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Release: June 8, 1999
Grainne Martin and Usha Balakrishnan
join UI Research Office
IOWA CITY, Iowa Grainne Prince Martin and Usha
Balakrishnan have been named to positions in the UI Office of the Vice President
for Research. Martin will take the position of associate counsel for research
beginning July 1. Balakrishnan will begin Sept. 1 as director of research
marketing and corporate relations. The position reports also to the vice president
for university relations.
Martin received a B.A. degree in French from Cornell
College, an M.A. degree in French from the UI and a J.D. degree from the UI
College of Law. She has been associate director and compliance officer in
the UI office of affirmative action since 1989, prior to which she practiced
law with private firms in Muscatine. As associate counsel for research, she
will be responsible for providing legal counsel on issues relevant to research,
scholarship, and creative activity, including intellectual property, research
ethics, information technology, and technology transfers.
Balakrishnan received a bachelor of commerce degree
from Bombay University, India, and an MBA from the University of Iowa. She
was business analyst for the UI Research Foundation from 1991 to 1994 and
associate director from 1994 to 1998. She is returning to Iowa from Atlanta,
Ga. where for the last year she has worked as a consultant in her own firm.
As director of research marketing and corporate relations, she will be responsible
for developing and implementing marketing strategies for research-related
enterprises at the UI.
The Office of the Vice President for Research provides
administrative service and support for the universitys research mission
and is the universitys primary link to the business and industrial sectors.
Among the 25 units reporting to the office are the office of Federal Relations,
Information Technology Services, Sponsored Programs, the Obermann Center for
Advanced studies, Research Marketing, the Senior Associate Counsel, Oakdale
Research Park, Technology Innovation Center, and UI Research Foundation, as
well as several central facilities supporting research.