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Week of May 10, 2010

Accolades

Inducted

Jody Lori, clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The honor acknowledges her demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement both within and outside of the midwifery profession.

Awards

Matthias Ihme, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, College of Engineering, has been selected to receive this year’s Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. Also a winner of the National Science Foundation CAREER award, Ihme has joined a select group of promising young faculty recognized for outstanding research proposals and academic leadership potential.

Mona Jarrahi, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering, has been awarded a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office annually grants these awards to junior faculty conducting research in the areas of the physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. The project seeks to develop a new generation of compact high power terahertz sources.

P.C. Ku, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering, has been awarded a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His current research focuses on how to increase the efficiency of light-emitting diodes and solar cells; how to efficiently transmit data while maintaining security; how to reduce the laser threshold; and how to reduce the power requirement for nonlinear optical devices.

Dr. Jorge Marrero, director of the Multidisciplinary Liver Tumor Clinic, will receive The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association’s second annual Blue Faery Award for Excellence in Liver Cancer Research. The award recognizes medical professionals who develop innovative research in the fight against hepatocellular carcinoma, the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Marrero currently is involved in studies to inhibit blood vessel growth in tumors.

Patricia Coleman-Burns, assistant professor of nursing at the School of Nursing and adjunct assistant professor of Afroamerican and African studies, has won the 2010 Cornerstone Award from the Black Celebratory Student Planning Committee. The annual award is for a faculty or staff member whose unique contributions have supported the academic progress of all U-M students, particularly African-American students.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Sharon Mittan, senior secretary, Department of Psychology, UM-Flint, on working with students at UM-Flint: ““I enjoy the excitement and drive that many of them have to accomplish their goals. Their energy keeps me young.”