Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professor Award

The UC Davis Emeriti Association issues a call for Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award applications each spring quarter. The Call for 2017 has closed.


Edward A. Dickson served as a Regent of the University of California from 1913 to 1946, the longest tenure of any regent. In 1955, Mr. Dickson presented the university with an endowment to support and maintain special annual professorships to be awarded to retired academic senate faculty members. The award is described in the gift document as follows:

For the support and maintenance of special annual Professorships in the University of California to which shall be appointed by the President, with approval of The Regents, persons of academic rank who have been retired after service in the University of California and who shall receive such awards in addition to their retirement or pension allowances. Awards shall be made upon such conditions of service, research, or teaching as The Regents may require. Professorships so awarded shall be known as Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorships.

UCDEA recipients of 2017-2018 Dickson Professorship Awards

The UC Davis Emeriti Association is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award.  The award is supported by an endowment provided by Edward A. Dickson for the support of emeriti professorships and is awarded to one or more of our emeriti faculty on an annual basis.  A candidate whose project is selected is also designated as an Edward A. Dickson Professor Emeritus during the year of support.  The nomination and selection process is overseen by the Executive Committee of the UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA) and implemented by the association's Awards and Recognition Committee. Read more.

Peter Hays

subsidize illustrations for a new book, Reading: The Old Man and the Sea, the fourth book in the "Reading Hemingway" series by Kent State University

Martha Macri

Investigating the Origins and Cultural Evolution of Human Communication Systems: Comparing Two Early Scripts from Mexico and Central America

Frederic Troy, II

Chain Length of Polysialic Acid Chains on Adult Neural Stem Cells from Spiral Ganglion Neurons636

The 2016-2017 winners were presented at the Chancellor's Luncheon in January 2017. From left: Bill Rains, chair of UCDEA Awards and Recognition Committee, Gerald Kost, Bruce Lyeth, Acting Provost Ken Burtis, Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter, 2017 UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus winner JaRue Manning, and UCDEA president Jo Anne Boorkman.

Past Awards


Brian Higgins

Production of an Interactive/Multimedia iBook for UC Davis Undergraduate Class in Chemical Engineering

Gerald Kost

Preparedness for Highly Infectious Threats (Ebola virus disease, MERS-CoV, others): Environmental Robustness of Point-of-Care (POC) WBC and Differential Counts Used in Early Detection

Bruce Lyeth

"Importance of Glutamate Oxaloacetate Transaminase (GOT-1) Serum Levels in TBI"


Roy Bellhorn

"Vascular permeability of the snake's spectacle during ecdysis"

Nicole Woolsey Biggart

"Energy: How energy organizes social life"

John Meeks

"Microscopic documentation of protein localization and motility behavior in filaments of the symbiotic cyanobacterium N. punctiforme"

Dennis Wilson

"Translational application of quantitative digital microscopy to patients in veterinary medicine"


Dan Anderson

"Age and Cranial-Ossification/Bone Density Characteristics in Brown Pelicans: Potential Applications for Demographic and Nutritional Analyses"

Hugh Dingle

"Monarchs in the Pacific: Is Contemporary Evolution Occurring on an Isolated Island?"

Martha Macri

"Cultural Evolution of Human Communication Systems: Investigating
Linguistic Diversity and Social Change with Mayan Hieroglyphic Writing"

Peter Schiffman

"Support for Joint Undergraduate/Graduate Studies on Assessing the Geothermal Potential of the Modoc Plateau in Northeast California"


William Jackson, Chemistry

"The Study of VUV Photochemistry on N2 and CO using Seeded Molecular Beams in He"

Bill Lasley, School of Medicine

"Determining the Role of Circulating Progesterone to Increase Negative Mood"

James Murphy, English

"To Complete a Book Now in Progress, titled ‘The Gentlemen’s Rhetoric of Obediah Walker, 1616-1699’"

Cal Qualset, Plant Sciences

"Diversity Analyses of Landrace Ropulations of Wheat from Turkey and Iran and Maize from Mexico"


George Bruening

"Exploring Plant Pathways in the Recognition of Virus Invasion"

Robert Rucker

"The Chemical Properties of a Novel Dietary Biofactor: Pyrroloquinoline Quinone"

James Seiber

"Reducing the Risk from Toxic Compounds in Foods"

Yin Yeh

"Initiating Research toward Understanding the Molecular Mechanism of the Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease"


Peter Hays

"Continued Research on Hemingway"

Don Price

"Song Jiaoren and China's Political Culture"

Kurt Kreith

"Mathematics, Technology, and the Secondary School Curriculum"

Charles Halsted

"The Epigenetic Regulation of Development Alcoholic Liver Disease"


Robert Derlet

and Charles Goldman

“Analysis of Microbial and Planktonic Communities in Small Sierra Nevada Lakes and Streams”

Karen M. Reiser

"Diagnosis of Skin Cancer Using Second Harmonic Generation Imaging: Ancillary Data”

Robbin W. Thorp

“Franklin’s Bumble Bee, Bombus franklini (Frison): Research Needed on this Species of Special Concerns”


Emmanuel Epstein

"Silicon in Biomass for Energy"


Verne Mendel

Centennial Video History Project


Richard Walters

Workshop series on teaching, learning, and technology