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Mark Moldwin, AOSS, CEDO. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing.Professor Mark Moldwin, along with five other U-M faculty members and one professional staff member who have shown dedication to developing cultural and ethnic diversity at U-M, has received a 2014 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost.

"Now in its 18th year, the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award continues to draw outstanding individuals to its ranks," says Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs. "Through their research, teaching and support of students, these outstanding individuals help advance the university's commitment to diversity as an essential part of our educational mission."

Established in 1996, the award is given in honor of Harold Johnson, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work. The award provides $5,000 to recipients to further research scholarship and student service opportunities.

Mark Moldwin, professor of space sciences and applied physics in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, has pursued outreach efforts to local and state K-12 schools and teachers by developing collaborations between university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and teacher professional development programs.

Moldwin has been able to attract grants to support these efforts and is currently working with the CoE Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach on a NASA-funded partnership with the Ypsilanti Community Schools. One of the goals of Moldwin's outreach and diversity programs at U-M is to expand his efforts begun at the University of California, Los Angeles, that developed strong programs with local school districts and area science centers that served minority students.

On the President's Advisory Commission for Women's Issues, he became the catalyst behind its decision to examine the experiences and status of women students and faculty in the sciences based on gender bias studies.

"Professor Moldwin has an eye for recognizing best practices employed to promote equity and fairness and is a strong advocate for implementing such best practices throughout the institution uniformly in order to promote fair and equitable outcomes," wrote Gloria D. Thomas, director of the Center for the Education of Women.

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