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Week of June 20, 2011



Debbie Mero, director of Financial, Research and University Development Applications at Information and Technology Services, recently was elected to her second three-year term on the board of directors to the Higher Education User Group, an international organization of higher education institutions that use Oracle application software. Mero will continue her board-appointed role as vice president for finance.


Kelley Maynard, Michelle Cote, Jay Johnson, Christine Belzyt and Ryan Bernstein, students in a graduate design course led by Aileen Huang-Saad, recently took top honors at the Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Award Competition in New York City. They will receive a $10,000 grand prize. The national competition celebrates student biomedical innovation. The U-M team developed a portable, noninvasive, autonomous and cost-effective monitor for detecting internal bleeding complications after catheterization procedures through the femoral artery.

Abigail Stewart, a leading researcher and Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, has been awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award for outstanding contributions to equity and education for women and girls. The award includes a $5,000 honorarium. Stewart has published scholarly articles and several books focusing on the psychology of women’s lives, personality and adaptation to personal and social changes. She also is associate dean for academic programs and initiatives, Rackham Graduate School, and director of the ADVANCE Program.


Dr. Carol Bradford, chair and professor of otolaryngology, Medical School, has been named president of the American Head and Neck Society, the first woman to be selected. Her term will run until July 2012. Bradford’s research focuses on identifying and evaluating biomarkers that can predict outcomes in head and neck cancer patients. She also develops therapies to combat certain types of head and neck cancer.



Carol Stepanchuk, community outreach coordinator, Center for Chinese Studies; education director, Development, Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, on working in the Center for Chinese Studies: “One of the greatest benefits of my job is being able to stay contemporary with Chinese culture.”


Gifts of Art presents World Fiddling Show by Saline Fiddlers, noon-1 p.m. July 14, University Hospital Courtyard.

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