Richard E. Berendzen
Dr. Richard E. Berendzen (born in
Walters, Oklahoma, in 1938) is an American scientist.
Berendzen received a BS from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), and MA and Ph.D degrees from Harvard Universityin 1967. He served as Carl Sagan's teaching assistant. He also has been awarded seven honorary doctoral degrees.
Berendzen believes that science fact, if presented well, can be far more engaging than
science fiction. He is a proponent of the scientific search for extraterrestrial life ( SETI).He feels that there is a tremendous need to make more people aware of the difference between real science and blatant pseudo-science. Also, he is active in efforts to increase educational opportunities for girls and minorities, especially to educate them better in science and technology.
Academic career prior to American University
physicsand astronomyfaculty at Boston University, he became astronomy department chairman in 1971. Two years later he spent his sabbatical leave doing research at the National Academy of Sciences, American Council on Education, and Library of Congress.
Academic career at American University
In 1974 Berendzen went to
American University, Washington, D.C., as a professorand dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He then became the university provost, the chief academic officer. In 1980 Berendzen became AU's eleventh president.
In the 1980s at AU, several large buildings were constructed or acquired, including a residence hall, pavilion, arena, aquatic center, and an entire additional campus. The men's
soccerteam reached the National Collegiate Athletic Associationtitle game, and a $100 million Capital Campaign was launched in anticipation of AU's centennial. The university's endowment and financial status improved. The General Education Program and Honors Program took shape and became key features. University-wide awards to faculty, students, and staff became an annual, distinguished tradition. While these tangible achievements were reached, the academic quality, admissions standards, and reputation of the university also rose markedly.
In 1990, Berendzen resigned as president of American University after a woman who received indecent calls complained to police, who traced the calls to his office. [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/tours/scandal/berendz.htm washingtonpost.com: Obscene Phone Calls Are Traced to AU President ] ] Berendzen received no fine or community service requirements for this
misdemeanorcharge, but was sentenced to two thirty-day suspended terms and directed to continue therapy. Earlier, he had checked himself into Johns Hopkins Hospital. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE6DD1338F937A15756C0A966958260 CHRONICLE - New York Times ] ]
Berendzen remains on the AU faculty as of 2005. He also is Director of
NASA's Space Grant Consortium for Washington, D.C., and he is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
His courses include
astronomyand the history of science. He is credited as being one of the most influential and inspirational professors by many of his students.
In February 2006, Dr. Berendzen announced that in August 2006 he would retire as a full-time faculty member. He then will become
Professor Emeritusand continue as Director of NASA's Space Grant Consortium for Washington, D.C.
Two mayors of
Washington, D.C.appointed him chairman of the "Commission on the Budget and Financial Priorities of the District of Columbia," an analysis and report to the mayors, the D.C. City Council, and the U.S. Congress. He was an advisor to the chief of police of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
Under auspices of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Astronomical Society, he organized and chaired a major international conference: "Education in and History of Modern Astronomy." With
NASAsupport, he organized and chaired two other key conferences: "Life Beyond Earth and the Mind of Man" (at Boston University) and "Space 2000" (at American University). Proceedings of the Boston Universityconference were published by NASA (sp-318), and video of it became the core of a TV program narrated by Orson Welles: "Who's Out There?" Through a joint venture of the US National Archivesand
Dr. Berendzen chaired the American Council on Education's Committee on Foreign Student Policy, served on the
Marshall ScholarshipAdvisory Council of the United Kingdom, was a consultant to NASA, served on NASA's Exploration Advisory Task Force and Selection Panel for the Teacher-in-Space Program, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Scienceand the Washington Academy of Sciences, and has testified about space and education before the United States Congressand the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
He has served on numerous boards; e.g., American Astronautical Society, American Association of Colleges, Business Council for International Understanding, Consortium of Universities of Metropolitan Washington Area, Federal City Council,
Greater Washington Board of Trade, Points of Light Foundation, Mentors, Inc., Orphan Foundation of America, BlueCross BlueShield of Greater Washington, the Planetary Society.
Berendzen also has directed
National Science Foundationand NASA grants and has received awards for outstanding teaching, the most recent in spring 2006 at American University.
The International Platform Association gave him the
Glenn T. SeaborgAward for "Contributions to the American Public's Interest in Science."
He has been a commentator about science and education on
WUSA-TVand WTOPradio (Washington, D.C.) and NBC(network), and a guest on numerous other radio and TV programs. He has given 1,900 invited lectures in the US and abroad.
Berendzen has written several books and forty articles in scholarly journals. Among these are:
:"Pulp Physics: Astronomy; Human Kind in Space and Time" (2003) ISBN 1-59007-355-X (audio book)
:"Come Here: A Man Overcomes the Tragic Aftermath of Childhood Sexual Abuse" (1993) ISBN 0-679-41777-X
:"Touch the Future: An Agenda for Global Education in America" (1988) ISBN 0-935641-02-5 (24-page pamphlet)
:"Is My Armor Straight: A Year in the Life of a University President" (1986) ISBN 0-917561-01-5
:"Man Discovers the Galaxies" (Berendzen with Richard Hart and Daniel Seeley)::hardcover (1976) ISBN 0-88202-023-4::paperback (1984) ISBN 0-231-05827-6::other reprint (1984) ISBN 0-231-05826-8
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