UCLA Medal awarded to esteemed scholars Sherie and Don Morrison

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On the surface, their academic interests and scientific achievements don’t suggest even a hint of commonality. She is a world-renowned immunologist whose research advanced our understanding of the functional properties of antibodies and antibody-related proteins. He is a trailblazing and award-winning scholar in the field of market science; co-author of dozens of articles on marketing research and applied statistics; an editor; a beloved teacher and administrator.

In the parlance of all true Bruins: She’s south campus, he’s north campus.

But the story of the Morrisons ― Sherie, a UCLA distinguished research professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, and Don, emeritus professor of marketing ― is notable not for the couple’s differences, but rather for their values, which include a desire to benefit others and spread the love they share with each other to those they cherish.

“Sherie and Don have both dedicated their careers to grappling with complex issues — and finding solutions,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said before presenting the Morrisons with the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor, during a June 11 ceremony at the Chancellor’s Residence. “Their achievements, as individuals and as partners, have been characterized by a boundless energy and real passion to serve.”

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