Chancellor Berdahl received an honorary doctor of science June 15 from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.
A native of South Dakota, Berdahl is a noted scholar of German history. He received his MA from the University of Illinois in 1961 and a PhD in history at Minnesota in 1965. He taught history at the universities of Massachusetts, Oregon and Illinois before becoming an administrator. In 1981 he became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon, which he left in 1986 to become vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois. He assumed the University of Texas presidency in 1993.
Berdahl received the honorary doctor of science at the commencement ceremonies of University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts, where he was the commencement speaker.
Landscape architecture/planning assistant professor Timothy Duane has been named to the California Spotted Owl Federal Advisory Committee, which will evaluate the U.S. Forest Service's proposed management plan for owl habitat in the Sierra Nevada. The 10-person committee of scientists will report to the Secretary of Agriculture.
Duane has played a lead role in assessing impacts of human activities in the Sierra Nevada region and recently presented findings at several environmental law conferences.
A forthcoming book by Duane on the impact of rapid population growth in the Sierra Nevada will be publish-ed by University of California Press.
Allan Jensen, assistant director of financial aid, was honored with a lifetime membership award at the recent annual conference of the National Student Employment Association. The association presents the award to "exceptional members who have had sustained major contributions to NASEA and have shown a commitment to NASEA that is outstanding."
Only eight individuals in the 21 year history of the organization have received the lifetime membership award.
W. Mike Martin, vice chair of architecture, has been appointed editor of Architecture, the official journal of the American Institute of Architects California Council.
Martin has served on the editorial board for six years. In his new role he hopes to help in the continued reshaping of the publication from a trade magazine to a reviewed journal dedicated to addressing current issues and practices in the architectural community.
Professor of public health Meredith Minkler is editor of "Community Organizing and Community Building for Health," a new book from Rutgers University Press on the use of community organizing principles and methods in response to public health issues.
The anthology brings together, in 407 pages, some of the critical recent thinking in community organizing and community building theory and practice; offers a series of case studies demonstrating the application of many of these concepts in real-life situations; and articulates some of the hard questions and ethical challenges faced by community organizers and builders.