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UCEAP announces the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners
Thursday, August 4, 2016 6:35:00 PM

Named after one of UCEAP's strongest alumni supporters, the Linda Duttenhaver Distinguished Alumni Award honors an alumna or alumnus who has a record of extraordinary service or achievement in his/her field and has made a significant impact on the global community.


(Pictured left to right: Susan Carlson, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel at UC Office of the President, Linda Duttenhaver, Randy Schekman, Vivian-Lee Nyitray, Alicia Sabuncuoglu)  

Nobel laureate Dr. Randy Schekman received this year’s Linda Duttenhaver Distinguished Alumni Award.  As an undergraduate at UCLA, Randy participated in the University of Edinburgh program in 1968-69. He credits his year in Edinburgh as a key event in the development of his career aspirations as an academic scholar and teacher. Dr. Schekman has been a professor of molecular and cell biology at Berkeley for 39 years and in 2013 received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.  

The 2016 UCEAP Emerging Leader Award winner is Alicia Sabuncuoglu.  Alicia oversees Strategic Partnerships at Google.  She participated in the Paris Center for Critical Studies program in 2005-06 and was a recipient of the UCEAP Dan Wise Scholarship. After returning to UCSD, Alicia gave back to the program by working with the campus office on student outreach and other activities. In her spare time, she has dedicated herself to the Google Art Project, a stunning global cultural experience online that brings the world's richest institutions and rarest collections into an open digital ecosystem. “My UCEAP experience abroad permeates nearly every facet of my life, and I would be proudly honored to express my thanks to the organization and help continue alumni efforts and the current program today.”

Randy and Alicia accepted their awards at the UCEAP Alumni Awards Dinner in June. Congratulations to our exceptional alumni! 

Read more about our Distinguished Alumni Awards


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