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Scanes Joins ORAU Board of Directors

April 6, 2006

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors welcomed Colin G. Scanes 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.

Scanes is vice president for research at Mississippi State University (MSU) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He 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.”

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. He also held the positions of distinguished professor and chair of the animal sciences department and director of the Center for Animal Damage Control at Rutgers University.

An author of more than 570 publications, including 12 books, 66 reviews/chapter, and 254 refereed papers, Scanes has served as a member of the International Jury for the Belgian National Fund Quinquennial prize and the International Society for Farm Animal Endocrinology. He was named editor of Poultry Science in 2004 and has been awarded an honorary Professorship at the National Agricultural University of Ukraine.

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
  • Nancy C. Martin, vice president for research, University of Louisville
  • 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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