Dickson Awards

The Dickson’s are awarded to emeriti from any campus department who have, during their formal retirement years, continued their distinguished academic pursuits.

Past Dickson Award Winners (2006/07 - 2016/17)


2017-2018 Dickson Award Winners

William A. V. (Bill) Clark, Distinguished Research Professor of Geography, has acquired a global reputation for his scholarship on demography, migration and urban residential segregation. Since retirement in 2010, Bill has remained extraordinarily active, globally as well as regionally, with important scholarly contributions to the interdisciplinary research literature on housing, segregation and neighborhood change. His scholarship is known for its theoretical acumen, its rich empirical foundation, and its consistently innovative use of data and quantitative methods.

Since retirement, his citations average 250 annually - higher than at any point in his career. That his research has been of great policy relevance as evidenced by the 35 legal cases in which he has served as an expert witness or consultant in courts of law around the country. Among his many awards since retirement, perhaps the most significant was the Lifetime Achievement Award last year from the American Association of Geographers’ (an award typically annually given to just one scholar, from its 12,000 members).  He is regularly on campus, working closely with younger UCLA scholars and those from around the world who have come to UCLA to consult and work with him.

Rita Effros, Professor Emerita of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, since her retirement in 2013 continues to be a national and international leader in the field of the biology of aging. Her research has continued to receive NIH support for cutting-edge work on mucosal immunology and the relationship between aging and HIV infection. She continues to serve as Director of the Aging and AIDS Program Area for the UCLA AIDS Institute. Her national reputation is shown in her presidency of the Gerontological Society of America in 2014-2015.

Since her retirement, Rita’s campus service included service on the UCLA Council on Academic Personnel. She also continues to team-teach in the innovative Undergraduate GE Cluster Program. She teaches Frontiers of Human Aging: Biomedical, Social and Policy Perspectives in a large lecture format (~120 students) with additional small discussion sections. Rita also teaches a small group class on the Role of the Immune System in Health, Disease, and Longevity.


Judea Pearl, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, is a world-renowned computer scientist who has made extraordinary contributions to artificial intelligence, information science, philosophy, statistics, health science, social science and cognitive science. Since his retirement, in July 1994, Judea's research accomplishments have increased manyfold, both in volume and in impact, resulting in hundreds of scientific articles, 13 PhD graduates, 2 seminal books, many accolades and numerous awards. In particular, his recent work on causal inference has revolutionized the way scientists in almost every discipline view and process cause-effect relationships in their respective fields. His book Causality has won the 2001 Lakatos Award from the London School of Economics as “the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science.”

The methods outlined in Causality have affected the entire spectrum of the empirical sciences, from robotics and machine learning to epidemiology, psychology, econometrics and social science. Causality has received more than 12,000 scientific citations according to Google Scholar, 5,500 of them in the past five years alone. Judea has been called “the most original and influential thinker in statistics today,” and he has received many national and international awards, notably the 2011 ACM Alan M. Turing Award, which is widely regarded as the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science,” for “fundamental contributions to artificial intelligence through the development of a calculus for probabilistic and causal reasoning.”