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Human Genome: A Public Forum at UCSC


Chancellor M.R.C. (pronounced "Marci") Greenwood, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood is Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz, a position she has held since July 1, 1996. As chief executive, Chancellor Greenwood oversees a research university with an uncommon commitment to undergraduate education, a research university with combined undergraduate and graduate enrollments of nearly 12,000 matriculated students and an annual total budget of approximately $350 million. In addition to her position as Chancellor, Dr. Greenwood also holds a UC Santa Cruz appointment as Professor of Biology.

Prior to her UC Santa Cruz appointments, Chancellor Greenwood served as Dean of Graduate Studies, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, and Professor of Biology and Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Previously, Dr. Greenwood taught at Vassar College where she was the John Guy Vassar Professor of Natural Sciences, Chair of the Department of Biology, and Director of the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute.

From November 1993 to May 1995, Dr. Greenwood held an appointment as Associate Director for Science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. In that position, she supervised the Science Division, providing direction on a broad array of scientific areas in support of the President's objectives, such as budget development for the multibillion dollar fundamental science national effort, and development of science policy documents, including Science in the National Interest. In addition, she was responsible for interagency coordination, and co-chaired two National Science and Technology Council committees.

Chancellor Greenwood is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and of the California Academy of Sciences. She has been honored by numerous organizations for her contributions to science and science policy. She was (1998) President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as AAAS's Board Chair in 1999. She is a Presidential appointee, U.S. Senate confirmed, member of the National Science Board.

Dr. Greenwood is Chairman of the National Research Council, Office of Science and Engineering Policy Advisory Board. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), and serves on the Advisory Board of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors of The Tech Museum of Innovation in California, and on the Board of Directors of the California Healthcare Institute. In March, 2000 Dr. Greenwood was appointed to Governor Davis' Council on Bioscience. She was also named to serve on the Board of Directors of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, for a three-year term effective in January 2001.

Dr. Greenwood graduated summa cum laude from Vassar College and received her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University. Her research interests are in developmental cell biology, genetics, physiology, nutrition and science and higher education policy issues. Her work over the past 25 years, focusing on the genetic causes of obesity, is recognized world-wide. She is the author of numerous scientific publications and presentations.



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