Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, InfoPoint librarian at the Health Sciences Libraries, received the Laurita Thomas Diversity Champion Award at the U-M Health Systems Diversity Summit Oct. 22. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to creating and promoting an inclusive environment by participating in events and programs on diversity awareness, displaying a long-term commitment to valuing diversity, assisting in education efforts within the workplace, and serving as a role model for institutional values and commitment to diversity.
Heidi Kumao, associate professor of art, School of Art & Design, has been selected as the inaugural Michigan Innovative Artist Award recipient. She will be honored Nov. 13 at the 23rd Annual Governor's Awards for Arts & Culture at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The awards night honors those who have made a significant impact on the arts and culture in Michigan.
Paula Allen-Meares was selected by the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) to receive the 2008 Leadership Award for Outstanding Dean in Aging. Allen-Meares was honored for her efforts in advancing aging through research, community service, strengthening university-community ties, and securing institutional and financial support for aging.
Ellen Arruda, professor of mechanical engineering and professor of macromolecular science and engineering, College of Engineering, recently was elected a fellow of the Society of Engineering Science (SES). She was recognized for research contributions, and her service on the board of directors and as SES president in 2004.