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Lomax Joins ORAU Board of Directors

NC State vice chancellor of research specializes in plant biology

April 14, 2009

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announced the addition of Dr. Terri Lomax to its Board of Directors during its 64th Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Terri Lomax

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Lomax, a professor of plant biology, was recently named vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at North Carolina State University after serving as interim vice chancellor since June 2008. Prior to that she was dean of NC State's graduate school, where she led the development and implementation of a strategic plan for graduate education.

Prior to coming to NC State, Lomax served at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., first as division director of the $160 million Fundamental Space Biology program, then as acting deputy associate administrator for research for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, developing policy and direction for its $1.8 billion research and technology program, and finally as senior policy analyst. In this role, she provided analytical decision-making support, policy recommendations and advice to senior management on many aspects of NASA programs, with special emphasis on scientific research and education. At the same time, Lomax remained a professor at Oregon State, where she began work in 1987. There, in addition to her research on plant responses to environment, she founded and directed the university’s Program for the Analysis of Biotechnology Issues and Science Connections, a K-12 outreach program.

Lomax has been named a Fulbright Fellow, Carnegie Fellow, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and Monsanto Research Fellow. She was selected as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow and received intensive training in communicating complex issues to the media, policy makers, business leaders, and the public. In 2004, she was presented with the Founder’s Award of the American Society of Gravitational and Space Biology. A recipient of several faculty awards at Oregon State, she was named the Mortar Board “Top Prof” in 2002.

She serves on numerous boards, including the National Institute for Aerospace, the Research Triangle Institute, Inc., the Southeastern Universities Research Association, and the UT-Battelle Board of Governors. She is currently president-elect of the American Society of Gravitational and Space Biology. A noted researcher in the areas of space biology and plant sensory genomics, Lomax has received grant and contract support totaling more than $9 million for her work on 23 projects from the National Science Foundation, USDA, and NASA, among others.

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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