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On the Accomplishments of our Environmental Leaders

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | October 2, 2014

This summer, the 14th cohort of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program graduated. The Beahrs ELP summer program brings mid-career professionals to Berkeley for professional training and I was fortunate enough to be the co-director of the program, alongside Dean Keith Gilless. When Dick Beahrs gave us the means to start the Beahrs ELP, I thought … Continue reading »

Modern great books: David S. Landes’s “The Unbound Prometheus” and nineteen others…

Brad DeLong, professor of economics | September 8, 2013

The most important economic historian ever to teach at U.C. Berkeley died last month: my old teacher David S. Landes taught at Berkeley starting in 1958 until Harvard lured him away until 1964. From a student’s perspective, he was ideal: he knew more than you did, was eager to share, could and did make everything … Continue reading »

Nurturing environmental leaders: The Beahrs ELP

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | July 22, 2013

Last Friday we celebrated the graduation ceremony of the 13th year of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program [ELP], a three week summer program that targets up-and-coming environmental professionals. The ELP has 502 alumni from 102 countries, and the geographic composition of the participants changes over time. This year we had 38 participants, twenty from Africa … Continue reading »

Bob Evenson: An economist with heart

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | March 16, 2013

Recently I learned one of my dear colleagues, Bob Evenson from Yale University, passed away. Bob grew up on a farm in the Minnesota and got his PhD at the University of Chicago. He became a leading development economist, and taught for more than 30 years mostly at Yale. My early impressions, as a student … Continue reading »

There’s something happening here…

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | November 27, 2011

and yes, what it is ain’t exactly clear. Tomorrow afternoon, the Academic Senate of the University of California, Berkeley will convene a Special Division Meeting, in response to a request from 47 named faculty. The agenda consists of a resolution authored by three faculty which is formally a vote of no confidence in the top … Continue reading »