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December 8, 2009 - Oklahoma EPSCoR Names New Director

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The Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has named Dr. Jerry R. Malayer as director of the program beginning Jan. 1, 2010. Malayer replaces Dr. Frank Waxman, who will retire Dec. 31, 2009.

“We welcome Dr. Malayer as the director of Oklahoma EPSCoR,” said Oklahoma higher education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, who also serves as chair of the EPSCoR Advisory Committee. “His education and experience will be invaluable as our state works to advance research opportunities in Oklahoma. Our ability to compete globally is greatly affected by the research environment in the state, and we are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Malayer’s caliber as our new director.”

Malayer is the associate dean for research and graduate education at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University, where he has been employed since 1994. He also serves as a professor in the department of physiological sciences in the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and an adjunct professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology in the agriculture science and natural resources division.

He is a member of many organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science; National Council of University Research Administrators; Society for the Study of Reproduction; Sigma Xi; and Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine.

Malayer has served on the editorial boards for two journals and has been a scientific reviewer for numerous professional journals and funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the U.S. departments of Homeland Security and Agriculture.

He was recently reappointed by Gov. Brad Henry to the Health Research Committee of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology and currently serves as chair of the research committee of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Malayer has received a number of awards, including the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, the Oklahoma A&M Regents Distinguished Research Award and the Oklahoma State University Graduate and Professional Student Association Award for Excellence in graduate student mentoring.

In 2006, he was selected for the American Council on Education Fellows Program, the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program. In 2007, he was recognized as a Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumnus by Purdue University.

Malayer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University in Indiana and his doctorate from the University of Florida. He was the recipient of a National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

EPSCoR, originally developed by the NSF 28 years ago, is designed to expand research opportunities in states that have traditionally received less funding in federal support for university research. Oklahoma EPSCoR is a partnership among colleges and universities, industry, and research institutions. Its mission is to make Oklahoma researchers more successful in competing for research funding. Specific goals, objectives and strategies are developed for each federal EPSCoR program, based on federal and state needs.