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UC DAVIS: Retirees' Association: Activities

Upcoming Events

The UC Davis Retirees' Association (UCDRA) and UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA) generally sponsor one program per month for their members. Non-members are welcome and membership information will be available at the events. Most UCDRA events are held at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center or the UC Davis Conference Center.

Winter Meeting

The UC Davis PREDICT Project: Detecting Pathogens to Avert Pandemics

  • Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; talk begins at noon
  • Location: MIND Institute – 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, 95817 (directions)
  • Registration: no need to register to attend the meeting. Bus transportation will be provided from Davis; register online to reserve a spot on the bus.

All retired faculty and staff are invited to the UCDRA winter meeting. Dr. Kirsten Gilardi will provide an overview of the UC Davis One Health Institute's PREDICT project, which uses state-of the-art tools to discover and characterize new viruses around the world. PREDICT is active in 20 countries that are emerging infectious disease hot spots. Most pandemics originate in animals and emerge where dense populations of humans and animals interact. The project aims to identify emerging threats and stop them early, so that pandemics like HIV/AIDS and SARS are averted.

Dr. Kirsten Gilardi is a veterinarian and co-director of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

BrainFood Talk*

Prof. Kern Holoman

  • Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; talk begins at noon
  • Location: AGR Hall, Buehler Alumni Center, Davis campus

Taking as texts provocative remarks (to be revealed) by Richard Cramer and Marjorie Green's daughter, Holoman considers the present state of the orchestra-and-opera scene (balance sheets, venues, mutations) and concludes that while Darwinism may be a one-way street, artistic capital is not.

D. Kern Holoman is professor emeritus of Music and conductor laureate of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. Among his recent books is The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2012), which begins to address some of these matters.

Bring a lunch; the UCDEA will provide cookies, coffee and tea.

BrainFood Talk*

Dr. Scott M. Fishman

  • Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; talk begins at noon
  • Location: AGR Hall, Buehler Alumni Center, Davis campus


Dr. Fishman is the Chair of Pain Medicine, Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine, and Executive Vice Chair for the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at UC Davis.

Campus Tour: Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility

  • Date: Wednesday, April 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Russell Blvd. and Kinsella Lane, Davis, CA 95616
  • Cost: No charge; Registration required; register online (pending). Must be an association member.

Tour a unique 300-acre agricultural research facility near the UC Davis campus. Participants will be walking on unpaved roads and uneven fields for 60+ minutes. The restroom is up a short flight of stairs.

Spring Meeting

Coming of Age: Vision and Treatments

Dr. Susanna Park

  • Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
  • Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Refreshments at 2; program begins at 2:30
  • Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Ballrooms – Davis campus (directions)

Dr. Parks will provide an overview of common eye conditions that may affect vision and require treatment as we reach our golden years. In particular, the latest updates on new and emerging treatments for macular degeneration and other age-related retinal conditions will be discussed.

Dr. Susanna Parks, professor of Opthalmology at UC Davis Eye Center, specializes in treatment of retinal disorders. She does research on new treatment for macular degeneration and similar age-related retinal conditions.

*BrainFood Talks

Throughout the academic year, the UCDRA joins with the UC Davis Emeriti Association to bring timely talks of interest. Below are the dates for these educational presentations; speakers and topics will be updated as they become available. These talks are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Buehler Alumni Center. Bring a brownbag lunch, and the associations will provide coffee, tea, and cookies.

Date Presenter Title
November 12, 2014
Rachel Teagle, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art A New Museum of Art; a decade in the making
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Mellow Fellas Holiday Luncheon
Thursday, January 8, 2015 John Lescroart Twenty Years to Overnight Success
Thursday, February 12, 2015 See UCDRA Winter Meeting  
Thursday, March 12, 2015    
Thursday, April 9, 2015    

Parking for Events

Parking on the Davis campus requires a UC permit (A/B/RT). Day use permits are available in all parking lots that allow visitor parking. Disabled spaces are available in front of the Alumni Center, in surface lot 1 adjacent to the UC Davis Conference Center, and in the Welcome/South Entry Parking Structure. A valid campus parking permit is required along with a California DMV-issued disabled person's placard are required for disabled spaces. Directions and parking instructions to the UC Davis Retiree Center, Buehler Alumni Center, and UC Davis Conference Center.

There is ample bicycle parking near the UC Davis Conference Center and Buehler Alumni Center.

2014 Retirees' Association honoree Ted Hillyer with wife, Silvia.

Picnic Day

Beginning in 2009, the UCDRA has recognized the contributions of its members to the university and association. The association provides a horse-drawn carriage and features the honorees in the annual Picnic Day parade.

Honorees Year
Ted Hillyer 2014
Deanna Falge Pritchard and Bill Pritchard
Sandy Filby
Aggie and Ed Costantini
Norma Rice
Barbara Nichols and Bob Halferty 2011
Hal and Rosie Cushing 2010
Lorena Herrig 2009


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