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LAURELS: Housing officers association honors Galindo

By Dave Jones on August 11, 2015 in University

In her 31 years at UC Davis, Emily Galindo has moved up from temp pool to career staff to associate vice chancellor in Student Affairs. She’s also the executive director of one of Student Affairs’ largest units, Student Housing, and in this capacity she recently received the James A. Hurd Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.

The Hurd award recognizes outstanding contributions by an association member of color and is named after the first African American to serve as the association’s president. Hurd, president in 1975-76, worked as the director of Howard University’s Auxiliary Enterprises from about 1963 to 1983, supervising campus stores and dining, and other business operations.

The association cited Galindo for her support of others in the campus housing profession, by advising and mentoring them; and her contributions to the association at the regional and national-international levels, most notably as an active member of the annual conference and exposition program committee. She’s been a reviewer and review coordinator, served on the steering committee and led the charge for new initiatives, specifically the preconference Chief Housing Officer Forum.

The association believes in developing exceptional residential experiences at colleges, universities and other postsecondary institutions around the world. Members come from more than 1,000 colleges and universities in 22 countries; the membership serves approximately 1.8 million students.

Galindo started at UC Davis in 1984 in the old Office of Administration, working in the Storehouse (data entry) and Purchasing (office manager), before moving to Student Housing in 1992 as assistant to the director for personnel.

She became the interim executive director in 2007 and was appointed to the post on a permanent basis in 2008 following a national search. She has responsibility for residence halls and student apartments; dining commons and other campus food operations, including retail; and the First-Year Experience program, including orientation and Fall Welcome, and academic advising centers. Her unit has some 400 staff members and 900 student employees.

In 2010, she was named an associate vice chancellor, and since then, while still serving as the executive director of Student Housing, has taken on a number of different assignments, including interim co-director of the Shared Services Center.


The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Society will present its Norris and Carol Hundley Award to Professor Chuck Walker in recognition of his 2014 book, The Tupac Amaru Rebellion, about the largest popular uprising in Spain’s imperial history.

The Tupac Amaru Rebellion emerged as the year’s “most distinguished book on any historical subject” in a judging of works submitted by scholars who reside within the Pacific Coast Branch membership area: 22 western states and the four westernmost provinces of Canada.

The award presentation is set for later this month in Sacramento during the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch.

Heretofore not well known, the Tupac Amaru Rebellion in Spanish-ruled Peru, 1780-82, was a conflict greater in territory and costlier in lives than the contemporaneous American Revolution.


Jodi Nunnari, professor and chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, is the new editor-in-chief of The Journal of Cell Biology.


She joined the journal’s editorial board in 2005 and has served as an academic editor since 2008. She succeeds Alan Hall, who died unexpectedly in May.

Nunnari’s appointment took effect Aug. 3. She is the first woman to lead the journal since it began in 1955 as The Journal of Biophysical and Biochemical Cytology.

The Rockefeller University Press, the journal’s publisher, posted a news release announcing Nunnari’s appointment and describing how her lab uses microscopy to explore the mechanisms that govern the behavior of mitochondria in cells.

“Her postdoctoral work transformed the way scientists view these organelles and helped found the field of mitochondrial dynamics,” the news release states. “She has performed pioneering studies that have revealed the molecular mechanisms underlying mitochondrial division and fusion.”

Nunnari is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

She was trained as a chemist at the College of Wooster in Ohio and obtained her Ph.D. in pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.


Psychology professor Gregory Herek has been named to the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The board, created in 2010, provides advice to enhance criminal and juvenile justice programs.

Herek is an internationally recognized authority on prejudice against sexual minorities, as well as anti-gay violence and AIDS-related stigma. 


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