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Chancellor Phillip L. Clay has been named to NASA's new Education Advisory Committee. The panel will provide advice and recommendations to NASA's associate administrator for education on the space agency's education priorities and implementation strategies. The panel will review programs from K-12 to graduate study, including the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the Space Grant program.

MIT received the third-highest number of patents in 2003 among U.S. universities, according to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. Number one was the University of California system with 439 patents. Caltech was number two with 139 patents, while MIT received 127. Fourth and fifth this year, reversing their positions from 2002, were the University of Texas (96 patents) and Stanford University (85). In 2002, the University of California system was also first by a wide margin, while MIT and Caltech were second and third, respectively.

Vice President for Research and Associate Provost Alice Gast has been named to the new Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee. The panel was established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to serve as a source of independent, scientific and technical planning advice to the Undersecretary for Science and Technology, as mandated by the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Gast is also the Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT.

Susan Lindquist, director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and a professor of biology at MIT, has been elected to the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson. "Her extensive expertise and knowledge of biology, proteins and genetics will be extremely valuable to the company," said Johnson & Johnson chairman and CEO William Weldon.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 10, 2004.

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