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Dr. Paul Gilman, Founding Director of ORCAS, to Speak Tuesday Evening at Free, Public Lecture

July 28, 2005

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Dr. Paul Gilman, founding director of the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies (ORCAS), will present Science and Society: Who is in Charge Here? on Tuesday, August 2, at 6:30 p.m. This will be the final lecture in the 2005 Summer Science Series, hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities at Pollard Technology Conference Center.

The vision for ORCAS is to create a think-tank type of organization to address major policy issues that have substantial science and technology content. We will do this by leveraging the intellectual capital inherent in a national laboratory and the academic research community.

During the start-up phase of ORCAS, the leadership will come from the founding members, which include ORAU, UT-Battelle/ORNL, Battelle Memorial Institute, University of Tennessee and the seven ORAU/ORNL core universities—Duke University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University and Virginia Tech.

Prior to the 2004 inception of ORCAS, Dr. Gilman was nominated by President Bush to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development—the scientific and technological arm of the Environmental Protection Agency. After his 2001 nomination and confirmation in that position, he was also named Science Advisor to the agency.

Before this nomination, he was director of policy planning for Celera Genomics in Rockville, Maryland. Celera Genomics, a bioinformation and drug discovery company, is known for having decoded the human genome. In his position, Dr. Gilman was responsible for strategic planning for corporate development and communications.

Dr. Gilman received degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

As always, lectures in the Summer Science Series are free of charge and open to the public. The lecture will be held in the auditorium of Pollard Technology Conference Center, which is located at 210 Badger Ave. in Oak Ridge. Light refreshments will be served.

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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