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Voiland, Lee Earn Awards for Excellence
Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012
Two North Carolina Sea Grant staff members will be in the running for North Carolina State University's Awards for Excellence on June 5.
Executive Director Michael Voiland and E-Ching Lee, a science writer/editor, took honors in their respective categories at the 2012 awards program for the NC State Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development.
Voiland also serves as director of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina. The staffs of both programs nominated him for management excellence leading to major awards from state and national agencies for contributions to coastal research and applied practices. Voiland, who will retire at the end of the year, previously served as chair of the state's first Waterfront Access Study Committee, which included members from all sides of the sometimes contentious waterfront access issues. He led the committee to make recommendations to the N.C. legislature that resulted in a $20-million fund to support access along the North Carolina coast.
As managing editor of Sea Grant's award-winning magazine, Coastwatch, Lee was recognized for her exceptional service in, among other areas, selecting news topics that keep N.C. citizens informed, such as ways coastal communities can plan their own futures effectively. She also was cited for her work with undergraduate and graduate interns.
The NC State Awards for Excellence program recognizes permanent employees for "outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within normal duties, but are a major contribution reflecting credit on the person and the State." Five university winners will be entered in the Governor's Award for Excellence selection process later this year.
Also nominated for excellent performance to the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development were Sharell Bynum, Small Business and Technology Development Center; Amy Herman, Tim Linker and Stefanie Saunders, Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services; James Martin, Nagui Rouphail, Bastian Schroeder and Bonnie Sluder, Institute for Transportation Research and Education; Janice Mills and Scott Stevens, NC Institute for Climate Studies; and Amanda Ottoway, Office of Technology Transfer.
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