CORVALLIS, Ore. – Steve Strauss, a professor of forest science and director of the Outreach in Biotechnology program at Oregon State University, has been appointed to two committees at the National Academy of Sciences.

This organization is the premier scientific professional group in the nation, including all branches of science and engineering. Among other activities, it often convenes panels of leading scientists to analyze research directions and related policy in various fields of science and technology.

Strauss will serve on a committee studying the environmental effects of genetically engineered crops for the Department of the Interior; he will also be on a committee studying the performance and directions of the plant genomics program at the National Science Foundation.

Strauss received his doctorate from the University of California/Berkeley in 1985 and has been on the OSU faculty since that time. He is one of the world’s leading experts in the applications of gene research and biotechnology to forest trees.

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