Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award

The Dickson Emeritus Professor Award acknowledges, publicizes, and enables the creative and innovative work that our faculty continue to do after retiring. Up to three awards are given annually. The award may be used for activities in service, research (including creative works and performances) or teaching. Dickson Professors are expected to make the results of their work available to the campus or the wider community. See Award Guidelines for more information.

Current Dickson Emeritus Professors (2023-24):

Kathy Foley (Performance, Play, and Design)

Globalizing the Arts: The Center for World Music and its Impacts


Professor Emerita Foley proposes initiating a new major research project to study the history and influence of the Center for World Music. ASEA (American Society for Eastern Arts, 1963-1973), later called the Center for World Music (CWM, 1974-1979), was a summer program that for two decades allowed many Americans to study Asian performance genres with master artists (primarily of Indonesian and Indian, but also Japanese, Korean, and African music/dance/theatre traditions). The program resulted in significant globalization of artistic resources tapped by contemporary American artists, dancers, and musicians in creative work and university teaching. Research will result in better documentation of its history and result in multiple articles or monograph, lecture demonstrations, and the development of exhibit materials. Prof. Foley proposes to study the archives of the Center currently, split between San Diego and the University of Illinois, spending two weeks in each of these sites. An additional two weeks will be in San Francisco interviewing and visiting studios of the many alumni of the Center for World Music who still live there, and another two weeks at Wesleyan University where Scripps support helped develop robust Indian and Indonesian dance/music programs. She plans additional zoom interviews to study the CWM links to area studies programs at University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University, Eastman School of Music, Colorado College, New York University, Indiana University, and Cal Arts.

Edward F. Houghton (Music)

Critical Edition of the Chigi Codex: Publication, Dissemination, Musical


Professor Emeritus Houghton, after decades of work, has completed a critical edition of the Chigi Codex, a rare illuminated manuscript containing musical masterworks from the late fifteenth century, now in the Vatican Library in Rome. The edition includes the transcription of forty works into modern musical notation, a critical commentary on each work with the collation of more than a hundred concordant sources, and an essay on the history of the Codex, its patron, and its visual art by Prof. Herbert Kellman (Univ. of Illinois). Houghton’s proposal requested funding for a subvention to support publication in the series Monuments of Renaissance Music, instituted in 1964, by the University of Chicago Press. In addition, the Dickson Professorship Award will provide support for a concert of works from the Codex at the international Herrenchiemsee Festival in Bavaria, Germany on July 19, 2023, conducted by Martin Steidler (director of ensemble LauschWerk), Houghton, and Kent Nagano (UCSC distinguished alum). The award will also provide support for a research presentation on the edition at the international Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference in Munich, Germany, July 24-28, 2023. Performances from the critical edition have been previewed by the UCSC Chamber Singers, the Renaissance Singers, the Tallis Scholars, Chanticleer, Singer Pur, StimmWerck, and LauschWerk in performances in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Berlin, the Ojai Festival (California), Regensburg, the Hamburg International Musikfestival, and

Susan Strome (Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology)

Supporting and Empowering Women Leaders in STEM


Distinguished Professor Emerita Strome will receive support to partially fund two CoRE workshops aimed at supporting and empowering 20 STEM women in positions of leadership in academia. The goal is that these women will in turn improve the recruitment, retention, and success of many more women faculty in their circles of influence. The Community of Replenishment & Empowerment (CoRE, formerly called Nag’s Heart) is a group of women supporting women. Their mission is to support, revitalize, empower, and promote networking of women in academia through structured multi-day workshops, using a well-honed format that has served over 500 women in previous workshops. CoRE workshops are typically 3 days with 10 participants and 2 facilitators. They consist of structured intensive work sessions during which each participant discusses a dilemma of personal importance and strategizes with the rest of the group on approaches and solutions; unstructured time to relax, enjoy each other’s company, share communal meals, and importantly continue discussions; and a closing ceremony for participants to share final thoughts and feelings. The retreats are held in homes or AirBNBs, where all participants live, work, and eat together.