Published: Oct. 23, 2013

Arlene Garrison, Vice President of University Partnerships for Oak Ridge Associated Universities, will be giving a presentation on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Wittemyer Courtroom of the Wolf Law Building on the topic of “Oak Ridge Associated Universities – The University Value Proposition” followed by a discussion.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment and strengthen national security. 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.  ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the Department of Energy.

Garrison is responsible for enhancing ORAU’s scientific research opportunities and expanding partnerships with universities, national laboratories and private industry. Under her direction, the University Partnerships Office provides awards to ORAU member universities, identifies and promotes funding opportunities by facilitating inter-institutional relationships, and leverages relationships with other organizations to support increased funding for scientific research and education.

Garrison has a doctorate in analytical chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee. She currently serves on the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Small Business Innovation Research program and she is a member of the American Chemical Society budget and finance committee.