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ORAU Elects Arkansas State University to Consortium

April 11, 2004

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.— Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ membership unanimously voted to accept Arkansas State University as a member at the 59th annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions held recently in Washington, D.C.

“From neutrons to nanoscience, ORAU is promoting the next generation of scientific endeavors in the United States,” ORAU President Ronald Townsend said. “Arkansas State brings research capabilities and expertise that are vital to our mission to promote collaborative partnerships with our country’s national laboratories and to pursue major initiatives in technology and science.”

“We are extremely pleased to become part of ORAU,” said Susan Allen, ASU vice chancellor for research and academic affairs. “We look forward to accessing the resources of the Department of Energy labs, especially in Oak Ridge, and making a contribution to the scientific enterprise.”

Both Allen and Don Cotten, ASU associate vice chancellor for research and technology transfer, are familiar with ORAU, having previously served on the consortium’s Council of Sponsoring Institutions. “It’s indeed a pleasure for us to return and rejoin our colleagues,” Cotten said.

ORAU is now composed of 91 member institutions and 10 associate members, found in states across the nation as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and London. Consortium members take part in ORAU-sponsored or administered scientific research programs. Faculty and students also benefit from extensive opportunities for travel grants, internships and laboratory research at federal facilities.

Indiana University, the Medical College of Georgia and Detroit-based Wayne State University also joined the consortium as ORAU member institutions during the council meeting.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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