Excerpts of this announcement were originally from The University Record story, “Thirty-four faculty members to receive awards this fall (October 3, 2022).”

Roy Clarke, Marcellus L. Wiedenbeck Collegiate Professor of Physics and professor of physics, received the University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship award. The award honors senior faculty members whose work has promoted the university’s goals around diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Clarke’s career-long commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is evidenced by an outstanding record of scholarship, leadership, service, and mentoring. Clarke’s visionary initiatives demonstrate exceptional leadership in promoting students’ interest in the physical sciences and finding innovative ways to diversify access to research careers in the field. He was a pioneer in recognizing the need for a more flexible and individualized approach to graduate training when he founded U-M’s Applied Physics Program in 1987. The program became a transformative model for other graduate programs committed to broadening access to the physical sciences.

Oveta Fuller, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the Medical School, received the Regents’ Award for Distinguished Public Service, which recognizes public service activities that relate closely to teaching and research and reflect professional and academic expertise. Fuller is widely recognized for her scholarship in the fields of virology and public health. Most notably, Fuller has made important contributions related to HIV/AIDS transmission and pathogenesis in communities of color in Africa.

Roy Clarke and Oveta Fuller are two of the 34 U-M faculty members who received university awards this fall. Click here to visit The University Record page, access the complete list of awardees, and read the whole story.