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ORAU Elects Indiana University to Consortium

April 11, 2004

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.— Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ membership unanimously voted to accept Indiana 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. “IU brings award-winning research capabilities and expertise that are vital to our mission to promote collaborative partnerships with our country’s national laboratories and pursue major initiatives in technology and science.”

“Indiana University is pleased to join in the efforts of this distinguished consortium,” said IU Vice President for Research and Information Technology Michael McRobbie. “Through partnerships such as these, IU faculty, researchers and technologists can contribute to the advancement of scientific research and education.”

Named by Time as College of the Year among research universities in 2001, IU brings an array of research facilities to the service of the consortium, including the IU Cyclotron Facility, a multi-purpose nuclear accelerator laboratory. In partnership with the National Science Foundation, IU is constructing the Low Energy Neutron Source, a neutron-scattering facility, to promote the study of the inner workings of molecular systems through high-resolution neutron radiography. The project will complement the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) currently under construction at Oak Ridge National Laboratory by allowing researchers and university students to develop the skills required to utilize the full potential of the SNS.

IU has a growing international reputation in the areas of information technology and advanced networking. The university’s extensive information technology facilities, including the Abilene Network Operations Center and the Global Research Network Operations Center, enable leading scientists to visualize, analyze and store vast amounts of data and information in a high-performance computing environment.

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.

The Medical College of Georgia and Wayne State University also joined the consortium as ORAU member institutions during the council meeting. In addition, Arkansas State University became an associate member.

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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