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Three research administration staff to be honored

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will honor three staff members at a May 4 reception in the Michigan League as part of a campus research administration awards program.
Elder

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.

The staff members selected to receive the award for 2006: Violet Elder, administrative director, Center for Computational Medicine and Biology, Medical School; Ruth Freedman, administrative director, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, Medical School; and Jane Holland, administrative director, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School. Each will receive an honorarium and plaque at the reception, 3:30-5 p.m. in the Michigan League Ballroom.

The winners were selected by Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest with the assistance of an awards advisory committee: Kelly Cormier, College of Engineering (CoE); Betty Cummings, CoE; Julie Feldkamp, Division of Research, Development and Administration; Francine Hume, Medical School; and Dennis Martin, Medical School.
Freedman

"I've only been on campus for a few months, but I've already met a number of research administration staff whose hard work makes this large enterprise run smoothly," Forrest says. "I'm pleased that OVPR can help recognize the efforts of the very best of these staff members."

Following are summaries of nomination statements for the honorees:

With 22 years at the University, Elder has vast experience in the areas of finance, research, human resources, space, computing and student administration. She has demonstrated solid judgment and energetic leadership and is a key member of the leadership team for the center. In August 2003, Elder joined the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) as administrative manager just as the GCRC was planning its National Institutes of Health competitive renewal application. Under her leadership the GCRC was renewed for five years with an award totaling $35 million.

Freedman joined the Mental Health Research Institute (now the MBNI) as administrator in 1989, and for the past 17 years she has handled a remarkable range of technical, financial, social, political and logistical issues, and has done it all with great intelligence, effectiveness, wisdom and kindness. Three years ago she orchestrated moving 13 laboratories to temporary space when the Neuroscience Building was leveled and now is overseeing the move into new facilities. She has orchestrated these moves with precision, ensuring minimal disruption of scientific research.
Holland

Holland has served the University for more than 29 years. Since her move to Microbiology and Immunology in 1995, the department has been fiscally sound due to her management of resources. She was the prime mover in educating the chair and, in turn, the faculty during the transition to "all funds" budgeting, which required additional effort on her part to manage the department's general funds, sponsored research funds, indirect costs and space issues. She helps faculty with all aspects of grant preparation, submission and post-award issues.

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