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Martin Joins ORAU Board of Directors

April 6, 2006

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors welcomed Nancy C. Martin as a new director 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.

Martin is senior vice president for research at the University of Louisville where she 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. She 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.”

She first joined the faculty at Louisville in 1987 as professor and the Preston Pope Joyes Endowed Chair in Biochemical Research. Prior to joining Louisville, Martin was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served nationally on the Publications Committee of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as a founding member of the Innovative Technology Council of the Protein Society, and numerous review panels and visiting committees for both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

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. She currently serves on the Kentucky Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Committee, Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation Board, the Kentucky Manufacturing Assistance Board, and the Governor’s Life Consortium.

Other directors elected to the ORAU Board were:

  • Philip E. Coyle, III, senior advisor, Center for Defense Information
  • Peter M. Hekman, U.S. Navy (retired), re-elected to another three-year term
  • Colin G. Scanes, senior vice president for research, Mississippi State University
  • Orlando L. Taylor, vice provost for research, Howard 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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