Posted April 26, 2000
Student Activities and Services Assistant Director Christina Barnett was honored April 8 as Outstanding Greek Adviser of the Year by the Western Regional Greek Conference.
The Greek Adviser of the Year Award recognizes outstanding advising support by a professional within the region. Local campus activity, length of service and volunteer contributions are all considered when selecting a winner. Chosen from a field of ten candidates, Barnett was nominated in a letter by former Berkeley student Lindsey Mercer. Barnett is a life member of Delta Gamma fraternity and a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and the University of San Diego.
The Western Regional Greek Conference is an international co-educational leadership development conference for fraternity and sorority men and women, which annually attracts more than 900 Greek life movement students, professionals and volunteers.
Jan de Vries
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the 2000 Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for History to Jan de Vries, professor of history.
The prize for history, which carries a $150,000 award, is one of five in sciences and the arts to be presented by His Royal Highness Prince Claus Sept. 29 at a special session of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam.
De Vries was honored for his pioneering research into the early modern history of the European economy, specifically in the Dutch Republic (the Northern Netherlands). He has used economic theories and concepts to organize a huge quantity of wide-ranging historical data in an original and transparent manner. His work traces the origins of the modern market economy and has shown the transition from the early modern economy to industrial society. He has focused mainly on the way different economic parties responded to market trade and, in turn, contributed to its development and expansion.
De Vries was born in the Netherlands in 1943. He moved to the United States as a boy and obtained his Ph.D. from Yale in 1970. Since 1977, he has been professor of history and, since 1982, professor of history and economics at Berkeley.
Professor Brian Staskawicz, of the department of plant and microbial biology in the College of Natural Resources, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He conducts research on the molecular genetics of plant-pathogen interactions. Staskawicz is also a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.
Gov. Gray Davis recently announced the appointment of Arthur Rosenfeld, professor emeritus of physics, to the State Energy Resources and Development Commission.
From 1955 to 1994, Rosenfeld was a professor of physics and director of the Center for Building Science at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Now 73, he is director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solution, a non-profit agency.
The California Energy Resources and Development Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, charged with ensuring a reliable and affordable energy supply. Rosenfeld's appointment requires confirmation by the state Senate.