Buccellati Receives 2009 Emeriti Award
By Shauna K. Mecartea
Giorgio Buccellati, Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, was recently awarded the 2009 Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award. This award honors emeriti professors and was received by five other professors this year.
According to a UCLA Graduate Division e-mail announcement, Buccellati received the award because he has continued his visionary and innovative work on three fronts since his 1994 retirement: publishing A Structural of Grammar in Babylonian and dozens of articles, developing ways to preserve and at the same time develop the Tell Mozan archaeological site in ancient Urkesh, and designing an online archaeological archive and publication platform where his data can be explored.
Recalled to teach for eight years, Buccellati also joins in discussions of graduate presentations at the Cotsen Institute. He has integrated digital technology into his research since the 1970s, and his current Web site allows visitors to explore his database and confirm his analysis. Buccellati has two PhDs: in Ancient History from Catholic University in Milan and in Oriental Languages from the University of Chicago.
The Dickson Award was created in 2006 by an endowment from the late Edward A. Dickson, Regent of the University of California from 1913 to 1946. The award honors outstanding research, scholarly work, teaching, and/or educational service to the university and the profession. Departments are allowed to nominate one person each year. The award includes a cash prize.