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Grant Named to Board of Bioscience Education Group

By Eddy Ball
August 2009

Mary Grant, V.M.D.
Grant, above, provides guided tours of the NIEHS animal facility for annual teacher workshops co-sponsored by NIEHS and NCABR. According to Wilkison, she is a favorite with the educators and consistently receives glowing reviews from participants. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

On July 1, NIEHS Deputy Chief of the Comparative Medicine Branch Mary Grant, V.M.D., began a three-year term as a member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR). She was one of four prominent members of the state's bioscience research community elected at the board's June 26 meeting.

Grant replaces her NIEHS colleague Diane Forsythe, D.V.M., chief of the Comparative Medicine Branch, as the board's ex officio member.

"We're delighted to have Mary as a new member of the NCABR ( Exit NIEHS board of directors, representing NIEHS," said NCABR President Suzanne Wilkison. "She has played an integral role over the years at the NCABR ‘Rx for Science Literacy' teacher professional development programs ( held annually at NIEHS."

As a member of the board of directors, Grant will help the nonprofit organization to pursue its mission of promoting public understanding and support for bioscience research. Founded in 1989, NCABR supports teacher education and bioscience research advocacy programs throughout North Carolina.

The group's members include representatives of academic, industry, government, hospital, nonprofit research, voluntary health and other nonprofit organizations united to help North Carolina residents better understand the science that so strongly influences the quality of their lives.

Grant will join three other scientists as new members on the board - Naina Bhasin, Ph.D., director of business and technology development at The Hamner Institutes of Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park; Stanley Faeth, Ph.D., professor and head of the biology department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Paul J. Gemperline, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for research and graduate studies and the acting dean of graduate studies at East Carolina University in Greenville.

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