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Four New Members Join ORAU Board of Directors

April 6, 2006

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors announced the addition of four new members and welcomed a current director to a second term at the 61st annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions held recently in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Elected to the board were:

  • Philip E. Coyle, III, Center for Defense Information
  • Peter M. Hekman, U.S. Navy (retired)
  • Nancy C. Martin, University of Louisville
  • Colin G. Scanes, Mississippi State University
  • Orlando L. Taylor, Howard University

The new directors bring a wealth of experience ranging from academia to corporate and government consulting to the ORAU Board of Directors.

Coyle currently serves as senior advisor to the president of the Center for Defense Information and maintains a role as a private defense consultant. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the nine-member Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Previously he spent 33 years working in various positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, Calif. Coyle earned both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College.

Re-elected to a second three-year term, Hekman currently works as an independent consultant, providing both technical and managerial services to a variety of corporations, and has served as a member of the ORAU Board of Directors since 2003. His experience in personnel management, nuclear engineering and operations, systems design and development, acquisition and project management, and radiological and hazardous waster remedial management stems from an extensive career in leadership with both the U.S. Navy and the Department of Energy (DOE). Hekman earned his master’s degree in management from the United States Naval Post-Graduate School and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

As senior vice president for research at the University of Louisville, Martin played a key role in establishing an Office of Technology Transfer and has implemented policies and procedures supportive of technology transfer from the university to the community. Throughout her career, Martin has applied state-of-the-art molecular biological techniques to make distinguished contributions in the areas of mitochondrial biogenesis, RNA enzymology and protein targeting. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Martin received her doctorate and master’s degree in biology from Harvard University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pitzer (Calif.) College.

“Partnerships are very important to the scientific enterprise and I look forward to working with other members of the ORAU Board of Directors to strengthen existing partnerships and start new ones,” said Martin. “It will be my privilege to be part of a board that works to provide members valuable access to facilities, scholarships, research grants and research policy support.”

Scanes is vice president for research at Mississippi State University (MSU) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Before joining MSU in 2004, Scanes was a professor of animal science for nine years at Iowa State University, where he also served as interim director of the Center for Designing Food for Human Nutrition, interim director of the Plant Sciences Institute, and executive associate director of the Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station. An author of more than 570 publications, including 12 books, 66 reviews/chapter, and 254 refereed papers, Scanes holds advanced degrees from the University of Wales and Hull University in the United Kingdom, where he began his academic career.

“It is truly an honor to be elected to the ORAU Board of Directors,” said Scanes. “ORAU has proven to be a major asset to scientific research in the U.S. and I look forward to helping the organization strengthen its commitment to science and education.”

Taylor currently serves as the vice provost for research, dean of the graduate school, and professor of communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He joined the faculty at Howard in 1973 and has held a number of positions, including executive assistant to the president, interim vice president for academic affairs, dean of the school of communications, and chair of the department of communication arts and sciences. In his current position at Howard, he has secured major National Science Foundation grants to help increase the number of minority Ph.D. recipients in science, mathematics and engineering. Howard currently produces more African American Ph.D. recipients than any research university in the United States. Taylor earned his doctorate in communication disorders from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree in communication disorders from Indiana University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in education from Hampton (Va.) University.

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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