I am deeply honored to have received this award because I consider mentorship the core of my professional life. I thank the Society, the Awards Committee, and especially Todd Huspeni, who organized and shepherded the documentation through the nomination process. Here I will briefly review how I see that this came to be, and then discuss some of the principles of mentorship that may broadly apply to others and some that are probably just my idiosyncratic quirks.

John Wooden, arguably the greatest basketball coach of all time, died recently, and there has been much discussion of his clearly defined principles, his Pyramid of Success, that he used to coach his teams (Wooden and Jamison 2005). At first glance, and especially when I was younger, they seem awfully corny, but if age has granted me any wisdom, I now see that they encapsulate the...

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