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Oklahoma governor acknowledges scientific, medical and engineering experts

Five members of the National Academies talk about their work during a panel discussion in Tulsa that coincided with the organization's 150th anniversary.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: March 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm •  Published: March 9, 2013

Gov. Mary Fallin praised the works of Oklahoma's most accomplished scientists, engineers and medical professionals, who took part in a panel discussion Friday night.

Five scientists, engineers and medical professionals who are members of the National Academies participated in the Tulsa event, which coincided with the 150th anniversary of the National Academies.

“I appreciate everything the Oklahoma delegation to the National Academies does for the state and nation,” Fallin said. “Their members are providing expert advice on some of the biggest scientific, engineering and medical challenges facing the nation and even the world.”

Oklahoma has 14 members of the National Academies, which is a private, nonprofit institution that offers expert advice to Congress on a wide range of scientific, engineering and medical issues.

All 14 were invited to participate, said Donna Nelson, a chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma, who organized the event.

The five participants were:

• Kenneth A. Blenkarn, retired research director of offshore technology, Amoco Production Co., Tulsa

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