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
• James P. Brill, professor emeritus and research professor of petroleum engineering, University of Tulsa
• John M. Campbell, Sr., independent consultant, Norman
• Dr. James W. Mold, professor and director of the research division in the department of family and preventive medicine at the OU Health Science Center
• Dusan S. Zrnic, senior scientist, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman
Nelson said the panel discussion provided a platform for Oklahoma's National Academy members to discuss their research, as well as the status of science education and research in the state of Oklahoma.
Four organizations make up the academies, which is known collectively as the National Academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.