With support from C.C. Li’s two children, Carol S. Li and Steven M. Li, and his wife, Clara, the C.C. and Clara Li Endowed Scholarship was established in summer 2015. The award honors the legacy of C.C. Li, who served as chair of the Department of Biostatistics and was a faculty member at Pitt Public Health for more than 30 years. A recipient of the American Society of Human Genetics Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education,Li authored several textbooks—including First Course in Population Genetics—that are considered to be classics in the field and have been translated into several languages.
The Li family’s generous support of Pitt Public Health dates back many years and also includes a $1 million planned gift commitment to create a research fund for the Department of Human Genetics. The inaugural C.C. and Clara Li scholars will be awarded in 2017, and formally announced at the 2018 C.C. Li Memorial Lecture.