In Honor Of... Elizabeth and Robert Bjork

Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

Elizabeth L. Bjork, PhD
Professor of Psychology

Robert A. Bjork, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychology

University of California, Los Angeles
 

bjork-robert_elizabeth.jpgElizabeth and Robert Bjork are leaders in research on human memory, award-winning teachers and advisors, and world-class citizens in their Department, University, and the field at large. Their research is best known for having changed our perception of forgetting from an unfortunate tendency of a limited system to the necessary consequence of an adaptive one. Together, they have published hundreds of papers on this and related topics, and have helped set the agenda for behavioral memory research over the last four decades.

Both Elizabeth and Bob are great stewards of the discipline of psychological science, both at UCLA and in the field at large. This commitment to advancing the field is recognized in their numerous honors for service and teaching, including the Distinguished Service to Psychological Science Award from the American Psychological Association (APA). At UCLA, Bob has been Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Elizabeth has been Chair of the Academic Senate, the Undergraduate Council, and is currently Senior Vice Chair of  the Department of Psychology after earlier serving as Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Studies. Bob has been Editor of the Psychological Review and Memory & Cognition, co-founding-editor (with Steve Ceci) of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and President of the Association for Psychological Science, President of the Western Psychological Association, Chair of the Psychonomic Society, Chair of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, Chair of the Council of Editors of the American Psychological Association (APA), and Chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. They have both won the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award and Bob has been recognized with both the Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Award from APA and the Claude Bernard Distinguished Lectureship Award from the American Physiological Society.

Their most lasting contribution will probably reflect their longstanding commitment to keeping psychological science relevant for society, for working to deliver the products of our science to a larger audience, and for doing so without compromising a commitment to basic, fundamental research. They continue this work with a large collaborative grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation that they currently share with other major researchers on applying basic principles of learning and remembering to situations relevant to educational practice.

For those of us who have been lucky enough to spend portions of our lives and careers with Elizabeth and Bob, we know as well what great role models they are as parents and working partners, as well as academics. Their many students and colleagues have learned much about science, life, and even golf from these two titans of learning and memory.



Individuals Honoring Elizabeth and Robert Bjork
Sara Appleton-Knapp
Harry P. Bahrick, Ohio Wesleyan University
* Aaron S. Benjamin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Avenelle D. Bjork
Kenneth S. Bjork
Olin R. Bjork, Santa Clara University
Young Bui, Washington University, St. Louis
Janet Buries
Alan Castel, University of California, Los Angeles
Stephen J. Ceci, Cornell University
Eric Eich, University of British Columbia
David J. Francis, University of Houston
Catherine Fritz, Lancaster University
Morton Ann Gernsbacher, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Arthur Glenberg, Arizona State University
Richard D. Gonzalez, University of Michigan
Vered Halamish, University of Haifa
Diane F. Halpern, Clarmont McKenna College
Peter Hancock, University of Central Florida
Alice F. Healy, University of Colorado at Boulder
Charles Hofacker, Florida State University
Jason J. A. Knapp
Barbara Knowlton, University of California, Los Angeles
Alan G. Kraut, Association for Psychological Science
David LaBerge, University of Washington, Seattle
Benjamin Levy, Stanford University
Jeri L. Little, University of California, Los Angeles
Janet Metcalfe, Columbia University
Dana Miller
Peter Morris
Robert G. Morrison, Jr., Loyola University Chicago
John F. Nestojko, University of California, Los Angeles
Mia C. Nunez, University of California, Los Angeles
Judy Olson, University of California, Irvine
Gary Olson, University of California, Irvine
J. Bruce. Overmier, University of Minnesota
James Parkinson
* James R. Pomerantz, Rice University
Lynne Reder, Carnegie Mellon University
Ernst Z. Rothkopf, Columbia University Teacher's College
Lili Sahakyan, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Daniel S. Schacter, Harvard University
Steven M. Smith, Texas A&M University
Anthony D. Wagner, Stanford University
Cynthia S. Yelvington
Joeseph L. Young

* The FABBS Foundation would like to thank Dr. Aaron S. Benjamin and Dr. James R. Pomerantz for nominating Elizabeth and Robert Bjork for this honor and for leading the effort to spread the word about their nomination.

 

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