There are three recipients of the 2016 Dickson Award: Paul Bergman from the Law School , Stephen D. Cederbaum from the Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Human Genetics, and Edwin L. Cooper from the Department of Anatomy/Neurobiology.
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 - 2015/16)
2016 Dickson Award Winners
Paul Bergman, professor emeritus of law, earned his law degree at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, joined the UCLA School of Law faculty in 1970 and retired in 2003. He is recognized as a pioneer of the law school’s innovative clinical curriculum, making it one of the most influential in the nation. Since his retirement he has made major contributions to educating lawyers and improving teaching strategies. He continues to serve an important role in advancing the Law School curriculum and was presented the UCLA Continuing Education Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006. His contributions reach beyond the classroom and campus to the broader community by offering ongoing support to the Street Law Clinic which he founded. Paul continues to show a commitment to increasing diversity in the Law School, particularly in his nationally recognized diversity pipeline-building initiative called the Law Fellows Program.
Stephen D. Cederbaum, professor emeritus of psychiatry, pediatrics, and human genetics, came to UCLA in 1970 after receiving his M.D. from New York University. He first joined the Department of Psychiatry, later expanding his work to the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Genetics. Since his retirement in 2010, he has continued his research, teaching, and university and community service unabated. He maintains a program of research focusing on inborn errors of metabolism and research on the arginase gene. Currently he is serving as a co-principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health consortia on rare disease clinical research as well as a co-investigator on three new grants on arginase deficiency and treatment. Since retirement, he has published 36 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, plus 9 review papers and 27 presentations and is heavily sought out as a grant reviewer, consultant and member of advisory boards. He is a member of the Preclinical Science Departments and serves as an advisor and chair of the Clinical Council on Academic Personnel. He provides vision, creativity and leadership to the UCLA Emeriti Association and its Board.
Edwin L. Cooper, distinguished professor emeritus of the Department of Anatomy/Neurobiology, continues his distinguished career in comparative immunology, a field in which he has been a pioneer, and in East-West Medicine. Since his retirement, he has continued teaching, published numerous papers, taught seminars and Fiat Lux classes, engaged his students in research endeavors and served on editorial boards for various organizations. He has also accepted more than twenty invitations to lecture abroad since retirement, further reflecting his dedication to his field. His service to the UCLA campus is almost unparalleled and he continues to honor his colleagues by his recognition of their own contributions.