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Avery Demond Selected for Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award

Professor Avery Demond was awarded the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Affairs. | Short Read

The award, named in honor of the Dean Emeritus of the School of Social Work, recognizes faculty whose service contributes to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse campus community.

Professor Demond “was commended for transforming the lives of students by working to encourage a diverse student body to earn degrees in engineering. As a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Engineering Education, she argued for diversifying faculty, noting that it would be easier to recruit women and minorities into engineering if they saw themselves reflected in the faculty.” Professor Demond was honored with the award along with five others from across the university: Crisca Bierwert, LSA; Deborah Carter, LSA; James Holloway, CoE; Martha Jones, LSA and the Law School; Andrew Shryock, LSA.

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Jay Guo holds a sheet of flexible transparent conductor on the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering North Campus. The material sandwiches a thin layer of silver between two “dielectric” materials, aluminum oxide and zinc oxide, producing a conductive anti-reflection coating on the sheet of plastic.

Making plastic more transparent while also adding electrical conductivity

Michigan Engineers change the game by making a conductive coating that’s also anti-reflective. | Medium Read