emeritus of Physics, UCSC
Vice-President Dominic Massaro, Prof Emeritus of Psychology
Secretary/Treasurer: Robert Franson, Assoc. Prof Emeritus of Law
UCSCS Rep to CUCEA: Mary Silver, Prof. Emerita Ocean Science, UCSC
Web Master: Roger Anderson, Prof. of Chemistry, Emeritus UCSC*
The paid-up membership, as of Spring 2015, was 99 regular and 20 associate members
Karen Cook McNalley, professor emerita of Earth Sciences, died on Dec 20, 2014. She was a noted authority on earthquake mechanisms and risk assessment, serving as director of the UCSC Richter Seismological Lab during the 1989 mega Loma Prieta earthquake. She spent much of her research activity in Costa Rica, establishing a modern geophysical observatory in this earthquake and volcanically active country, receiving a medal for her contributions by the University of Costa Rica.
The UCSC Emeriti Association met for lunch during the 2014-2015 academic year, typically with 30-40 participants attending, an event now taking place in the on-campus Arboretum. After the meal is completed, a presentation is usually given, often by an active faculty member on campus. This year, Melanie Mayer, a member of our CUCEA group and Professor Emerita of Psychology, spoke on January 15, 2015 “Looking for Santa Cruz’s first municipal water system.” On January 27th, 2015, CUCEA faculty, emeriti and retirees got together in a special luncheon, organized by our CUCEA president Michael Nauenberg, to hear a special presentation by emeritus professor William Doyle titled “Memories of Dean and Jane McHenry.” Professor Doyle described the early history of the campus, and – especially - the role of our founding faculty member, Dean McHenry, the first UCSC chancellor.
Selected Other Emeriti Issues
On Nov 19, 2014, Emeritus Professor of Biology, Lincoln Taiz, gave the campus’ 2014 fall Emeritus Faculty university lecture “Agriculture, population growth, and the challenge of Climate Change,” now available on You-Tube. On Jan 28, 2015, UCSC Emerita Professor Angela Davis gave a convocation presentation “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: from Ferguson to Palestine,” in the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium at the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation in downtown Santa Cruz. To serve UCSC’s retired faculty and staff groups CUCEA and CUCRA, an excellent candidate (not yet administratively confirmed) has been selected for a 10 hr per week position. Hopefully this position will be active and functioning in the next months. Lastly, multiple events related to the founding of the campus 50 years ago, including ones led by retired faculty, are beginning presently, - from late April and beyond throughout the 2015 year.
* Prof. Roger Anderson also serves as system-wide President of CUCEA (as of fall, 2014).