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George E. Dickinson, Professor of Sociology at the College of Charleston (SC, USA), received his Ph.D. in sociology from LSU in Baton Rouge and his M.A. in sociology and B.A. in biology from Baylor University. He came to the College of Charleston in 1985, having previously taught in Kentucky (7 years) and Minnesota (9 years). The recipient of both NSF and NEH grants, Dickinson has been the author/co-author of over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 11 invited papers/editorials in journals, and 22 books/anthologies, primarily on end-of-life issues (Understanding Dying, Death and Bereavement 7th ed. (with M.R. Leming), Cengage/Wadsworth Publishers, 2011, and Annual Editions: Dying, Death and Bereavement 13th ed. (with M.R. Leming), McGraw-Hill, 2012). His research and teaching interest in end-of-life issues goes back to 1974 when he taught his first course in death and dying and in 1975 when he began eol research on medical schools and physicians. Over the years he has surveyed medical, dental, nursing, social work, pharmacy, and veterinary schools (and their graduates) to track their emphasis on death education. He is on the editorial boards of Mortality (UK) and the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (US). Recent awards include the 2002 Distinguished Teacher/Scholar Award and the 2008 Distinguished Research Award at the College of Charleston, South Carolina Governor's Distinguished Professor Awards in 2003 and 2008, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling's Death Educator Award in 2009. In 1999 he was a Visiting Research Fellow in palliative medicine at the University of Sheffield's School of Medicine (UK) and in 2006 at Lancaster University's Institute for Health Research in the International Observatory on End-of-Life Issues (UK). Earlier, Dickinson did postdoctoral studies at Pennsylvania State University (gerontology), at the University of Connecticut (medical sociology), and at the University of Kentucky's School of Medicine (thanatology).