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Research administration staff award winners announced

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will honor five staff members at a May 10 reception in the Michigan Union as part of a campus research administration awards program.
Cormier (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)
Martin (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)
Thomson (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)
Avery (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)
Feldkamp (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)

The Distinguished Research Administrator Award honors people from any unit at the University who have demonstrated distinguished service exemplifying the goals of professional research administration.

Three staff members were selected to receive the award in 2005: Kelly Cormier, administrative associate II, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AIL), Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), College of Engineering (CoE); Dennis Martin, business manager, Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF), Medical School; and James Thomson, assistant director, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

The OVPR Exceptional Service Award honors staff members from OVPR or any of its reporting units for outstanding contributions beyond their ordinary duties.

Selected to receive the award for 2005: Cynthia Avery, administrative associate I, OVPR; and Julie Feldkamp, managing senior project representative, Division of Research, Development and Administration, OVPR.

All winners will receive an honorarium and plaque at the reception, 3:30-5 p.m. in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

Award recipients were chosen by Vice President for Research Fawwaz Ulaby, with the assistance of an advisory committee: Patricia Schultz, School of Dentistry; Betty Cummings, EECS, CoE; Francine Hume, Medical School; Keith Newnham, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Laboratory; and Patrice Somerville, School of Public Health.

"We have many dedicated staff who play important roles in support of our vast and complex research enterprise," Ulaby says. "All of the awardees have served their units and the University in an exceptional manner, and I believe it is extremely important that we recognize these efforts."

Following are summaries of nomination statements for each honoree:

With more than 20 years of service, Cormier has assumed increased financial duties and progressed to her current position in the AIL. She is responsible for oversight of all issues related to laboratory administration, including pre-and post-research award activities, management of personnel and management of the Advanced Technologies Laboratories building, which provides space for more than 100 faculty, staff and students.

Martin oversees business management for BRCF, which includes the Transgenic Core, as well as several other research services cores. Martin began working at the University in 1977 as co-director of the Biochemistry Core Facility. As an administrator, he is able to bring the science and business perspectives together into one picture.

Thomson has served U-M for more than 39 years since his hiring in 1966 as a senior systems analyst in the Data Systems Center. He joined UMTRI in 1985 as assistant director. Since then he has worked with four different directors, quickly adapting to the challenges presented while playing a significant role in fostering long-term relationships with the institute's research sponsors.

Avery joined OVPR in 1999 and has played a key leadership role in managing the resources of the University that pass through OVPR in a responsible and efficient manner. In addition to managing the OVPR Faculty Grants and Awards Program—which has distributed more than $2 million annually—she also plays a lead role in budget preparation, projection, data analysis and managing financial accounts for the office.

Feldkamp assumed her current position in 2001. She has been involved in many of DRDA's campus training programs and facilitates faculty interaction with a vast array of charitable organizations and non-profit agencies.

Feldkamp is generous with her time and frequently helps colleagues across campus as they strive to ensure that the institutional requirements associated with managing grants from foundations do not interfere with partnerships.

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