Ashley Harris’ One Day Closer initiative receives President’s Staff Innovation Award

June 9, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Strategy & Leadership

Ashley Harris, research laboratory specialist intermediate in the Translational Oncology Program, been selected as the winning individual recipient of the President’s Staff Innovation Award.

President Mark Schlissel presented the award last Thursday at the Voices of the Staff 10th annual meeting, which took place in the Crisler Center. Harris will receive a $2,000 award.

President Mark Schlissel presents President's Staff Innovation Awards to Ashley Harris.

President Mark Schlissel presents President’s Staff Innovation Awards to Ashley Harris.

Harris’ innovation, the One Day Closer initiative, is a community outreach effort on behalf of the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Translational Oncology Program that offers insights into cancer research and serves as an opportunity to enhance community and academic partnership, awareness and pride.

The idea behind One Day Closer was for researchers to donate a Saturday to come to work, for companies to donate supplies to support that work, and to engage the public in this special day of research to see firsthand the important research done at U-M that each day moves scientists one day closer to a cure.

Harris’ proposal culminated in the first One Day Closer event on June 7, 2014, and a second event, expanded to include science, technology, engineering and math groups from across the university and the local region, on May 9.

Harris was awarded along with the U-M Crowdfunding Taskforce who received the team staff innovation award.

To read more about the team’s award as well as individual and team finalists, visit