Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Letter of support for #UCDavis Chancellor cosigned by ~ 250 faculty #OccupyUCDavis

There was a letter published in the Davis Enterprise (Letter to the Editor – The Davis Enterprise) co-signed by many UC Davis Faculty. I have been sent the letter by Walter Leal, one of the coordinators of the distribution and signing, and he also sent the latest list of faculty signers (which has expanded greatly since the Enterprise letter was published). I am posting the letter and the latest list here. Note - I am also (slowly) adding links to web pages for the faculty so that people can find out more about who they are.

We, the undersigned UC Davis faculty, support the free exchange of ideas on campus and students’ right to peaceful protests. We are appalled by the events of Friday, Nov. 18 in the Quad, but heartened by the Chancellor's apology and her commitment to listen to and work on the students’ concerns. We strongly believe that Linda Katehi is well-qualified to lead our university through this difficult healing process and oppose the premature calls for her resignation; this is not in the best interest of our university.
  1. Walter S. Leal, Professor, Entomology
  2. Nina Amenta, Professor, Computer Science
  3. Francisco J. Samaniego, Distinguished Professor, Statistics
  4. Ricardo H. R. Castro, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering & Material Science
  5. Kevin Johnson, Professor and Dean, Law School (signing in his individual capacity)
  6. Eduardo Blumwald, Professor, Plant Sciences
  7. Miguel A. Mendez, Professor, Law School
  8. Maureen Stanton, Professor, Evolution and Ecology
  9. Miguel A. Marino, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Hydrologic Sciences, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  10. Adela De La Torre, Professor, Chicano/a Studies
  11. James B. Ames, Professor, Chemistry
  12. John E. Bolander, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  13. Charles L. Judson, Emeritus Professor, Entomology
  14. Joaquim Silvestre, Professor, Economics
  15. Satya Dandekar, Professor and Chair, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  16. James R. Carey, Professor of Entomology and Director, Biodemographic Determinants of Lifespan
  17. Emanuel Maverakis, Assistant Professor, Dermatology
  18. Abhaya M. Dandekar, Professor, Plant Sciences
  19. Renee Tsolis, Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  20. R Holland Cheng, Professor, Molecular & Cellular Biology
  21. Robert H. Rice, Professor, Environmental Toxicology
  22. Susan Rivera, Professor, Psychology
  23. Andre Knoesen, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  24. Lorena Garcia, Assistant Professor, Public Health Science
  25. Angela Gelli, Associate Professor, Pharmacology
  26. Susan E. Ebeler, Professor, Viticulture & Enology
  27. George Bruening, Professor Emeritus, Plant Pathology; Member, National Academy of Sciences
  28. Anh-Vu Pham, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  29. Xiaoguang Liu, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer EngineeringM. Saif Islam, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  30. S. Geoffrey Schladow, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  31. Venkatesh Akella, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  32. Judith S Stern, Distinguished Professor, Nutrition and Internal Medicine; Member, Institute of Medicine
  33. Fu-Tong Liu, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Dermatology
  34. Neville Luhmann Jr., Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  35. William J. Murphy, Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Dermatology and Internal Medicine
  36. Susan Kauzlarich, Professor, Chemistry, Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring
  37. Alan Hastings, Distinguished Professor, Environmental Science and Policy; Member, Academy of Arts and Sciences
  38. Richard Michelmore, Professor and Director, The Genome Center
  39. Sebastian Schreiber, Professor, Evolution and Ecology
  40. John S. Werner, Distinguished Professor, Ophthalmology & Vision Science; Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
  41. Terence M. Murphy, Professor Emeritus, Plant Biology
  42. Judy Callis, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  43. Frank McNally, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  44. Susan L. Keen, Senior Lecturer SOE, Evolution and Ecology
  45. Kimberley McAllister, Professor, Center for Neuroscience, Neurology, and NPB
  46. Joseph F. Antognini, Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  47. Charles A. Fuller, Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
  48. W. Martin Usrey, Professor, Center for Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, and Neurology
  49. Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, Distinguished Professor & Chair, Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery
  50. Sue C. Bodine, Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
  51. David M. Rocke, Distinguished Professor, Public Health Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
  52. Scott I. Simon Professor and Vice Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  53. Leah Krubitzer Professor and MacArthur Fellow, Psychology
  54. Yong Duan, Professor. UC Davis Genome Center and Biomedical Engineering
  55. Emanuel Epstein, Research Professor, Land, Air and Water Resources; Member, National Academy of Sciences
  56. Subhash H. Risbud, Distinguished Professor, Materials Science
  57. David P. Fyhrie, Professor, David Linn Endowed Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  58. Thomas R. Gordon, Professor and Chair, Plant Pathology
  59. Pam Ronald, Professor, Plant Pathology and Genome Center
  60. Douglas Cook, Professor, Plant Pathology
  61. Charles W. Bamforth, Professor, Food Science and Technology
  62. Michael R. Hill, Professor and Vice Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  63. Diane M. Beckles, Associate Professor, Plant Sciences
  64. Sashi K. Kunnath, Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  65. Mary L. Cadenasso, Associate Professor, Plant Sciences
  66. Mary Louise Flint, Extension Entomologist, Entomology
  67. John I. Yoder, Professor, Plant Sciences
  68. Bryce W. Falk, Professor, Plant Pathology
  69. Douglas A. Kelt, Professor, Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology
  70. Benjamin J. McCoy, Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering
  71. Bo Lonnerdal, Distinguished Professor, Nutrition & Internal Medicine
  72. J. Bruce German, Professor, Food Science & Technology, Director, Foods for Health Institute
  73. Janet F. Roser, Professor, Animal Science
  74. Robert K. Washino, Emeritus Professor, Entomology
  75. Iannis E. Adamopoulos, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
  76. Kathryn Dewey, Distinguished Professor, Nutrition
  77. Tina Jeoh, Assistant Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  78. Harry H. Cheng, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  79. Michael Denison, Professor, Environmental Toxicology
  80. Ye Chen-Izu, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
  81. Trish Berger, Professor, Animal Science
  82. Linda J. Harris, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Food Science and Technology
  83. Stefan Wuertz, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  84. Rob Y. H. Chai, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  85. Stephen Kowalczykowski, Distinguished Professor, Microbiology, and of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Member, National Academy of Sciences
  86. James F. Shackelford, Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  87. Deb Niemeier, Professor, Civil Engineering
  88. Maria Marco, Assistant Professor, Food Science & Technology
  89. Brian Mulloney, Distinguished Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
  90. Katherine Ferrara, Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  91. William D. Ristenpart, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
  92. Jean-Jacques Chattot, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  93. Anita M. Oberbauer, Professor, Animal Science
  94. David Gilchrist, Professor Emeritus, Plant Pathology
  95. Jay R. Lund, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  96. Carlos E. Puente, Professor, Land Air and Water Resources
  97. David Biale, Distinguished Professor, History
  98. Lynn Kimsey, Professor, Entomology
  99. David Horsley, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  100. Valerie Williamson, Professor, Entomology and Nematology
  101. Kyaw Tha Paw U, Professor, Atmospheric Science & Land, Air and Water Resources
  102. Matthew J. Wood, Associate Professor, Environmental Toxicology
  103. Eduardo A. Silva, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  104. Ning Pan, Professor, Textiles, Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  105. Debra Long, Professor and Chair, Psychology
  106. Robert Emmons, Professor, Psychology
  107. Brian Trainor, Associate Professor, Psychology
  108. Shelley A. Blozis, Associate Professor, Psychology
  109. John P. Capitanio, Research Psychologist, Psychology
  110. Joy Geng, Assistant Professor, Psychology
  111. Valley Stewart, Professor, Microbiology
  112. Ann Huff Stevens, Professor, Economics
  113. Lisa Oakes, Professor, Psychology
  114. Kristin H. Lagattuta, Associate Professor, Psychology
  115. Robert Feenstra, Distinguished Professor, Economics
  116. Gregory Clark, Professor, Economics
  117. George A. Barnett, Professor & Chair, Communication
  118. Fadi A. Fathallah, Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  119. Jeff Sherman, Professor, Psychology
  120. James E. K. Hildreth, Professor and Dean, College of Biological Sciences (signing in his individual capacity); Member, Institute of Medicine
  121. Sally P. Mendoza, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Staff Scientist, California National Primate Research Center
  122. Peter H. Lindert, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics
  123. Scott E. Carrell, Associate Professor, Economics
  124. Steven J. Luck, Professor, Psychology, Director, Center for Mind & Brain
  125. Robert A. Bell, Professor, Communication
  126. Dean Keith Simonton, Distinguished Professor, Psychology
  127. Ahmet Palazoglu, Professor & Chair, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  128. Stephen Lewis, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  129. Delmar Larsen, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  130. Gary N. Cherr, Professor and Interim Director, Bodega Marine Laboratory
  131. Mario Biagioli, Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology Studies & Law Director, Center for Science & Innovation Studies
  132. Michael D. Toney, Professor, Chemistry
  133. Shota Atsumi, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  134. Kirill Kovnir, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  135. Thomas W. Schoener, Distinguished Professor, Evolution and Ecology
  136. Simon R. Cherry, Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  137. Alyson Mitchell, Professor, Food Science & Technology
  138. Kent J. Bradford, Professor, Plant Sciences
  139. T. M. DeJong, Professor, Plant Sciences
  140. Carlos H. Crisosto, Specialist, Plant Sciences
  141. Neil E. Schore, Professor and Vice-chair, Chemistry
  142. Louis W. Botsford, Professor, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
  143. Robert H. Becker, Professor, Physics
  144. Marylynn Barkley, Emeritus, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
  145. Joseph M. DiTomaso, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Plant Sciences
  146. Bruce C. Kirkpatrick, Professor, Plant Pathology
  147. Jay A. Rosenheim, Professor, Entomology
  148. Hildegarde Heymann, Professor, Viticulture and Enology
  149. Douglas Nelson, Professor, Microbiology
  150. Richard Grotjahn, Atmospheric Science and Climate Dynamics
  151. David Simpson, Professor, English
  152. Frederic Chedin, Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  153. Alan L. Balch. Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
  154. J. Edward Taylor, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  155. Bruce Hartsough, Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  156. Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague, Professor and Chair, Chemistry
  157. Nael H. El-Farra, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
  158. Giovanni Peri, Professor, Economics
  159. Carlton Larson, Professor, School of Law
  160. Athena Soulika, Assistant Professor, Dermatology
  161. Gabriel J. Chin, Professor, Law School
  162. Matt Traxler, Professor, Psychology
  163. Alan Brownstein, Distinguished Professor, Law School
  164. Evelyn Lewis, Professor, Law School
  165. Dennis Ventry, Professor, Law School
  166. Barbara A. Burrall, Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Dermatology
  167. Robert Hillman, Professor, Law School
  168. Lovell (Tu) Jarvis, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  169. Donna Shestowsky, Professor, Law School
  170. Margaret Johns, Senior Lecturer, Law School
  171. Albert Lin, Professor, Law School
  172. Rex Perschbacher, Professor, Law School
  173. Edward Imwinkelried, Professor, Law School
  174. Marilynn Etzler, Professor, Biochemistry
  175. Andrea Bjorklund, Professor, Law School
  176. Elizabeth Joh, Professor, Law School
  177. Tilahun Yilma, Distinguished Professor of Virology; Member, National Academy of Sciences
  178. Ashutosh Bhagwat, Professor, Law School
  179. Frank Osterloh, Professor, Chemistry
  180. Richard M. Frank, Professor, Law School
  181. Leslie Kurtz, Professor, Law School
  182. Yoko Ono, Assistant Researcher, Dermatology
  183. Jinyi Qi,Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  184. Courtney G. Joslin, Professor, Law School
  185. Isao Fujimoto, Emeritus Senior Lecturer, Community & Regional Development & Asian American Studies
  186. R. Paul Singh, Distinguished Professor, Food Engineering
  187. Wendy Silk, Professor, Land, Air, and Water Resources
  188. Jared T. Shaw, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  189. Joel C. Dobris, Professor of Law, Emeritus
  190. Madhavi Sunder, Professor, Law School
  191. Donald P. Land, Professor, Chemistry
  192. Anupam Chander, Professor, Law School
  193. Kit S. Lam, Professor and Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
  194. Peter B. Moyle, Professor, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
  195. John M. Labavitch, Professor, Plant Sciences
  196. Anthony Wexler, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
  197. Robyn M. Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies
  198. Robert H Smiley, Dean and Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Management
  199. Daniel L. Simmons, Professor, Law School
  200. Annaliese K. Franz, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  201. Eric E. Conn, Professor Emeritus, Plant Biochemistry; Member, National Academy of Sciences
  202. Carlito Lebrilla, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
  203. Clayton Tanaka, Professor, Law School
  204. Lisa Pruitt, Professor, Law School
  205. Sherman Stein, Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
  206. Charles F. Shoemaker, Professor, Food Science & Technology
  207. M. Levent Kavvas, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  208. Patricia A. Conrad, Professor of Parasitology, School of Veterinary Medicine
  209. Yannis F Dafalias, Professor, Civil Engineering
  210. Hsing-Jien Kung, Distinguished Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine
  211. Jean VanderGheynst, Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  212. Themis J. Michailides, Plant Pathologist in AES, Department of Plant Pathology
  213. Mary Christopher, Professor, Veterinary Medicine
  214. Harold G. Levine, Professor and Dean, School of Education (signing in his individual capacity)
  215. Dennis Pendleton, Dean UC Davis Extension (signing in his individual capacity)
  216. Rena Zieve, Professor, Physics
  217. Georgia Drakakaki, Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences
  218. Michael W. Maher, Professor, Graduate School of Management
  219. Michael J. Singer, Professor Emeritus, Land, Air and Water Resources
  220. Jeffrey Mount, Professor, Geology
  221. Nicholas Curro, Associate Professor, Physics
  222. David Woodruff, Professor, Graduate School of Management
  223. Howard J. Spero, Chair, Geology
  224. Louise Kellogg, Professor, Geology
  225. Chih-Ling Tsai, Professor, Graduate School of Management
  226. Peter Schiffman, Emeritus Professor, Geology
  227. Howard W. Day, Professor, Geology
  228. Kenneth L. Verosub, Distinguished Professor, Geology
  229. Shannon W. Anderson, Professor, Graduate School of Management
  230. Warren Pickett, Distinguished Professor of Physics
  231. Athanasios Geromichalos, Assistant Professor, Economics
  232. Ryosuke Motani, Professor, Geology
  233. Christine Bruhn, Extension Specialist, Food Science and Technology
  234. Hemant K. Bhargava, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Management
  235. Shirley Chiang, Professor, Physics
  236. Eldridge Moores, Professor Emeritus, Geology
  237. Qing-Zhu Yin, Associate Professor, Geology
  238. Abigail Thompson, Professor, Mathematics
  239. John M. Boone, Professor and Vice Chair (Research) of Radiology; Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  240. Ken Joy, Professor, Computer Science
  241. Michelle Yetman, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management
  242. Shannon McCormack, Acting Professor, Law School
  243. John W. Poulos, Professor of Law Emeritus, Law School
  244. Hearne Pardee, Chair, Art Studio
  245. Bruce D. Hammock, Distinguished Professor, Entomology; Member, National Academy of Sciences
  246. Margaret Ferguson, Professor, English
  247. Gina Werfel, Professor, Art
  248. Michael D. Lairmore, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine (signing in his individual capacity)
  249. Damian C. Genetos, Assistant Research Professor, Anatomy, Physiology, and Cell Biology
  250. Greg Kuperberg, Professor, Mathematics
  251. Andrew Waldron, Professor, Mathematics
  252. Alex Mogilner, Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and Mathematics
  253. Anne Schilling, Professor, Mathematics
  254. Joseph A. Biello, Associate Professor, Mathematics
  255. Constantin Genigeorgis, Professor Emeritus, School of Veterinary Medicine
  256. Annabeth Rosen, Professor Art & Art History
  257. Becca Thomases, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  258. Dennis L Matthews, Director of the Center for Biophotonics and Professor, School of Medicine
  259. Margherita Heyer-Caput, Professor, French & Italian (signing in her individual capacity)
  260. Stephen M. Lane, Adjunct Professor Neurological Surgery
  261. Michael Kapovich, Professor, Mathematics
  262. John R. Roth, Distinguished Professor, Microbiology; Member, National Academy of Sciences
  263. Anthony Tyson, Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics; Member, National Academy of Sciences
  264. Konstantinos Zarbalis, Assistant Professor, Davis Medical Center Department of Pathology
  265. Fumio Matsumura, Distinguished Professor, Environmental Toxicology


  1. Not quite a letter of support. More like a letter of wait and see. But if the report is authored by Bratton, then it's a delay for something that won't be taken seriously. Only in banks and in the academy do CEOs get such careful handling. My goodness, it is not a trial, it is an everyday event: firing someone in charge where things went terribly wrong.

  2. Letter of support or wait and see. Either way, the faculty and staff generally seem to be behind the admin. I note - I did not sign the letter - partly because of, well, this person from Tennessee who has gotten me to ask some deeper questions about responsibility. I also did not like their wording of the letter as I do not feel "heartened" by the apologies, for example, Though I still do not think "firing" or "resignation" is the needed remedy at this point.

  3. Note - diogenes99 et al - though I would like to see more responsibility taken, and I think the response toe the incident from the administration has been poor, I do not think, from what I know now, that this rises to a firing / resigning offense.

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