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ORNL program deputy director appointed to EPA board
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 20, 1996 — Marilyn Brown of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Brown, deputy director of ORNL's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program, will join 14 other board members of EPA's Office of Research and Development to provide advice for its research programs.
These 15 nationally-recognized scientific and engineering authorities will evaluate EPA's continuing science and engineering research programs, laboratories and research management practices and make recommendations for improvement. They also will review the organization's program development and progress as well as advise on human resource planning and training programs for environmental research professionals.
Board members are appointed by EPA's deputy administrator according to their research record, publications and professional standing in the scientific community. Selection criteria also is based on a balance of disciplines, diversity and geographic distribution.
Members of the board comprise three business sectors, with ORNL being the only national laboratory represented. Two industry and 11 university members round out the list.
Brown, who joined ORNL 12 years ago, is deputy director of a $75 million R&D program to accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies. Her research at the lab involves commercialization of new energy and environmental technologies and methods to evaluate the impacts of government programs. During her employment at the lab, Brown received Martin Marietta Energy System's 1993 Significant Event Award and 1989 Citation for Research Excellence.
Brown's other appointments include membership in EPA's Review Panel for Socioeconomic Research on Pollution Prevention and the advisory committee for the University of Tennessee's Energy Environment and Resources Center. She is also an adjunct associate professor of Geography at UT and has been a member of the National Science Foundation Review Panel for the Geography and Regional Science Division.
She is an active member of the Association of American Geographers, the Association of Energy Services Professionals and Technology Transfer Society. She has participated in committees for several national and international conferences.
Her work has received coverage in more than 100 professional publications including journals, books and technical reports.
Brown received a bachelor's in political science from Rutgers University in 1971 and a master's in resource planning from the University of Massachusetts in 1973. Four years later, she earned a doctorate in urban, environmental and economic geography from Ohio State University where she was a University Fellow. Prior to joining ORNL in 1984, she was an associate professor of geography at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Brown and her husband, Frank Southworth, reside in Oak Ridge with their daughter, Katie, 11.
ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp.