I am very happy to be here today to present the citation to Bruce Lieberman for this year's Schuchert Award—for I view Bruce as one of the very best and brightest young paleontologists currently gracing our profession. I also value him as a terrific former student, now an esteemed colleague—and as a great guy and a very good friend.

The first piece of correspondence I ever received from Bruce is dated 8 January 1986; Bruce wrote that he had taken Steve Gould's course at Harvard—and that course, plus Steve's personal encouragement, helped him to decide to turn his childhood fantasy...

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