In selecting the two professors to deliver the Faculty Research Lecture each year, the UCLA Academic Senate recognizes the university’s most distinguished scholars. Faculty honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by the Senate’s Committee on Faculty Research Lectureship, which is made up of seven previous honorees.
Looking back over his career, Green said he feels most indebted to his lab colleagues and his mentors, Dr. Keith Nuechterlein and Dr. Stephen Marder. Nuechterlein and Marder are UCLA professors of psychiatry, specializing in schizophrenia. Last year, Green and Marder shared the Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research, which recognizes important advances in treatment research.
Green offered a bit of insight about the scientific process:
“Most people believe that scientists receive flashes of sudden, brilliant insight that leads them to important discoveries. I have never had one,” he said. “Modern clinical research requires large teams, thousands of emails, and tens of thousands of tiny details that demand thoughtful decisions. Good ideas are just the starting point.”