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2018 Research Staff Recognition Awards

Research Staff Awards
Ceremony and Reception

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Michigan League, Second Floor, Hussey Room

The Office of Research will honor four University of Michigan staff members for their outstanding service to the research community.

Lori Deromedi and Rick Brandon will receive the Office of Research Exceptional Service Award, Judy Carrillo will receive the Research Administrator Recognition Award and Tom Bray will receive the Research Technical Staff Recognition Award.

“The health of our research enterprise is a reflection of the excellence of our staff, whose dedication and expertise have helped the university conduct the largest volume of research of any public university in the United States,” said S. Jack Hu, vice president for research.

An award reception is scheduled for 3:30 to 5 p.m. May 15 in the Hussey Room on the second floor of the Michigan League. The award ceremony and remarks will begin at 4 p.m. The event is open to the public.

The Exceptional Service Award recognizes staff members in Office of Research units for important contributions to the university’s research mission through exceptional performance and by going beyond the ordinary fulfillment of position duties.

DeromediLori Deromedi
Compliance specialist intermediate for Research Ethics and Compliance

Deromedi has worked at U-M for nearly 20 years, joining the Office of Research in 2012. She manages the Research Ethics and Compliance website and develops resources to help U-M researchers better understand the office’s research oversight responsibilities and compliance monitoring functions. Deromedi administers the university’s Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Oversight program, and also coordinates campus-wide efforts to inform researchers about important changes to federal policies and procedures. "Lori is highly motivated to move projects along, and she is incredibly fast at synthesizing information from a meeting and quickly producing a draft work product, sometimes the same day," one colleague wrote.

BrandonRick Brandon
Associate general counsel for the Office of the General Counsel

Brandon has played a critical role in the university’s patent and technology transfer efforts for more than 17 years, including a recent stretch as interim director of the Office of Technology Transfer. His management style allowed for a smooth leadership transition, and during his term as interim director, the Technology Transfer team reached near-record numbers of invention disclosures, patents filed, patents awarded, licenses signed and startups launched. "Instead of waiting for the new leader to arrive and muddle through, Rick worked tirelessly with OTT financial and operational staff to prepare new reporting models in order to quickly explain the complex workings of OTT to the new leader," one colleague wrote.

The Research Administrator Recognition Award recognizes research administrators in any unit across campus, and honors exemplary service to the research community over a number of years.

CarrilloJudy Carrillo
Financial senior manager for the Department of Internal Medicine

Carillo successfully manages a group of research administrators across the department’s 13 divisions. Carrillo leads a team that thoroughly reviews all grant submissions from the department’s 800-plus faculty. Her skills are evident based on results from a recent faculty survey about grant submissions, which revealed satisfaction scores of higher than 84 percent in categories such as knowledge of the staff, ability to solve problems, accuracy and understanding of faculty needs. "She models a dignity and professionalism under even pressured situations that everyone notices, and this is the type of attitude and demeanor that students and colleagues recognize straightaway as what we need to continue to reflect in this profession," one colleague wrote.

The Research Technical Staff Recognition Award recognizes staff members who have, independently or along with faculty, advanced the research mission of her or his unit in a way that extends beyond the ordinary fulfillment of a position’s duties.

BrayTom Bray
Converging technologies consultant for the Duderstadt Center

Bray has provided technological support for U-M faculty research and artistic projects for more than 25 years. He has effectively bridged the gap between academics across campus and the technological resources they need to enable research and programmatic goals—and his services are available free of charge to all U-M faculty through the Duderstadt Center. Bray also educates faculty and staff from a variety of schools and colleges on the use and integration of cutting-edge media tools so they can reach their artistic and educational objectives. "Tom’s breadth of knowledge about current technologies and their application to research and creative work leads to the 'big picture,' coupled with a real understanding of all the parts that need to come together to make things really work," one colleague wrote.

The awards were selected by Hu, based on recommendations from an award selection committee consisting of past award winners: Linda Chadwick, director of research administration, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Carrie Disney, research administrative coordinator, School of Social Work; Jessica Getman, Gershwin Edition managing editor, School of Music Theatre & Dance; Cathy Handyside, assistant director of eResearch administration systems, Information and Technology Services; Nicholas Prieur, research process manager, Institute for Social Research; Kerri-Anne Sullivan Cross, senior research process manager, Institute for Social Research; Patricia Turnbull, research process manager, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, U-M Dearborn; Sharon Vaassen, research manager, Orthopaedic Surgery.