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A. Oveta Fuller
A. Oveta Fuller

A. Oveta Fuller receives the Sarah Goddard Power Award

The University of Michigan Record 2/1/22

Oveta Fuller and Reshma Jagsi, both of the Medical School, and Bhramar Mukherjee of the School of Public Health will receive 2022 Sarah Goddard Power Awards.

The School of Kinesiology and Department of Mechanical Engineering will be recognized with Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Awards.

The awards, given by the Academic Women’s Caucus, will be presented virtually from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 1.

Sarah Goddard Power Award
Named after the late Regent Sarah Goddard Power, the award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of women through their leadership, scholarship or other ways in their professional life.

Fuller is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology and member of the African Studies Center. Her laboratory research team and interdisciplinary collaborators studied early events in herpes simplex and influenza virus replication.

Her implementation science research with the Trusted Messenger intervention partners with officials of community organizations in Zambia, South Africa and the United States for prevention of HIV/AIDS and recently on COVID-19.

Fuller was the first woman to achieve tenure in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

“Upon achieving tenure, Dr. Fuller took her interests in viral entry and viral pathogenesis and made a conscious effort to do more community-based work focused on education regarding infectious disease, … which is a significant issue for women, and especially women of color,” said Bethany Moore, the Nancy Walls Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and chair of microbiology and immunology, in a nominating letter.

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