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Julie Cannefax, student-business services coordinator for the curriculum in toxicology, received a 2020 Massey Award, one of the most prestigious distinctions for faculty and staff at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Six Carolina employees have been selected to receive the 2020 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, one of the most prestigious distinctions for faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One of the six is Julie Cannefax, the student-business services coordinator for the curriculum in toxicology at the UNC School of Medicine.

The award, established in 1980 by the late C. Knox Massey ’59 of Durham, recognizes “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” by university employees.

“Carolina is distinguished in the ways our teaching, research and service efforts benefit the people of our state,” Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz said. “This work is made possible by the contributions of our extraordinary colleagues, who are the recipients of this year’s Massey Awards. I am grateful for their service and their dedication to our community.”

Selected through a campus-wide nomination process, Massey Award recipients receive a $10,000 stipend and an award citation.

For more than 25 years Julie Cannefax has been the hub — and heart — of Carolina’s curriculum in toxicology. The unit’s only administrative staff member, she responds to detailed financial reports required by various granting agencies, and, as funding sources change for graduate students and postdocs, makes sure their salaries and stipends are paid on time. She manages complex lab placements, coordinates meetings and retreats, promotes seminars and — in a curriculum spread across campus and into the Research Triangle Park — serves as liaison for communication, implementation and support. During a transition of directorship for the toxicology professional science master’s degree program, Cannefax assumed additional responsibilities to work with outgoing and incoming directors.

Read more about the Massey Awards at The Well, UNC-Chapel Hill’s news source for faculty and staff.