The awards are presented annually to recognize individual staff members or teams whose big ideas and ‘outside The Cube’ thinking help make the university a better, more inclusive community
Teri A. Grieb, Ph.D., senior director for research in the Medical School Office of Research, is the individual winner of the 2017 President’s Staff Innovation Award.
The President’s Staff Innovation Awards are presented annually to recognize individual staff members or teams whose big ideas and “outside The Cube” thinking help make the university a better, more inclusive community. The Office of the President, in collaboration with Voices of the Staff, sponsors the award.
“One of my priorities for U-M is to celebrate all aspects of our excellence, and this year's Staff Innovation Award nominees, finalists, and winners demonstrate that excellence manifests all across our campus in service of all aspects of our public mission,” said President Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D., in presenting the awards March 25.
The winning and finalist innovations ranged from clinical trials research and improved test taking to comforting babies and sidewalk de-icing. The individual and team award winners and finalists, along with their nominators, friends and family members, and members of the Voices of the Staff program management team attended the event.
Grieb received the individual award for clinical trials innovation. That initiative, launched in January 2017, reviewed and fundamentally revised Michigan's clinical trials enterprise.
“The new system will now allow our clinical research to follow the mantra of ‘more, better, cheaper, safer, faster,’” said Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D., senior associate dean for research at the Medical School, in his nomination statement.
Kunkel also noted that the Association of American Medical Colleges has expressed external interest in the initiative.