UC Berkeley History Class of 1944 Professor Mary Elizabeth Berry has been named the 2015 Distinguished Service Award winner for the College of Letters and Sciences Social Sciences division. Given annually at L&S’s Social Sciences Fest, the award highlights the service and contributions of faculty and staff. Past History winners include Professor Cathryn Carson, Hotchkis Professor Emeritus David Hollinger, and Director of Administration Marianne Bartholomew-Couts.
A scholar of pre-modern Japan, Berry joined UC Berkeley faculty in 1978. She has served as Chair of the departments of History, Anthropology, and South and Southeast Asian Studies as well as the Center for Japanese Studies. This year, in addition to teaching, Prof. Berry is chairing the department's Friends of Cal History committee which plans our colloquiums, History Homecoming, and the upcoming Cal Day presentation.