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Becky O’Brien to receive recognition award from U-M Office of the Vice President for Research

Tuesday, 04/13/2021

The Office of the Vice President for Research will honor four staff members with its annual recognition awards for their expertise and support of research and scholarship activity across the University of Michigan.

UMSI’s Becky O’Brien is the recipient of this year’s Research Administrator Recognition Award and April Pepperdine will receive the Exceptional Service Award. David Paris and Caleb Smith each will receive the Research Technical Staff Recognition Award.

All four employees are expected to be honored during a reception this fall.

“The rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way in which our entire research enterprise operates, but thanks in large part to the tremendous efforts of research staff across our three campuses, laboratories and research spaces remain safe and are close to fully operational,” said Rebecca Cunningham, vice president for research and the William G. Barsan Collegiate Professor of Emergency Medicine.

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.

Becky O’Brien, who joined the university in 2001, is director of research administration at the School of Information. O’Brien leads the strategic planning efforts for the school’s research activities and partners with leadership to assess and manage its broad research portfolio.

“She continuously demonstrates her commitment to faculty, students and her peers, helping others achieve professional growth through her involvement on campus and especially through her continuous and long-term service with a number of university-wide committees,” wrote a colleague who nominated O’Brien for the award.

The award recipients were selected by Cunningham, based on recommendations from an award selection committee consisting of past award winners: Judy Carrillo, Lori Deromedi, Jessica Durkin, Teresa Herrick, Melissa Karby, David Mulder, Jane Sierra and Tom Bray.

Read more from The University Record.